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Old 01-16-2018, 06:06 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,
Prospective 21 owner and I would like to get feedback on tow vehicle. Currently tow a 2012 3124KB Trailmanor, tow weight about 3700 lbs. with a 2010 Honda Ridgeline rated 5000 lbs. with a tongue rating of 500 lbs. Ridge pulls the Trailmanor great and I have no problem maintaining 65 MPH on flat or slightly rising interstate. Get 15-16 towing 20-21 not.
I know that this truck is not the recommended choice as a V8 or Ecoboost V6 would be, but the Ridge is a great daily driver and does everything I need a truck for and it is paid for. Plus I don’t want a full size for a daily driver if I can avoid it. I drove several full size Ford pickups in my business pulling tandem axle trailers and I know that they handle loads better than mid-sized trucks, but I would like comments from Ridgline owners if there are any.
Mainly towing in southeast and NC and VA mountains, plus a planned extended trip (3-4 weeks) out west next year. No long range plans to full time.
Thanks in advance,
John in NC
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:06 PM   #2
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Hello Everyone,
Prospective 21 owner and I would like to get feedback on tow vehicle. Currently tow a 2012 3124KB Trailmanor, tow weight about 3700 lbs. with a 2010 Honda Ridgeline rated 5000 lbs. with a tongue rating of 500 lbs. Ridge pulls the Trailmanor great and I have no problem maintaining 65 MPH on flat or slightly rising interstate. Get 15-16 towing 20-21 not.
I know that this truck is not the recommended choice as a V8 or Ecoboost V6 would be, but the Ridge is a great daily driver and does everything I need a truck for and it is paid for. Plus I don’t want a full size for a daily driver if I can avoid it. I drove several full size Ford pickups in my business pulling tandem axle trailers and I know that they handle loads better than mid-sized trucks, but I would like comments from Ridgline owners if there are any.
Mainly towing in southeast and NC and VA mountains, plus a planned extended trip (3-4 weeks) out west next year. No long range plans to full time.
Thanks in advance,
John in NC
I don't have a Ridgeline, but I have a somewhat related perspective for what it is worth. I owned a 2007 Odyssey with the similar 3.5L V6 engine. I towed just a 13' Scamp several times through various mountain ranges in Canada and the USA. It was a capable tow vehicle with that ~2000lb trailer but at elevation and at notable grades, it was sometimes all it could do to keep above 45mph but the vast majority of the time it would hold 60mph on various grades. I have a 21' on order and went with a F-150 Ecoboost. I'm with you that I'm not in love with it as a daily driver though. YMMV.
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:13 PM   #3
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Welcome John in NC,
Have you seen an Escape in person? There are several owners in your area. Contact the factory and they can give you some names and numbers. I think you vehicle will probably like towing a 19 Escape more than a 21 Escape as far as weight and tongue weight. Do you know if Honda can handle a w/d set up?
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:09 PM   #4
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A few years ago, I had a 2720 TrailManor, newer model, really liked it. As much as I liked it, definetly prefer my Escape. It has many of the pluses of the TM, like being light, but few of the disadvantages. I towed both with my six cylinder Toyota Venza and was pleasantly surprised at how well the Escsped towed vs the TM. And I’m talking a trip to Alaska. I think the tandem axels really make a positive difference on the Escape. I think u will be fine with ur Ridgeline.
I would highly recommend an Escape.
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:21 AM   #5
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Hi John, I don’t know about the Ridgeline but we have a 2014 Tacoma with the 4Ltr V-6 and it pulls our 21 Escape just fine. I tow at moderate speeds 60 - 65 MPH and have gotten an average of 12 mpg. You do know you have a trailer behind you winds and semi’s will move you a bit. I have Sumo Springs and they have helped with the suspension, I imagine with a larger truck mileage would be similar but you wouldn’t have to think about the suspension. If I were to change vehicles I would most likely go for the Chevy Colorado with diesel.
