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Old 12-31-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Talking Hello From New Jayco Owner pulling with Honda Ridgeline

Hello from Mineral Point, PA. We purchased our 2011 JayFlight and just started going places. I pull it with a 2007 Honda Ridgeline. I try to watch the loading and keeping things balanced front to back helps a lot. I also work ham radio and GMRS while camping under call signs K3WS and WQIV262.

I welcome comments and suggestions from other owners pulling with smaller trucks. I do hope to buy a larger truck for longer trips some day.

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Old 12-31-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Howdy Tom,
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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Welcome Tom. What model Jayflight are you pulling with the Ridgeline?
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:29 AM   #4
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:54 AM   #5
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Hey there Tom... Enjoy the new TT... Welcome to the forum...
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum Tom Brew! We have several other Ham Operator's who frequent this site. I see from your profile you have a 2011 Jay Flight 26BH(?). That tt's dry weight is 4585# (with gvwr at 7500#) and your Ridgeline tows at 5000# max. My guess is by the time you add the propane/dishes/food/pans/people in the truck/etc you will have exceeded the tv's max . Any chance you will be buying a new tv soon? Congrats on the new tt
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:53 AM   #7
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Hi Tom,
Glad to hear from a Honda Ridgeline owner, I have a 2010 Ridge but don't use it to tow my TT. I just purchased a 2010 Jayco G2 31BHDS that will be put on a permanent site in Central PA in March. The Ridge should service you well as long as you keep within the weight requirements. Don't expect much more than 8 to 10 MPG when towing.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum

Hi Tom and welcome to the forum. Glad to hear from another Ridgeline owner although I do believe you will be looking for another TV in the near future. I tow a much smaller Jay Feather Sport that comes in under 4000# loaded (the rated GVWR is more, but I weighed it at a CAT scale on the way to Disneyworld to get the actual weights). I towed it over 5200 miles last summer and had no problems but I personally wouldn't want to go much heavier than I am. We had to make a panic stop in SC and all went well with my Prodigy brake controller, but it was scary nonetheless.

Here's a link to a post with some photos of my setup,...

My Ridgeline is a 2009 and my understanding is that the gear ratios were changed that year. I average 12 MPG towing and get 22+ MPG when I'm not towing. I do try to keep the speed under 65 when towing and that helps with the gas mileage. There's a lot of information on towing with a Ridgeline over at the Ridgeline Owners Club forums. If you have any specific questions for me just send me a PM and I will get back to you.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #9
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As with any vehicle you find that wind drag nearly doubles (if not more) just going from 55 MPH to 65 MPH.

With smaller vehicles I'm not exactly versed in them but there is only some much weight those small vehicle can stop (even with good trailer brakes). So be wise and consider all you weights and the capability of the vehicle...
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Thanks for the clarification!

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