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Old 10-25-2012, 02:42 PM   #21
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Interesting that the Ridgeline Manual would tell you not to use weight distribution. Probably because it's not a truck frame but a car unibody and weight distribution might deform the unibody. The Airstream specs for a 19' says the hitch weight is 510lbs "without options or variable weight". How do you only get 437lbs on the hitch when loaded?
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:54 PM   #22
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Does the Ridgeline manual say no WD, or an improperly set up WD? My 2012 Pilot says this in the manual: "Weight Distributing Hitch
A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your vehicle, as an improperly adjusted weight distributing hitch may reduce handling, stability, and braking performance." and nothing about a properly set up hitch. I use a WD hitch on the Pilot.

And, the Ridgeline is not entirely unibody, it has an integral ladder frame. We have a 2006 Ridgeline with 110k and no problems at all, used as a work truck. From Wikipedia: "The Honda Ridgeline uses unibody architecture ladder frame/unibody hybrid chassis. Honda claims this design gives it 2.5 times more ball rigidity and 20 times the torsional rigidity than the standard ladder frame only type of chassis construction, while retaining the load carrying capacity of the traditional ladder frame."
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:03 AM   #23
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I am still here and still have my Bambi. No issues and traded vehicles to a Ford F150 4 wheel drive. Gets better milage towing than my Ridgeline did and more comfortable. Still miss my Honda a bit though, so unique.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:36 PM   #24
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:41 AM   #25
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I do not miss the casita realistically but aesthetically I do. The little Casita was just cool looking while the Bambi looks industrial and commercial like the old corner hamburger diner. Would I go back? No! The only thing I would change for would be a Flying Cloud 20 and I would do that in a heart beat. Cost too much though.
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Interesting that the Ridgeline Manual would tell you not to use weight distribution. Probably because it's not a truck frame but a car unibody and weight distribution might deform the unibody. The Airstream specs for a 19' says the hitch weight is 510lbs "without options or variable weight". How do you only get 437lbs on the hitch when loaded?
I don't have a Bambi.
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