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Old 10-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Weight distribution hitch or not (with Honda Pilot)?

I am picking up my Rockwood 2306 this weekend and can't decide if I need a weight distribution hitch. Guys at a local hitch dealer told me I don't need one. Any thoughts? My tow vehicle is a Honda Pilot with a max weight of 5000 lbs and a tung weight of 500 lbd. Trailer has GVW of around 4700 lbs and tung weight of around 375 lbs.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Yes. By time you load trailer you'll be at or above your max tongue weight and it will help eliminate them bounce from the suspension bottoming out. What is the Max tongue weight with wd hitch.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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get the WD hitch and sway control you will need it. I was told I didn't need either by the dealer when I bought 17' hybrid in '07 because I had a half ton dodge ram p/u first trip I took with it I knew the guy was FOS. I bought the W/D hitch aqnd sway bar before the next trip we took.
Make sure you get the right one for the pilot
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Yes, get the WDH. It will make your driving a lot easier and a lot safer. Best money you can spend.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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YES, you should get a WDH and you do know that the Pilot's max tow capacity is only 4500lbs., right?
and that trailer, with a fictional "dry" weight of 3630lbs., will actually weigh close to 4000lbs., when it arrives from the factory.
meaning you'll be towing at or over the Pilot's max when loaded for camping.

what's the Pilot's GCWR?

am i guessing that the RV salesman told you that you'd have no problems towing the 2306?
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #6
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If you check the sticker on the receiver on your tow vehicle it will give you two tow ratings, one with out WDH and one with WDH....With a WDH system your receiver can handle more weight as long as it is installed correctly.

I am sorry to say, I think the salesman has had a brain fart, in the first place telling you that you don't need WDH system but the real crime is that he is going to sell you something that will but you over your weight limits, If thats not a sign of someone that is money hungry I don't know what Is, or he has no idea what he is doing and this shows me that there is no consideration for your families safety or anyone elses while you are towing along with the rest of us........I am sorry I am not getting on your case It's just that this kind of info comes from someone that is suppose to be trusted and to make sure that we have the right equipment to tow with and that we are towing with the right tow vehicle, to me towing and RV Is no....joke.

I wish you well and be safe.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:14 AM   #7
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the problem is, that Honda DOESN'T recommend using a WDH with their vehicles, not even their "truck", the Ridgeline.
many speculate it's because of the uni-body construction so that Honda won't have to deal with failures.
many Honda owners ignore this and use a WDH anyway.

that was one of the main reasons we didn't buy a Ridgeline when we were shopping for a tow vehicle.

any company that is against using a WDH to tow with their "truck", is basically saying that they don't think it's a real tow vehicle.
same thing goes for the Pilot.

Honda wants their customers to tow boats and popups, not real full-height trailers. both of those don't require a WDH, since they have very low tongue weights, compared to travel trailers.
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am i guessing that the RV salesman told you that you'd have no problems towing the 2306?[/QUOTE]

It is unfortunate that this is happening all too often out there. Salespeople are motivated by the sale, not your safety.

This reinforces the many comments on this forum - do your homework in advance of purchasing both the trailer and TV. Don't rely on the wisdom of a plaid suit with a combover.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #10
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Towing capacity should be listed in your owners manual. That's the number I'd use.
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