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Flat Towing Package for 2012-2014 Honda CR-V

The 2012-2014 Honda CR-V is a great SUV to tow behind your Class A or Class C motorohome due to its compact size. To complete your flat towing setup, you'll just need a few components, including base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, towbar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. We've assembled our favorite flat towing packages below, so you can easily choose the best products for your vehicle and get back to planning your next adventure.
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Flat Towing Components
  • Base Plates
  • Tow Bar
  • Safety Cables
  • Tow Bar Wiring
  • Supplemental Braking system
  • Additional Components
Expert Opinion
How to Flat-Tow a 2012 - 2014 Honda CR-V with All Four Wheels Down
In order to flat-tow a 2012 - 2014 Honda CR-V with all four wheels on the ground behind a motorhome you are going to need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tail light wiring harness, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. There may also be a few other smaller components that are needed depending on the options the vehicle is equipped with. For a tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar part # RM-676. The Nighthawk is one of the best tow bars we offer. It has a non-binding and self-aligning design which makes for an extremely easy hookup. It also comes with safety cables and a wiring extension...
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2012-2014 Honda CR-V Flat Tow Installation & Restriction Notes Vehicle Restrictions: The owner's manual states that speeds of 65 mph should not be exceeded while towing the vehicle. Installation: The Honda CR-V requires fuses to be pulled for flat towing (check your owner's manual for more information). A fuse bypass 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. If your owner's manual says to only pull the #19 ACC radio fuse, use part #RM76511; if it states to pull the #19 ACC radio fuse and the #20 ACC key lock fuse, use part #RM76512. Owner's manuals for 2014 Honda CRVs may incorrectly identify the fuse in the schematic. See TSIB 151 at Roadmaster's website for more information.
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Base Plates for 2012-2014 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 2012-2014 Honda CR-V models.
Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Kit
roadmaster 1
#RM-521567-4
  • 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 2
#RM5215675
  • 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. Product does not fit models with extra bumper trim package.
Demco Tabless Kit
demco tabless
#DM9519328
  • Easily removable arms
  • Clean, tabless design
  • Compatible with Demco tow bars
  • Made in USA
Blue Ox Kit
roadmaster 1
#BX2258
  • 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). One-piece standard design. The BX88152 adapter cannot be used with this baseplate.
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Tow Bars for 2012-2014 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
rm nighthawk
#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
rm sterling
#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
#DM9511008
  • 7,500-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of lightweight aluminum & durable steel
  • Compatible with Roadmaster Direct-Connect base plates
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain
rm falcon
#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
rm 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 dominator
#DM9511009
  • 10,500-lb. capacity
  • Stores on RV
  • Non-binding
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar
rm stowmaster
#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
#DM9511011
  • 5,000-lb. capacity
  • Safety cables included
  • Made of durable steel
  • Limited lifetime warranty
Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar
rm tracker
#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 2012-2014 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 capacities 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 channel guide
Tow Bar Cable Channel Guide
Straight Safety Cables
straight cables
-For use with tow bars with cable guides
Coiled Safety Cables
coiled cables
-Prevents cables from dragging on ground-For use with tow bars without cable guides
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Tow Bar Wiring for 2012-2014 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.
Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit
roadmaster diode 7 wire
#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
Note: Fuse bypass required
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit
hopkins custom
#HM56304
  • Custom plug-in kit
  • Plugs into vehicle wiring
  • Provides 4-way flat plug
  • No splicing required
Note: Fuse bypass required
Demco Tow Bar Combo Kit with Diode System
demco
#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
#RM-152
  • 4-wire harness
  • Ideal if wiring included with tow bar
  • Hardwire installation
Note: Fuse bypass required
Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit
roadmaster tail light kit
#RM-155
  • Bulb and socket kit
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • Independent plugs and sockets mount inside tail lights
Note: Fuse bypass required
E-Z Mount Tow Light Kit
ez mount tow light kit
#EZT20B
  • Universal, removable trunk mount
  • Hinged flaps easily secure on vehicle
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • 20-ft cord included
Note: Fuse bypass required
MaxxTow Magnetic Tow Lights
maxxtow lights
#MT70097
  • Economical option
  • Bypasses vehicle wiring
  • Magnetic light bases hold firmly to any metal surface
  • Long-lasting LEDs provide superior operation
  • Brake-lite relay not required
Note: Fuse bypass required
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Supplemental Braking System for 2012-2014 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 seatNote: Brake-lite relay #RM-88400 required
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO
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 hoodNote: Brake-lite relay #RM-88400 required
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: Brake-lite relay #RM-88400 required
SMI Air Force One
air force one
#SM99243
  • Proportional Braking
  • One-time setup
  • For RVs with air brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 5-year warranty
Installation: Operating unit mounts out of sight, commonly under hoodNote: Brake-lite relay #RM-88400 required
SMI Delta Force
smi delta
#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: 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: 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: Brake-lite relay #RM-88400 required Note: 12-Volt outlet kit #RM-9332 required
Blue Ox Patriot II
blue ox patriot
#BRK2016
  • Proportional Braking
  • Recurring set-up
  • For RVs with hydraulic brakes
  • Made in USA
  • 2-year warranty
Note: If your vehicle is equipped with an active power assist braking system, this product can be used. Please check owner's manual. 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
#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
Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass
roadmaster fusemaster 2
#RM76512
  • 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
*Fuse(s) must be pulled during towing. Please check owner's manual. If your owner's manual says to only pull the #19 ACC radio fuse, use part # RM76511;
if it states to pull the #19 ACC radio fuse and the #20 ACC key lock fuse, use part # RM76512.
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
Tow Bar Cover
tow bar cover
#Various Options
  • Keeps dirt and road grime off tow bar when not in use
  • Various sizes available
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
#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
12 volt outlet kit
#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
#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
#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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