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Old 06-15-2018, 10:54 AM   #1
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Ridgeline for towing 21' Escape

We are thinking of buying a new Honda Ridgeline to tow a 21' Escape.

The Ridgeline has a tow capacity of 5000 lbs. The 21' Escape has a dry weight of 3210 lbs. Any ideas on what a loaded Escape would weigh? The trailer would be equipped with A/C, solar, extra insulation and the insulation underneath.

Research shows that the Ridgeline is capable of towing near its limit but I would like some room for margin. I'm estimating a loaded weight of around 4300-4500 lbs. There will only be two of us so that will increase our payload.

Anyone towed with a new Ridgeline to provide some insight into how it tows?
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:02 AM   #2
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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Anyone towed with a new Ridgeline to provide some insight into how it tows?
My son in law has the 2017 Ridgeline - there is no way I would tow my 21 with it for a long trip. You might want to view this towing review from Autoguide.

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Old 06-15-2018, 11:50 AM   #4
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Living in mountainous country, you'd have to be willing to climb grades at 35-40 mph while listening to high engine RPM. I think it could shorten the service life of the vehicle.


Be sure to read Matt's Hyundai Santa Fe review, posted yesterday. The Santa Fe has similar power and tow rating.
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:05 PM   #5
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We are thinking of buying a new Honda Ridgeline to tow a 21' Escape.

Research shows that the Ridgeline is capable of towing near its limit but I would like some room for margin.

Anyone towed with a new Ridgeline to provide some insight into how it tows?

I have not towed with the Ridgeline, but I have towed with that same engine/transmission in the Odyssey minivan. We were towing a 13' Scamp fiberglass trailer. The engine did fine in almost all situations, but there were a few times on mountain passes when I could not maintain highway speeds where I became convinced I would need a more capable vehicle if I got a bigger trailer. We pick up our 21' in 2 weeks with a F-150. I looked at the Ridgeline seriously because I have been happy with my Honda's, but the 21' was too big for my comfort level. I liked the F150 's towing weight capability and the power available (especially at altitude).



Note that we travel all over the USA and I like to have some margin also. Others may have different expectations and needs. I know some people tow the 21' with a similar engine in a Highlander and have been satisfied.



Also, there are actual measured weights on the forums from a variety of owners if you have not found them yet if that is useful to you.
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:25 PM   #6
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Towing 19' with Ridgeline

I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline with over 300,000 Kilometers on it. It is a great truck, has great features and is incredibly reliable. However, I purchased a new 19' Escape this year and drove it from Chilliwack to Calgary over the mountains. On steeper grades, the engine was working pretty hard and RPM's exceeded 5,000 so when I replace the Ridgeline in the next year, I will be looking for a vehicle with greater torque and towing capacity. I would not want to tow a 21' with the Ridgeline.
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:28 PM   #7
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My classic 21 weighed 4300# and I estimate the newer models to be heavier, maybe 2-300# more, so you will be really near/close to your limit.
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Thanks all for your insight. I really like the Ridgeline but I did suspect it might not be quite enough truck for the 21'.

Interesting that the 19' is only a few hundred pounds lighter. I'm guessing fully loaded it too will be too much for the Ridgeline.

I don't really want a full-size truck so I'm leaning towards the Tacoma or a Canyon/Colorado with the Duramax. Looks like the Duramax makes for a good tow rig and well within limits towing a 21'. The efficiency, even while towing is also quite appealing.
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As a Tacoma owner pulling a 21, while I love the truck, I suggest looking at the Duramax. In either case, do a careful evaluation of the payload. I'm switching to a F150, although I probably carry a bit more stuff than most since I'm on the road for 8 - 10 months.
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