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  • Fuse Bypass to Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Actually, fuse bypass # RM76512 is not recommended for the 2014 Honda CR-V. The correct one is # RM76511. You should only have to pull that one fuse. But you can check your vehicle owners manual to be sure. I have included a link to a video to the right showing how the fuse bypass installs. Fuse bypass # RM76512 is listed for a 2012 - 2014 Chevy Cruze.
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  • Will 2-Fuse Bypass Still Operate for Single-Fuse Application
  • Thank you for your recent purchase from etrailer.com. If you purchased a 2-fuse bypass and only need a single you can certainly still use this item in your application. The bypass will still function to override the mini fuse when switched to the Tow position. Please refer to the linked installation instructions.
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  • Replacement Bulbs for the Roadmaster Bulb and Socket Kit # RM-155-2
  • The Roadmaster Bulb and Socket Kit, # RM-155-2, uses 1157 bulbs. For replacement bulbs, you will want part # 30-90-157.
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  • Plug-and-Play Lighting Option for Flat Towed 2012 Honda CR-V
  • By far the simplest wiring option for flat towing is an easily installed (and removed) magnetic light kit. Such kits require NO permanent alteration of your vehicle's wiring; no drilling, no modifications. The link provided will show you several options including the MaxxTow # MT70097. You may still need a fuse bypass if you will be flat towing for long periods. Check your owner's manuals for procedures and requirements for flat towing.
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  • Fuse Bypass Switch Recommendation for a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The correct fuse bypass switch to use on your 2014 Honda CR-V is the Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch part # RM76512. I attached some flat towing FAQ articles for you to check out also.
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  • Tow Bar Wiring Harnesses to Flat Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • We have several tow bar wiring harnesses for the 2014 Honda CR-V but harness # TD3012 is not currently listed as a fit. I have included a link to the options that will fit. A brake light relay should not be required if you use the SMI Air Force One, # SM99202. It does look like you will need to pull a fuse to flat tow the CR-V. Consult the owners manual to confirm. To make this as easy as flipping a switch you can use fuse bypass # RM76511.
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  • How to Install Tow Bar Wiring in a 2014 Honda CRV
  • I looked and there isn't printed installation instructions available for either the Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring part # HM5604 or the Trailermate Harness part # TM783120. Both these harnesses install the same way. You need to locate the tail light wiring harness that plugs into the back of the light assemblies on your 2014 Honda CRV, unplug them and then plug the T-connectors of either of these connectors in line with the factory wiring and you would be good to go.
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  • What Fuse Needs to Be Pulled to Flat Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The "radio" fuse of your 2014 Honda CR-V will need to be pulled and replaced with the Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass part # RM76511. This product will make it easy to deactivate this circuit, you will only need to flip a switch instead of remove the fuse every time you tow.
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  • Fuse Bypass to Flat Tow a 2011 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • For your 2011 Honda CR-V you would actually need fuse bypass # RM76511. Once the bypass is installed all you have to do is flip the switch to remove power to it. Then you can say goodbye to the aching back! I have linked a video that shows an installation. The vehicle is different in the video but the process will be similar.
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  • Plugging In TrailerMate Flat Tow Wiring Harness for 2014 Honda CR-V to Motor Home Blows Fuse on CR-V
  • It sounds like there is a short somewhere so as soon as you plug in the harness # TM783120 it blows the fuse on your 2014 Honda CR-V. The first thing I would check is the wiring leading from the back of the CR-V to the front. You will be looking for any pinched or damaged wires that may be touching bare metal. Make sure that the trailer connector on the motor home is clean and free of corrosion. Then you will need to check its wiring as well. Shorts usually occur from damaged wires or...
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  • Is Brake Light Relay Needed on a 2011 Honda CR-V Using a TrailerMate Wiring Harness
  • The Trailermate harness # TM783106 is not a diode kit. But you may not need a brake light relay for your 2011 Honda CR-V. To determine if a brake light relay is needed to properly wire your vehicle to be towed, answer the following questions. Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your towed car? No - You do not need a brake light relay. Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question. Do the brake lights on your...
