Originally Posted by PattiPatti
Anyone here tow with a minivan? I've heard lots of folks on both sides saying either no way, or I do it no problem.
I've got a 17' Roo and will tow (at least for now) with a Honda Odyssey.
patti, not many people tow a Travel Trailer with a minivan.
there are a lot of salespeople who will tell you they can. and it's true, they can. but minivans are designed to carry people, not to tow trailers.
you probably won't be happy and neither will your Honda.
the frontal surface area will create a lot of wind resistance that your Honda will have to overcome, along with the weight.
it takes torque to do that and minivans don't have much of that.
i have a friend who has 19' hybrid and a Honda Pilot. he thought he would be fine with the combo. but the strain on the Honda was too much and was terrible in the mountains. so he uses a Chevy 1/2 Silverado.
the Roo 17 "dry" weight is 2835lbs. "dry" weight is a fantasy number. it doesn't include options like spare tire, oven, a/c, microwave, awning, water, battery, propane and so on.
you usually add 400-500lbs. for the options to ballpark a realistic number. your Honda max is 3500lbs. with one 160lbs. driver. any additional passengers or cargo will subtract from that towing max number.
so now you have a trailer that will weigh around 3300lbs. before you load it up. and if you have another adult and 2 kids, you'll already be maxed out.
you will be at your max or over it.