How do you fit a towbar to a Honda CRV?

I’m going on a road trip with my family this summer. I’d like to tow my Honda CRV behind my RV. What’s the best way for me to fit a towbar to my Honda CRV?

Answer
Tow bars are big jobs involving care and expertise. If you’re sure you want to do it yourself, here are some general steps for fitting a tow bar to your car:
  • Step 1: Prep your car for installation. While this will vary between vehicles, you’ll often need to remove your bumper.
  • Step 2: Take off any protective covers and clean the area. From there, you can bolt down the brackets on your car.
  • Step 3: Attach the main crossbar to your brackets. Instructions will depend on your towbar, but you’ll need to use a torque wrench to tighten it properly.
  • Step 4: Install the housing over your tow ball system. Remember, the housing could be detachable, permanent, or retractable—so specific instructions depend on the product you choose.
  • Step 5: Reattach the bumper over the towbar and screw your tow ball into place.
Keep in mind these instructions are intended to give you a general idea of what installing a tow bar involves. The actual procedure depends on your car and tow bar. You should also know that fitting a towbar yourself may void the manufacturer’s warranty on your car.
If you really need a towbar installed, you’ll be best off bringing your car to a mechanic. While professional work can be expensive, safety should always come first.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Dec 10, 2021
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