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Old 02-17-2016, 11:33 AM   #29
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I tow a 22' with a 2006 Ridgeline with no problems, and without exceeding rated limits for GVWR or GCWR.
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I neglected to mention, my 2007 Pilot has 284,000 miles on it and shows no sign of slowing down. Great cars.
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #31
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I've learned is there is a lot more to towing than the simplistic tow hitch weight rating.
Agree, without a doubt.
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You will be held criminally liable for towing a trailer over your tow rating in the United States not if, but when you have an accident. How can you recommend or justify being so irresponsible?
That is incorrect. Manufacturer's tow ratings are not part of vehicle or traffic legislation.

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Please give a warning to the forum if you ever decide to pull your 32' Airstream with your minivan in Colorado.
34' actually. Best towing experience I've ever had. Also, not exceeding the payload, tire rating or axle rating of the Odyssey.
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I think this comes from commercial vehicle GVWR which does not apply to recreational vehicles. Nonetheless this warning takes the thread onto a well-traveled road that is likely to end in useless argument.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:33 AM   #34
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That is incorrect. Manufacturer's tow ratings are not part of vehicle or traffic legislation.
It varies state by state, but you are probably correct. However, if you tow an 8000# trailer with a minivan rated at 3500#, get into an accident and hurt someone, you will surely have a serious civil suit coming your way. You won't go to jail, but you may lose your house. That's why almost nobody south of the border does what you recommend (Canada laws are different from what I've heard).
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So, I went back through the thread and noticed you pointed out your reference to the 22 was a typo. Given that you are looking at the 16, a Pilot would be a great TV for all the reasons offered by those who have used them. There is an advantage to a truck configuration in that gear which is dirty or needs ventilation like a generator and fuel can be carried in the bed. Consequently, the Ridgeline would be worth investigating. If you need an SUV for hauling people and gear that needs weather protection, then the truck may not be the best solution. It all is a compromise based on your needs. That's why you get to make the decision.

Good luck with your research. Pat
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There are some dirty items from camping such as hoses and ground mats that could be carried in the SUV with protective mats. I would probably convert my Honda gasoline generator to propane so it could be carried inside without fumes.

Interesting choice, Honda Ridgeline or Pilot, similar vehicles with choice of open or enclosed cargo area. Nice match to the Airstream while also providing a very decent daily driver.
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I believe the towing capacity of the Ridgeline is a good bit better than the Pilot, or at least it was.
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I believe the towing capacity of the Ridgeline is a good bit better than the Pilot, or at least it was.
Now why would they rate 2017 Ridgeline and 2017 Pilot, sharing the same engine and chassis, at different tow ratings?
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That's how it was in the past. 4500 for the Pilot, 5000 for the Ridgeline. I don't know what it is for the current models.
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It varies state by state, but you are probably correct. However, if you tow an 8000# trailer with a minivan rated at 3500#, get into an accident and hurt someone, you will surely have a serious civil suit coming your way. You won't go to jail, but you may lose your house. That's why almost nobody south of the border does what you recommend (Canada laws are different from what I've heard).
I suggest talking to a lawyer, as I did, for meaningful advice on this.

There is always risk of nuisance lawsuits, but that is all it should amount to. Canadian and US laws are remarkably similar in this respect.
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The more this issue is discussed on the forums, the easier it is for some money grubbing lawyer to research using Google to create a lawsuit out of nothing. We must be careful.
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I suggest talking to a lawyer, as I did, for meaningful advice on this.

There is always risk of nuisance lawsuits, but that is all it should amount to. Canadian and US laws are remarkably similar in this respect.
Actually, the information I shared in my previous post is per discussion with a lawyer. I know you have spoken with a lawyer as well, hence my comment on US and Canadian laws being different on this.
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