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  • Installation of ICX Transmitter of Even Brake System on a 2012 Honda CR-V
  • The connection that needs to be made for the ICX controller on your Even Brake System # RM-9400 is not incorporated into the Tow Daddy taillight wiring harness # TD3012. For the installation of the ICX controller for the Even Brake System # RM-9400 on your 2012 Honda CR-V you will need to install the Brake-Lite Relay Kit # RM-88400 that is included that usually supplied with the Even Brake. This installation is diagrammed in the instructions that I will be sending to you in a separate...
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  • Fuse Bypass to Flat Tow a 2012 Honda CR-V without Draining the Battery
  • Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass, # RM76511, is the one that you will need for a 2012 Honda CR-V. It fits several different vehicles and I have linked the installation instructions and a video showing an installation on a different vehicle it fits.
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  • Adapting 6-Pole Square RV Connector to 4-Pole Flat Connector for Use With MaxxTow Lights # MT70097
  • There is no plug-in adapter available to mate a 6-pole square RV connector directly to a 4-pole flat connector, but we do offer a 6-Pole Square Trailer Wiring Connector Kit, part # 37995, that can work for you as long as you do not have a Jayco RV (which can have compatibility issues with this part). Hopkins Connector Kit # 37995 includes both male and female connectors. You can cut off the 4-pole flat connector from the MaxxTow Magnetic Light Kit and splice in the male 6-pole connector...
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  • What Are Dingy Wiring Harness Options for 2004 Honda CRV Towed by Motor Home
  • By far the simplest and least-intrusive type of dinghy lighting is a magnetic kit. Magnetic light kits do not require you to drill, install bulbs, splice wires or in any other permanent way alter your towed vehicle. They are easy to install and remove. For example, Custer offers their Split Lens Magnetic Towing Tail Light Kit, part # SPL30B-6, which includes two split-lens lights with magnetic bases and a 30-foot cable with round 6-pin connector (please refer to the included photo). These...
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  • 12 Volt Accessory Outlet Needed to Power the Roadmaster Even Brake on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • I recommend installing a separate 12 volt accessory outlet. For this, you can use the Roadmaster 12 Volt Outlet Kit, # RM-9332. This kit works great for vehicles that require fuses to be pulled. The 5ft cord should provide plenty of length to route the outlet into the cab of the vehicle. The outlet can be connected directly to the vehicle battery or to a powered fuse using a fuse tap.
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  • Can TrailerMate # TM783106 and Tow Ready # 118427 Be Installed on Same Vehicle
  • You can indeed install the # TM783106 for lighting when flat towing and the # 118427 for towing a trailer. Since both will not be used at the same time, both will work just fine with no interference. I have linked you to an install video showing the # 118427 being installed on a 2011 CR-V, as well as to some FAQ articles about flat towing that you might find helpful.
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  • Installing the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay # RM-88400 on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • I have some information that will help, however, we have not had the chance to install the Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, on a Honda CR-V, so I do not have a video or photos at this time. Since your CR-V has separate tail light wiring and you are using the TrailerMate wiring harness, there is one more check you will want to do to determine if you need the brake light relay. With the vehicle turned off, step on the brakes. If your brake lights come on with the vehicle off, then you will need...
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  • Need Tow Bar Wiring Kit for 2013 Honda CR-V to Replace Roadmaster RM-155
  • If the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit # RM-155 does not provide a satisfactory fit within the tail light housings of your 2013 Honda CR-V you have two other options. One is a removable magnetic lighting kit such as the Roadmaster # RM-2100, which completely bypasses your dinghy wiring (and which can be installed and removed quickly). This is great for occasional flat-towing. The other is a plug-and-play harness, such as the TrailerMate Tow Bar Wiring Kit, part # TM783120. This...
