Can Honda CRV Tow a Travel Trailer? (Honda CRV Towing Capacity)

One of the most popular Sport Utility Vehicle or SUV is Honda CRV. Besides the comfortable and spacious interiors that it has, Honda CRV towing capacity is relatively low. If you’re an owner of a Honda CRV and a road adventurer as well, you might be wondering what its towing capacity is and can Honda CRV tow a travel trailer.

You should know that the Honda CRV towing capacity is just 1,500 lbs. It means Hond

a CRV can tow lightweight campers, teardrop trailers, pop-up trailers, and micro campers

Can Honda CRV Tow a Travel Trailer

Can Honda CRV Tow a Travel Trailer? 

Yes, Honda CRV can tow a travel trailer. The Towing Capacity of Honda CRV is 1,500 lbs, so any travel trailer that meets this requirement can be towed or pulled by Honda CRV easily. Some of the best travel trailers that can be towed by Honda CRV are MyPod, Basedrop, and SylvanSport Go.  

Different Models of Honda CRV

Below I have enlisted different models of Honda CRV to describe their basic statistics. Although each Honda CRV model has the same towing capacity, it is essential for you to know the weight of your vehicle before you start looking for a camper.

1. Honda CRV LXHonda CRV LX

The towing capacity of the Honda CRV LX model is 1,500 lbs, and the base weight is just 3,307 lbs.

2. Honda CRV EX

Honda CRV EX

The Honda CRV EX base weight is just 3,358 lbs, and the towing capacity is only 1,500 lbs.

3. Honda CRV EX-L

Honda CRV EX-L

The Unload Vehicle Weight of the model is 3,377 lbs with a towing capacity of just 1,500 lbs.

4. Honda CRV Touring

Honda CRV Touring

Honda CRV Touring model is the heaviest on the list weighing up to 3,397 lbs.

As you can see above, the Honda CRV towing capacity for all its models is not more than 1,500 lbs. It means you don’t have many options when finding a good camper. However, there are enough companies that manufacture miniature trailers for those with low towing capacities. So, it is not impossible to find a camper that fits your Honda CRV, and that is fully functional and comfortable.

What Should You Consider Before Towing with Honda CRV?

If you’re going to tow a trailer with your Honda CRV, the first critical factor to consider is looking for the towing capacity of your tow vehicle. If you will buy a camper that perfectly fits your Honda CRV towing capacity, look for teardrop trailers. However, make sure your chosen teardrop trailer doesn’t exceed the limit since there is a teardrop trailer weighing more than 3,000 lbs.

When buying a camper, look for its dry weight and then calculate the luggage you will pack in it. Dry weight is when the trailer is empty and has no baggage, fuel, water, etc. It means once the trailer is loaded with these things, it will become significantly more massive than you have intended.

A piece of great advice for people with low towing capacities is to try to stay at least 20% below your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity to make sure you travel safely. This will help you to prevent accidents when you are on the road. Exceeding the towing limit of what your car is intended for is never a good idea.

Best Travel Trailers for Towing with Honda CRV

Regardless of whether you have a Honda CRV or any other vehicle with low towing capacity, teardrop trailers are the best option for you. These miniature types of travel trailers are super lightweight and easy to tow with just about any vehicle. Their build structure is incredibly aerodynamic and compact enough to not block the rearview mirror. However, since they are compact, they are not meant for families or larger groups traveling together. Some of these trailers come with multiple fold-outs and offer outdoor kitchen space. The others are great for providing a lot of storage and living space.

Having a teardrop trailer means you will not have any kind of towing issue because of their adaptability. You might struggle to find a teardrop trailer surpassing 3,000 lbs of weight. It means if your vehicle cannot drag any other camper, you can easily pull a teardrop trailer behind it.

If you are looking to bring a simple, easy to tow, and convenient living space with you on a trip, a teardrop trailer is the most pain-free option. Although you have to compromise on the space and their functionality, these compact trailers do a lot regardless of their small size.

