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Old 04-19-2019, 10:31 PM   #1
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Sport 22 Tow Vehicle

Planning on getting a Sport 22 and having trouble deciding on tow vehicle. Would like to get 2019 Honda Ridgeline (600# tongue wt, 5000# tow capacity), which Airstream dealer says would be fine, but it seems to me I'd be near top of 600# tongue wt wet and about 95% of GCVW. 2nd distant choice is 2019 Ford Ranger (750# tongue wt, 7500# tow capacity). Can anybody comment on towing a Sport 22 with a Ridgeline and/or Ranger? How are they in hilly areas? I'm wondering if I'd notice a big difference with the Ranger vs the Ridgeline. Thanks to all.
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:09 PM   #2
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IF the specs from AS are to be believed, you would be plenty happy towing the 22' Sport with either vehicle. Personally, since I own and tow with an older model Ridgeline, I'm biased in that direction. The Ridgeline is very well engineered, comfortable and very capable. I can't speak to the Ranger option, but the specifications look pretty good.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:18 AM   #3
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Gross Combined Weight

I'm curious, are you in a Sport 22 with similar weight specs to new one? When I added up all weight I can think of, I'm only about 300# shy of the Ridgeline's Gross Combined Weight of just under 10,000#.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:52 AM   #4
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I met someone in Jacksonville towing a new 22 Sport with a Porsche. Amazed to see it. But the vehicle pair looked cute. The were headed to west coast. I think full timing for about 6 months or more.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:43 AM   #5
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I tow my 22 Sport with a 2016 Honda Pilot. I believe it has same drive trading and towing capacity as the Ridge Line. Pilot is awd. No problems towing. Use equalizer
We travel with minimum load. Very happy with set up. Have been all over Colorado Mountains no problems. Long trips to
Florida too
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:54 AM   #6
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Iíve not done it yet, but Iím considering the same combination.

Anecdotal information suggests the Ridgeline is a great tow vehicle in its capability range. I tow a fairly hefty boat with mine and itís revealed what an underpowered bumbling vehicle my last truck was...I just didnít realize it at the time.

I posted the same question on the Ridgeline forum earlier this year. Some interesting feedback came from it:

https://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/33-racks-hitches-towing/215384-airstream-trailer-options-g2.html#/topics/215384

We are still up in the air if we go with a 22-sport to tug behind our Ridgeline or if we move into a self-propelled van camper. But having driven my truck and towed and hauled with it quite a bit I think itís well suited to the task.

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Old 04-20-2019, 10:15 AM   #7
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I have a 2008 22 Sport single axel. We towed for a year with a Pilot and were very happy. But started adding wt. I believe the tongue wt of the single axel 22’ is understated. I don’t know the payload of the two choices but I now have to tow with the trailer as light as possible to not max out the trailer specs. Therefore the tongue wt and the rest of the gear had to be on our TV. It is a GMC Sierra with a payload sticker of 1790# and we still use all of that. The only mod to the Sport was changing from on group 24 battery on the tongue to two 6 V golf cart batteries.
Enjoy your Sport.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:21 AM   #8
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Bought my 22FB Sport last August. A factor in the decision was being able to utilize my Nissan Frontier SV as a TV and with a 261-hp, 281 lb-ft 4.0-liter V-6 it manages the job nicely pulling a sub 4000 lb trailer. Yes it is a bit pokey on long and/or steep ascents but nothing I can't live with for the time being. No suspension modifications were necessary and with the sway control hitch it handles remarkably well. Gas mileage improves at low 60's MPH but isn't great by any measure so that's a negative for many. Just another option to consider. Love my SPORT. Happy Trails.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:40 AM   #9
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MSL, I pulled a sport 22 for 4 years with a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4.7 Liter V8.
Never had a problem no power problems even over the Mountains out west. Did over 10,000 miles with that trailer. So go for it.
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I have the same question. My TV is a Toyota FJ that is rated at 500/5000.
So I went onto a bunch of FJ fan groups on Facebook and asked the question of even trying to increase my vehicle’s towing capacity. The answers were unanimous:
- it’s ok to tow at capacity.
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Full Size Spare Tire?

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I tow my 22 Sport with a 2016 Honda Pilot. I believe it has same drive trading and towing capacity as the Ridge Line. Pilot is awd. No problems towing. Use equalizer
We travel with minimum load. Very happy with set up. Have been all over Colorado Mountains no problems. Long trips to
Florida too
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Sailor12 - do you travel with a full size spare? One of the annoying things about Ridgeline is it cannot stow a full size spare.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:28 PM   #12
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Towing with Our Pilot

We love towing with our 2015 Honda Pilot. We tow dry as possible most of the time out of an abundance of caution and respect for the tow rating. Our 2015 Pilot has a 4500 lb max tow capacity; so this is about as big an AS as we can possibly have without changing our TV.

We do not force the Pilot to RPMs higher than 3000 when climbing and are content to stay in the slow lane when traveling through the mountains. Knowing I am likely chumming the waters for passionate advocates of equalizer/stabilizers with this next piece of reality--we tow directly from the ball and have found tremendous stability in windy,rainy, bumpy, snowy, and start and stop traffic filled situations for 1000's of miles--at rates of no more than 57 MPH.

With the mindset that we are enjoying a slow and deliberate journey to wherever we are going, we just stay to the right, monitor our weight and speed, and sip our mocha's while confidently and safely traveling to our next glamping experience.

Enjoy!!!
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:40 PM   #13
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I toll my 22 sport with a Chevy Colorado 6 cylinder. 3.6 liter. This is my 3rd season and have had no problems. 6000 lbs toll capacity.
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IF the specs from AS are to be believed, you would be plenty happy towing the 22' Sport with either vehicle. Personally, since I own and tow with an older model Ridgeline, I'm biased in that direction. The Ridgeline is very well engineered, comfortable and very capable. I can't speak to the Ranger option, but the specifications look pretty good.

We are towing our 22' Bambi Sport with a Mercedes ML350 which has a 7200 lb. towing capacity. Works like a charm! Good luck!
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