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Old 11-19-2014, 07:59 AM   #15
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When it comes to suspensions (and other components of a vehicle), handling and weight carrying are usually contradictory goals. The better the handling, the worse the weight carrying (e.g. Porsche Cayman), and conversely, the better the weight carrying, the worse the handling (e.g. F350). There is no escape from the laws of Physics.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:50 AM   #16
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When it comes to suspensions (and other components of a vehicle), handling and weight carrying are usually contradictory goals. The better the handling, the worse the weight carrying (e.g. Porsche Cayman), and conversely, the better the weight carrying, the worse the handling (e.g. F350). There is no escape from the laws of Physics.
It has more to do with design. A 2014 Ford Expedition with IRS is rated for 9200 lbs. PAYLOAD 1,7000 lbs. That covers most of us that are towing Aistreams.
Those with F350 are all set to tow a large 5th wheel.
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It has more to do with design. A 2014 Ford Expedition with IRS is rated for 9200 lbs. PAYLOAD 1,7000 lbs. That covers most of us that are towing Aistreams.
Those with F350 are all set to tow a large 5th wheel.
Obviously, you should use the tool that meets your requirements. My point, however, was not about any specific tow vehicle/trailer combo, and was about the contradictory relationship between handling and weight carrying.

Cayman, Jetta, Forester, Expedition, F150, F350, and 18 wheelers have progressively better weight carrying capacity, and worse handling. That's the law of physics you cannot escape from.
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Not intending to dump on IRS generally. But my point is and was that IRS doesn't tolerate overloading nearly as gracefully as a solid axle. An overloaded IRS will show camber changes in the wheels which, as a minimum, will adversely affect tire wear but may also affect traction and handling.
Also, since the Honda has a "slip and grip" AWD system, I would be concerned about unloading the front (drive) wheels as a result of overloading the rear axle.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:47 AM   #19
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This has been good discussion and I appreciate all the input. I sold my Ridgeline (to the dealer no less) and I'm looking at Ram 1500s and GMC 1500 Sierras. Both with V8. Loved my Ridgeline but my 6000# GVWR trailer is over my capacity. Thanks everyone for chiming in. As a new Airstream owner I'm sure I'll have lots of questions. Good to know there's such a large group of folks out there that can answer them! :-)
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Davz2k, your dilemma the same as mine recently. I bought an AS 19' FC. My gross vehicle combination weight rating loaded was just 200lbs. under Honda's max. of 10,500lbs. on the Cat scale. I loved my Ridgeline but in the Sierras I was 40-45MPH with the 18 wheelers and pushing the limits of Honda going over Donner Pass. I was also concerned with emergency braking. My Bambi weighs in at 4,280lbs. with water, LPG, food and clothes and a hitch weigh of 660lbs. The Ridgy OEM hitch was rated at 500lbs. Honda says NO weight distribution hitch. I used a WD hitch and all the axle loads were within specification but I was just too close to the limits. I bought a new Ford F150 4X2 and what a difference! I feel I'm operating a much safer vehicle and I do love my 5.0L getting the same 18 to 21 MPG around town. Towing is the same too, 10-11MPG. Happy travels!
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:44 PM   #21
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We got a Tundra in May.

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2014 is the last year for Ridgelines. The guy that bought my Casita and like his Ridgeline very much.
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