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Old 04-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Just bought a 122bh pick it up in a couple days, will pull it with a 2013 Honda Odessey minivan. When we bought the van we included the towing package with train cooler. Lazy Days are installing sway bars. I may pull it with my 2006 Toyota Tocoma. Curious if anyone tows with same vehicle. 1st trailer, have pulled a small usual trailer but never have had to pull before. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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I have a 122s and pull it with my 2013 Santa Fe. Tows fine up mountains or on the flat even with my 4cyl 2.0T. It has 265HP with around 265 foot pounds of torque.

I see your Odyssey with a V6 has around the same HP. Only difference I guess would be the Odyssey is around 4400lbs where as my Santa Fe is 3800lbs. The 600lbs difference (or more if you have a full load of passengers) with a little less HP may make going up mountains a little bit of a challenge. Other than that you will be fine.

Are they just putting friction sway controllers or are they do a weight distribution hitch with sway control? I would be cautious using a weight distribution hitch on a unibody frame. I have been tempted to get one, but I have read forum posts where people have ripped their frame apart.

Only other thing I would maybe recommend if you have a lot of rear end sag (tongue weight pushing down on the hitch) and to also save your suspension, is maybe a set of airbag helpers and a compressor to jack the back end back up. I installed this on my Santa Fe and it makes a world of difference in towing the trailer. As far as suspension goes you cannot even tell you are towing it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. We have the sway bar,etc put on sat at lazy days so will discuss with them, I do note the Odessey minivan is already lower to the ground, wonder also how I will adjust towing on my Tacoma which is a lot higher? Thanks again...
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Thanks for the info. We have the sway bar,etc put on sat at lazy days so will discuss with them, I do note the Odessey minivan is already lower to the ground, wonder also how I will adjust towing on my Tacoma which is a lot higher? Thanks again...

For the Odyssey get a ball mount that has like a 4 or 5" raise in it and then for the Tacoma you may just need a 2" drop... Pretty much measure the trailer at level and the height of the tongue then measure how far off your receiver is on the Odyssey and the Tacoma.
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We towed our popup with an Odyssey van and it towed really well. It is very close to the ground, so be careful going over any dips - take them at an angle and not straight on to avoid bottoming out.

As far as switching - you will need a different ball mount for the Tacoma. If possible, I'd take both vehicles when you go to pick up your camper and ask them to give you the right ball mount for both. You may pay a little more over picking up one at wallyworld, but if you are new to towing the peace of mind would be worth it to me.

If that's not possible, rkuffler has some good advice about figuring out which is the right one for the Tacoma.
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Thanks for your response, am new to pulling a trailer so backing it up into the driveway or an "L" shape camping spot will be interesting.
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Thanks for your response, am new to pulling a trailer so backing it up into the driveway or an "L" shape camping spot will be interesting.
Just make sure that you do as little damage as possible and provide as much entertainment as possible for those around! At least, that's my plan.

That said - the only trick that has ever worked for me was to keep my hands on the bottom of the steering wheel. Raise the side of the steering wheel in the direction that you want the back of the camper to go.
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Just make sure that you do as little damage as possible and provide as much entertainment as possible for those around! At least, that's my plan.

That said - the only trick that has ever worked for me was to keep my hands on the bottom of the steering wheel. Raise the side of the steering wheel in the direction that you want the back of the camper to go.
Bah. First day I had my trailer and I was backing it into my garage I clipped the tail light on the corner of my work surface. Smashed the light and the housing. Said meh didn't like the tail lights anyways and replaced them with LED tail lights lol.
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Thanks for your response, am new to pulling a trailer so backing it up into the driveway or an "L" shape camping spot will be interesting.
Go slow and look at all corners of the tv and the trailer, turn the tv wheels the opposite direction you want the rear of the trailer to go. If you want the rear of the trailer to go left, steer right and GO SLOW! With practice, you'll be putting the trailer within inches of where you want it.
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That said - the only trick that has ever worked for me was to keep my hands on the bottom of the steering wheel. Raise the side of the steering wheel in the direction that you want the back of the camper to go.
That is the one true thing that applies to all of the universe.

Our trailers are relatively short making the axle close to the TV, This means that the trailer will amplify the movements of the vehicle faster than intuition might lead you to think. This includes easy jackknifing, which occurs when you cannot back the trailer out of its turn, no matter how far you turn the wheel the other way. Take your time and never hesitate to pull forward if the trailer oversteers while backing.

Once you get your trailer set for camping, weigh it. Both the axle and the tongue. The tongue should be 10%-15% of the full trailer weight for safe towing.
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