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Flat Towing Package for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

Written by: Amber S
Updated on: 3/21/2024
Est. read time: 20 mins.
The 2008-2011 Honda CR-V is a comfortable, compact vehicle that can easily be towed behind a Class A or Class C motorhome. In order to flat tow your CR-V, you'll need a few components to complete your setup. These products include base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, towbar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. To make your flat towing adventure as seamless as possible, we've selected our favorite products confirmed to fit your vehicle. Check them out below, then get ready to hit the road.
Honda CRV
Flat Towing Components
  • Base Plates
  • Tow Bar
  • Safety Cables
  • Tow Bar Wiring
  • Supplemental Braking System
  • Additional Components
Expert Opinion
Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2008 Honda CR-V Behind Motorhome Your 2008 Honda CR-V is a popular vehicle for towing behind a motorhome and we can help you get yours all set with the items needed for safe and legal flat towing. The linked overview article has lots of helpful information and is a great place to start your planning. Let's start with a baseplate for the CR-V. For this I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 kit # RM-521559-5. This base plate features removable arms with a handy twist-lock attachment so there are no pins to get lost. The arms can be easily removed and stored and this allows it to keep more of its usual appearance.... View full answer
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-Adam R
Flat Tow Restrictions and Installation Notes
CR-V
Vehicle Restrictions: The owner's manual states that speeds of 65 mph should not be exceeded while towing the vehicle. Installation: The 2008-2011 Honda CR-V requires fuses to be pulled for flat towing (check your owner's manual for more information). A fuse bypass such as Roadmaster's FuseMaster # RM76511 provides a simple alternative to removing a fuse every time you tow. When you are ready to tow your vehicle, simply flip the switch (located inside your vehicle for easy access) to the "tow" position. When you wish to drive your vehicle as usual, just flip the switch to "drive" and hit the road. The fuse bypass is permanently installed on your vehicle, so once it's installed, you won't have to remove or replace your fuse again.
Flat Towing Products

Base Plates for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

Base plates are the custom-fit attachment points that install on the frame of your Honda CR-V and will allow you to connect a tow bar to your vehicle. This is the part of a flat towing setup that is truly vehicle specific and custom fit for a particular vehicle and style. These base plates are designed to fit 2008-2011 Honda CR-V models.
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
#RM-521559-4
  • Easily removable arms
  • Compatible with Quick Disconnects and all RM tow bars
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Trimming of spoiler, air dam, grille or plastic fascia may be required on some models. Product does not fit models with brush guard.
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Kit
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Kit
#RM-521559-5
  • Easily removable arms
  • Streamlined design
  • No crossbar required
  • Compatible with Roadmaster motorhome-mounted tow bars
  • No welding required
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Trimming of spoiler, air dam, grille or plastic fascia may be required. To use with Sterling tow bar, Sterling cable anchors must be attached to vehicle frame or welded to receiver portion of bracket. Bracket will not accommodate the Guardian rock shield, Tow Defender # RM-4700, Stowaway or the StowMaster and StowMaster All Terrain tow bars. Product does not fit models with brush guard.
Demco Tabless Kit
Demco Tabless Kit
#DM9519207
  • Easily removable arms
  • Clean, tabless design
  • Compatible with Demco tow bars
  • Made in USA
Blue Ox Kit
Blue Ox Kit
#BX2246
  • Easily removable arms
  • Hidden reinforcement for clean design
  • Compatible with Blue Ox tow bars
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Bumper fascia must be removed and replaced during installation. Requires some trimming of bumper (fascia, plastic, and/or grille). Requires some minor drilling. The BX88152 adapter cannot be used with this baseplate. Product does not fit models with brush guard.
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Tow Bars for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

Another necessary component of a flat towing setup is the tow bar. While tow bars are not a custom-fit component, it is important to make sure that the tow bar and base plates you choose for your Honda CR-V are compatible with each other. A good rule of thumb is to use a tow bar from the same manufacturer as your base plate kit. If you have base plates or a tow bar of one brand and wish to use a counterpart from a different manufacturer, you will likely need an adapter. Check out our base plate adapter table for help on choosing the correct product. Tow bars come in two styles: those that mount on the motorhome (hitch mount style) and those that mount on the vehicle (coupler style). For frequent RVers, motorhome-mounted tow bars are generally preferable. They provide a more stable connection, are easy to adjust, and do not require a separate coupler. On the other hand, those who RV less frequently may consider a vehicle-mounted tow bar for a more economical option.
Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain
Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain
#RM-676
  • 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • LED lighted arms
  • Safety cables and wiring included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Direct-Connect base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain
Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain
#RM-576
  • 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables and wiring included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum
  • Compatible with Roadmaster base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
Demco Dominator Tow Bar
Demco Dominator Tow Bar
#DM9511008
  • 7,500-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum & durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain
#RM522
  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
Roadmaster Falcon 2
Roadmaster Falcon 2
#RM-520
  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
Demco Excali-Bar Tow Bar
Demco Excali-Bar Tow Bar
#DM9511009
  • 10,500-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
#RM501
  • 6,000-lb. capacity
  • Stores on vehicle
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with Roadmaster crossbar-style base plates
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
Demco Kwik Tow Bar
Demco Kwik Tow Bar
#DM9511011
  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
#RM020
  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Made of durable steel
  • Compatible with Roadmaster crossbar-style base plates
  • Made in USA
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Safety Cables for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

