Originally Posted by bikendan
personally, i wouldn't tow any HTT/TT with a vehicle that the manufacturer discourages using a WDH. Honda is the same way. that's why we scratched the Ridgeline off of our list.
if their vehicle can't handle the stresses due to a WDH(usually due to unibody construction), it's not a good choice for a tow vehicle.
Yes, I'll need to check on the use of a WDH with my Land Rover. It does have towing stability assist (uses the traction control system to pull the trailer back in line should something happen and I understand from owners it is pretty slick) but I also know some use a WDH.
At 5,655 lbs (body on frame) and a 113" wheel base my LR4 is not a truck but it is also not a "crossover" SUV. The "max" hitch weight is 550lbs (though some have used it with tongue weights as high as 800) which though close, should not be an issue with the 558 lbs tongue weight of the 23IKS. (Interestingly, the 21SS has a hitch weight of 674 and that may have been more of a problem so it is looking like I would be better off with the larger trailer.)
A number of LR4 owners I know pull boats and Airstream trailers that are heavier than the 23IKS.
The issue will be the "sail" as someone described it and the fact that I need to pull it over mountain passes in Colorado. The 2014 model of the LR4 went from a V8 to a super-charged V6. Horsepower and torque dropped a bit but are still respectable with 332 ft-lbs at 3500 and 340 hp at 6500. Some have said that the supercharger actually helps at elevation and most of my pulling will be at elevation. It has an 8-speed transmission and I also have 4L should I need to go there.
My wife and I are not "heavy campers" and I plan to do my water fill after traveling over the passes and dumping before the return trip whenever possible.
Actually, the bigger issue may be me learning that I simply need to get in line in the right hand lane behind the semis on the way up the mountain passes and swallow my pride. At least I'll be having more fun where I am going than they will. And when I get there I'll have my "truck" to go play off road.