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Old 09-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #11
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Towing the 21

We'll get our 21 mid October and plan on towing it with a Honda Ridgeline. It has a 5000lb tow rating. I've talked to the Honda dealers and customer service before and have been assured that it will be fine. The issue here may be going over passes. Honda states (in their manual) that with every 1000 feet in altitude gain the towing capacity will decrease by 2%. Our last vacation took us over some passes at 11000 feet, or a 22% reduction in towing capacity (3900lbs). OUCH! The Ridgeline did fine with the Casita behind it, in fact it averaged 16mpg over the 3500 mile trip, but I wonder about pulling the 21? I'd rather not buy a new truck right now, so I'm going to try it out. We're going to use the Anderson weight distribution hitch that provides sway control automatically, and if it doesn't work out, we'll just move the hitch to the next truck. A side note; Honda recommends not using weight distribution hitches because of safety. Seems odd doesn't it?

Anyhow, wish us luck!!
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:38 PM   #12
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I forgot to state that the 5000lb rating on the Ridgeline is with 2 passengers and 60lbs of personal items. So adding camping items, like generators, ice chests, etc. reduces that rating. I better learn to pack better??
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Tom, you should be getting some pictures in next couple of weeks, I'm curious about the storage area between the bath and door, has Reace given you any preliminary info?
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I forgot to state that the 5000lb rating on the Ridgeline is with 2 passengers and 60lbs of personal items. So adding camping items, like generators, ice chests, etc. reduces that rating. I better learn to pack better??
or a good excuse to leave your copilot home? just kidding
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We just talked with Reace yesterday and he is working on a place to store toiletries in the space between the door and the bathroom.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:56 PM   #16
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Thanks Jan & Paul, you guys are about 30 days behind me and I'm a little more than 30 days behind Tom- I hate standing in line !!
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It will hard to be patient from January 28th until the snow is gone and we can safely tow our trailer home. I had a ton of questions yesterday but keep thinking of new ones. I really liked the layout!
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A Tundra would be my first choice for towing a 21. A little pricey off the lot put the nice quiet interior and longevity is worth it. A friend of mine has a silver four door one with all the goodies. Nice ride...and a good tow.
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Anyone towing a 21 with a Nissan Frontier? I see some are pulling the 19 successfully, but the 21 is a bit heavier.
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Also would have to pull over every 10 min. to cool the engine and on the down side to cool the brakes .
You're kidding, right? This isn't 50 years ago - two or three hundred horsepower and the cooling capacity to use it is routine equipment for the family wagon with a V6 these days. Descending is done with engine braking - even with a "3/4 ton" pickup - so brake cooling is not a problem.
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