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Can a 2008 Honda CR-V be flat Towed Behind and RV Using a Tow Ready/Reese Tow Bar 63180

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I was researching flat towing options and was lead to believe that this product would bolt directly to the bumper of my wifes CR-V. I cant find where Id read it at. I have the tow bar now, attempting to install it this weekend, just curious if there are instructions anywhere for this specific application though. If I need to purchase an additional part like a baseplate what are the options? Thank you

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I would actually advise against using Tow Ready tow bar # 63180 for a couple of reasons. First, this tow bar is rated for a maximum of 45 miles per hour which is fine for short hops around town but useless for highway use. And second there are base plates required, # 40602, but they are going to require major modifications to the bumper and need to be reinforced so professional installation is recommended. The other option is to use custom base plates # RM-521559-4 with an adapter # RM-025 and quick disconnects # RM-201.

What I recommend is to forget about the Tow Ready tow bar and those universal base plates and go with a custom set up using custom base plates # 1559-1. For a much better tow bar that is rated for highway speeds but that won't be overly expensive I recommend the Tracker tow bar # RM-020. And if you want to make the base plate arms easily removable you can use the quick disconnects # RM-201 but they aren't required.

You will also need some safety cables. I recommend # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.

For lighting, you can save some money by using a magnetic kit such as # RM-2120. For a more permanent solution I recommend the bulb and socket kit # RM-155 because it bypasses the vehicle wiring. I linked a video showing an example installation for you.

It also looks like you will need to pull a fuse on the vehicle if you will be flat towing the 2008 Honda CR-V for extended periods of time. Consult the vehicle owner's manual to confirm. To make this as easy as flipping a switch you can use fuse bypass # RM76511. I have linked a video on this part as well. It isn't a required part but it does make things easier.

You may also need a high/low adapter to keep the tow bar level. I have linked a help article showing how to measure and a link to the high/low adapters we carry.

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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