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?

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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