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Old 06-13-2024, 11:54 AM   #1
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Any issues with the 2008 Acura MDX AWD pulling a 2018 Basecamp 16

WE are new to the RV community and hope some of you can help us get all that we need for our new Basecamp 16. We want to pull our Basecamp with our 2008 Acura MDX All Wheel Drive. The Acura Spec is 5000lb. total Trailor weight and 500 tongue weight. The basecamp total Trailor max is 3500lb. and 410 hitch weight. We were told we will need sway bar, and a brake controller. Since this is a small trailor, will we need torsion bars or anything else? Thanks for your help and suggestions.
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Old 06-13-2024, 12:22 PM   #2
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I can’t remember whether the towing package was standard equipment on the 2008 MDX, or an optional accessory package. I know that on the Pilot from the same era, the tow package was a dealer installed option and included a transmission cooler, power steering cooler, hitch/receiver and 4-pin wiring harness.

Assuming everything is in place to tow to the full rating, at minimum you will need a 7-pin harness and a trailer brake controller (TBC). Many later Honda SUVs were pre-wired to accept a TBC, but I don’t know whether the 2008 MDX was or not (hopefully yes.) If you’re not handy, you may need some help from a dealer with this.

My suggestion with respect to using a weight distribution hitch (which is what I believe you meant by “torsion bars”), is to try without first and see how it does. Also, study your owners manual to see how they feel about using a WD hitch (usually Honda advises against.)

Be sure to use hi-test gas if you don’t already.

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Old 06-13-2024, 12:56 PM   #3
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We pulled our dearly departed 16' Bambi (similar weights as the Basecamp 16) with our Audi Q7 (7,700/770 lbs) without any WD or sway control for two seasons and had no issues in all sorts of conditions and terrain. We did get a hitch with a rise to get it level. Yes, a brake controller is very necessary. We have the Prodigy P3.
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