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Old 03-30-2016, 05:30 PM   #11
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This is what the 2009 Manual says.
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Weight Distributing Hitches
A weight distributing hitch is not
recommended for use with your
vehicle, as an improperly adjusted
weight distributing hitch may reduce
handling, stability, and braking
performance.
The 2014 manual has exactly the same statement. 2009 through 2015 models years are the previous (second) generation, so it makes sense that they would all have the same towing information. Given the 4500 pound trailer weight limit, I assume that Trav is asking about this generation.

2016 is the first year of a new (third) generation of Pilot; the weight limits are raised and the WD statement has changed.
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:31 PM   #12
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Toyota RAV4 manual also says WDH is not recommended. Took me six years to find out what that meant. Toyota said they do not have a relationship with a manufacturer of weight distribution hitches, so they cannot recommend any particular one.
It's all in the details.
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Toyota RAV4 manual also says WDH is not recommended. Took me six years to find out what that meant. Toyota said they do not have a relationship with a manufacturer of weight distribution hitches, so they cannot recommend any particular one.
I don't believe that final explanation from a Toyota rep is anything like the correct answer, but it doesn't really matter... Honda is very clear about the reason that they recommend against WD for the second-generation Pilot - and warn against misuse for the third-generation Pilot - right in the statement in the manual.
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Doesn't matter to me either.
The receiver has been attached and in use with WDH for eight years. Last service I asked them to look at the receiver and they reported on the work sheet that everything was A-OK.
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