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:19 PM   #6
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Hi John, There are several Escape owners who tow with a Ridgeline and at least one who tows a 21. Unfortunately he hasn’t posted in awhile. When I last spoke with him, he was very happy with the combination.
One of the most important features of a lightweight trailer, is the ability to tow with your primary vehicle. You don’t need, and in our case, don’t want a dedicated tow vehicle. Yes, a full size truck would be better for towing, but for some a smaller truck or SUV is better as an everyday driver. The ability to tow a quality lightweight trailer, such as an Escape with a superb vehicle, such as a Ridgeline, is the best of both worlds.
We decided first that we wanted to get back to trailering. We decided second that we did not want a dedicated tow vehicle. We bought a quality vehicle capable of safely towing up to 5000 lbs, then set our sights on finding the finest trailer in that weight range. 2 1/2 years ago, we discovered Escape, and couldn’t be happier.
I’d proceed with your Ridgeline. I think you will be very happy with the versatility. If your towing experience leads you to re-prioritize and you want a stronger tow vehicle, you can take your time and find the right blend for your lifestyle. Good Luck!
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:58 AM   #7
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Hello Everyone,
Prospective 21 owner and I would like to get feedback on tow vehicle. Currently tow a 2012 3124KB Trailmanor, tow weight about 3700 lbs. with a 2010 Honda Ridgeline rated 5000 lbs. with a tongue rating of 500 lbs. Ridge pulls the Trailmanor great and I have no problem maintaining 65 MPH on flat or slightly rising interstate. Get 15-16 towing 20-21 not.
I know that this truck is not the recommended choice as a V8 or Ecoboost V6 would be, but the Ridge is a great daily driver and does everything I need a truck for and it is paid for. Plus I don’t want a full size for a daily driver if I can avoid it. I drove several full size Ford pickups in my business pulling tandem axle trailers and I know that they handle loads better than mid-sized trucks, but I would like comments from Ridgline owners if there are any.
Mainly towing in southeast and NC and VA mountains, plus a planned extended trip (3-4 weeks) out west next year. No long range plans to full time.
Thanks in advance,
John in NC
We have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline with 290.000 Kilometers on it and we have ordered a 19' Escape (completion date of Jan. 31/18). Originally was looking at the 17' Escape but I convinced my wife that a 19' would be a better size for us. Looks like the dry weight of the 21' Escape at 3,260 lbs. is only 260 lbs. more that the 19' so shouldn't be a problem for the Ridgeline to tow. We have a truck cap to carry most of our camping gear so storage in the trailer will be minimal. I love the Ridgeline and will buy a new one in the next couple of years. It would be nice if it had a slightly greater towing capacity and a lockable tail gate but other than that it is perfect for us.
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:20 AM   #8
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... I love the Ridgeline and will buy a new one in the next couple of years. It would be nice if it had a slightly greater towing capacity and a lockable tail gate but other than that it is perfect for us.
I still find it hard to believe Honda won't put a lock on the Ridgeline's dual-action tailgate yet there is a third-party lock available for it.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:58 AM   #9
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We have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline with 290.000 Kilometers on it and we have ordered a 19' Escape (completion date of Jan. 31/18). Originally was looking at the 17' Escape but I convinced my wife that a 19' would be a better size for us. Looks like the dry weight of the 21' Escape at 3,260 lbs. is only 260 lbs. more that the 19' so shouldn't be a problem for the Ridgeline to tow. We have a truck cap to carry most of our camping gear so storage in the trailer will be minimal. I love the Ridgeline and will buy a new one in the next couple of years. It would be nice if it had a slightly greater towing capacity and a lockable tail gate but other than that it is perfect for us.
It is not only the weight but the size impacts the difference. The 21 is longer and wider and will necessitate auxiliary mirrors and the larger size will also impact mileage. I have owned both.....
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:07 AM   #10
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Hi: JSpain... For my money I'd try towing the Escape with the Ridge. You already own it and if you find it inadequate then you can change it out when necessary. Alf
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