Safety cables are a necessary component of a flat towing setup. Keep the weight of your Honda CR-V in mind when choosing safety cables, as safety cables come in a variety of capacities. Blue Ox and Demco typically include safety cables with their tow bars, making it easy to complete your flat towing setup. Both manufacturers also offer replacement safety cables. Some premium Roadmaster tow bars include safety cables, but most do not. Roadmaster offers a number of capacites and both coiled and straight cables for your flat towing setup. The coiled design helps keep the safety cables from dragging the ground, while straight cables work best with tow bars that have channels, or cable guides, for the safety cables to feed through.
Tow Bar Cable Channel Guide
Tow Bar Cable Channel Guide
Straight Safety Cables
straight safety cables
  • Ideal for tow bars with cable guides
Straight Safety Cables
coiled safety cables
  • Prevents cables from dragging on ground
  • Ideal for tow bars without cable guides
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Tow Bar Wiring for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

It is important for your Honda CR-V to be wired for flat towing. Tow bar wiring allows your vehicle to have functioning stop, turn, and tail lights while being towed. To make sure your vehicle has functioning tail lights when towed, you have a few options. You can use the existing tail lights by installing a kit that plugs or splices into your current wiring. You can also bypass your factory wiring by installing a bulb and socket wiring kit that uses the vehicle's tail light housings. Finally, you can install a universal magnetic or trunk-mounted lighting kit to add additional lights to your vehicle specifically for towing.
Tech Tip:
Fuse(s) must be pulled to tow the 2008-2011 Honda CR-V. Fuse bypass RM76511 required. Check owner's manual for more information.
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
#RM-15267
  • 6-way plug on vehicle
  • Hardwire installation
  • Won't interfere with vehicle's factory wiring
  • 6-way to 7-way wiring extensions included
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
#HM56300
  • Custom plug-in kit
  • Plugs into vehicle wiring
  • Provides 4-way flat plug
  • No splicing required
Demco Tow Bar Combo Kit with Diode System
Demco Tow Bar Combo Kit with Diode System
#DM9523057
  • Diode wiring kit
  • 6-way coiled lighting cable
  • 7-way to 6-way adapter
  • Vinyl storage cover included
Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit
Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit
#RM-152
  • 4-wire harness
  • Ideal if wiring included with tow bar
  • Hardwire installation
Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit
Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit
#RM-155
  • Bulb and socket kit
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • Independent plugs and sockets mount inside tail lights
E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit
E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit
#EZT20B
  • Universal, removable trunk mount
  • Hinged flaps easily secure on vehicle
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • 20-ft cord included
MaxxTow Magnetic Tow Lights
MaxxTow Magnetic Tow Lights
#MT70097
  • Economical option
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • Magnetic light bases hold firmly to any metal surface
  • Long-lasting LEDs provide superior operation
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Supplemental Braking System for 2008-2011 Honda CR-V

Using a supplemental braking system, also called a tow bar braking system, helps make sure your towed vehicle slows down as your motorhome slows down. This helps reduce wear and tear on both your vehicle and your motorhome, as well as helps shorten the braking distance of your towing setup. It is also important to keep in mind that supplemental braking systems are required by law in many states. It is important to check the requirements for areas you will be traveling through.
Roadmaster InvisiBrake
Roadmaster InvisiBrake
#RM-8700
  • Pre-set braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Integrated battery protection
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under driver's seat
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO
#SM99251
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hood
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
Roadmaster BrakeMaster
Roadmaster BrakeMaster
Hydraulic: #RM-9060
Air: #RM-9160
  • Proportional braking
  • Recurring setup
  • Options for hydraulic and air RV brakes
  • Made in USA
  • Installation: Anchors to required seat adapter #RM-88196 at floorboard and clamps around brake pedal
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
SMI Air Force One
SMI Air Force One
#SM99243
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hood
SMI Delta Force
SMI Delta Force
#SM99242
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
  • Installation: If vehicle is equipped with active power assist braking system, this product can be used. Check owner's manual.
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
  • Note: 12-Volt outlet kit #RM-9332 required
Roadmaster Even Brake
Roadmaster Even Brake
#RM-9400
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Installation: If vehicle is equipped with active power assist braking system, this product cannot be used. Check owner's manual.
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
  • Note: 12-Volt outlet kit #RM-9332 required
Roadmaster 9700
Roadmaster 9700
#RM-9700
  • Pre-set Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic, air, or air over hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Installation: If vehicle is equipped with active power assist braking system, this product cannot be used. Check owner's manual.
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
  • Note: 12-Volt outlet kit #RM-9332 required
Blue Ox Patriot II
Blue Ox Patriot II
#BRK2016
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 2-year warranty
  • Installation: If vehicle is equipped with active power assist braking system, this product can be used. Check owner's manual.
  • Note: Stop light switch #RM-751436 recommended
  • Note: 12-Volt outlet kit #RM-9332 required
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Additional Flat Towing Components

