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#4493606 - 08/20/17 12:03 PM 2006 Civic Tow Package?
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1995
Loc: VA
I am planning to occasionally tow a motorcycle with my 2006 AT Coupe.

Any instructions for a good/cheap tow or a package which I can install on it?

Thanks for all of your advice and help thumbsup
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#4493608 - 08/20/17 12:05 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Bike will be a sport bike so not more than 500 lbs.
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#4493618 - 08/20/17 12:14 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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#4493628 - 08/20/17 12:29 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Guessing around 1,000lb once the trailer is added in?

Not sure there is much you can do, outside of hitch and harness. I doubt you need helper bags, brake controller, or trans cooler.
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#4493632 - 08/20/17 12:35 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Civic and towing seems like an oxymoron!!
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#4493649 - 08/20/17 01:16 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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If you're going to tow more than occasionally, I think a trans cooler would be a big help. If anything, it will lessen load on the car's main cooling circuit when you're towing and hot.
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#4493721 - 08/20/17 02:52 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Will hills be a problem? How far would you tow it and how often?

I had to load up with 2 small women and a baby in a car seat during an emergency once and my Civic was a DOG going up even small hills. The brakes seemed fine.

So, the above is with 270-280# extra in the car. You're asking about 500# + trailer, right?


Edited by gathermewool (08/20/17 02:56 PM)

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#4493747 - 08/20/17 03:29 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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You don't need an F150 to tow 800 pounds. Buy this lightweight motorcycle trailer off Northern Tool:




If you buy one of those cheap Harbor Freight folding trailers, buy a motorcycle wheel chock.






Edited by skyactiv (08/20/17 03:31 PM)
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#4493769 - 08/20/17 04:02 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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There's a big difference between the ability to do something and the ability to do something safely. I would not feel safe doing what the OP is wanting to do. Even if you drive safer and more slowly to compensate, there are variables that occur every day for which your risk increases.

How many times have you been cut off, had someone pull out in front of you or simply had traffic lock it up in front of you without warning and with no lane to change into? How many times has this occurred to you and an accident only barely been avoided. Add 5-800# and new geometry (both the trailer length and pivot point loads during low traction situations, not to mention the affect on your suspension) and the risk seems too great for anyone to seriously consider doing this over buying an appropriate vehicle or renting a truck for less frequent needs.

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#4493771 - 08/20/17 04:03 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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That should be easy to tow. No need for trans cooler. Dad used to pull a 1500lb trailer with a 71 hp car with no issues all over the country. No engine or trans issues. Car was scrapped due to rust at age 16.
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#4493804 - 08/20/17 04:42 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: gathermewool]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1995
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: gathermewool
Will hills be a problem? How far would you tow it and how often?

I had to load up with 2 small women and a baby in a car seat during an emergency once and my Civic was a DOG going up even small hills. The brakes seemed fine.

So, the above is with 270-280# extra in the car. You're asking about 500# + trailer, right?


I'll be towing very rarely, say 2-3 times a year on interstates, that's it.

No hills or anything.
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#4493807 - 08/20/17 04:43 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: skyactiv]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1995
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
You don't need an F150 to tow 800 pounds. Buy this lightweight motorcycle trailer off Northern Tool:




If you buy one of those cheap Harbor Freight folding trailers, buy a motorcycle wheel chock.






Do you have any idea how much does it cost? I was planning to rent from UHaul and that's it.
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#4493827 - 08/20/17 05:22 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
L_Sludger Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 3947
Loc: Ohio
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200466701_200466701
$800
Source: I highlighted "lightweight motorcycle trailer off Northern Tool" in skyactiv's post, right clicked and then selected "Search Google for [text]"
First link was the trailer
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#4493828 - 08/20/17 05:24 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Tow Capacity for the 06 Civic is apparently 1500 Kg [3306 lbs]*

That is the complete, all inclusive, load capacity ... passengers, fuel, cargo, trailer, and whatever is on the trailer.

If it's an Automatic Transmission, leave it in Drive. DO NOT haul that load in an overdrive gear. Ever.

"Good, Cheap tow packages" don't really exist. You want a proper trailer lighting harness installed on the towing vehicle.

Check with your local regulations (and every State/Province/Country you plan to travel through) as to how heavy a trailer must be before it requires trailer brakes. That's the trailer weight itself and whatever is on the trailer.

If you need them, you will need the proper interface installed on the vehicle. Finally there is proper installation of the hitch in the correct Class on the vehicle. Because the Civic is not a body-on-frame construction vehicle, installation might be more involved than otherwise, but it's certainly doable.

Finally, if you want answers, please provide complete relevant information. Vehicle make, model year, and in this case, engine and transmission (manual or automatic) all matter. Plus, there are a lot of motorcycles that are under 500 pounds, but there are a lot that are not. 800 pounds for the bike alone is certainly possible and remember, if you stuff things in saddle bags, they count as cargo weight. So, what motorcycle?

* Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC VXi Automatic
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#4493849 - 08/20/17 05:45 PM Re: 2006 Civic Tow Package? [Re: maverickfhs]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2506
Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
I was planning to rent from UHaul and that's it.


Better call them first, then. They will refuse to rent if their computer doesn't think your vehicle rates. It's been a while, but they de-rated my Dakota by 2,000 lbs. Their computer ratings were ridiculous.
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