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Can I tow 2007 Honda Element AWD Manual Transmission


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#1 bobmoore1954

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:46 AM

We are considering the purchase of a motorhome, so we're newbee's.  I wonder if I can tow our 2007 Honda Element.  It's a manual transmission all wheel drive vehicle.  

 

Would I need a braking system, I think the vehicle weighs about 3,500 pounds.  Also any recommendation on a tow bar and breaking system would be greatly appreciated. 


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#2 desertdeals69

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:03 PM

I would go with Roadmaster bar and brakes.  Totally USA made in Vancouver Wa.  Excellent customer service.


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#3 Darbone85737

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

I tow a 2003 AWD Element w/ automatic.  It tows fine. Read your car manual for the procedure.  We use the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

I spoke to a Honda service guy yesterday about flat towing my 2007 Manual Transmission AWD Element.  He suggested I remove the drive shaft.  It would essential make the car a FWD vehicle.  Not doing so, he said, would likely damage my rear tires because the rear axle would essential be locked. Does this make sense to anyone?


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:51 PM

After 2005 model year the only Honda vehicle that Honda would cover under warranty for towing was the CR-V, then in 2007 they added the FIT. As to the Element, according to Honda it is not towable four down. BUT, it shares the drivetrain with the CR-V and they are towable. So, it's up to you since any damage would not be covered under warranty (which is gone by now anyway due to age).

 

Our '05 Ody was supposed to be towable, got it in writing from Honda that it was, then in early '06 Honda said it wasn't. They paid use $2,200 for the towing gear we bought (RoadMaster BTW) and we got a KK-460 dolly. Now I've gone back to towing four down. Your AWD Element is NOT towable on a dolly unless you remove the driveshaft but is probably towable four down with no problems.


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