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Old 03-17-2016, 11:43 AM   #21
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I have a pilot and that is what they told me also. I was looking it up on another forum and many just use an anti-sway bar no WDH on the ridgeline
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:46 AM   #22
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Found this thread from Ridgeline owners and didn't see any mention about not being able to use one. Folks were fairly split, some used one and some didn't but those who did said it made a world of differences. Can't believe this comment on the thread though "My feeling is that if you need one of those, you really just need a bigger truck." Ridiculous. We just upgraded to an Excursion and of course I'm going to continue to use our WDH.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:51 AM   #23
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Having owned and towing with a Ridgeline, using the Equalizer Weight Distribution Hitch greatly helped the handling and balancing the weight load on my Ridgeline.

The Honda Ridgeline manual says - improperly adjusted WDH may reduce handling, stability, and braking - therefore not recommended. Literally, I read this as a improperly WDH is not recommended. I agree!

Another resource is the Ridgeline Owners Club forum. Many users there will confirm using a WDH and it improved handling as well.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:41 PM   #24
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I know exactly what your talking about, urocav2001. It's called a Unibody construction frame and it does make the truck more rigid however at the same time does limit the ability of distribution to some degree. However after a lengthy conversation with Honda America it has been determined that the reservations of a weight distribution hitch due to the frames construction is not warranted unless you really exceed the weight ratings far into a dangerous zone. At that point you will actually pop the roof of the truck up .
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:52 PM   #25
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Brand new Roo 233S

Auto dealer tells you one thing about the tow vehicle you're buying, RV dealer tells you something else, manual says something different and tow guide too (and if you have a dimmer switch above the back passenger side door for the courtesy light - deduct 500lbs from towing weight capacity, etc) ... and everyone in between and after knows more than any of the aforementioned, but nobody can agree. That's my experience.

Figuring this stuff out while trying to find a practical vehicle that actually fits in your garage and keeping your sanity is nearly impossible. LOL!
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:47 PM   #26
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Fair enough. All great Intel!!! I'm stuck with the truck for now, but I will be looking into the weight distribution hitch. That sounds like a reasonable item until I can replace the Honda.
The good news... I'm not intending on driving very far with the camper this summer & we'll have the car with us for people & whatever else.
Huge Huge difference when using a weight distribution hitch. My 99 Durango barely makes the numbers but after putting the weight distribution hitch on, towing became much easier. Highly necessary!
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:21 PM   #27
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So I've got an update for everyone. We took the Roo up into the White Mountains of New Hampshire with the Honda Ridgeline. Yes, the truck struggled climbing the mountains, but it pulled it off and got us home with no problem. Everything worked perfectly and nothing over heated. The 233S was great, too. What a pleasure to back up, level, use. My only complaint... Counter space!!! WOW, it needs something more.
I guess I can't complain too much if that's my only gripe.
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Congrats! And good to hear the ridgeline could handle it


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Old 06-03-2016, 05:52 PM   #29
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looks nice there!!
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Counter space!!!! That's my ONLY complaint about our 233S. There is just nothing! I didn't really think about it when we bought it. I was blinded by the 3 bunks, which I love. We don't use the stove much so I usually put the cutting board from the sink on the stove top and use that. I've started doing most meal prep work at home or outside on the picnic table. Still better than the old popup!
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