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Old 07-18-2018, 01:26 AM   #29
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We have been towing our 19 with a Ford Flex that has very similar maximum capacities to those of the Ridgeline. A good weight distribution hitch and replacing the China Bombs ASAP have provided us with many miles of enjoyment. We live in Florida that is flat, but going over tall bridges we are fine at legal speeds, and although there is a lot of wind and truck traffic in our roads, we never had any scary situation. I friend of us lent us a GMC Sierra Denali and it has been my worst experience towing. I think that using a weight distribution and anti-sway system properly set up, its better than more truck.....(I'll walk to the firing squad wall by myself hehehe)

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Old 07-18-2018, 08:39 AM   #30
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We have been towing our 19 with a Ford Flex that has very similar maximum capacities to those of the Ridgeline. A good weight distribution hitch and replacing the China Bombs ASAP have provided us with many miles of enjoyment. We live in Florida that is flat, but going over tall bridges we are fine at legal speeds, and although there is a lot of wind and truck traffic in our roads, we never had any scary situation. I friend of us lent us a GMC Sierra Denali and it has been my worst experience towing. I think that using a weight distribution and anti-sway system properly set up, its better than more truck.....(I'll walk to the firing squad wall by myself hehehe)

We just returned from am 8,400 miles trip across the southwest United States with our 2016 Flying Cloud 26U and out 2017 VW Touareg v6. We loved it. We got 14.8 mpg across Nevada and Utah and although we were slowed down a bit outside of Denver (like everyone else), it was comfortable, smooth and a perfect the vehicle. Even the 4 mile 8% grade up from Willow Beach campground on the Colorado River to the highway was great. I am just adding my voice based on experience having just returned.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-18-2018, 09:24 AM   #31
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Here are the CAT scale numbers from one our trips towing our 2015 Bambi 22FB with our 2014 Honda Ridgeline using an Andersen WDH. Truck payload included 2 adults, Yeti 50 and golf clubs in the cab. Honda 2000i generator in the bed. AS fresh water tank was full.

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Be sure to check the GCWR of the Ridgeline. You might be over.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:45 AM   #32
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I appreciate your concerns and although we no longer own the Ridgeline or the 22FB, I’ll respond for those seeking the knowledge to understand all the considerations I took and deemed necessary to properly select a tow vehicle, or in our case, an AS that our existing vehicle could safely tow. I downloaded the Ridgeline owners manual, found and attached the page with the information I used to determine which AS’s I could safely tow before we even purchased our first AS. The Ridgeline I owned had a GCWR of 10,088 lbs. The payload was 6,050 lbs. The front axle weight limit was 3,105 lbs. and the rear axle weight limit was 3,245 lbs. I never weighed the tongue but the hitch weight limit on our Ridgeline was 600 lbs. My weight ticket confirms my configuration was within my vehicle and trailer limits.

I strongly urge all readers and posters of this blog to confirm their configurations are within their tow vehicle manufactures limits before they post a boast about how their configuration “tows great without issues” etc., etc., etc.

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I went thru this same process in choosing our current 27FBQ/GMC Sierra SLT with 6.2L gas and Max Tow Package configuration. We strongly considered a 30’ Classic as our next AS, but the trailer weight would have pushed us into a 3/4 ton diesel truck which neither of us wanted to drive as a daily driver.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:57 AM   #33
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I appreciate your concerns and although we no longer own the Ridgeline or the 22FB, I’ll respond for those seeking the knowledge to understand all the considerations I took and deemed necessary to properly select a tow vehicle, or in our case, an AS that our existing vehicle could safely tow. I downloaded the Ridgeline owners manual, found and attached the page with the information I used to determine which AS’s I could safely tow before we even purchased our first AS. The Ridgeline I owned had a GCWR of 10,088 lbs. The payload was 6,050 lbs. The front axle weight limit was 3,105 lbs. and the rear axle weight limit was 3,245 lbs. I never weighed the tongue but the hitch weight limit on our Ridgeline was 600 lbs. My weight ticket confirms my configuration was within my vehicle and trailer limits.

I strongly urge all readers and posters of this blog to confirm their configurations are within their tow vehicle manufactures limits before they post a boast about how their configuration “tows great without issues” etc., etc., etc.

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I went thru this same process in choosing our current 27FBQ/GMC Sierra SLT with 6.2L gas and Max Tow Package configuration. We strongly considered a 30’ Classic as our next AS, but the trailer weight would have pushed us into a 3/4 ton diesel truck which neither of us wanted to drive as a daily driver.
Are you sure that the 6,050# is the payload rating, not the gross vehicle weight rating? That is a HUGE difference. Personally, I doubt that the Ridgeline is rated for you to put 6,050# in the bed of the truck and drive off.

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Old 07-19-2018, 07:41 AM   #34
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Sorry about the attachment snafu. I’ll try again.

You are correct. Thanks for catching that. I stated 6,050 for payload but should have stated GVWR. The payload of the vehicle was 1,450 lbs. That’s what I get for posting prior to the first cup of coffee.

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Newbie here. My wife and I are considering a 16' Sport (350# TW/3500# GVW) or 19' Flying Cloud (550# TW/#4500# GVW) - I'd prefer the FC. We have a 2017 Ford Explorer Sport w the 3.5 Ecoboost. It has the 500#TW/5000#TR factory hitch. Both TT fit within the GVWR, so no problem there. I've been crunching the numbers though and the numbers point to the 16' Sport. However, given what I've read people towing a 19' with a Toyota Highlander which has the same ratings as the Explorer and other similar setups, I am surprised no one has called these folks out for having over stressed their hitches! in addition many folks add a WDH which is fine and dandy, but that is additional weight on the hitch. Even the Airstream sales guy said, "A WDH will take off 10-15% of the weight off the hitch." (There's a sucker born every minute, right?) No it won't. So, am I missing something? The 3.5 Ecoboost has plenty of power, but the hitch is rated to 500#. I'm not trading in the Explore any time soon, so that isn't an option unfortunately. In hindsight, I would have bought something else. Any enlightened souls out there to help a guy out? Thanks in advance!
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... <snip> However, given what I've read people towing a 19' with a Toyota Highlander which has the same ratings as the Explorer and other similar setups, I am surprised no one has called these folks out for having over stressed their hitches! ... <snip> So, am I missing something? The 3.5 Ecoboost has plenty of power, but the hitch is rated to 500#. I'm not trading in the Explorer any time soon, so that isn't an option unfortunately. In hindsight, I would have bought something else. Any enlightened souls out there to help a guy out? Thanks in advance!
Many people go to a competent hitch professional and have the receiver strengthened to Class IV (or purchase an aftermarket Class IV receiver) designed to use a WD hitch. You are not limited by the lightly engineered receiver that comes stock on most SUVs. The important consideration for the TV are axle and tire ratings.

Class IV hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 14,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1400 lbs.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:26 PM   #38
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I also have a Flying Cloud 19CB and Tow with a 2019 Honda Ridgeline. I use a Reese EZ-Lift Hitch with WD Bars and Tow with no problems (Set-Up by Can-Am RV in Canada) and use a Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller. Basically there are two of us, clothes, food and gear, about 300Lbs of gear in Trailer, another 200Lbs in Truck (Max). Basically everything we need (Although we are still eliminating things we don't use) and so far (Still new) no problems after about 1200KM Towing, enough power etc... I always Tow with the Water/Waste Tanks empty.

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