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Old 06-05-2019, 03:21 PM   #1
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Honda Ridgeline towing Escape 19

I wonder if anyone has a Honda Ridgeline and is towing an Escape 19? Any issues with towing? Please be honest. I haven’t purchased yet, but will if the towing isn’t a problem. Thanks so much.
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I believe Jim B. used one to tow his E19 before he got his 5.0....maybe he will chime in.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:49 PM   #3
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A lot of people (I believe including Jim Bennett) have used a Honda Pilot to tow an Escape, and the Pilot and Ridgeline are closely related and very similar. The Ridgeline is likely a better tow vehicle than the Pilot.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:16 PM   #4
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This is great. Keep the comments and wisdom coming. I am very impressed with the quality of the E19.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:35 PM   #5
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The second generation Ridgeline has a 5000-pound towing capacity and 600-pound hitch weight. I'm looking at getting a 21 to tow with my Ridgeline. Here is another good site for reading and a good place to ask questions.

https://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/...hes-towing.33/
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:41 PM   #6
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I believe Jim B. used one to tow his E19 before he got his 5.0....maybe he will chime in.
J.B. used a Pilot as does hotfishtacos. T.R. Fraser uses a Ridgeline for his 21.
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J.B. used a Pilot as does hotfishtacos. T.R. Fraser uses a Ridgeline for his 21.
Thanks for the clarification........
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I had a first gen Ridgeline, a wonderful truck but I've never towed an Escape with it.

The maximum that I've towed with it was an open trailer with two motocycle (total weight near 3000#) plus four adult and bed full luggage from Ottawa to Daytona.

The 5000# limit is real and you have to substrat what is at the rear on the driver seat. It will tow but it will not be fun. Heavy fuel consumption, and very limited performance. My rule on thumb is never exceed 75% of the spec of the truck. Since an empty trailler is close to 3500# you are already at that 75%.

It will pull without any major issue but many choices and sacrifice will have to be made from you're part. It would not be my choice of truck even if it is a Wonderfull Truck.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:52 AM   #9
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I've been towing our 19 with a 1st gen Ridgeline since 2016. We live in Colorado and travel throughout the mountains. The Ridgeline does great, with no problems. I think the fuel mileage (percent) drops more than a regular 1/2 ton does.

Also, Honda recommends that one does NOT use a WDH. I've never used one and have had no problems at all.

The Ridgeline towing capacity of 5000# is a good number. Most companies' advertised tow limits are based on an empty truck with just a driver. The Ridgeline allows some payload in the truck with its advertised tow capability.
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The Honda RIDGELINE 2007 specs.
Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Guidelines:

Number of Occupants*
Max. Trailer Weight
Max. Tongue Load**
2
5000 lbs (2268 kg)
600 lbs (272 kg)
3
4750 lbs (2155 kg)
600 lbs (272 kg)
4
4750 lbs (2155 kg)
570 lbs (258 kg)
5
4500 lbs (2041 kg)
516 lbs (234 kg)
214
* The corresponding weight limits assume occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back, each occupant weighs 150 lbs (70 kg), and each has 15 lbs (7 kg) of cargo in the cab, pickup bed, or In-Bed Trunk. Any additional weight, including cargo or accessories, reduces the maximum trailer weight and maximum tongue load. Never exceed the gross axle weight ratings (see page 213 ).
** Recommended tongue load should be 5-15% of the total trailer weight for boat trailers, and 10-15% of the total trailer weight for all other trailers.

To determine the correct cargo and luggage load limit:
1. Locate the statement, ‘‘the
combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 1,530 (1,480) lbs’’ on your vehicle’s placard. [The placard is on the driver’s doorjamb.]
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from 1,530 (1,480) pounds.
4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the maximum load is 1,530 lbs and there will be five 150 lb. passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 780 lbs. [1,530 - 750 (5 × 150) = 780 lbs.]
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We towed our 19 with an 06 Ridgeline many times, and currently with an 18 Ridgeline AWD. The new one gets much better gas mileage while towing than the old one, but both did fine regarding power and ride.
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People will tow with whatever they feel like towing with. We saw many suspect combinations at the Rally.
I hope that if those who are at or over their payload and towing ratings never have an issue or an accident as I am sure the insurance ramifications won't be kind.
If one can't be bothered to be concerned about oneself, perhaps they could be considerate of others who may be affected by their decisions.
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People will tow with whatever they feel like towing with. We saw many suspect combinations at the Rally.
I hope that if those who are at or over their payload and towing ratings never have an issue or an accident as I am sure the insurance ramifications won't be kind.
If one can't be bothered to be concerned about oneself, perhaps they could be considerate of others who may be affected by their decisions.
Pulling anything is rarely an issue because you can use the time you want to attend the speed you want . Keeping it in control and stopping it is the issue here since it it mostly limited or very limited in time.

Pulling should be a pleasant experience ... like every thing else.
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People will tow with whatever they feel like towing with. We saw many suspect combinations at the Rally.
I hope that if those who are at or over their payload and towing ratings never have an issue or an accident as I am sure the insurance ramifications won't be kind.
If one can't be bothered to be concerned about oneself, perhaps they could be considerate of others who may be affected by their decisions.
I find that people who do what they want are rarely considerate of others nor worry about the consequences of their own actions...
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Conflating "at towing limit" and "exceeding towing limit" can cause problems for observers that may not exist in reality. If your tow vehicle is Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 certified for the weight you are towing (and the Ridgeline is!), that is good enough for me.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:25 AM   #16
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I have a Honda Ridgeline 2014 AWD and I tow my 2015 19 foot Escape(1G). For most part it all works fine. I have the Tekonsha P3 brake controller and I do use the Anderson weight distribution hitch. I usually try to keep my speed down to 60mph on highways. You can feel the trailer behind you when towing, but I have never had issues with swaying or braking.

The reason I went with Ridgeline was not to have two vehicles, I use it for my everyday driving too.

I think if I lived in the mountains and not the mid-west I would go with a full size truck. If and when I decide to upgrade in my tv, I would look to full-size, with towing mirrors, integrated brake controller, etc... And keep my Ridgeline for everyday driving!
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:22 PM   #17
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I find that people who do what they want are rarely considerate of others nor worry about the consequences of their own actions...
That would describe 98% of the population! Unfortunately.
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