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Old 04-06-2017, 05:25 AM   #15
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I'm sure the new Ridgeline is still unibody construction.
Yes it is......In fact I don't think Honda has ever built a traditional body on frame vehicle.

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Old 04-06-2017, 10:18 AM   #16
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I'm sure the new Ridgeline is still unibody construction.
Correct .... I was just going to post links to some reviews for that issue.

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda...-drive-review/

http://www.caranddriver.com/honda/ridgeline

It also sounds like others agree with my caution about it working hard on the grades uphill.

I also agree about the 22' Sport, as it's a bit lighter than the 19, but disagree that a couple would find the 19' cramped, since our Avion T20 is only a foot or less longer (17' body) than the 19' Bambi, & we looked at the new 19' & 22' before deciding to go vintage instead - my wife & I are fine in the T20 for our camping.

.... but then again - our vintage Avion is wider, taller, roomier & built better than the AS's of the day - as their ads said - or of today's AS!

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Old 04-06-2017, 11:16 AM   #17
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The 22' is an awesome, very well planned layout/floor plan.
It feels so roomy inside.
It feels so open and airy.
The use of space and storage is great.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:32 AM   #18
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Thanks for the continued information, I really appreciate it. We are taking a trip to Paso Robles wine country this weekend in the new Ridgeline and we will be discussing all your posts and hope to glimpse an AS on the road.

BTW:
Yes, this new Ridgeline has Overdrive lock out. I did get the "tow-package" so the figures I showed reflected that.

To USATraveler: We excluded the 22' Sport because when parked, we don't have a rear window, but a bathroom wall which makes it seem darker to us. I like the layout however, but my husband doesn't care for the center dinette.

So, it's down to jumping from $45,000 (Sport-16) to $62,000 (FC-19) and gaining A LOT of added goodies, but more concern on how we load it, traveling "lite" and perhaps less performance on steep grades.

Sometimes I feel like I'm overthinking things: AS manual says the "Net Carrying Capacity" for the FC-19 is 640 lbs, and I certainly will stick to it.
Honda Door sticker says 1477 Max payload: it assumes 2-150lb humans +30lbs luggage (divide that into our bellies and the weight is pretty close ), I've got a 50 lb tonneau cover, max hitch/tongue weight is 600 lbs which leaves 827 lbs to spread in the back seats or over the trucks rear axle.

I'll buy a Tongue Scale and use the CAT scales nearby me too. I'm already attracted to the Eaz-Lift which CanAm seems to use, and I'll compose a PM to Andy and see what he thinks. Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:45 AM   #19
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No harm in overthinking.
It's a lot of money.
You want to do your homework/research and get it right the first time.
Better to pay for a rig you'll keep a lifetime once than to buy the wrong rig, not be satisfied, and do it all over again later costing $$.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:50 AM   #20
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I chose the FC19 over the sport 22 as well. I too liked the extras - like the ducted vents, 2 batteries, larger propane tanks, etc., etc.. And liked the layout.

I have a Chevy Colorado - similar to yours - which handles it well with 300+ HP and 7000# max towing. I do find that any trip is much more pleasurable if I keep the speed below 60 MPH, which helps the mileage too.
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:54 PM   #21
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Yes, this new Ridgeline has Overdrive lock out. I did get the "tow-package" so the figures I showed reflected that.
Sounds like you have the basics for a nice Airstream tow vehicle and you have some very good info/posts so far. Good luck with your Airstream decision.
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:04 PM   #22
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-- snip -- which leaves 827 lbs to spread in the back seats or over the trucks rear axle. -- snip --
Load in front of the TV rear axle. Back seats good, but keep as low as possible. Only the lightest and bulkiest should go behind the rear axle. That reduces the weight distribution requirement and associated forces. Also improves the polar moment of the TV. All good. Logical, so my apology for jumping in, if your plan was already there. Travel safe. Pat
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:05 PM   #23
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I too thought the Ridgeline would be a good tug for the 19 AS. I went to a local Honda dealer to take one for a test drive. The sales manager came out to talk to me. I told him what I wanted to tow a 19 AS with the Ridgeline. He said I should get a "real truck" for that purpose. He said the Ridge was far better driving and handling than a body on frame truck when not towing, but would be at it's limit with 4500lbs and 600 tongue weight on it. He said if I did get a Ridgeline anyway, to order an all wheel drive version, which they didn't have on the lot.
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:21 PM   #24
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Thanks for the continued information, I really appreciate it. We are taking a trip to Paso Robles wine country this weekend in the new Ridgeline and we will be discussing all your posts and hope to glimpse an AS on the road.

BTW:
Yes, this new Ridgeline has Overdrive lock out. I did get the "tow-package" so the figures I showed reflected that.

To USATraveler: We excluded the 22' Sport because when parked, we don't have a rear window, but a bathroom wall which makes it seem darker to us. I like the layout however, but my husband doesn't care for the center dinette.

So, it's down to jumping from $45,000 (Sport-16) to $62,000 (FC-19) and gaining A LOT of added goodies, but more concern on how we load it, traveling "lite" and perhaps less performance on steep grades.

Sometimes I feel like I'm overthinking things: AS manual says the "Net Carrying Capacity" for the FC-19 is 640 lbs, and I certainly will stick to it.
Honda Door sticker says 1477 Max payload: it assumes 2-150lb humans +30lbs luggage (divide that into our bellies and the weight is pretty close ), I've got a 50 lb tonneau cover, max hitch/tongue weight is 600 lbs which leaves 827 lbs to spread in the back seats or over the trucks rear axle.

I'll buy a Tongue Scale and use the CAT scales nearby me too. I'm already attracted to the Eaz-Lift which CanAm seems to use, and I'll compose a PM to Andy and see what he thinks. Thanks!
I can't add to the feedback you've gotten here on towing capacity. Just make sure you put the cart before the horse. The 16' vs 19ft decision is critical. And IMO the salesman comments were right on
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:02 PM   #25
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Our 2007 Ridgeline with 2010 22' Sport

We no longer have that original set-up. We then moved up to a 2011 Flying Cloud 27' FB with a 2007 F-150. We're now towing a 2016 30' Classic with a 2012 F-250 Diesel. The two earlier incantations didn't work for us. The current set-up--albeit pricey, is the first time we've felt comfortable on the road and in camp. Enough said.
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Hello Stream-Style, We tow a 2017 19' International with a 2009 Honda Ridgeline. I would be happy to share what we have learned. You are not overthinking this!!
First the trailer weighs more than the listed brochure ratings. The manufactured weight is listed on a tag on the left side of the trailer. Ours is 3897# w/o water. With a full tank of water the cargo capacity is reduced to 273#.
The listed tongue weights do not include water in your fresh water tank. Our tongue weight is closer to 630#, not the listed 550#.
The fine print in the Ridgeline owners manual that states you lose about 1% of your tow capacity with every 1000' elevation climb.
There is a lot more to share, I don't know where you are at in the process. If it is helpful i'll post more. That being said, we are looking for a more capable tow vehicle, for our needs, the Ridgeline is hard to beat. Like you we boondock, in retrospect I would have purchased a different trailer, since we wanted to keep the Ridgeline.
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Hi KayO,

I have a black edition and am looking at basecamp, bambi 16, 22FB, and the 19C. Built my spreadsheet and the 19C is pretty much right at the ridgeline's full capacity - at sea level - and we live near the Sierras, so 7,000 feet + is expected. If you did buy a different trailer, which would you select?

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