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Old 01-20-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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I have a 26' surveyor also and started towing with a Honda Ridgeline. It towed it but it was at the very top of it's towing capacity. I now have a F150 and love it. For towing the RPod, the Ridge Line should be just fine. It has a 5000lb towing capacity and every Ridge Line made has the factory towing package (coolers,ect...) installed. I really liked the RidgeLine and it's features but for my TT I needed something with a higher towing capacity. The Pilot (my wife's vehicle) has a tow rating of 3500lbs in 2wd and 4500lbs in AWD. Same engine in both RidgeLine and Pilot. Just food for though.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:33 AM   #12
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Just a suggestion: I do not know if you are new to the camping thing? But once this love affair takes hold of your heart, you are going to start dreaming while you are drying your wet feet by the evening campfire after a day of swimming at the waterhole. Dreaming what, you ask? Dreaming about that bigger trailer you would like to have for the real of love of your life. She is dreaming too. This love affair may go for a couple of years, but a bigger trailer is coming.

As the others have stated, these new vehicles get better milage. You don’t want to pay for the same real estate twice.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:08 PM   #13
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I have a 26' surveyor also and started towing with a Honda Ridgeline. It towed it but it was at the very top of it's towing capacity. I now have a F150 and love it. For towing the RPod, the Ridge Line should be just fine. It has a 5000lb towing capacity and every Ridge Line made has the factory towing package (coolers,ect...) installed. I really liked the RidgeLine and it's features but for my TT I needed something with a higher towing capacity. The Pilot (my wife's vehicle) has a tow rating of 3500lbs in 2wd and 4500lbs in AWD. Same engine in both RidgeLine and Pilot. Just food for though.
the only caveat with Honda's as tow vehicles, is Honda's anti-WDH stance.
for me, that speaks volumes to what they really think their vehicles are, in regards to towing.
granted, a WDH shouldn't be needed for a R-pod, but in case someone wants get a bigger trailer, you'll have problems without having a WDH.
whether for R-pods, teardrops or popups, a Honda Pilot or Ridgeline will be great.
but for a full-height trailer, not having a WDH is just stupid unless you have a big truck to tow with.
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Enough said....
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #15
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We towed a R-Pod 171 with a Ford Escape (3l V6) and it was very marginal and after the first trip we traded the Escape in on a 2010 Dodge Dakota (4.7 V8). It was a really good combination and we went on a cross-Canada trip (20 000 km) with it. The mileage was absolutely lousy for a trailer that size.

The R-Pod developed a number of serious issues and we traded it for a 2010 Prime Time Tracer 205M. This one is a 1000 lbs heavier than the R-Pod but we get better mileage towing it.

As for the Honda Odyssey, I personally would not use it to tow a R-Pod. I should also say that since we live in Alberta most of our towing is in Mountain Country.

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the only caveat with Honda's as tow vehicles, is Honda's anti-WDH stance.
for me, that speaks volumes to what they really think their vehicles are, in regards to towing.
granted, a WDH shouldn't be needed for a R-pod, but in case someone wants get a bigger trailer, you'll have problems without having a WDH.
whether for R-pods, teardrops or popups, a Honda Pilot or Ridgeline will be great.
but for a full-height trailer, not having a WDH is just stupid unless you have a big truck to tow with.
I know (but had forgotten) that Honda doesn't recommend towing with a WDH but I did and had no problems. I did a lot of research on the Ridgeline forum about it and others have done it quiet a bit with no ill effects.

I also agree with campdohbrew about upgrading in the future to a bigger trailer (we did). The Ridgeline is limited to what it can tow. My F150 is rated to tow 9600lbs and actually the unloaded and towing MPG is only about 2-3 less on the F150 than the Ridgeline (5.4L V8 vs. 4.6L V6). Get all the truck you can afford to buy and drive.

@ GASPEDDLER-- That is a nice truck and will pull the world but the sticker shock on a new F350 King Ranch (but they sure are nice)
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@ GASPEDDLER-- That is a nice truck and will pull the world but the sticker shock on a new F350 King Ranch (but they sure are nice)
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I would say to the OP that buying a tow vehicle is much like buying a house. There is no perfect solution. You weigh the pros and cons and then you pull the trigger. While the ride of a half ton sounds great for my daily commute to work, instead I hop around inside my f350 each time I hit a bump. But the ease of towing in all conditions was worth the compromise and I was willing to make it. Would I like to get 20 + mpg Monday thru Friday? You bet I would, but again compromises. My philosophy is much like the rest of the forum members; you're better off buying more house than you need, up to what you can afford. It's always nice to have that extra reserve when you need it and for any additions in the future. Just my opinion....
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Within the last month, we bought a used 2003 AWD Astro van for cheap. It's rated to 6000lbs tow capacity and should do better than our 3.5 V6 Murano which was only marginal with the Wolf Pup 17'. I don't think it's right that Forest River markets that your mini-van can tow it because it's taxing such vehicles big time as mentioned above, especially on any even moderate hill when you look at those vehicle's 3500lb tow capacity (max) and a unit like the Wolf Pup at about 2500lb dry.

We bought the Astro with 260,000 miles on it in great shape (never thought I'd buy a vehicle with that high mileage but our mechanic said it checked out fine), but only for use as a tow vehicle, though I must admit, it's been fun driving it to work in snow, when we've had it in this mild Wisconsin winter. We don't travel too far from home, or even really out of state to camp in the summer months, so this was a good option for us.
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the only caveat with Honda's as tow vehicles, is Honda's anti-WDH stance.
for me, that speaks volumes to what they really think their vehicles are, in regards to towing.
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Yep! The Ridgeline has IRS (independent rear suspension). Any significant load causes huge negative camber. (The tops of your rear tires will tip inward resulting in strange handling and tire wear.). In general, I would avoid IRS for towing.
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