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droid
03-14-2011, 02:44 PM
does anyone have any experience towing a boat with a honda ridgeline? towing compasity is 5000lbs. boat is a parker 2100 deep vee. boat,motor and trailer is pretty close to 5000lbs I think.


FASTFJR
03-14-2011, 02:54 PM
Check here..............http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33

I towed a neighbors boat, close to 4000lbs and did not have any issues. Not a good as my Tundra, but it towed pretty well. I think you would be pushing the limits with the RL at 5K

kone
03-14-2011, 03:13 PM
I have one and agree with Fast. I'd say low-4k is a real world limit unless it's a couple of miles back and forth to the ramp less than a dozen times a year.

OP you should ask the mods to move this to towing/trailer section.


GWcpa
03-14-2011, 04:20 PM
I towed my Grady 205 often with a ridgline. Did fine, but was at the limit.

capecuddy
03-27-2011, 08:15 PM
Honda Pilot is rated at 4500 lbs. I suspect the Ridgeline may be genetically related to the Pilot but don't know for sure. Pilot Owners Forum suggests derating for reality by 15%.

deltarome
03-27-2011, 08:24 PM
you can tow at 5000 pounds at 70 mph for 200 miles, just plan on buying a new transmission. Don't ask how I know.

DrewC
03-27-2011, 08:37 PM
I have a Pilot and would not tow anything close to that weight. Maybe 3500 pounds. It has a 3.5 liter V-6 with plenty horsepower and not much torque. My Tahoe tows much, much better.

mobjack22
03-27-2011, 08:38 PM
you can tow at 5000 pounds at 70 mph for 200 miles, just plan on buying a new transmission. Don't ask how I know.

:rofl:

ABoater
03-27-2011, 08:54 PM
As with most any vehicle, it's not just the towing ability, but the stopping ability as well!


Back when Ford was selling the baby Bronco, they were sued by the widow of an owner of one that was towing within the ratings, but he was going down a long grade and had to abruptly stop near the bottom.

It wasn't a pretty site. He was DOA and his passenger was seriously injured.

The mass of the boat was just too much for the vehicle...

As with ANY tow vehicle, safe driving habits are a must.

Numbers are just that, numbers. A lot of other things factor into the equation when you are towing.

Be safe!

fwood
03-28-2011, 04:00 AM
I tow a 21' Nautic Star, most of the tows are short (2-30 miles) but I have towed the boat 250 miles one way quite a few times and have had no problems. I don't run 80 mph with the boat, have had no stopping issues. The NS may be a lighter boat than what you are towing. I think the truck is at it's limit with the NS 2110 for safety.

4 Reelin
03-28-2011, 05:07 AM
I have a 2008 with the factory towing package (Transmission Cooler, heavy wiring, etc) and hitch and I tow a 2000 pound skiff with no problem. I agree with the post about stopping and think it would be your biggest concern if you get above 4000 lbs. You would need to have fully functional trailer brakes to be safe for the unexpected sudden stops. Its not a mater of if someone will pull out in front of you, its when.

Good luck;

Ric

A Few Dollars
03-28-2011, 08:37 AM
Ridgeline - a minivan with a bed.

JoeR2
03-28-2011, 11:42 AM
Unibody construction. Not good for heavy tow.

capt ron r
03-28-2011, 12:55 PM
a bad minivan with a bed

4 Reelin
03-28-2011, 02:31 PM
a bad minivan with a bed Now that is and interesting comment. All I can say is that mine has never let me down, hauled lumber up to 14 Ft, hauled up to 1500 lbs, and never had a tire slip on a steep wet ramp. However, I don't think I would want to try 5,000 lbs behind it either. Just saying from my experience and using it within its limitations, it does pretty darn good, and you get the ride of an suv.

FASTFJR
03-28-2011, 02:35 PM
Now that is and interesting comment. All I can say is that mine has never let me down, hauled lumber up to 14 Ft, hauled up to 1500 lbs, and never had a tire slip on a steep wet ramp. However, I don't think I would want to try 5,000 lbs behind it either. Just saying from my experience and using it within its limitations, it does pretty darn good, and you get the ride of an suv.

Usually comments like that are from someone who does not own one;) and yes, I own a 2011 RL

id-10-t
03-28-2011, 04:26 PM
You can not tow that with that honda
you will need a 3500 chevy HD . if it has a t-top you will need a peter built and it will need the bigger motor j/k
hook up to it and find out. I hate towing with a short wb

GWcpa
03-28-2011, 04:36 PM
This is the same thread every year... ;?

Wife drives one every day, 76K on it, zero problems, has towed 3 boats, utility trailers between 3500 and 5K plus with no problems, tranny or otherwise.

