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Old 08-03-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Honda Pilot and Jayco x17z

IS anyone pulling the X17Z with a Honda Pilot? I am looking at one and was wondering if anyone has any issues. It fits all the parameters in the manual but fiugred I would ask.


Also if anyone owns the Z17Z and can share there happiness and dissatisfactions with the trailer I would apperciate your thoughts and opinions.


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Old 08-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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IS anyone pulling the X17Z with a Honda Pilot? I am looking at one and was wondering if anyone has any issues. It fits all the parameters in the manual but fiugred I would ask.


Also if anyone owns the Z17Z and can share there happiness and dissatisfactions with the trailer I would apperciate your thoughts and opinions.


jamie
I just picked up an 18D which I am pulling with a honda ridgeline so I am in the same boat as you. Mine is rated at 5000 tow capacity and you are 4500 I believe.
My camper is just about 500 pounds heavier the the 17.
So far so good, weird having the moter above 3000 rpms though
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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Jamie -

We pull a 2012 X17Z with a 2009 Honda Pilot AWD. To date we've done two trips. The first was ~500 miles round trip from northern NJ to Central PA. The second was ~800 miles round trip from NJ to northern Vermont. Both trips had decent hills, we did not have an issue, other than the surprise of the decrease in gas mileage. Normally we get 21 MPG, towing a popup we got around 15 MPG, with the new Hybrid we are down to 10-12 MPG.

Knowing that there isn't much margin on GVWR (3500 lbs) vs. the unloaded (w/full propane, awning, AC weight of ~3100 lbs), we are very careful what is packed in the camper. For reference, our Pilot normally carries 2 adults, and gear weighing a total of about 550 lbs.

We absolutely LOVE the X17Z, the beds are really comfortable, it is quick & easy to set up, and has lots of space inside for those rainy days. The only thing we would have preferred would have been the x19 - I really wanted the tandem axle, but as you know, the Pilot doesn't have the tow capacity for that model.

If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a PM, I'd be happy to answer as best I can.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:11 PM   #4
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Good luck with the camper to be. I don't tow with a Pilot, but I have had a 17Z for 2 1/2 years. It is a great camper. Check out some of my mods at my webshots site.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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I am pulling a 19H with a Ridgeline and it does great! Also in Northern NJ!!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:57 PM   #6
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We are pulling a 19H with a 2010 awd Honda Pilot. We just got back from Cape Hatteras and had no problems. We are just careful with what we pack. No water in the tanks, no heavy luggage, we either use a tote bag or use the wonderful wardrobe. We don't carry alot of soda, bottles or water etc. that can get heavy. Other than getting 8.4 mi. per gallon(we used premium as suggested) everything went well. We have two boys and two dogs and really wanted the extra space of the 19H, so as long as we pack light I think we'll be fine.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #7
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I pull a X20E with my 04 pilot. After market hitch and tranny cooler, WDH, and sway bar...no problems at all. Never get over 3500 rpm and drive in D3. It actually feels better behind me than my popup did without the extra equipment. To each his own...
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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I have a X17Z 2012, been out 5 times so far this year, we love the trailer. would have liked some drawers. Only issue I have is that I am towing with a GM Uplander with anti sway and leveling, but I need a bigger tow vehicle.....
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:48 AM   #9
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We love our 17Z. It is a great unit. We downsized to it two years ago and have only one regret.... that we didn't do so sooner!
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jesway-- the pilot might be a little to small for the 19h, you might want double check it's capabilities. Larry
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