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Old 04-23-2015, 10:17 AM   #1
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Class II vs class III hitch for Bambi 16ft

Towing a 16ft Bambi 3500lb with a 2011 Honda Odyssey. The Canadian folks advise a Class III hitch with 600 lb hitch. The Honda dealer and engineer advise the factory Class II with 300 lb hitch. Any thoughts? Will still add a Husky friction sway control unit.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:32 AM   #2
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_Why_ do they recommend the lighter duty hitch?

Looking at how a class 2 hitch for an Odyssey is built, I think I'd only tow a teardrop or utility trailer with it. looks flimsy. etrailer even says "light duty" 2011 Honda Odyssey Trailer Hitch Class II | etrailer.com
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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Tongue weight of 16' Bambi is 350 pounds. Seems like Class II would be insufficient capacity, and Class III is warranted.
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This is one case where I see no downside to the sturdiest hitch you can buy. Bigger IS better when it comes to keeping the two parts of your rig attached!
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Class II would be barely adequate. Class III would have a good safety margin.

So, why is there even a question?
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Class III, for sure. If given a choice, go bigger. Class II seems barely adequate, if that.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:23 PM   #8
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Hitch

I guess the obvious is at hand. Thanks for taking the time to reply. This community is such a nice group. Ty
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I towed a T@B, 1600lb with class II, 2" ball. A BAMBI 16 @ 3500 lb, 350 tongue wt, 2 5/16" ball, towing with a 2015 Pathfinder= class III hitch! No ifs ands or buts! Your auto dealer may advise on GTW, but, when it comes to. Your tow setup and rig overall....please get your advice from a knowledgable AIRSTREAM man! You're located in Lafayette, Co.. Call Windish RV :303-274-9009. Speak to Len, if you can. He is knowledgable salesman. Or, Doug, in service dept. they will give you the facts! Good luck. Evelyn.
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