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Old 08-19-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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19' FC w/ Honda Ridgeline?

Hi. New to forum and AS. Considering purchase of 19' Flying Cloud. Tow vehicle would be a Honda Ridgeline. Most travel in Pacific northwest. Anyone have exoerience with this?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.
What's the towing capacity of the Ridgeline, and what's the GVWR of the Flying Cloud?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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Towing capacity is 5000. I think trailer is 3800 dry and 4500ish loaded.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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You should be fine. Towed a 22' Sport with a Ridgeline across country to WA last summer. No problems.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:58 AM   #5
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Thanks! We're soon to be part of the family!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #6
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Been towing our 22' Sport which is similar in weight for 33,000 mi or so with our '06 Ridge with no problems, mostly mountain stuff,
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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So glad to hear that! Thanks!
Looking forward to good times!
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #8
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Looks like you are in good shape Orange Kayak. Welcome. Your life will change forever.

Great photo Ahab!

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:59 PM   #9
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Thanks! Looking forward to it!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #10
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Keep an eye on the hitch weight, since it will be close.

A 2012 19' Flying Cloud is 3852# dry and 4500# max, with a 550# hitch weight.

A 2013 Honda Ridgeline is spec'ed to tow 5000# with a maximum hitch weight of 600# (up to three occupants in the truck).

So on weights, towing a 19' Flying Cloud with a Honda Ridgeline should be OK. Just pay attention to the hitch weight when you load.

On the other hand, there is this from page 295 of the 2013 Ridgeline manual:

"A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your vehicle, as an improperly adjusted weight distributing hitch may reduce handling, stability, and braking performance."

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:13 PM   #11
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Thanks, Bruce. Really wanting to just get it on the road now. Nine more days 'til delivery!
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That last dumb a** statement could apply to all tow vehicles.

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:20 PM   #13
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Looks like you did not waste any time in going from "considering" to jumping in with both feet. You got the fever. Glad to have you with us.

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:22 PM   #14
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