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Old 08-06-2015, 12:53 PM   #11
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Speed concerns?

Yep... plenty.. Don't be THAT GUY... in the fast lane, swerving around traffic, going 80mph.

Just the fact that you are towing a camper already puts you more into the danger zone for accidents. Take it easy... Only go as fast as you are comfortable with.. Your max speed should be no more than 65mph.. Personally, mine is 60mph (but that is just me).
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:23 PM   #12
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Might want to check your Honda manual. I know for the Ridgeline Honda doesn't want you to use a WDH. Not sure if its the same for the Pilot.

Can't for the life of me find anything that ever said 'why' Honda doesn't recommend a WDH for a Ridgeline either ....
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:52 PM   #13
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Might want to check your Honda manual. I know for the Ridgeline Honda doesn't want you to use a WDH. Not sure if its the same for the Pilot.

Can't for the life of me find anything that ever said 'why' Honda doesn't recommend a WDH for a Ridgeline either ....
Something along the lines of "An improperly installed WDH can cause handling problems."

Most folks on the Ridgeline forums towing heavy loads use one. Including myself.
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:55 PM   #14
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Something along the lines of "An improperly installed WDH can cause handling problems."

Most folks on the Ridgeline forums towing heavy loads use one. Including myself.
My Pilot manual says same thing. I can attest to the poor handling with an improperly fitted WDH...but we've made some adjustments since that first trip so it should be better going forward...but I imagine any vehicle will handle poorly if WDH is used improperly! Sounds like CYA language to keep lawsuits at bay...
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We have a 2012 Honda Pilot and we tow our Jayco Skylark with it. The Skylark is about 3500 pounds. I tow between 55 and 65 mph trying to stay about 62 mph. Depending upon terrain I get 10-14 mpg.

A few tricks I use are:

1. Don't use the cruise control. It will downshift for even slight hills and really suck the gas.

2. Drive a little more like a trucker. Let it roll going down hill and bleed speed going up hill while staying within the speed limits.

3. Drive like there is a raw egg under your foot. Take your time accelerating.

4. Anticipate stops and coast to them.

5. Watch the rpm. The Pilot uses variable cylinder technology to conserve fuel. I find there are times when the Pilot will stay at a higher rpm on level ground than what it needs. If your feather your foot off the gas pedal slightly the Pilot will up shift, lowering the rpm and increasing the gas mileage while staying at the same speed.
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:23 PM   #16
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Two boys; we stowed the 4 bikes in x17z, laid the dinette and sofa flat and stacked bikes on top, layered with blankets. It works, but it's a major pain and something eventually will get damaged/stratched.
Yeah, because we've always had SUVs, we stood ours up inside the trailer for the 10 years we had our Kiwi 17A. The last summer we had that trailer the bikes shifted and scratched the refrigerator door. I now carry the bikes in the bed of the truck.

You could carry 2 bikes on the front of your Pilot and buy a rack that attaches above the propane tanks and carry 2 there.
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We have a 2012 Honda Pilot and we tow our Jayco Skylark with it. The Skylark is about 3500 pounds. I tow between 55 and 65 mph trying to stay about 62 mph. Depending upon terrain I get 10-14 mpg.

A few tricks I use are:

1. Don't use the cruise control. It will downshift for even slight hills and really suck the gas.

2. Drive a little more like a trucker. Let it roll going down hill and bleed speed going up hill while staying within the speed limits.

3. Drive like there is a raw egg under your foot. Take your time accelerating.

4. Anticipate stops and coast to them.

5. Watch the rpm. The Pilot uses variable cylinder technology to conserve fuel. I find there are times when the Pilot will stay at a higher rpm on level ground than what it needs. If your feather your foot off the gas pedal slightly the Pilot will up shift, lowering the rpm and increasing the gas mileage while staying at the same speed.
Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
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We had the same combination of a 2009 Honda Pilot AWD and a 2012 X17Z, with a WDH and a friction sway bar. Towed from NJ to Utah with no issues. The "sweet spot" with speed seemed to be around 62 mph if I remember correctly. After that the mileage really started to drop off. Depending on head winds and/or cross winds, we got between 9-12 mpg.
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