To complete your Honda CR-V's flat towing setup, a few additional parts may be required or recommended. Some of these components, such as fuse bypassses, 12-volt accessory outlets, and high-low adapters, ensure that your flat tow setup functions properly. Other accessories work to protect your vehicle from rocks and other road debris while your vehicle is being towed.
Because the Honda CR-V's battery will drain while being flat towed, a fuse bypass is required to pull the fuses that cause the drain.
Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass
Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass
#RM76511
  • Bypasses towed vehicle's mini-fuse so you can tow your vehicle without draining its battery
  • Provides simple alternative to removing a fuse every time you tow
  • Installs quickly, easily and permanently
A charge line kit maintains the battery charge in your towed vehicle (though it is not required when using the Roadmaster Invisibrake, which provides its own charge). A 12-volt outlet kit provides power to portable braking systems but is not required for fixed systems.
Charge Line Kit
Charge Line Kit
#RM-156-25
  • Maintains battery charge in towed vehicle
  • Provides 15 amps to avoid overcharging
  • Requires #RM-156-75 if no charge line present in RV
  • Made in USA
12 Volt Outlet Kit
12 Volt Outlet Kit
#RM-9332
  • Provides power for portable braking systems
  • Creates 12-volt power outlet with 20 amps power
  • 5-ft. wire included
If your tow bar is level when you attach it to your vehicle and RV, then great! You don't need a high-low adapter. However, if your tow bar is not level, you will need a high-low adapter. Your tow bar should always be within 3 inches of level. A tow bar cover is also recommended to protect your tow bar when not in use.
High-Low Adapter
high-low adapter
Various Rise/Drops
  • Allows tow bar to remain level
  • Tow bar should be within 3 inches of level
Roadmaster Combo Towing Kit
Roadmaster Combo Towing Kit
#RM-9243-1
  • Kit includes wiring, safety cables, tow bar cover, and storage bag
  • Wiring provides 4-pole and 7-way connectors
  • Straight safety cables offer 8,000-lb. capacity
  • Tow bar cover protects stowed tow bar from elements
  • Storage bag lets you keep components organized for easy access
High-Low Adapter
high-low adapter
Various Rise/Drops
  • Allows tow bar to remain level
  • Tow bar should be within 3 inches of level
Protective guards such as the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard and Demco's Sentry Deflector attach to your tow bar and protect the front of your vehicle from road debris.
Sentry Deflector for Demco Tow Bars
Sentry Deflector for Demco Tow Bars
#DM9523135
  • Protects vehicle's finish and resale value
  • Attaches to connecting ears (20-30 in.) of Demco tow bars
  • Adapter kit required with Roadmaster and Blue Ox tow bars
  • Easy installation - no tools required
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year warranty
Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard
Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard
#RM-4000
  • Shields vehicle from rocks and road debris
  • Easily removable
  • Attaches to tow bar mounting bracket and side panels
  • Fits all Roadmaster tow bars with Quick Disconnects
The Roadmaster Tow Defender provides a heavy-duty nylon screen to deflect rocks, gravel, and road debris down and away from your vehicle. The Tow Defender may also be used in conjunction with the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard for ultimate protection.
Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening
Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening
#RM-4700
  • Deflects rocks, gravel, and road debris
  • Lightweight - 15 lbs.
  • Fits most Roadmaster tow bars with Quick Disconnect systems
Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening
Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening
#RM-4750
  • Deflects rocks, gravel, and road debris
  • Lightweight - 15 lbs.
  • Rolls up to 4-in. diameter for storage
  • Fits Demco tow bars, Roadmaster motorhome-mounted tow bars, and Blue Ox tow bars
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