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  • Can a 2012 Honda CR-V with Automatic Transmission be Flat-Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2012 Honda CR-V with automatic transmission can be flat-towed behind a motor home. Honda cautions that before flat towing your CR-V transmission fluid level and condition be checked. If you will flat tow often or for long periods (8 hours or more at a time), then it is suggested to change your transmission fluid at shorter intervals than specified in the manual. It is also necessary to follow a pre-drive conditioning process...
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  • Which Bulb and Socket Flat Towing Lighting Kit for 2013 Honda CR-V
  • According to Blue Ox and Roadmaster, the BX8869 and RM-155 will fit the taillight assemblies of your 2013 Honda CR-V. We have not yet had the opportunity to install either kit in a 2013 CR-V. From looking at photos at the rear of the vehicle, it appears that the taillight assemblies are pretty large, extending from the bumper all the way to the top of the liftgate. The taillight assembly gets thicker as you get closer to the bumper, so you would want to install the bulb in the thickest...
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  • Blue Ox Tow Bar 4 Diode Kit Installation Details and Troubleshooting for a 2005 Honda CR-V #8848
  • I have linked a video of a very similar product that is being installed on a similar vehicle to yours. Even though the product and the vehicle are different from yours the process of installation is the same. To begin you will need to route the wiring to the rear of the vehicle, this can be done in the internally or externally. If you do route the wiring underneath you Honda CR-V make sure that you avoid moving and heat producing components such as the suspension and the exhaust. Once...
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  • Should a Diode be Installed In Line Between a Motor Home and 2012 Honda CR-V to Charge the Battery
  • A diode should not be required since you will be disconnecting the CR-V from the motor home to drive it. So in other words there should not be any back feeding problems. The preferred method is to use a battery isolator kit # RM-765. This will provide a constant charge to your CR-V battery to prevent a dead battery and maintain the charge level for accessories. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to our FAQ on tow bar wiring.
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  • Installation Instructions for a TowDaddy Universal Wiring Kit on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • I do not have installation instructions for the TowDaddy Universal Tail Light Wiring Kit # TD10000S that you referenced specific to your 2013 Honda CR-V, but I can walk you through how it would install on your vehicle. The first thing you are going to need to know is what style tail lights you have on your vehicle. There are 2 types, separate and combined. From the research I did it looks like your vehicle has separate tail lights, but you still might want to verify that. Separate means...
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  • Where Does the Trailer Mate Tow Bar Wiring Harness Install on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • The good news is that the Trailer Mate wiring harness # TM783120 will plug in line at the connectors behind the tail lights which should be more accessible. However, we have found that on some 2013 Honda CR-Vs the connection point for the regular trailer wiring harness, # C56158, is not present on all models. In this case, if that factory harness is not present on your vehicle, you will need to use # 118561 instead. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Will the Brake-Lite Relay # RM-88400 Interfere with the Auto Start Feature on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and he told me that the Brake-Lite Relay, # RM-88400, will not interfere with auto start feature on your 2013 Honda CR-V. The Brake-Lite Relay connects to the blue brake light wire wire coming from the brake light switch that powers the brake lights. It does not connect to the circuit that shuts off your engine to prevent theft. When installing the Brake-Lite Relay on your vehicle, you will want to follow the Standard (Normally Open) Installation...
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  • How to Correct Dimmed Lights on 2009 Honda CRV Towed by 1998 Bounder When Using # TM783106
  • I spoke to my technical contact at Trailer Mate regarding your concern about the brightness of your CR-V lights when towed using their Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit, part # TM783106. Trailer Mate indicates that there is typically a very small voltage drop when using this harness that results simply from the overall length of wiring in their kit, but that this is only about 0.5 volts. In a 12V system this should not be enough to account for any noticeable dimming of the lights when the CR-V...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Bulb and Socket Kit Fit a 2010 Honda CR-V
  • I checked with Roadmaster and they do list the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, as a fit for the 2010 and 2012 Honda CR-V. However, to be certain I recommend drilling a 1/16 inch hole in the back of the tail light housing and then using a small piece of rigid wire or something similar that will fit in the hole, push it in as far as it will go, and then measure how much of the wire goes inside the housing. This will tell you how much space there is. You will need about 2-1/4 inches of depth.
