Can a 2012 Honda Civic with Automatic Transmission be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home

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can a 2012 honda civic with automatic transmission be flat towed and if so what equipment will need to be installed to the vehicle? Also what other equipment is required to complete the tow package?

Expert Reply:

While there are people that flat tow the 2012 Honda Civic automatic, I have found that Honda states that the vehicle should not be flat towed. You will want to consult the owners manual to verify the flat tow-ability of the vehicle. If the owners manual says not to then I do not recommend going against what Honda says.

If you find that the vehicle can be flat towed then there are 5 items you will need: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Blue Ox base plates # BX2256 are designed to work with all models of the 2012 Civic. The base plates you referenced, # BX2253, are for the Honda Fit and not the Civic.

For a compatible tow bar the most popular option is the Aventa, # BX7445. This tow bar also comes with safety cables so you will not need to add any additional cables. I have included a link to a video showing a typical tow bar installation for you.

For lighting there are a few possible options. If you will not be towing the vehicle that often I recommend a magnetic light kit like # C-ATL20A. But if you will be towing it often then a more permanent solution, # 154-792-118158, would be the way to go.

Most states now require supplemental braking on the vehicle being flat towed. one of the easiest systems to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot proportional system, # BRK2012, that applies 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.

I have included some helpful links on flat towing and wiring for you.

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