1. MyPod

Go Little Guy - MyPod

MyPod is a tiny teardrop trailer and has a sleek design. Despite the small size, it can fit a bed, an entertainment center, and full ventilation and fan into its small floorplan. MyPod is amazing since it also has attachments to the roof, enabling you to carry all the gear and equipment on a trip or fishing. Moreover, you can also bring kayaks along onto the racks.

MyPod Specs

  • UVW: 630 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 1,570 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 110 lbs.

2. Basedrop

Basedrop

If you are a person who likes to have options for upgrades and amenities when buying a trailer, look no further than Basedrop. It is a luxury trailer built with an aluminum frame, providing an extensive set of cabinets and storage spaces. The optional upgrades allow customers to add features like stargazing windows, outdoor shower attachment, LED TV, etc. Finding a more luxurious trailer in the same size will be really hard for you.

Basedrop Specs

  • UVW: 1,000 lbs.
  • Carrying capacity: 1,200 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 55 lbs.

3. nuCamp TAG

NuCamp Tab 400

The third teardrop trailer that a Honda CRV can tow with ease is nuCamp TAG. It features a spacious layout accommodating a standing room. This means it is an excellent option if you like to stand and stretch inside the trailer after a peaceful sleep. Moreover, the trailer also offers two packages (optional) to choose from. These packages include nightshades, window screens, stargazing windows, and a two-burner cooktop.

nuCamp TAG Specs

  • UVW: 1,282 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 807 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 146 lbs.

Pop-up travel trailers or camping trailers are other types of miniature campers featuring slide-out sections on the sides. However, these slide-outs are different from traditional ones since they are covered with a flexible material (weather-proofed fabric). Moreover, there are also pop-up campers that feature hard-sided pop-ups.

They offer a small living space, which can be stretched after extending the pop-outs. You might also find a kitchenette, dining space, and small bathrooms in most of these campers. The fold-outs of these campers generally feature a bed. They are so convenient since you can add or remove the space as per your requirements.

If you are a family with a sense of adventure, having a pop-up camper could be a great option for you. You will also appreciate its set up, allowing you to feel the fresh air while you are inside the camper because of their pop-outs.

Some best pop-up travel trailers for Honda CRV include;

4. QuickSilver Rock Climber

Livin’ Lite Quicksilver 8.0

One of my favorite pop-up campers is QuickSilver Rock Climber Tent. It is highly adaptable, compact, and an easy to manage trailer. Once you have set up everything, it will offer you living space, a sofa bed, multiple aluminum cabinets, and some electrical outlets to supply your vehicle a consistent power. The trailer is highly durable and has protective diamond plating onto its edges.

QuickSilver Rock Climber Specs

  • UVW: 1,270 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 930 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 124 lbs.

5. SylvanSport Go

Sylvan Sport GO

Another highly versatile and adaptable pop-up trailer you can have for your low towing capacity Honda CRV is SylvanSport GO. It comes with three different modes. The gear-hauling mode has attachments onto the roof, allowing you to carry gear with you. The second mode is the utility hauling mode, which allows you to use the base to carry heavy items. The third and last mode is the classic camper model that offers plenty of living space.

It also features multiple canvas attachments to keep the trailer, and yourself protected from external elements.

SylvanSport Go Specs

  • UVW: 840 lbs.
  • Carrying Capacity: 1,000 (approximately).
  • Hitch Weight: 85 lbs.

Final Thoughts

Can Honda CRV tow a travel trailer? This is the question you have to consider when you are looking for a trailer for your tow vehicle. Regardless of what model you choose, Honda CRV towing capacity is pretty low and can only tow lightweight travel trailers weighing up to 1,500 lbs or less. If you have a CRV, the best trailer for your vehicle is a pop-up or teardrop trailer. They are highly adaptable, compact, and super easy to tow. However, make sure to check your vehicle towing capacity before towing.

FAQs

What pop-up camper is best for towing behind a Honda CRV?

Pop-up campers are small and lightweight, making them easy to tow and handle. The best pop-up camper for your Honda CRV is SylvanSport GO because of its adaptability, versatility, and compactness.

About Ted Mosby

My Name is Ted Mosby from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a freelance Architect. I live in New Jersey, USA right now and I take my RV every alternate weekend. As I am a Freelancer I can work anywhere so most of my work is done inside my camper remotely.