Originally Posted by Arrowstream
Are there any issues with the Ridgeline being (primarily) a front wheel drive vehicle? It seems like it could loose some traction and steering without weight distribution. Just curious...
I can't comment on the Ridgeline as I have never used one as a tow vehicle, but my Cadillac is front wheel drive and I wouldn't even want to consider using it to tow without my Reese Strait-Line Hitch. Even with the Strait-Line Hitch, adjustment is more critical than with a rear wheel drive tow vehicle. To insure traction on inclines that are the least bit slippery, I have learned that it is necessary to adjust the hitch so that a bit more than the normal amount of weight is pushed forward. On the Eldorado, I didn't notice any specific impact on the steering while towing with either adjustment on the hitch, but it does have a very heavy and complex front wheel drive/motor combination.
The first time that I towed my Overlander with the Eldorado, it was quite an experience trying to get started from a stop on a freshly oil-and-chipped sloped Interstate exit ramp. The front wheels of the Eldorado spun until they got down to the solid blacktop before we actually began to move . . . put on quite a show for the young gas station across the street . . . where we were headed. When I filled up the Eldorado at the gas station the attendant didn't want to believe me when I told him that the 30+ year old Cadillac was a factory front wheel drive car. After adjusting the Reese for the next trip, the problem was virtually negated by increasing the amount of weight pushed forward.