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Old 03-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Anyone towing with a Pilot?

We just bought a 17Z and are picking up our 2010 Honda Pilot tomorrow. The Pilot has tranny and brake fluid coolers and a max towing capacity of 4500lbs. We usually travel pretty light and will be going about 4 hours eacj way to our site, no mountains or winding roads. We are getting a WDH with sway bars and will probably be at about 3500lbs total towing weight. Anyone have a similar setup?

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I have a V6 4Runner, 165 Sport that will pack out between 3200 and 3400lbs.
Seems to pull nicely so far. Have not had it in the mountains, but did try some steep hills.
I have an Equalizer WDH.

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I pull an X20e with an 08 Ridgeline using a WDH. There are several differences, but my setup tows just fine even up the passes here in the Cascades. I'd be comfortable with your setup on the kinds of roads you describe. As long as your brake controller is adjusted correctly and you are familiar with the braking feel you should have good control.

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We had a 17z pulled by a 5,000# rated 4Runner. It pulled OK, not great. Keep in mind I live on Long Island which means we have no hills at all. You could feel the truck bog down on our puny hills here. We just sold the 17z but were going to get a larger TV before the camping season started this year just to be safer.

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Anyone towing with a Pilot?

I may be a day late but I would say don't buy the pilot! We just came back from or first trip with x17a, TV a 2012 jeep Cherokee (5000#) limit with WDH. Pulls just fine 49mph and less but 50 high the 6 cylinder has to work to hard to over come the wind resistance. Handle just fine just need a couple more cylinder to overcome the wind. I'm sure there is a way to figure il that out but I would guess that the wind adds at least another 1000lbs. Good luck but if your spending the money on a new car a would spend a little more, I would if I could do it again.
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I may be a day late but I would say don't buy the pilot! We just came back from or first trip with x17a, TV a 2012 jeep Cherokee (5000#) limit with WDH. Pulls just fine 49mph and less but 50 high the 6 cylinder has to work to hard to over come the wind resistance. Handle just fine just need a couple more cylinder to overcome the wind. I'm sure there is a way to figure il that out but I would guess that the wind adds at least another 1000lbs. Good luck but if your spending the money on a new car a would spend a little more, I would if I could do it again.
Totally agree.
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Totally agree.
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I am making due. If I was buying before TT, I would have the V8 and longer wheelbase.
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We had a 2005 Honda pilot. Great vehicle !!! Average tow vehicle. We had a 19 foot fun finder but up graded to the Tundra.
As much as the Pilot was a great vehicle the tundra with all that power, longer wheelbase and towing features is just such a better vehicle for towing.


& I have never heard anyone say " wow I wish I had gotten something with LESS power !!"
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We just bought a 17Z and are picking up our 2010 Honda Pilot tomorrow. The Pilot has tranny and brake fluid coolers and a max towing capacity of 4500lbs. We usually travel pretty light and will be going about 4 hours eacj way to our site, no mountains or winding roads. We are getting a WDH with sway bars and will probably be at about 3500lbs total towing weight. Anyone have a similar setup?

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John,

Since you said that picking up the Pilot was imminent, I have to assume that is a "done deal" so there is little point in saying that you should get a different tow vehicle.

What I can say is you need to be forewarned of several things, and this is based on experience (largely first hand, based on my ownership of a 3500# rated FWD 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe with tow package - similar class of vehicle to your Pilot):
  • You will successfully tow the 17Z with the Pilot, but your enjoyment depends on many factors
  • Tow rating - on crossovers and small/mid-sized SUVs, these are optimistic, and there is much more to towing than matching the tow rating to the rated weight of the RV, including length of wheelbase of tow vehicle and engine torque (not power)
  • Loading of RV - more often than not the RV is overloaded, with the load distribution being less than optimal; load the RV so that 12% of the weight is on the tongue and if that causes overload to the rear axle of the tow vehicle then you need to back off on the load in the tow vehicle and/or the weight of the RV so that the 12% is maintained
  • Loading of Tow Vehicle - this has to be factored in; often the axle rating is not considered and ends up being overloaded
  • Weight distribution - even more important on a smaller tow vehicle but very important to all; affects sway and directional stability of the combined rig
  • Fuel economy - This will suck, especially with smaller tow vehicles; expect 10 mpg or less with your Pilot
  • Terrain - You may want to stick to flat terrain (as you mentioned would be typical) with this rig

After towing my RV home from the dealer across relatively flat Houston with my Santa Fe, and considering that I want to be able to go anywhere, I came to the realization that I needed a more capable tow vehicle, and before my first camping trip I got my Sierra.
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Towed my 2012 x20e with the 04 pilot 9 times last summer. No problems at all but yes...a little wiggly at times. Upgraded to a Durango Lmt 5.7 v-8 hemi to eliminate any weight issues bc we were just under capacity. Now my pilot did have after market tranny cooler, receiver, and wdh. Would not tow at all with pilot without these extras. Enjoy.
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