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Desert Captain

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After a lot of research I purchased a 2019 Honda Ridgeline last month. My towing needs were very simple, I tow a 10' {14' overall} cargo trailer hauling either my Indian Springfield - bike and trailer 2,220# or my Polaris Rzr - Rzr and Trailer 2,580#.

The keyboard commando's of the internet all wanted to tell me my new Honda was not a real truck...LMAO until I pointed out that a dodge 4 X 4 Crew Cab 1500 half ton comes with 977# of Payload and my Ridgeline comes with 1,477# AWD, 18" wheels and the 6 speed trans complete the equation for me.

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While I usually tow with my 2012 Nexus 24' Class C, V-10 with the 5 speed Torque Shift trans and a 4:10 differential there are often times when I do not need to have the motorhome as part of the equation. The Honda gives me options as the mileage towing is 16 vs 8.5 - 9 with the coach. For the record I m seeing 24 mpg around town {not towing} and 26 - 28 on the interstate.

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Just returned from my first serious shakedown trip from Tucson up to Angel Fire New Mexico {1,455 miles}. Lots of moutnains between Tucson {3,300'} and Angel Fire {9,000'} but the Honda did not even breath hard. Mostly 6th gear at 2,400 rpm to cruise 65. The low hills kicked us down to 5th gear and 3,400 rpm and an twice it actually kicked down to 4th and 4,400... boring.

Up and over the pass from Taos to Angel Fire and again over Bobcat Pass {9,820' with 4 adults and and the 2,580# Rzr} on our way to Red River I actually en engaged Honda's version of Tow Haul... D-4, which holds the trans in 4th gear up and down the mountain.

I had met a guy in Tombstone with a new Ridgeline towing a nice retro 19' - 2,600# TT and he loved the combo. His experience set me in motion to this equation... and thank you!

I stopped at the triple T truckstop on I-10 on the way home and hit the C.A.T. Scale with the following results:

Front axle: 2,680 {max 3,131}

Rear Axle: 2,640 {max 3219}

Trailer axle 2,580 {max 2,990}

Total: 7,900

This with two adults and a weeks worth of "stuff".

Obviously no need whatsoever for a weight distribution hitch as the rig sits dead level. The ride and handling towing are amazing. Take your hands off of the wheel {carefully and keeping them close} and the rig will track up the interstate straight as an arrow.

I simply do not need more truck than the Honda, if I did I would have bought something else but with the AWD, 18" wheels, 6 speed trans and nearly 1,500# of payload I am good to go. Guess I will just have to learn to live with it not being a "Real Truck"... LMAO!

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Glad you are happy with the Ridgeline. Seems a perfect combo for what you need it to do. Some people on here insist that you need a 1 ton dually to tow a pop up trailer.


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Best of luck.
What happens when you get tired of towing 3,000 pounds?

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Well its Unibody construction is based off their SUV, so the fact that it has a bed doesnt make it truck. That said, you dont need a truck to do what your doing obviously. I see SUV's pulling RZR's and the like everyday here. A Colorado has more towing capacity and more payload than does the Honda and depending on the engine, better MPG. Some would say that isnt a real pickup truck either. All that matters is that you feel you got your monies worth, regardless of what anyone else thinks. When you come to towing forum and ask opinions everyone has one based on their experiences and prejudices and that is on full display here every day.


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Posted: 09/18/19 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad you are happy with your rig combination. Really, that's all that really matters. We get slammed for our RVs when folks say we are not really camping unless you sleep naked in the desert on the ground with a rattle snake under your feet and a broken cactus for a pillow eating dried beef jerky and water in a canteen. No need to justify what what you like and what works for you. Just enjoy and be happy.

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CaLBaR wrote:

Glad you are happy with the Ridgeline. Seems a perfect combo for what you need it to do. Some people on here insist that you need a 1 ton dually to tow a pop up trailer.


Thought the preferred TV for a popup was a singled Class 8 tractor? [emoticon][emoticon]

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Seems a number of small trucks have bigger payloads than 1500 Rams. A “half ton truck” that won’t carry a half ton.


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I’m sure it tows a 3000lb trailer well. It should. And it’s a nice looking setup by the way. As far as it being a “real” truck? Depends what the keyboard commandos consider a truck .
Plenty of mid size pickups out there. This one happens to be a midsize suv with a bed.


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thomasmnile wrote:

CaLBaR wrote:

Glad you are happy with the Ridgeline. Seems a perfect combo for what you need it to do. Some people on here insist that you need a 1 ton dually to tow a pop up trailer.


Thought the preferred TV for a popup was a singled Class 8 tractor? [emoticon][emoticon]


Thanks for the correction!! [emoticon][emoticon]

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16 MPG is pretty impressive for towing a cube like that. Yeah, there seems to be a lot of people that believe they know more about what a truck will do than the people that designed it, built it and provide the warrentee coverage.

My only concern would be emergency stops. I would want trailer brakes on that trailer even if I did use a one ton dually to pull it. Over the last 40+ years I have had to make several stops where a small investment in trailer brakes paid off rather handsomely.

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