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Old 12-29-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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TV for 20 Flying Cloud

I'm looking at a 2011 20 Flying Cloud,my TV is a Honda Ridgeline and I don't think its up to the task. The flying cloud is 4,700lbs empty and the Ridgeline can only handle 5k. We go to the mountains a lot and would not attempt in this truck.We have owned 5 motor homes but this would be our 1st towable. So any help in TV would be great as this will also be my daily driver and gas mileage is a concern.We are not going any bigger than the 20 as we are in downsize mode.



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Old 12-29-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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Dennis ----

I don't know where you got the 4700# on that trailer. The A/S site shows right around 4000 for the last 3 yr. You'd still be 'pushing' the 5k on your truck tho' if you consider pulling 80% of its rating ---- which is a good 'rule of thumb' for towing. Be better if you had a TV rated at about 6k. You can find stuff like that if you access Tow Ratings on the Web. Just pick the Brand you want to go with, and go down the list 'till you find something with a little more 'pad' in capacity.

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Old 12-29-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Don't be too quick to get rid of the Ridgeline. There are some members here towing Airstreams with them. Since you already own the Ridgeline, you might give it a try. You are going to need a quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system and trailer brake controller. You can start researching these components right here on the Forums.

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Old 12-29-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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sorry,the weight for 2011 20 is 4,211lbs. not much truck left for those 7-9% grades we encounter.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:10 PM   #5
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I tow my 1967 globetrotter which I estimate is weighing in around 3500lbs. It does great on the the flats and around town, we have gone on a dozen trips, anywhere from 3-5 hours one way, and I have never felt like it wasn't up to the task. I recently bought a lincoln navigator to pull the trailer and seat the family more comfortably. I cant feel the trailer at all with the navigator.

I would give your ridgeline a shot, but watch it closely. Your gas mileage will drop significantly btw.

That being said, I would buy another ridgeline for my daily work truck in a heartbeat.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:44 AM   #6
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We have towed our 22' SS up 10% grades above 7000' with no problem with the Ridge, though our unit weighs around 4200# fully loaded with 430# on the ball. Honda does not recommend a WD hitch and we don't use one, again with no problems in the three years we've used her. Here we are at 7800' in New Mexico.
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