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Recommended Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2010 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home

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what is the list of items I need to install?

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To flat tow your 2010 Honda CR-V behind a motor home you will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking.

The base plates will provide the proper safe and secure attachment point for the tow bar on your CR-V. The Blue Ox base plates # BX2246 tend to install a little easier so I recommend them for your CR-V.

There are several compatible tow bars but the one I recommend the most often is the Alpha, # BX7380. The Alpha has a 6,500 pound capacity and it comes with safety cables. It is also compatible with one of the lower cost braking systems which I will cover. I have linked a video review for you.

For lighting you have some options. You could use a simple magnetic kit such as # RM-2120. But for a more permanent solution I recommend the bulb and socket kit # RM-155. Once the bulb and socket kit is installed you will not have to worry about it again. I have linked a video showing installation for you.

It also looks like you will need to pull fuses to flat tow your CR-V. Check the owners manual to confirm. To make this process as easy as flipping a switch I recommend fuse bypass # RM76511. It isn't required but it makes removing power to the fuse easier. I linked a video showing an example installation for you.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. One of the preferred systems for our installers and what I recommend is the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO proportional system, # SM99251. It will apply the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

Be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on flat towing the vehicle. I have also included some helpful links to our series of help articles on flat towing for you.

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