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Old 04-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Towing with a Honda Ridgline

Recently picked up my 21. Drove through Washington down the Oregon coast in blowing rain. Down through California through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and home in Texas. I use a sway bar on my Ridgline but not a WDH. I was really surprised at how 'well the truck did. I really think the 21 pulles more stable than the
17' Casta did. Gas millage was not good (12-14mpg) but very pleased with the performance
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Towing with a Honda Ridgeline

That is really good to hear. My 21 is due on Sept 18th (just moved up from Nov 18th...YAY) and I had wondered whether my Ridgeline would be enough to tow it comfortably.

I've been towing a 17 Boler and only get about 14 mpg, so the 21 won't be much of a change. The Boler tows like it isn't there and I only have sway bars. The WDH should make towing Casper II a piece of cake.

I had meant to post along this line, so thanks for pre-empting my query.

Now I just need to finish my build sheet
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for the report, floorpanel.

It's heartening to hear that your Ridgeline -- which has similar power, torque, and wheelbase to our 4Runner -- handled the 21 so well, and that the 21 has such good towing characteristics.

As long as the SUV tows the 21 with safety and stability, I'll take the hit in gas mileage to avoid the higher gas costs of driving a large pickup truck, for which we have no other need, all year 'round.

The only bad news is that we still have over five months to wait for the hatch.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:06 PM   #4
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It's heartening to hear that your Ridgeline -- which has similar power, torque, and wheelbase to our 4Runner -- handled the 21 so well, and that the 21 has such good towing characteristics.
The Ridgeline actually has a full foot more wheelbase (122" or 3099 mm) than the 2011 4Runner (109.8" or 2789 mm). That's only a 10% difference, but it's a significant difference.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:38 PM   #5
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For what it's worth, I have just returned from Arizona where I went with my Ford Escape V6 towing my 17B. All went well until my return trip. I was heading West out of Vegas towards Pahrump through the loooong grade in the canyon west of town. It was 90 degrees that day and I was babying the Ford up the grade. When I got to the top, I found that despite my tranny cooler, the heat had boiled out all the fluid from the tranny. Was towed back 40 miles to Vegas where AAMCO put a reconditioned tranny in my Ford. The head guy there told me that despite what the books say, what he sees coming through his shop with blown trannies are Ford Escapes, Expeditions, Explorers and F150's. Also Dodge 1500's, and Durangos. This guy has been doing transmissions since the Vietnam War so he knows his business. He said that the products he sees least often in his shop are Chev trucks. It was an expensive lesson for me to learn. The only good news was that he let me live in my Escape Trailer for 7 days in his shop while he looked for a tranny. By the way, he also said that the first thing a buyer must do when he buys a tow-vehicle is to replace the factory tranny cooler with an aftermarket one twice the size. My Ford Escape did get me home via San Fransisco but now I don't trust it any more so I'm looking for a pick up to do the towing.
Sorry if this post is a bit of a downer for SUV users, but just be careful please and check it out carefully
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The Ridgeline actually has a full foot more wheelbase (122" or 3099 mm) than the 2011 4Runner (109.8" or 2789 mm). That's only a 10% difference, but it's a significant difference.
Brian, I'm not sure whether wheelbase trumps power in tow vehicles, but I'm guessing that depends on the grade of the road, quality of the road surface, and the wind conditions. Might a premium hitch like the Andersen add to the stability of a rig whose TV had a shorter wheelbase?

FWIW, the 4Runner is rated at 270 HP and 278 Lb./Ft. of torque, compared to the Ridgeline's 250 HP and 247 torque rating. The Honda engine displaces 3.5 litres, and the Toyota 4.0 litres.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:14 AM   #7
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I almost blew up my transmission on my Ford Explorer ( 1994 and towing a tent trailer ). So said the mechanic I took it to.
And, he said he's seen that a lot, when people tow in OD, contrary to the instructions in the manual that says not to use OD when towing.
What made matters worse is that my 17-year-old daughter ( at the time ) reminded me that I had told her that the manual said not to tow in OD.
Don't know if that resulted in your problem, but it always pays to read the manual.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:01 AM   #8
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As much as I love my Infiniti FX50S, which tows my Casita 17' like it's not there, I bought a 2003 Dodge Dakota with a 4.7L V8 to tow my (future) Escape 19. It has the factory tow package and is rated to tow 5000lbs with a class III hitch and 6700lbs with a class IV.

My question is how do you tell if you have a class III or class IV?
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Had a '09 Subie Forester. Manual said not to tow in OD. Did what it said. Still on hot days (90+), going up long hills, it ran hot. The car was rated to tow 2400# and I was 600 under.
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Tow ratings really confuse me. We currently tow our 17b with a 2008 Toyota Sienna, towing capacity of 3500 lbs. We are considering buying a Highlander to tow our 21 when it comes in Sept. The Highlander has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. but when you look at the two vehicles, the Highlander only has 5 more horse power and about 4 more ft lbs of torque. The highlander is slightly narrower. Both are unibody construction., and similar curb weights. So I am surprised that the highlander has so much more towing capacity. I know about the SAE standard, but sometimes I think the towing capacity is arbitrary, set as much by the marketing dept as the engineers.

I have thought about getting something with more towing capacity, but Lindy is enamored of the Highlander and its car-like ride. I have also thought about a Lexus gx-460. Has anybody used one of those?
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