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  • Wiring Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • For the 2013 Honda CR-V getting the correct wiring harness for flat towing depends on a few factors. If you are going to be towing the vehicle often then using a custom harness like # TM783120 would be a good choice. But if you are using a supplemental braking system (which is required by law in most states) then you will also need a brake light relay # RM-88400. If you will not be towing often then I recommend a magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A. This bypasses the vehicle wiring so a brake...
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  • Wiring Blue Ox LED Bulb and Socket Kit # BX88367
  • The green wire running from the front connects to the black/red wire on the bulb and socket unit on the passenger side. The yellow wire from the front connects to the black/red wire on the driver side. The brown wire from the front connects to the brown/white striped wire from both the driver and passenger side. The white ground wire from the front connects to the white/green striped wire on the drivers side, and will also ground to the vehicle frame or chassis. The white/green wire on...
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  • Tow Bar Lighting Recommendations for a 2012 Honda CRV
  • I checked with Roadmaster and the Bulb and Socket Set # RM-155-2 that you referenced will work on your 2012 Honda CRV. For the entire kit you would want part # RM-155 though.
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  • Comparing the Various Wiring Options to Flat Tow a 2012 Honda CR-V
  • First, if you are going to be towing the CR-V frequently a more permanent solution for lighting is more ideal. The bulb and socket kit would be my first choice (# RM-155) because you do not have to cut into the vehicle wiring and it is easier to install. If you do not want to drill into the back of the tail light housing but are not opposed to tapping into the vehicle wiring, you can use a diode kit # 154-792-118158. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to...
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  • Installation of Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Tail Light Kit on 2001 Honda CR-V
  • The wiring can be ran through the vehicle interior if you wish, but doing so will triple or quadruple the install time and complexity. I do not have specific instructions regarding how to do this, but generally speaking you would need to use an existing opening in the firewall (or drill one if there is not an existing opening). The wire would run behind the side kick plate, and under the door thresholds to the rear cargo area. From there, it would run behind the side trim panel in the cargo...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Universal Wiring Kit # RM-154 on a 2004 Honda CR-V
  • Basically you can wire the 2008 CR-V the same as the Jeep Liberty was wired in the video, see link. We have some wiring information for you to review also, this information is the universal to all vehicles and is not vehicle specific to the CR-V. A good circuit tester, item # 3808, or a multi meter, item # BTMT15, is needed to locate the correct wiring to splice into. As far as specific locations for installation of the diodes we have not had the opportunity to install the Roadmaster...
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  • Will this Wiring Harness Work On A 2001 Honda CR-V Being Towed Behind A Motorhome
  • The wiring harness you will need for your 2001 Honda CR-V to be towed behind your motor home is the RoadMaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, # RM-154. On your 2001 Honda CR-V that has a 3-wire system (separate brake and turn signals) this wiring kit will use the vehicles brake lights to function as both brake and turn signals. If you want to maintain separate brake and turn signals on your vehicle you will also need to add the Tow Ready Vehicle to Vehicle Taillight Converter,...
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  • Center Brake Light/ Third Brake Light Not Working with RoadMaster Universal Tow Wiring Kit RM-154
  • Often times the Center High Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) is on its own circuit. So yes, if you wire the kit correctly, you may not have use of your CHMSL when you tow the CR-V. Most of the time, a CHMSL is not necessary when towing. All of the external magnetic kits do not have a CHMSL included. I cannot say for sure however, as laws vary by state. The best way to make sure your rig is legal on the road would be to call your state Department of Motor Vehicles or State Highway Patrol office...
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