Towed a 24 Checkmate 350 miles down 95 running 75 mph and it handled and stopped with no drama. 20 foot Grady came out of the ramp fine every summer weekend.

Otherwise it has carried mulch, rocks, lumber, motorcycles, engines, differentials, trash, firewood, coolers, camping gear, whatever. Easy to drive, rides like a car, avg 18 mpg. Most of the F250/350s I see in my area have hard bed covers and 1 7/8 balls that never seem to get used. :grin:

DrewC
03-28-2011, 06:02 PM
a bad minivan with a bed

Your opinion, but I disagree. We have a 2003 Pilot that I will put up against anything for reliability, fit, and finish. I've never owned a Honda that even stalled. Honda don't make junk.

solarfry
03-28-2011, 06:21 PM
Your opinion, but I disagree. We have a 2003 Pilot that I will put up against anything for reliability, fit, and finish. I've never owned a Honda that even stalled. Honda don't make junk.

I don't think anyone is questioning reliability, fit, , stalling and finish. The thread is about towing 5,000# plus a distance. You are off topic.

I owned an 05 pilot. It would not tow 5000# and keep cool. But the question is about the ridgeline. An owner has already indicated he had problems towing 5k#. Most people claiming their boat weights 5k# forget to add the 1300# of the trailer to towed weight.

halkman26
03-28-2011, 07:02 PM
I tow my 23' Maycraft PH with a 2008 Ridgeline. I only tow it twice a year about 17 miles each way (to and from my launch - keep the boat docked from April til December). Would recommend you go 1/2 ton pick-up if you plan on towing regularly. The Ridgeline is rated for 5000 and does a decent job with my boat (about 5k with boat, fuel, motor and trailer), but you can really feel the strain on the tranny....but wouldn't dare tow it far or regularly. Having said, I love my truck - has a nice bed where I can plop my rods, coolers, etc to and from my boat, has the lockable trunk where I keep my tools, has a comfortable interior, handles better than may of my friends' cars and has been uber-reliable.

DrewC
03-28-2011, 07:56 PM
I don't think anyone is questioning reliability, fit, , stalling and finish. The thread is about towing 5,000# plus a distance. You are off topic.

I owned an 05 pilot. It would not tow 5000# and keep cool. But the question is about the ridgeline. An owner has already indicated he had problems towing 5k#. Most people claiming their boat weights 5k# forget to add the 1300# of the trailer to towed weight.

If you read my earlier post you would see that I said I do not recommend towing with it. I was commenting solarfrys comment that it is a "bad minivan with a bed". It is not meant to be a minivan, it is a small truck. And since when did a good minivan tow anything anyway?

A Few Dollars
03-28-2011, 08:00 PM
It is not meant to be a minivan, it is a small truck. And since when did a good minivan tow anything anyway?

Ridgeline - The pickup of minivans. :grin:

martynmac
03-29-2011, 06:23 AM
Ridgeline - The pickup of minivans. :grin::rofl:

somethingfishy
03-29-2011, 06:49 AM
Usually comments like that are from someone who does not own one;) and yes, I own a 2011 RL

I seriously considered buying one or a Tundra, I bought the Tundra 5.7 2wd because I thought the RL is seriously underpowered.

A Few Dollars
03-29-2011, 08:40 AM
and the engine is SIDEWAYS!



SIDEWAYS!

Striper4
04-02-2011, 07:19 PM
Tow my 21 CC (approx 4500lbs) with my RL and no problems,,, The ramp is steep, slippery and slimy at times, and the MS 2 Michelins Grab n Go.

Longest trip has only been 70 miles round trip. Upgrading from my 4k Rocket trailer to a 6k Loadmaster with brakes. Should tow even better then.

;)

WNY PAT
04-03-2011, 06:21 PM
We just got rid of a 2007 Odyssey that I towed light trailers and such with afew times for a new 2011 Pilot Touring. The wife just LOVES Honda - I'm not a huge fan but whatever. Just for the heck of it I hooked up my boat and trailer today and drove around a bit - up and down some hills - and a little bit on the highway. Gotta admit - the Pilot tows a lot better than the Odyssey. Still wanting for power (I tow with my new style Sierra with the 5.3) but not bad. I wouldn't be worried about local jaunts to the ramp and such at about 4,000 pounds. Wouldn't hit the mountains with that set up though.

capecuddy
04-04-2011, 05:48 PM
We just got rid of a 2007 Odyssey that I towed light trailers and such with afew times for a new 2011 Pilot Touring. The wife just LOVES Honda - I'm not a huge fan but whatever. Just for the heck of it I hooked up my boat and trailer today and drove around a bit - up and down some hills - and a little bit on the highway. Gotta admit - the Pilot tows a lot better than the Odyssey. Still wanting for power (I tow with my new style Sierra with the 5.3) but not bad. I wouldn't be worried about local jaunts to the ramp and such at about 4,000 pounds. Wouldn't hit the mountains with that set up though.

