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Old 07-02-2007, 02:57 PM   #15
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ST.... Are you confusing me with someone else??? If anything our present TV has power to spare and we haven't towed with the Nissan M-van for years?!?!?!
Just goin by what was in your profile page.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:56 PM   #16
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Honda Ridgeline RTX & Bambi

Earlier this year, in the hitch section of this forum, I asked a lot of questions about WDHs and my proposed use of a Ridgeline to tow my 16' Bambi. Got a lot of good advice, but some were skeptical of the Ridgeline as a tow vehicle. I reported in that thread that my trip from upstate New Hampshire back home with my new Bambi in tow went fine. Here's an update.

Just finished a 3700 mile trip from Michigan's U.P. to Montana via North Dakota. Camped on the Yellowstone River in Montana and then down into Yellowstone and then down through the Grand Tetons to Salt Lake City. We then headed in the backdoor of Colorado and camped in a canyon north of I-70 and then in the foothills of Golden, before heading to Omaha and back home. This was but a 10 day trip so we averaged a lot of miles per day. I am totally satisfied with this combination!

My average moving speed, according to my Garmin Nuvi, was 54 mph.

I will attach a photo of my Ridgeline/Bambi combo at the top of Loveland Pass, if I can figure out how to do that!

Great trip. Great combo!

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Old 08-03-2007, 10:00 PM   #17
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Glad you had a good trip, and that the Ridgeline worked out for you.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:23 PM   #18
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Hi, yooper. That's a nice combination you have and should work well for you.

Let me jump in on this six cylinder thing with my opinions. As for the V-6 being smoother, [smoother than what?] Sixty degree V-6's are pretty smooth, but ninety degree V-6's are so-so even with offset crank shafts and silent shafts. My wifes BMW 2.5 L inline six is as smooth as glass at all RPM's. [no we don't and never will tow with it] Engine torque used to be basically a bore versus stroke thing; Now with computer controls and split port intakes, we have long stroke engines getting high RPM's and short stroke engines getting lots of torque. [new engines, new rules]

One previous statement, 80% of truck owners will tow less than 5,000 lbs. I agree; I think 80% of truck owners won't tow anything.
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Old 08-04-2007, 03:05 AM   #19
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The 4.0 jeep 6 cyinder is an excellent engine ,Ive serviced them in my repair business since they came out . The 2000 version for instance has DIS
ignition (distributorless) fuel injection ( has had FI since its introduction)
and all modern engine controls.It is extremely tough and reliable ,easily can get 200 000 miles of service from it . It never needs the timing belt replaced since it has a timing chain that lasts for many thousands of miles without replacement .It is a solid engine with very good low end torque .The ridgeline has the wheel base length and thats a big plus .The
rigline should not have any problem towing a bambi whatsoever .

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Old 08-04-2007, 07:30 AM   #20
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I can't resist this one.... Back when I towed boats I had an E-150 high top Ford van. This beast had a 5.0 or 4.9 litre in line 6 cyl. Now that was a pulling motor. It would pull anything you hooked up to. Sadly it had no power steering or a/c so I traded out. It was in the Ocala area for many years after I sold it and I had the opportunity to walk up to two later owners to compare favorable notes and experiences.
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:12 PM   #21
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My Japanese Tow Vehicle

Here's my Ridgeline towing my 22 ft. CCD! Tows like a dream, smooth as silk. Been towing for 2 years and not a single problem. Use as an everyday vehicle and I get great gas mileage.

Still amazed at comments like "American Iron" and "I'll buy a Japanese tow vehicle when I buy a Japanese RV" . . .

Happy Camping.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:00 PM   #22
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Lone Rangers??

Hey, Bluvalley, I'm impressed! You have to be pretty close to the Ridgeline's maximum towing capacity and can still report excellent results. That's great.

What kind of mileage are you getting at what speeds "locked and loaded" for camping?

The Ridgeline is absolutely the best riding vehicle I have ever owned. When hooked up to my Bambi using the WDH, it rides even better. When the occasional truck blows by on the interestate I feel hardly a thing. Amazing.

Thanks for making me not feel like the Lone Ranger.

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Hi, Bluvalley. Another good looking Honda / Airstream set up. What kind of extension mirrors are those? And do you have pros and cons with the extension mirrors? I have the Cipa slip ons; They are OK but too small and too close. [not wide enough]
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:40 AM   #24
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Thanks for the positive feedback. I'm getting around 12-14 MPG while towing, using premium fuel, and around 20-22 while not towing on regular fuel.

The mirrors are the kind with the rubber straps that wrap around the truck mirrors. They are just ok. Kind of difficult to adjust.

Traveling out to the Cape the end of August, really looking forward to it.
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