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Old 10-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #11
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Thanks for all your comments. The towing capacity of the Pilot is different depending on who you ask. Some sites say 5000 lbs and others say 4500 lbs. I won't be towing the trailer with any water or waste so I'm confident that I will be under the limits and it won't be a problem. I did purchase a WDH with sway control so hopefully that will help.
I looked closely at the Honda Pilot as a potential tow vehicle prior to opting for a Chevy Traverse. I am pretty sure it is max 4500 lbs from the research i did.

I would go with the mfg. site ratings as per this link.

http://www.honda.ca/Pilot#/Pilot/op2/capability
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #12
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Have you read your Honda owner's manual?
Highly unlikely that you can get that 5,000 lb rating without using a WDH.
Read your manual cover to cover.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:24 PM   #13
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Thanks for all your comments. The towing capacity of the Pilot is different depending on who you ask. Some sites say 5000 lbs and others say 4500 lbs. I won't be towing the trailer with any water or waste so I'm confident that I will be under the limits and it won't be a problem. I did purchase a WDH with sway control so hopefully that will help.
I am VERY familiar with the Pilot and what it can and can't do. 4500 taxes the engine and the max cargo you can have in the vehicle is 600lbs. Also subtract 200lbs of capacity for every 1000 ft in altitude you ascend.

We actually just traded our pilot last week for a Tundra and it makes pulling my 3500 lb trailer MUCH easier- less white knuckling and holding up traffic on hills.

But do I have to change my screen name now?
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #15
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The Honda Pilot is one of the most pathetic vehicles to be considered a "SUV". It is powered by, and based on the powertrain from the Honda Accord. Would you tow a trailer with a Honda Accord?
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #16
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Would you tow a trailer with a Honda Accord?
Sure. The salesman said it would be fine!

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #17
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Search for some of my past threads on pulling my 2306 with my Ridgeline. Long story short -- get the WDH, keep it under 60mph, and have fun.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #18
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Couldn't agree more. Also make sure you get the tranny and P/S coolers added. I had an 'Oddity' that required both in order to tow up to 3500. We had a 3000 lb Jay Feather at the time. Had fun for a couple of years till the tranny started to shimmy going up hill. If you can in the near future, consider a new TV.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #19
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I had a 2008 Pilot (LOVED IT) worked great for towing my Fleetwood Sea Pine PUP, but the higher GVWR is for towing a boat. We looked at getting a Rockwood Roo 183 with the Pilot and decided we were cutting it too close and it's not recommended to use a WDH. We ended up trading it in for higher towing capacity.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:13 PM   #20
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Just wanted to let you all know that the Pilot towed my new Mini lite 2306 very well. Traveled from Portland Maine to Halifax Nova Scotia (590 miles) with out a problem. The gas milage did decrease some but that was expected. Definitly glad I purchased the WDH and sway bar though. Does anyone find the sway bar noisy? When it's on and I'm going slow around corners, the bar makes an awfull noise. On the highway there isn't a noise. I think it's normal but would love to hear from others.
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