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Old 10-11-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hello from Toledo Ohio

Hi all,

I am have been online with the forum for a couple of weeks, maybe a month or so. I am a newbie! Right now I have a deposit in with ETI for a 17b for June 2015 build. My TV is a Honda Ridgeline.

I have enjoyed reading all the post, especially ones on buildsheets, and modifications people have made!

Any others towing with the Honda Ridgeline? I see a few are towing 21ft with it. Any words of wisdom on this TV?

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Linda
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hello neighbor, welcome to our little Escape world. We just had the 1st annual Eastern Escape Rally here in Pennsylvania last month. Look for a repeat sometime next year. There is also the big one in Canada in late May/early June sponsored by ETI. Rallies are great ways to meet/see other owners and their rigs.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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Hello neighbor!

I saw the pics of the first eastern rally, looked like fun! More and more escapees on this side of NA!
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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One day we may have Canadian rallies, west of the Mississippi and east of the Mississippi rallies!
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Linda,
Hello fellow Ridgeline owner. I towed a 17’ Casita with the Ridgeline for 4 years without an issue. We towed it from sea level up and over 11,000’ passes in the Rockies. We were never the first one up the mountain, but we made it in fine shape. In fact, if I wanted to push it, maintaining the speed limit would not have been a problem. The Ridgeline is a very stable platform, but I would recommend that you follow Hondas’ recommendation and use a sway control. I've never felt any sway, but as I understand it, when you realize you need sway control, it’s already too late. I now tow the 21 with the Ridgeline. We’ve taken it over 7,000’ without an issue. Again we’re not the first one to the top, and again, we could push it and maintain the speed limit if we really wanted to. You should have no problem towing the Escape 17 with the Ridgeline.
One other thing, I also have the transmission serviced at their recommended for towing intervals. Be safe and enjoy!
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:00 PM   #6
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We tow a 21 with a Ridgeline as well. The Ridgeline is more than adequate for the 21. We towed it home from Chilliwack to CT via Montana and Wyoming and had no trouble with the elevations or keeping up. It will go 70+ on the interstate although that kills the gas mileage. Expect a significant drop in mileage when towing
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:54 AM   #7
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Welcome fellow Buckeye! You will be #4 from Ohio. We are still on the road camping our way back from Chilliwack with our new 21'.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:46 AM   #8
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Tom,

What sway control are you using? I know Honda Ridgeline says no to wdh.

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Old 10-13-2014, 09:47 AM   #9
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Only 4 of us in Ohio??

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Old 10-13-2014, 10:10 AM   #11
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Thumbs up Ohio

Only 3 on the map. Probably some not on forum. You would make 4. So far we are very pleased with our 21`.
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:23 AM   #12
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Linda, We used a Reese sway control unit on our Casita. It, or one just like it, is available at Camping World for $60, and Camping World is never the least expensive place to buy. With the 21, we're using the Anderson for both sway and weight distribution. I know, that's a no-no and I do have mixed feelings about it. The 21 actually towed very well with nothing, but like I said, you don't know that you need sway control until it's too late. I'd like to hear from other Ridgeline owners on this subject??
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #13
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I use only a sway bar with my Ridgline/21 and have no problems. Have pulled the 21 some 5000 miles so far.
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Tom,

What sway control are you using? I know Honda Ridgeline says no to wdh.

Thanks.

Linda
We got the Anderson hitch with the trailer from Escape. The Anderson seems to be mostly anti sway and a mini weight distribution. We hadn't towed before, I like the Andeson. We haven't had any problems towing.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:06 PM   #15
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Hi,
Newbie as well.
I'm from Ohio but won't have my 15' Escape until August.
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Welcome, Linda and Ellen! The Midwest is picking up.
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That's great -- and thanks for the welcome!
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:26 PM   #18
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Hello Linda, We have a 21 just north of you in Monroe Mi. Congratulations. If you havn't seen one yet you are welcome to stop by. Pete
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Smile Welcome

Hi Ellen. Welcome aboard!
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