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Old 08-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #29
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Honda makes great vehicles but a Ridgeline is not a truck and if you think you may up size your Airstream anytime in the near future buy the real thing. Take a hard look at the F150 Ecoboost.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:16 AM   #30
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Honda makes great vehicles but a Ridgeline is not a truck and if you think you may up size your Airstream anytime in the near future buy the real thing. Take a hard look at the F150 Ecoboost.
Agree. I looked at both the Ridgeline and the F150. Ended up with a 2012 F150 XLT Candy Apple Red Ecoboost. In my opinion much better for my needs now and in the future. I thought I would be happy with my Bambi II forever, but lately have been thinking a little bigger and newer.
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In my opinion much better for my needs now and in the future. I thought I would be happy with my Bambi II forever, but lately have been thinking a little bigger and newer.
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Least we forget Nissan! Just bought an Armada with the towing package to yank my 28' Classic. Contacted AS to be sure it would tow okay and they said it would. Hugh difference to comfort than my Dodge 2500 Cummings. I know guys, I won't get the same fuel milage, but for the sake of my marriage, comfort was priority #1.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:47 AM   #33
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Congrats on the new F150. Sounds Great and a nice Color ! See it @ Topsail ?
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:44 AM   #34
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Congrats on the new F150. Sounds Great and a nice Color ! See it @ Topsail ?
Looking forward to it. Should be a great rally, with lots of tin and great company. Ya, you can't miss the truck, it is rather bright, shiny with all the chrome and easy to spot.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #35
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Those who make the ignorant statement, "the Ridgeline is not a truck" are the same folks who believe the moon landings were staged.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:08 AM   #36
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The bottom line for me would be dependability!! I have had 3 chevy's in my life, the last being an 01' blazer. At this point I don't on ever buying another. The 01' blazer was the worst. Luckily it was under warranty when I had to get everything fixed on it. I traded it in with 50,000 miles for an 01 4-runner with 42,000 miles. it know has 180,000 miles and has never had a problem, Except for a bad plug wire..

There are some bad apples and 3 out of 3 was enough for me. Honda does have problems once in a while must like Toyota but over all they are more reliable.

That said my neighbor just sold his 01' blazer for $300 for parts. It had 450,000 miles on it. But it was in the shop every month for the past few years and has had everything replace at least once except the engine it's self. You never know...
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #37
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Honda makes great vehicles but a Ridgeline is not a truck
Some folks who drive real trucks as in Freightliner, Western Star, etc have said that 1/2 ton to 1 tons are not "real trucks" either. Hobby trucks!!

Forget about the lame labeling. Take the vehicle for it's face value, consider the merits/potential/abilities and get on with it.
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Original Question?

Going back to the original question,
Almost any vehicle that comes with a towing package will tow a 16' airstream icluding any pickup or large SUV and most meduim SUV's and minivans.

If you plan to move into a bigger trailer you will need a properly sized tow vehicle but your tow vehicle will need to be replaced eventually anyway. If you buy the F950 or whatever monster truck and don't upgrate your trailer for 10 years, you'll be buying a new truck anyway.

The important decision is what vehicle do you really need?
Most of the pickup trucks rarely have anything in the bed, infact when I drove the truck as my primary vehicle i missed having a trunk.

I drive about 30,000 miles a year, maybe 5000 towing, so towing ability is not my primary motivation, however my Tundra is basically a dedicated TowVehicle now, but most people can't afford to have a vehicle for each and every purpose.
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We have a hard tonneau cover on our 2008 Tundra CrewMax, and we use it like a big sedan with a huge (but not very tall) trunk. It's a great tow vehicle (although our 19-foot Bambi isn't very big), and it's great around town, too. However, our in-town commuter car is a Prius; and the fuel we save driving it offsets the extra cost of driving the Tundra. So, we have the best of both worlds.
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It's difficult to compare a Honda Ridgeline with a full size pickup, Chevy Ford Dodge or Toyota. They are not the same. The Ridgeline is a unibody construction the same as most cars and full size pickups are body on frame. Don't get me wrong, the Honda would be a fine TV for a Bambi it's just not in the same class as a full size pickup
(notice I didn't say truck)
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It's difficult to compare a Honda Ridgeline with a full size pickup, Chevy Ford Dodge or Toyota. They are not the same. The Ridgeline is a unibody construction the same as most cars and full size pickups are body on frame. Don't get me wrong, the Honda would be a fine TV for a Bambi it's just not in the same class as a full size pickup
(notice I didn't say truck)
Actually the Ridgeline has a unibody welded to a full frame, stronger than your "truck" design, and with it's full independent suspension, also more stable on the road.

Sounds like a superior tow vehicle design for the Bambi (and maybe more) than any "truck".

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