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Old 11-11-2015, 01:58 AM   #1
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Ridgeline owners - what is your hitch setup?

I have a 2006 Ridgeline and a 21' trailer to pick up at the end of this year. I have looked through the forum over the past several months and read a lot of back and forth discussion on whether to use a WDH with the Ridgeline and whether it is even necessary. It seems like some Ridgeline owners do and some don't. I would like to take an informal poll of all the Ridgeline owners with 19 or 21 foot trailers: What hitch setup to you use? If you don't have a WDH, do you use an anti-sway bar? Do you use anything other than a simple hookup? If no WDH, how much drop do you get with the trailer attached? I need to determine my ball height if no WDH - I know it varies with tongue weight but most of you are probably in the same ballpark - 350-500lbs. Thanks for any input.

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Old 11-11-2015, 07:14 AM   #2
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I tow with a 2013 Ridgeline and only use a sway bar. I have towed over 10,0000 miles in all kinds of weather and terrain with zero problems. When I picked up the trailer the regular hitch with 1/4" drop was good for a level tow.
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The spec's for a Honda Ridgeline list a GCWR of 10,000 with a GVWR for the vehicle of 6,000, this leaves a difference of 4,000 for towing, of which the 21' Escape may exceed. BlackJack weighed 3800/500 packed for 3 weeks with empty tanks. In addition the final gear ratio of 4.63 would seem to give dismal mpg while towing while allowing a larger tow capacity. Finally the full time all wheel drive may suffer over long term tow use. Just a couple of thoughts.....
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You may not need a WDH, but you will notice an improvement with one. I towed our 19 for over 4 years with our 2009 Pilot, and not WDH, and was comfortable, but I am also comfortable with the nuances of towing, and the effect on the vehicles. When I put the Andersen WDH on, I definitely noticed a smoother ride, where the two vehicles acted more like one.

I would say it has to do with your comfort level for the most part.
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The spec's for a Honda Ridgeline list a GCWR of 10,000 with a GVWR for the vehicle of 6,000, this leaves a difference of 4,000 for towing, of which the 21' Escape may exceed. BlackJack weighed 3800/500 packed for 3 weeks with empty tanks. In addition the final gear ratio of 4.63 would seem to give dismal mpg while towing while allowing a larger tow capacity. Finally the full time all wheel drive may suffer over long term tow use. Just a couple of thoughts.....
The Ridgeline does not have full-time all-wheel drive, it's a blended drive distribution system that reverts to two-wheel drive in most driving conditions.

Also the 6000GVWR is for a loaded truck with three or more people and gear. If you are only two and don't have much gear in the truck, then you can easily get the 5000# towing capacity that is advertised. Check the manual for different towing configurations.

The Ridgeline does have a pretty significant drop in gas mileage when towing.

Haven't towed this trailer, but have towed a horse trailer that approaches or exceeds the weight of a 21 and it's fine with no WDH.
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I guess after over 10000 miles I had better quit towing with my Ridgeline since it may not have the towing capacity. Mine does not have all wheel drive. Maybe they made some with all wheel drive and some without but I doubt it. Some know it alls do not know it all.
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Just because you can does not make it correct. All I was trying to emphasize was some early models had some limitations. I just googled the info and stated the result. If one chooses to ignore, at least others can gleam some help.
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Just because you can does not make it correct. All I was trying to emphasize was some early models had some limitations. I just googled the info and stated the result. If one chooses to ignore, at least others can gleam some help.
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I have towed with the WDH and without, and I would have to say Jim Bennett said it perfectly. A smoother ride and the vehicles act as one. Loren
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