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TOWING YOUR HONDA BEHIND A MOTORHOME

Your Pilot's Owner's Manual advises against towing at more than 35 mph or for more than 50 miles. However, this recommendation exists primarily because Honda has not conducted formal towing tests at higher speeds and for greater distances.

We are not aware of any particular problems being caused by motorhome towing of Honda automobiles with either manual or automatic transmission, so long as proper pre-towing preparations are made and the vehicle is towed at legal highway speeds.

Automatic Transmission
When preparing to tow your Pilot, make sure the transmission fluid level is full. Do not overfill.

If a Honda automobile with an automatic transmission is to be towed with the front or all four wheels on the ground, you must do the following every day immediately before towing:

Start the engine.
Press on the brake pedal. Shift the lever through all the positions (P,R,N,D,2,1).
Shift to D, then to N. Let the engine run for at least three minutes, then turn off the engine.
Release the parking brake.
Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power sockets are turned off so you do not run down the battery.

If you travel more than 8 hours in one day (including stopping time), you must stop and repeat the above procedures.

Notice
The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I) position, and make sure the steering wheel turns freely before you begin towing.

Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine, your vehicle must be transported on a flatbed truck or trailer.

SEVERE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION DAMAGE WILL OCCUR IF THE CAR IS SHIFTED FROM REVERSE TO NEUTRAL AND THEN TOWED WITH THE DRIVE WHEELS ON THE GROUND.

If you tow a Honda Pilot with automatic transmission, the transmission fluid must be changed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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Although experience has shown that the Honda transmission and powertrain are capable of being "motorhome towed," American Honda does not assume responsibility for any vehicle damage or liabilities incurred due to the towing device, towing vehicle, lighting hookup, or other towing equipment or towing procedures; any responsibility for these items is assumed by the owner/operator.
 

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Outstanding, thanks for the info. We're looking for a replacement for our 97 CRV, which is both my regular vehicle as well as our tow vehicle behind our RV. I was hoping Honda did as much for the Pilot as they did to prepare the CRV for towing behind an RV.

One question does remain though, does the Pilot odometer disengage when the key is in the acc position, as the CRV does?
 

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This is GENERAL information

The specifics for towing the CR-V are in the owners manual.
I did not look at the Pilot manual, but it should either have SPECIFICS in there, or a specific recommendation against.

Rememper all 4WD vehicles have specific requiremnts depending on teh particulars of the system.
The CR-V and Pilot system are similar in some respects but very different in others.
I would NOT assume one set of rules applies to both.
 

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You're absolutely right N_Jay. I've not had the opportunity to peruse the owners manual from a Pilot. But to be honest, I'm not sure if the odometer information is in the CRV manual, I'll have to check it out. The transmission prep is the same, based on the CRV manual and the information from Honda in the above posting.

I guess I'm just hoping it will be as simple to two a Pilot as it has been to two my CRV.

Thanks!
 
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