The weight adds up fast!
You need some specs on your ridgeline - tow capacity is one - make sure what you read is applicable to your truck - some ratings you find have an * next to them regarding 'properly equipped' - meaning a tow package (gearing changes, trans cooler, sometimes other things too).
Next you'll want from your owners manual the GCWR - gross combined weight rating - that total weight of the truck, trailer and cargo (people, etc) that is allowed. Tow ratings assume only a driver in the tow vehicle - add in a wife, kids, dog, luggage, bikes, firewood, cooler, etc and you can up the load by 500-700 lbs, plus the weight of the hitch itself....this weight will come right off the tow rating - so that 5000 is more like 4300lbs.
OK, now you can look at trailers and you'll find 'dry weight' - that's usually the empty, dry, factory weight with no options and no cargo (food, bedding, chairs, mats, soap and dishes, etc) and no battery or propane or water (clean or dirty). Figure 1200 lbs for 'cargo' of all this stuff - you may have less, but probably not a lot. Now add on the weight of any options on your trailer and throw in a few pounds for water (a full tank can run 400 lbs or more, but figure 75 # just because you're hot water tank and hoses and traps will always have some water in them and it's not likely your tanks will be bone dry)
So take that 1200 off the 4300 and you're looking for a trailer with a listed weight of 3000 give or take - restricting you to popups I'd imagine, or maybe some tear drops or A style trailers.
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