|I tow my RL24 with one of three cars in the family fleet, a Musso 2.9L diesel (75KW)automatic, a Korando 2.3L petrol manual (110KW) and a Holden Rodeo 2.6L petrol(95KW). All my cars are robust conventional commercial chassised vehicles that can take a bit of abuse without me having to worry. |
All cars are rated to tow the RL24 boat and trailer weight 1200kg.
Around town and on short trips they all work well, on the highway, the extra power of the Korando is appreciated. The Korando is rated to tow 3500kg so the RL is well inside its rating. I have to say that hills, cross winds and the frontal area of the yacht take their toll at highway speeds (100km/hr).
AS for the CRV, you would need to check its tow rating in its handbook. My guess is it would be fine on short trips but its capacity would be stretched if you were doing more than a couple of hundred kilometers. You have not indicated where you wish to go but I would have doubts about using a light vehicle to tow in hilly areas on a hot day (too fragile and too expensive to repair).
For long trips interstate, I would not wish to tow the RL24 with less than a conventional front engined rear drive car with at least 100KW and a big radiator.
For the record. the Korando does about 18 liters per hundred kilometers on long trips with the air conditioning cooling. The cruise control has the engine pretty much flat out most of the time and I shift to 4th gear on hills at 80 - 90 km/hr.