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Old 01-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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yep, bought a new TV

Ok, I tried it and did not like it over the summer. I had a 2008 Honda Ridgeline and it worked fine with the popup (1800lbs) and then adding kayaks to the roof of the Ridgeline but one summer of towing the Rockwood Mini-Lite 2109S (4770lbs) was enough. The DW didn't really notice (sleeps easily in any vehicle once underway), but I did when rpms are constantly up around 3500+. Anyhow, convinced DW (also known as CFO) to get a new TV. Ended up with a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi, 3.55 ratio (not the best but should work ok with my setup). And yes, she napped on way back from dealer (1.5 hrs drive), so we passed that test!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Great move...now you'll enjoy the trip to and from the campground as much as the camping!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Excellent choice! I had a 2011 1500 and was sad to sell it. But I too needed a bigger truck.

with your new setup!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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another 5000lbs. capacity tow vehicle bites the dust!
your trailer probably weighed 4000lbs. from the factory, before water, propane, battery and cargo.
so, you were asking that Ridgeline to pull close to max. Poor Thing!

well, now you'll learn how much better towing is, when you have plenty of power left over.
out here in the West, that Ridgeline wouldn't last long pulling through the Sierras, Cascades or Siskiyous.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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your experience tends to mirror the theme that towing at or near a vehicle's capacity, while possible, is just not much fun.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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Now I just have to wait til spring in VT to get out and try towing it. I do have to install the Prodigy P3 brake controller and probably readjust to WDH as this truck is higher than the Ridgeline. Of course I have to buy new Yakima rack feet to mount the kayak racks on the roof. So far only mod to truck was to get an Extang Trifecta tonneau cover.
Love to get out west and do some National Parks!
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