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Old 11-08-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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2015 Trip Report, Escape 21 & Honda Ridgeline

I know we’ve had many discussions pertaining to tow vehicle vs what’s being towed, so I thought I’d report on our last trip. This of course is far from a scientific study where there are facts and data providing proven conclusions, so please take from it as you will.

We left home from Seattle Washington in mid September and didn’t return until the end of October. Our trek took us across Montana (Rocky Mountains) and down through Wyoming (55+ mph winds) to Denver Colorado. From there we went due east with stops for Gettysburg and genealogy research. We took a breather in West Virginia to visit relatives before arriving in the D.C. area. We toured the White House and Capitol building (House and Senate). We visited most all the tourist attractions our capital had to offer before being blown out by the hurricane off the coast. Sadly we had very little time left for the Smithsonian, but enjoyed what we were able to see. We had to skip James Town and surrounding area, again because of the hurricane, but because of that, we were able to visited Bill and Earline at their home in Chattanooga (very nice house). Can’t say enough about southern hospitality, Bill and Earline have it in spades. We also had a great time camping with them in the Smoky Mountains. We visited the Grand-Ol-Opery in Nashville, and Graceland in Memphis. From there we went to Phoenix (more visits) and back home using I5.

We drove at about 55 mph from Seattle to Denver, 60 mph from Denver to D.C., 65-70 mph from D. C. to Phoenix (my cousin was anxious to get home), and 60 mph back to Seattle.

The trip covered 8,652.8 miles, burned 610.25 gal of gas, and the Honda got 14.18 mpg over all with no issues. We had one mishap with the trailer, (the strainer for the water pump acquired a cracked lid) and the new two door fridge didn’t do well while traveling.

I was very concerned about the Honda towing at it’s max for so long a trip over mountains etc. BUT, It did great through all the ascents and descents, towing against 55+mph winds, and heavy rain. Of all the miles we put on during this trip, only 200-300 of them were without the trailer, and most of those were in heavy traffic in the DC area.

The truck and trailer did great and a good time was had by all,
Tom
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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Great trip report Tom. You make want to get back out on the road. If you haven't done so already, you might want to get the transmission and VTM fluids changed. The transmission fluid in our Ridgeline was pretty dirty after last year's cross country trip and this year's camping season. Great gas mileage. I only get about 11 when towing.
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Old 11-08-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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I know we’ve had many discussions pertaining to tow vehicle vs what’s being towed, so I thought I’d report on our last trip. This of course is far from a scientific study where there are facts and data providing proven conclusions, so please take from it as you will.

We left home from Seattle Washington in mid September and didn’t return until the end of October. Our trek took us across Montana (Rocky Mountains) and down through Wyoming (55+ mph winds) to Denver Colorado. From there we went due east with stops for Gettysburg and genealogy research. We took a breather in West Virginia to visit relatives before arriving in the D.C. area. We toured the White House and Capitol building (House and Senate). We visited most all the tourist attractions our capital had to offer before being blown out by the hurricane off the coast. Sadly we had very little time left for the Smithsonian, but enjoyed what we were able to see. We had to skip James Town and surrounding area, again because of the hurricane, but because of that, we were able to visited Bill and Earline at their home in Chattanooga (very nice house). Can’t say enough about southern hospitality, Bill and Earline have it in spades. We also had a great time camping with them in the Smoky Mountains. We visited the Grand-Ol-Opery in Nashville, and Graceland in Memphis. From there we went to Phoenix (more visits) and back home using I5.

We drove at about 55 mph from Seattle to Denver, 60 mph from Denver to D.C., 65-70 mph from D. C. to Phoenix (my cousin was anxious to get home), and 60 mph back to Seattle.

The trip covered 8,652.8 miles, burned 610.25 gal of gas, and the Honda got 14.18 mpg over all with no issues. We had one mishap with the trailer, (the strainer for the water pump acquired a cracked lid) and the new two door fridge didn’t do well while traveling.

I was very concerned about the Honda towing at it’s max for so long a trip over mountains etc. BUT, It did great through all the ascents and descents, towing against 55+mph winds, and heavy rain. Of all the miles we put on during this trip, only 200-300 of them were without the trailer, and most of those were in heavy traffic in the DC area.

The truck and trailer did great and a good time was had by all,
Tom
Hi: TAfraser... Having a good time is about as "Scientific" as it needs to be. Good to know the Honda does well on the descend as well as the ascend!!!
We'll be passing by Chattanooga on our way south in early Jan. Alf
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:42 PM   #4
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Sounds like you had a marvelous trip! Thanks for the great description!
Curious about where you stayed in the DC area?
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I'm aware of one or two cg outside the "Beltway" where you can camp and take the metro into town. You do not want to tow in WDC.
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Tom,
Try covering a couple louvers of your lower refer vent with non flammable furnace material, it seemed my dual door was blowing out on propane, but the cover seemed to allow the propane to stay on. Also, make sure you have water in your drain cup and let your thermister hang down a little, all of these keep the unit cooler, as well as the "fridge fix" modification.
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I'm aware of one or two cg outside the "Beltway" where you can camp and take the metro into town. You do not want to tow in WDC.
You don't even want to drive in WDC. Loren
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You don't even want to go there......at all !!!!
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:04 AM   #9
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I would like to go there some day. Once would be fine though.

Took me a minute to figure out what WDC referred to. Acronyms sure seem to be the in thing lately, though I do use them too.
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As a retired federal employee, one gets used to acronyms in everyday use, a precursor to the current use on the web and phones---LOL
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