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Old 03-15-2016, 10:49 PM   #11
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I can't recommend your tow vehicle but a couple years ago a htt camped next to us. We had a 2010 sob 217rkss and they had 2005, being towed by a 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe. She said it wasn't the fastest thing on the highway but they tow all over New England and PA all summer long.

I have a Curt 1k/10k wd if you're in Southern New England.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:42 AM   #12
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Congratulations on the new 23 foot Roo, I'm jealous!
I had the same issue last year when I wanted to purchase the 23 foot Roo, but my dealer wouldn't let me based on the tow vehicle I had at the time, an older Jeep grand Cherokee that was set up for towing but was still rated at 5000 pounds. I had to settle for the 19 foot along with a really good weight distribution hitch , and I was just barely ok with the old tow vehicle. I was definitely pushing the limit and after a late fall drive into the mountains I had decided that was my last trip with the old tow vehicle.
Be aware that you should have been advised of all of this by your dealer, and I'm surprised that they let you leave without a good weight distribution hitch. For them, they lost another opportunity to sell, and didn't do a good of advising or consulting you regarding your tow vehicle and it's limitations.
I predict a new tow vehicle is in your very near future.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:41 AM   #13
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Congratulations on the new 23 foot Roo, I'm jealous!
I had the same issue last year when I wanted to purchase the 23 foot Roo, but my dealer wouldn't let me based on the tow vehicle I had at the time, an older Jeep grand Cherokee that was set up for towing but was still rated at 5000 pounds. I had to settle for the 19 foot along with a really good weight distribution hitch , and I was just barely ok with the old tow vehicle. I was definitely pushing the limit and after a late fall drive into the mountains I had decided that was my last trip with the old tow vehicle.
Be aware that you should have been advised of all of this by your dealer, and I'm surprised that they let you leave without a good weight distribution hitch. For them, they lost another opportunity to sell, and didn't do a good of advising or consulting you regarding your tow vehicle and it's limitations.
I predict a new tow vehicle is in your very near future.
Welcome, and best of luck!
Hey, I'm impressed! This is the first post I can recall reading where someone said their dealer actually told them their tow vehicle would be inadequate for what they wanted to buy.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:21 PM   #14
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I also just purchased a 2016 233S. We just completed our shakedown cruise and I managed to stop by a CAT scale.

I have a 2013 F150 Super Crew (3.5 EcoBoost) and the CAT scale came in at 12,000 pounds loaded with gear, family, and dogs.

Funny enough, I just sold my 2007 Honda Ridgeline RTX 3 weeks ago and purchased the F150.

The F150 is about 1000 pounds heavier than the Ridge so you would likely end up weighing around 11,000 pounds in total. This is about 1,000 pounds over the Ridge's max weight limit of 10,055.

I struggled, as I really enjoyed the Ridgeline but felt the right and safer long term decision was upgrade to a tow vehicle with more capacity and not be over the limit.

I don't recommend towing the 233S with the Ridge. If you really are going to tow with the Ridge, you need to do alot of research about towing limits, Equalizer Weight Distribution Hitches, brake controllers, transmission coolers, and get to scale to make sure your weights on each of the axles, etc.

Good luck.
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:58 PM   #15
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UPDATE:

Since our last chat that following has been completed to the ridgeline:

A weight distribution hitch is being installed tomorrow.
A heavy duty transmission coller was installed.
A heavy duty Power steering cooler was installed.
The rear end was pulled apart and
re-oiled.
The transmission fluid was changed.
I found out the truck was originally built with Honda's Tow package installed, so all the OEM parts were removed and upgraded, including hoses and connections.

Keep in mind, the Ridgeline will see the Roo only a few times and they will all be local trips. I don't intend to do any cross country trips, or cross Region for that matter so all is well.

While I'm on the subject of conversations, I'd like to address something about this web site that I think needs to be said for everyone to read.
Many other forums that I've been on have been populated with people with good information, but with mouths just itching to spout off. People hear I'm intending to tow with a Ridgeline and they loose their minds. I've been told to be a man and get rid of that "Girly Truck" and get something real because it doesn't have eight luggs per tire. Oh yes, that's a quote.
This forum on the other hand, even when presented with constructive criticism (which has been VASTLY helpful) it was done with a quality flair and mutual respect.
Do I resent the criticism? Absolutly not! EVERYTHING I've been told has been quality intel and put to good use.
I thank you for the warm welcome, and I thank you for the civil atmosphere.
A tribute to the Forrest River community!
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:37 AM   #16
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I have to second that. I am upgrading from a pop up and there are some real self righteous folks on those forums. Very respectful here!
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:36 AM   #17
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That was an awesome comment Will. I think a lot of us are very active in this community for the exact reasons you so perfectly outlined. Keep us updated on how it all works out.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:59 AM   #18
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Don't forget the e-brake controller if you don't already have one!
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:25 AM   #19
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Brand new Roo 233S

I believe I read somewhere that you cannot use weight distribution on a ridge line due to its frame design. I was going to buy a ridge line till I noticed this and the towing capacity is quite low. There is not much wiggle room to transfer the tongue weight to the front axle as little weight transfer would bring the front GVW over it capability. If it works out just be safe, I tried towing my 233s with a 05 trailblazer with a tow capacity of 5800, spent a bunch of money on tranny coolers and new u joints all fluid changes just to find out the truck was not up to the challenge, the 233s is extremely tongue heavy even with weight distribution it would push the truck where ever it wanted to. Keep us informed and congrats on the new trailer!!


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Old 03-17-2016, 11:41 AM   #20
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new TT!
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