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Old 08-03-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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Honda Ridgeline and Andersen Hitch

Finally got out with my new escape 19 for a trip. I have been practicing driving with it around town and backing it up (need more practice here!). After reading the instructions for the andersen hitch and trying a couple of different configurations, I decided on using the hitch in the rise position, in the lowest position. I chose this because after setting up the andersen weight distributing hitch and tightening it down to 3 to 4 turns this seemed to make the trailer the most level. However, if I followed the andersen manual it states to have the hitch ball 1.5 to 2 inches higher than the top of the level trailer coupler, in this configuration the trailer was tilted towards the back of the trailer and slightly off on all the levels on the trailer. So I went with the ball being more even with the trailer coupler.

So for other ridgeline users of the andersen hitch, how do you have it configured? How many threads showing on wdh after you tighten it down?

The trailer seemed to tow fairly well, a little time getting used to pulling it. I had no issues with sway though there was a pretty constant wind, and passing trucks did not seem to bother it much. I drove on Expressway going about 60/62 in 70 mph posted areas.

Also, I read the honda ridgeline manual and it states not to use D3 for flat towing, so I left the truck in OD. Anyone have a suggestion regarding using OD or D3? I ended up getting around 15.1 mpg.


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Old 08-03-2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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You want the trailer level or maybe a little low in front. I believe the number is either 19 or 21" couple height. I have mine set as low down it can be on my hitch.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:17 PM   #3
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I tow a 17B with a Honda Pilot and use O/D, 95% of the time. When I get to the start of a hilly section of road I shift to D3, and once the road levels out I shift back to O/D. This stops the transmission hunting back and forth between O/D and D3 which can lead to overheating.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:29 PM   #4
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Also, I read the honda ridgeline manual and it states not to use D3 for flat towing, so I left the truck in OD. Anyone have a suggestion regarding using OD or D3?
"Flat towing" would normally mean towing the Ridgeline on all four of its own wheels behind another vehicle, such as a motorhome. You're not doing that, and that wouldn't involve being left in gear anyway. I assume you mean towing a trailer on flat ground.

This is what the owner's manual says in both the transmission section and the towing section (at least for 2013, which is the model year for which I have a copy of the manual):
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When towing a trailer on level roads under normal driving conditions, do not use D3. This will increase the automatic transmission fluid temperature and may cause overheating.
Baglo can provide more details, but he found Toyota was serious about their similar direction for the RAV4. The vehicle manufacturer knows how the transmission is programmed, and the details of the mechanical design, so they know which setting will result in the best behaviour for reliability. If it needs to shift down, it will.

This vehicle has a five-speed transmission. I don't understand why anyone would force it to stay all the way down in third gear or lower when maintaining speed on level ground... that's not what the D3 position is for.
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:57 PM   #5
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From 2008 RAV4 V6 Sport manual.
Note that I ignored the advice once going up an 8 per cent grade in 3 at times doing 90 kph. Almost reached the top and transmission warning light came on. No damage, but I won't do that again. I keep it in 4.

Found the second advisory which I am including to reassure those who might worry about the vehicle capability.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for replies.

Brian - you are right I was refering to towing on flat or level ground not towing the Ridgeline!

Looks like rav4 and honda are saying about the same. Use regular D, except going down hills use D3.

Anyone using andersen hitch with ridgeline?

Jim - it does seem level is the best, wonder if andersen hitch instructions are for a heavier trailer?

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I chose this because after setting up the andersen weight distributing hitch and tightening it down to 3 to 4 turns this seemed to make the trailer the most level. However, if I followed the andersen manual it states to have the hitch ball 1.5 to 2 inches higher than the top of the level trailer coupler, in this configuration the trailer was tilted towards the back of the trailer and slightly off on all the levels on the trailer.
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Jim - it does seem level is the best, wonder if andersen hitch instructions are for a heavier trailer?
Yes, the target should be level, especially with the tandem Torflex suspensions of the Escape 19 Foot (and 21 Foot). I assume that the Andersen directions allow for the ball to drop by that 1.5" to 2" when the trailer's tongue weight is added, resulting in a level trailer. If it drops less, you don't need to allow this much.
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:24 PM   #8
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Andersen hitch anti-sway only

How much do you need to crank the springs down on andersen hitch to only have anti-sway work and Avoid weight distributing as much as possible?

Also, do you need to grease the trailer coupler with andersen hitch?

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Call Andersen- superb customer service & technical support: 800 635-6016.
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Call Andersen- superb customer service & technical support: 800 635-6016.
Good idea! Gave them a call this evening and left a message.
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