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Old 03-23-2016, 09:11 AM   #1
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Hello, just finished our second short 500 mile round trip pulling our 2016 201bhxl at an approximate weight loaded of 4755 lbs and 550 pounds of T.W. reduced to 380 pounds with Pro Series Hitch. I see many post questions about what can I pull? I am a CDL truck driver by trade for the record. This set up I have performs excellent. I can travel in overdrive on flat roads no problem, holds the gear consistently with out shifting in and out of OD. D4 over White Pass here in Washington State 55 mph with out pushing Honda past 3300 rpm. Prodigy brake control set at B2 can't even tell trailer is behind me coming down the mountain. Honda max tow rating for 2016 is 5000 lbs with there optional Trans cooler and hitch set up. I can honestly say my Pilot is very capable. I did take the time to set it up with good equipment to tow. The bad I get 10.8 miles to the gallon towing. I will update the gas figure when I get on a road I can travel in OD for more than 50 miles. Next week Sol Duc Rv and LA Push. Happy traveling
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:07 PM   #2
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It is nice to see you post this. We are looking for our first travel trailer that we will be towing with our '16 Chevy Traverse AWD with tow package. It is rated for 5200 pounds towing, which obviously we will be below once we factor in people, stuff, etc. We are kind of shooting for 4000 pounds, give or take, for a rated trailer weight.

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Do you have the 9 speed or the 6 speed trans? Your real world info would be great for my customers.

We had a '11 pulling high wall popup- 3800 loaded. Could do it with patience and knowledge. Most difficult part was our summer spot was at 8500ft! So I would spend about 8 miles doing 35 mph @ 4500 rpm- max torque. And it could do it.
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It is nice to see you post this. We are looking for our first travel trailer that we will be towing with our '16 Chevy Traverse AWD with tow package. It is rated for 5200 pounds towing, which obviously we will be below once we factor in people, stuff, etc. We are kind of shooting for 4000 pounds, give or take, for a rated trailer weight.

Good luck on your travels!
Pulled my Roo 19 (~4100 lbs loaded) for one season with a Traverse. I was NOT a happy camper. Bought a Silverado.

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I am confident you will have no problem

So quick update we have now towed our r.v. about 5000 trouble free miles. I can say not once have I even thought I need more pulling or stopping power. When I did my research I read so many people saying our mid sized suv are not good for towing. I actually wish I bought the 4700 pound dry weight trailer I really wanted. My same trailer just with a slide. I don't know much about your rig but my dad pulls a 2500 pound pontoon boat with a 2015 GMC Terrain 4 cylinder. 500 lbs over max tow rating no problem at all. Lake Havasu AZ and back spring break pushing 70 the whole way. My vote go for it. Don't go over on max trailer weight my insurance guy said depending on fault that will be issue in accident. But to his knowledge they have never weighed actual weight just what label in door says.
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For the gentleman who asked my honda has the 6 speed transmission. The entire factory honda tow set up to include honda transmission cooler. As stated in my original post I am a CDL truck driver with a couple million miles behind me. I would NEVER tow anything I feel is not 100% safe. This honda has literally blown me away dead stop to 60 with a little less than 5 grand behind it, wife adult son and daughter in rig no problem at all. Stopping no problem. I would have zero reservation recommending the 2016 Pilot for a tow vehicle for a thing up to 5000 pounds
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So quick update we have now towed our r.v. about 5000 trouble free miles. I can say not once have I even thought I need more pulling or stopping power. When I did my research I read so many people saying our mid sized suv are not good for towing. I actually wish I bought the 4700 pound dry weight trailer I really wanted. My same trailer just with a slide. I don't know much about your rig but my dad pulls a 2500 pound pontoon boat with a 2015 GMC Terrain 4 cylinder. 500 lbs over max tow rating no problem at all. Lake Havasu AZ and back spring break pushing 70 the whole way. My vote go for it. Don't go over on max trailer weight my insurance guy said depending on fault that will be issue in accident. But to his knowledge they have never weighed actual weight just what label in door says.
You do realize that the TT tires aren't speed rated for 70mph. 65mph is the max. Heat, speed and overloading are what causes ST tires to blow apart, tearing up your TT.
Slow Down.
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You do realize that the TT tires aren't speed rated for 70mph. 65mph is the max. Heat, speed and overloading are what causes ST tires to blow apart, tearing up your TT.
Slow Down.
Mine are rated for 75.....
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It is nice to see you post this. We are looking for our first travel trailer that we will be towing with our '16 Chevy Traverse AWD with tow package. It is rated for 5200 pounds towing, which obviously we will be below once we factor in people, stuff, etc. We are kind of shooting for 4000 pounds, give or take, for a rated trailer weight.

Good luck on your travels!

There is a huge difference between hauling a Pop up and hard sided travel trailer. That hardsided trailer acts like a huge parachute that you have to drag down the highway.
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