Upgraded Fleetwood Utah to No Bo 19.7
We just bought a new No Bo 19.7 and had our first trip over Memorial Day. Absolutely love it! A little different camp setup than the pop up! I had a deposit on a used one but found this thanks to another forum! This one came with about 500lbs more options than the used one though and I found out how misleading sticker weights can be!
Here is my first question for the group, sure to raise controversy!
I am towing with a 2015 Honda Pilot Touring 4wd. (HD Trans and PS cooler).
Tow capacity 4500 lbs
I'm in Portland, OR and there is a scale on the way to the coast, so I stopped.
TW 450 (with just the dogs in back seat)
Trailer W. 4100, but we went easy, no water, bikes, kayaks or cameras (I bring a lot!)
So I am at limits, and I'd like to be under, but a new TV is not happening this year. It pulls fine for me: I'm a school bus driver, I always go slow (unless on the track at PIR in my Mini Cooper track toy!), no problem pulling over on 2 lane if needed. Power not a problem, sway either so far, braking great with my controller, but I will be on I-5 on our next trip and I want to be as safe as possible.
So..everyone says buy a WDH..looking at the Equalizer, but talked to etrailer:
" According to the owner's manual, Honda doesn't recommend using weight distribution. They say 'A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your vehicle. An improperly adjusted weight distributing hitch may reduce handling, stability, and braking performance'.
The Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET you'd mentioned would be a good choice as far as the compatibility with the camper goes, but I couldn't recommend anything that contradicts Honda's advice provided in the owner's manual.
A suspension enhancement product like the Timbren # THROD2 would replace the factory bump stops inside your coil springs and would add extra support when towing that would eliminate most of the sag you're experiencing with your camper hooked up. This is the option I'd recommend.'
I have ordered the Timbren stops, but I am considering the WDH too.
I am interested in hearing from Pilot owners of my generation particularly that have added a WDH. The dealers recommend one, my mechanic recommended one, the trailer rentals come with one.... the guys at the waste dump site recommended one lol! But Honda says not if "improperly adjusted"..
Comments? Feel free to PM!