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Old 03-15-2016, 01:01 AM   #1
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Brand new Roo 233S

Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and am happy to announce that I've just purchased my first Rockwood, today. My family and I shall be exploring the region in a Roo 233S, just as long as I don't kill my Honda Ridgeline due to being close to the maximum tow rating.
I'm also happy to say this is my second Rockwood I've had the pleasure of camping in. Growing up my parents owned a 1989 Rockwood Popup. It lasted up until last summer in the New England weather.
Needless to say I have an undying loyalty to Rockwood after a life span of a tent trailer of that long.

All that being said, does anyone have any opinion on the truck I'm using? Am I going to kill my 2008 Honda Ridgeline? I know I'm close to my tow rating and I believe I'm over my tongue weight rating. I've got a Uhaul tow hitch installed with a 750 Lb Tongue rating but I don't think that would cover it all.

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Old 03-15-2016, 04:13 AM   #2
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All that being said, does anyone have any opinion on the truck I'm using? Am I going to kill my 2008 Honda Ridgeline? I know I'm close to my tow rating and I believe I'm over my tongue weight rating. I've got a Uhaul tow hitch installed with a 750 Lb Tongue rating but I don't think that would cover it all.

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First, you apparently don't havethe factory tow package since you had a Uhaul hitch receiver installed.
Which means that you can't tow the normal 5000lbs max amount.

Second, the 233S will exceed the 5000lbs max, just sitting on the dealer's lot, before you even add any cargo, water or battery.

Third, the tongue weight will also exceed the Ridgeline hitch max.

Seriously you need to get a different tow vehicle.
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Old 03-15-2016, 06:18 AM   #3
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Not knocking your truck...it's great for its intended purpose...but it will be out of its league trying to tow a 233s. I pull a 23ikss with a Ram 1500 hemi and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. But if you prefer another brand, no problem. Any properly optioned half ton will be fine. Just check the specs before you sign on the dotted line. Be safe.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:53 AM   #4
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Not knocking your truck...it's great for its intended purpose...but it will be out of its league trying to tow a 233s. I pull a 23ikss with a Ram 1500 hemi and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. But if you prefer another brand, no problem. Any properly optioned half ton will be fine. Just check the specs before you sign on the dotted line. Be safe.

In real numbers after loading the 233S will have a higher hitch weight than the IKSS. It has a lot to do with the balance, location of storage which most is forward of axles, and the dinette slide position on the 233S. A friends 233S approaches 900lbs hitch weight.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:49 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. As for trucks I like the F350 with 6.0 diesel I know that may be overkill, but I tow more then the TT. I would go with something 3/4 ton or bigger no need to buy new there are allot of them available on the used market. Added plus as you move to bigger rigs you don't have to change trucks. No science JMHO
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I have to agree. I own a 2012 pilot and it is rated close to the ridgeline and my highwall pop up (3200lbs dry) would have the pilot wheezing on hills. I have a Tundra now and I don't even know the pop up is back there and I assume it will be just fine for the IKSS I am waiting for right now.
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Brand new Roo 233S

I hate to say it, but your truck just isn't up to task for the 233s. I'm sure you'll be fine on a couple of short trips but you'll definitely be over cap. I have a 2014 233s and I have a tongue weight of 750lbs. All you need is a 150/1500. As long as you don't plan on loading up the truck with to much gear or people. You didn't mention if you have a WDH. If you are going to tow with the ridgeline. You'll have to make sure you have a WDH and a brake controller. The 233s is a lot of trailer. Not to discourage you. Another idea is to rent a 150/1500 for you're trips. Until you can get your own truck.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:58 PM   #8
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I have to agree with the other posters.

When I first bought our previous Roo 23SS I tried towing it with my Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD. It had a tow rating of 6500# and a hitch rated to carry 650#. The 23SS weighed over 5200# with a hitch weight a little over 600# when loaded and ready to go camping. The Tacoma was barely adequate for the task on flat stretches but seriously lacked power going uphill. When I took it to the CAT scales I discovered that I was over the GVWR with just myself and one of my sons and I have a family of five. So I had to upgrade to the F-150 I have now.

Your Ridgeline will have less capability than the Tacoma so I think you'll find it will not be a capable tow vehicle for the 233S.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:02 PM   #9
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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.
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Good choice. I'm certain you'll find a 1/2 ton pickup or 1/2 ton based vehicle to be a big improvement. For the WDH I recommend a 10K Equal-i-zer brand (the 4 point version, not the E2). Just keep in mind that the hitch alone will add about 75# to the back end of your Ridgeline.

Welcome to the forum by the way. We hit you with a lot of critical feedback that you may not have wanted to hear but many of us have been there before and we want you and those sharing the road with you to be safe.

Enjoy your new Roo!
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