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  • Towing with a Honda?

    So, I have a 2005 Honda Civic. 4cyl. 1.7. I've been looking into getting a jet ski, would my car pull it? I don't know what kind exactly probably a 3-seater Sea-Doo. I honestly don't think it will be a problem. My only concern is maybe the tires spinning when getting it out of the water, with the water weight and such. Thanks


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    Re: Towing with a Honda?

    My concern would actually be the unweighting of the front end, and uni-body construction. With the combination of the tongue weight, plus tow weight, a FWD may have a problem, especially as light of a vehicle a civic is. I know there are people that use FWD, uni-body constructed, minivans pulling 20' ski boats, with success. Years ago, I had a three seater Polaris PWC, which I towed with a '96 Nissan 240SX. I had no problem pulling it out of the water, but the front end would push on wet pavement when the wheels were turned. Now that vehicle was small, but larger than a civic, however it was rear wheel drive, and probably weighed more than your civic. Do you know what your civic's tow capacity is? Like I said, guys with minivans do it with success. You would probably be ok, as long as you dont exceed your tow capacity or tongue weight. When I got my uhaul hitch for my 240SX, the guy at Uhaul suggested that I just use the hitch for a bike rack only. Just giving you more food for thought. Good luck!
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    • #3
      Re: Towing with a Honda?

      I googled the towing capacity for your Honda and what I saw said the Civic is not designed to tow anything. If you want to tow something, I'd recommend finding a vehicle capable of doing the job. Can you tow a jet ski with it? Probably, but doing so may damage your car. The other thing is if you are in an accident while towing, you may be held liable because you were towing with a vehicle not designed to do it.



      As far as tire spinning on the ramp, thats a problem usually expeinenced in rear wheel drive vehicles on wet/slimey/slick ramps. I would think as long as your front wheels are on concrete you would be okay traction wise. With a small front wheel drive car, I wouldn't even think about an unimproved ramp.

      Good luck.
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      • #4
        Re: Towing with a Honda?

        R. T. M. (read the manual) . . . Hopefully, it will give indication about towing abilities for the Civic.

        I have a 2006 Civic in my "fleet" and I do not recall much in the rear bumper area to install a trailer hitch.
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        • #5
          Re: Towing with a Honda?

          I just looked up tow capacity for your 2005 Honda civic, and the owners manual says that the civic is not designed to tow, period, as per Answers.com. Tomdinwv is absolutely correct. Im sure you could find a cheap Ford ranger, or Chevy s10 for not a ton of money, for a tow vehicle
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          • #6
            Re: Towing with a Honda?

            The U.S is the only country to not list a tow weight for a Civic (and a lot of other compacts). In Europe they are capable tow cars. If I remember right it even won a consumer award for towing campers. I'll check that.
            http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2005_Honda_Civic.htm the weights listed seem to tie up with this...
            http://www.towcar.info/gebruikservar...da&serie=Civic
            Some will tell you that you need a 1/2 ton just for hauling your cooler, for a single PWC you'll be Ok. Traction on the ramp would be my only concern. CHECK your insurer will cover you towing 1st.
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            • #7
              Re: Towing with a Honda?

              Originally posted by Cheetah 210es View Post
              The U.S is the only country to not list a tow weight for a Civic (and a lot of other compacts). In Europe they are capable tow cars.
              ...

              Some will tell you that you need a 1/2 ton just for hauling your cooler, for a single PWC you'll be Ok. Traction on the ramp would be my only concern. CHECK your insurer will cover you towing 1st.
              Because US drivers don't know how to drive! We also lack any sort of actual drivers education here.

              I agree, you are fine to tow. Check with your insurance, but I'm sure you will be fine towing that combination. (used to work in insurance, we would have never denied a claim for a small car towing at PWC. Please post what they say if you do talk to them!) The world isn't quite as scary as iboats sometimes make it seem.

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              • #8
                Re: Towing with a Honda?

                I tow a 15' runabout tinny and 50 hp Mercury with an 07 Accord 4 cylinder. I like that I don’t get my drive tires into the slippery algae when launching and even on a wet ramp I haven’t chirped the tires.

                I know several of the folks that do the extreme testing for Honda in central Ohio. If you consider your car is built to have several adults in it and be able to handle driving in the mountains. Watch your tongue weight, don’t hot rod, and keep up on maintenance.

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                • #9
                  Re: Towing with a Honda?

                  PWC's are not heavy, I move mine around easily by myself and towing should not be a problem. On ramps people are usually good, in the event you can't get it out someone will assist, by and large I find the boating community to be a very helpful crowd. I have used my vehicle to pull others out more than once and the ramp I currently use will launch and retreive for you for an extra $10.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Towing with a Honda?

                    In UK you can't get provisional licence until your 17th birthday, before you take the driving test you have to sit a theory test with multiple choice, the pass mark is 43/50 (85/100 for trucks and buses). Then you have to sit hazard perception where you watch a video and click mouse when you see a potential hazard, 14 video clips with 15 potential hazards, pass mark is 44/75 (19 clips with 20 hazards pass mark 67/100 for trucks and buses). If you pass those you take the practical part of the test where you drive approx 45 minutes. I don't know if it's been introduced but there was talk of making 18th birthday the earliest you could sit the practical test. If you take practical test in an auto transmission that's all you can drive, Stick shift gives you both. If you get 6 penalty points in the 1st year (after a year the limit is 12 points), you lose it and have to re-sit it all again. few mph over limit is 3 points, a bald tyre is 3 points (each tyre is a seperate offence),talking on cell while driving is 6 points and the list goes on...
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                    • #11
                      Re: Towing with a Honda?

                      If the front end unloads with weight on the back you will be spinning one tire only on a wet ramp.
                      There is a reason that sub compact cars are not rated for towing. Get a small truck. They are dirt cheap, even new.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Towing with a Honda?

                        What weight? It's maybe a 1000lb max jetski. Even with 15% tongue weight that's only 150lb imposed weight. I'd rather have engine over drive axle than an empty truck bed.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Towing with a Honda?

                          Originally posted by Cheetah 210es View Post
                          What weight? It's maybe a 1000lb max jetski. Even with 15% tongue weight that's only 150lb imposed weight. I'd rather have engine over drive axle than an empty truck bed.
                          What he said....

                          I have an F-350 dually 4X4 for my large boat. I know I can get it going forward and stop the forward progression, it’s the backwards in the green slime that scares me....not the case with the Honda (and the small boat)
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                          • #14
                            Re: Towing with a Honda?

                            As to the point about European Hondas being rated to tow, can I assume that the European versions are different than the American versions?

                            To the OP, you can tow with that Honda. Just be real careful and follow the insurance advice above. If you do lose traction on a ramp (front wheels off the ground), ask someone nearby to sit on the hood. We used to do this all the time when I was a kid, but with all of the trucks these days, not as many people tow with FWD. However, extra weight on the hood will get you by...unless nobody is around to add the extra weight!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Towing with a Honda?

                              Originally posted by Captain Caveman View Post
                              As to the point about European Hondas being rated to tow, can I assume that the European versions are different than the American versions?
                              Other than UK, Australia, Japan, India, Africa (lot's more smaller province's) Which are right hand drive, and minor changes to lighting they're the same.
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