Thanks for the encouraging experience.....I'm gonna be doing this. Since I'm more than likely going Walkaround with outboard, this should work out OK.

WNY PAT
04-05-2011, 06:05 PM
Sure. I hope it works out for you. Anything less than 4000 pounds locally, you'll be absolutely fine, I wouldn't have any worries at all. I always figure my set up loaded with fuel and gear to be around 5,000 pounds including the trailer (which does have surge brakes) and that's probably an overestimate - but just to be safe - I am liberal with the weight estimates. It's the people and cargo you are going to have to be careful with if you are towing near the limit - that's where a body on frame set up really makes a big difference. The Pilot rear suspension is definately set up better for towing than the Odyssey and handles the tongue weight a lot better though. I was really impressed with the 4WD system based on my experience driving the Pilot in a late season March snowstorm a few weeks back and I wouldn't have any worries whatsoever about getting that size boat and trailer up a slippery ramp with the thing. Don't get your hopes up on fuel economy though, it's only been getting about 17 or 18 MPG so far (about 1500 miles), about 5 MPG worse than the Odyssey and only 2 MPG better than my heavier V8 Sierra. Oh well, she didn't buy it for mileage I guess. But I'm sure it'll do the job for you without any problem at all.

capecuddy
04-06-2011, 08:11 AM
Sure. I hope it works out for you. Anything less than 4000 pounds locally, you'll be absolutely fine, I wouldn't have any worries at all.

At the risk of hijacking the thread, how do you like the Sea Chaser? I'm looking at that amongst quite a few others as we speak. I'd plan to use a Yamaha F150 with it. Are you towing it with the Pilot as well?

WNY PAT
04-07-2011, 07:23 AM
I have had great luck with the Sea Chaser so far, no issues at all with the boat or the motor. I live near Buffalo and use it in the Niagara River and Lake Erie primarily, and a few times in the fall I take it out in Lake Ontario to Salmon fish. I won't go out if waves of more than about 2' are predicted, although I have had to run back when the wind kicks up unexpectedly in solid 3 footers a couple of times. It handled the waves ok, but was a bit wet. Fit and finish is about what you would expect for a brand in the price range, not the prettiest but mine has been durable and reliable. Top speed with my 150 HPDI is around 48 on my GPS and it cruises comfortably at about 32. I don't have exact fuel numbers for the HPDI, but you'd be going with an F150 anyway. But overall I think it is one of the best values out there depending on how you fish. It looks really nice, rides fine in a light chop and lands fish the same as any other boat I'd be standing in and was about $10,000 less than comparable rigs from other manufacturers even used. The issues others will bring up about the Sea Chaser brand in comparison to some of the premier builders were tradeoffs I considered and decided I could live with - especially considering my season up here is only about 12 to 14 weeks long.

As for the Pilot, no, I don't tow regularly with it (nor did I with the Odyssey) - I have a 2007 Sierra that I use. With the Sierra, the weight is a non-issue. That said, if gas really hits $5 / gallon, I might be getting a car to drive back and forth to work and using the Pilot to tow! Seriously! Towing with the Pilot is definately a different experience than with a truck - the motor is REALLY working when going up any sort of incline and you can feel the weight of the boat and trailer much more when stopping and turning. But it's OK - especially if you are staying local and not going up and down and really big hills. The only other issue I'd have with Honda is that the 5 speed tranny, especially the older ones from 2003-2007 were not known to stand up well to regular towing duties. I understand the Ridgeline has a some additional cooling and I thought I read it might have some beefier internals too - but I'm not certain. I never looked in to whether the Pilot had an updated cooling system before buying it as it wasn't a vehicle I planned to tow with anyway. The Pilot Touring, which we bought, has a 2" Class 3 hitch installed from the factory and is pre-wired for the 7 pin trailer harness. They rate the 2011 Pilot 4WD Touring for 4500 pounds, I think the Ridgeline is rated for 5000 poinds. The question I'd have if I was going to tow regularly is if the 2008+ transmissions are holding up better and whether mechanical updates were done in addition to the cooling upgrades.

Hope that helps! I can't wait to get back on the water - been a long winter and there's still a lot of ice on Lake Erie! :)

At the risk of hijacking the thread, how do you like the Sea Chaser? I'm looking at that amongst quite a few others as we speak. I'd plan to use a Yamaha F150 with it. Are you towing it with the Pilot as well?

GypsyJon
04-07-2011, 12:54 PM
Ridgelines are not built on a frame. They are unit bodies. May not hold up well under towing. So they are not actually a truck at all. With that said, Jeep Cherokees were also unit bodies and there are tons of them still out there towing stuff.



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