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Old 01-24-2021, 10:11 PM   #1
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Newbie first towing

Yesterday I towed my Geo Pro 19BH home. Never towed anything before.

The tow vehicle is 2011 MDX with factory tow package.

The trailer comes with two batteries, two full propane tanks and 1/3 tank fresh water. It also has Fastway e2 weight distribution hitch.

The MDX handled the towing nicely. I cannot feel the trailer behind me but the mpg was really unimpressive -- only 10.8m/g! it's mostly flat.

After arriving home and added some bedding items, I used a tongue weight scale weighted the tongue. It's 520 lbs. This little trailer is tongue heavy! Clearly with the weight distribution hitch, the tongue weight is even higher.

My plan is to travel light and with minimal water, also load stuff behind the axle. Guess I should be fine.
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:25 PM   #2
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My trailer experience is minimal compared to others, but I do know......I never want negative tongue weight. Never. Not sure how much tongued weight you should have, but I wouldn’t want to be too light.
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:28 PM   #3
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You probably should have posted this in your original thread that you started.
https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...d.php?t=223598
You still haven't answered questions in that thread, like does the integrated brake controller have the manual function.
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Old 01-25-2021, 12:21 PM   #4
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I haven't weighed my tongue yet, but it's good to hear actual number. So that means our trailers with bike rack and two bikes, plus other stuff you travel with, plus 80 lbs of WDH is probably close to 700 lbs.


Mileage is about right. Mine drops to 11-12 mpg towing.
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Old 01-25-2021, 11:58 PM   #5
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My trailer experience is minimal compared to others, but I do know......I never want negative tongue weight. Never. Not sure how much tongued weight you should have, but I wouldn’t want to be too light.
13 % to 15% of TT weight are often quoted as being the appropriate tongue weight.
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Old 02-18-2021, 03:01 AM   #6
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Yesterday I towed my Geo Pro 19BH home. Never towed anything before.

The tow vehicle is 2011 MDX with factory tow package.

The trailer comes with two batteries, two full propane tanks and 1/3 tank fresh water. It also has Fastway e2 weight distribution hitch.

The MDX handled the towing nicely. I cannot feel the trailer behind me but the mpg was really unimpressive -- only 10.8m/g! it's mostly flat.

After arriving home and added some bedding items, I used a tongue weight scale weighted the tongue. It's 520 lbs. This little trailer is tongue heavy! Clearly with the weight distribution hitch, the tongue weight is even higher.

My plan is to travel light and with minimal water, also load stuff behind the axle. Guess I should be fine.
How has the Acura ended up for you towing the 19BH? Figure you have had some time to work out the setup. Just picked up a 19BH last week and have a '16 Pilot AWD Touring as our tow vehicle and might learn something from your experience.
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Old 02-18-2021, 10:15 AM   #7
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How has the Acura ended up for you towing the 19BH? Figure you have had some time to work out the setup. Just picked up a 19BH last week and have a '16 Pilot AWD Touring as our tow vehicle and might learn something from your experience.


I towed with an ‘11 pilot for 2 years and my recommendations are to make sure the rear tires are at max sidewall pressure when towing and get a WDH with sway control. I used a prodigy 2 controller with quick connect harness that I attached to the lower dash with super Velcro so I could disconnect when not in use.

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Old 02-19-2021, 08:35 PM   #8
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How has the Acura ended up for you towing the 19BH? Figure you have had some time to work out the setup. Just picked up a 19BH last week and have a '16 Pilot AWD Touring as our tow vehicle and might learn something from your experience.
I installed the factory tow package (hitch + wiring) and also bought a Curt wireless brake controller. So far works pretty well. By the way, I got new tires also.
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