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Old 03-07-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Jayco 19h towed with 2010 Honda Pilot?

Hello all,

New to the forum and new to TT. We have tent camped for 20 years and this is our first TT.

We are picking our 19h up this Friday. I am very concerned with towing it with my 2010 4wd Honda Pilot. The two dealers I shopped said no worries. The Pilot is rated to pull 4500lbs. The 19h dry is about 3600 from the specs.

I am debating trading in my new Pilot (which I love) for a new F150 with tow package to pull 7000lbs. Thoughts?

Thanks and I look forward to getting lots of info from this forum as we know nothing about TT.

Peter and Wendy
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:32 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Your pilot wil probably handle it with a good weight distributing hitch, no doubt the F150 would do much better....Check tweetys.com for a good deal on those hitches and accessories. You may want to weight the trailer when you get it, they sometimes weigh more than they say, and the stuff you put into it really adds up faster then you think. I have over 2300 pounds worth of stuff in my fifth wheel.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:57 AM   #3
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Hi Prooney and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum! Sounds like you already have a new "truck" with the 2010 Pilot. What is the max storage weight for the 19'? I'm guessing not a lot so maybe you would be under the maxed out at the 900# difference. We previously owned a Casita pulled with a Honda Odyssey. Loaded up we were about 450# under the max for our car's towing limits. Pulled fine, but we really slowed down on those grades!
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:13 AM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. Looking forward to picking it up on Friday.

The max on the 19h is 4900lbs, which is obviously over my limit. Again, the dry weight is 3600lbs, so will i really load up over 900lbs in the trailer? Usually it is just my wife and I camping so I dont see how I can put 900lbs in there.

As someone new to this, I am nervous about killing my new Pilot from towing something so close to the limit. I put over 40k a year on my cars as I live in Upstate Ny and work in the city.

I appreciate all feedback and thanks again.

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I would be a concerned with the Pilot towing on hills and overheating.
Does your Piolt have a tranny cooler? If not, I would either install one or get the F-150 and not worry.
As for the weight of 900 pounds, consider what you will be adding in the trailer. Chairs, blocks, bedding, food, etc... plus if you do any boondocking / dry camping and you need to fill the water tank, that is also more weight.
I really think you would be MUCH happier with a F-150. I am not saying that because I have a F-150, but you will be happy with the pulling, stoping and all around towing experience you will have with a F-150.
Climbing hills, stoping at a moments notice if needed and handling during highway speeds.

Again I have nothing against your Pilot, but I really believe you would be happier with a bigger truck.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:07 PM   #6
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Yeah, I think I agree. Love the Pilot as I am a huge Honda fan, but think I will have to get something different.

My wife is due for a new vehicle so maybe I will pick up an F150 for her down the road here shortly.

For now I will tow with the Pilot and see how it goes.

Thanks........
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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I see so many post about tow vehicles all over the TT forums I surf. Everyone seems to have an opinion. I recently purchased a new 29bds that is max rated at 7500 lbs ( I think the dry weight is around 5700 or so). My F150 is rated at 8900 lbs. I have now towed the camper over the sierras twice and about 600 miles in one trip.

I did buy a weight distributing hitch.

I would rate my combination as OK. On level roads I can go 70 although it feels like its straining to do so on a regular basis. I spent most of this trip in CA so the max speed limit is 55. It ran at 60 very well. i had little issues at that speed. As far as pulling the passes of 80 going over the sierras between sacremento and reno, it was rather slow. I often dropped to 40.

so all in all for me I am fine with my 150 and this weight combo. I dont use the trailer all day ever day so going the speed limit on any road and never slowing down on hills is not a requirement for me. I can say if I traveled more I would consider switching to a diesel.

As far as weight, you say you wont fill up your trailer. I have no idea what size water tanks your unit has, but I believe water weighs in around 7.5 lbs a gallon. It doesnt take much in the fresh and grey / black to add up, before you even put a single item in the TT.

I think if your TT max weight is over your tow vehicle you are asking for issues. Now does this mean it will blow up, heck I dont have a crystal ball, but mine is 1400 lbs below my tow rating and I would not classify my tow as good, just OK.

your mileage may vary
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:32 PM   #8
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That trailer will work your Pilot. Its not just the weight your pulling, its the big box your pulling in the wind. Handling may be another issue with the short wheel base on the Honda, tail wagging the dog. In the end you must decide what your comfort level is in towing. Try it then you will know if its a keeper, or if it is time to kick some tires for a new tow vehicle.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:42 AM   #9
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Here's another thought Prooney.... You have a fairly small tt. How long do you plan to use it? Perhaps after as little as a year your situation may change and you may decide to upgrade to something more roomy, has more storage, etc. If that could happen, you may want to get that F-150 for your wife afterall If you buy the F-150 new and can afford it, the Platinum is sweet. No matter, get the heavy duty tow package and larger engine (can tow over 10,000lbs although you would be better to still stay under 7500lbs because the truck still has to work on grades). Pick one that has extending mirrors. If it has P rated tires larger than 18", make changing the wheels/tires to 18" LT rated tires a part of the deal. After camping a few times, you might envision yourself in a really big trailer of which it would be to your benefit to just go for a 3/4 ton. Safety is obviously important, but if you can see yourself down the road in two or more years, it may help you decide which truck to spring for now.

Good luck and happy shopping!
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:20 PM   #10
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Thanks again to all of you. We picked up our TT two weeks ago and towed it home with the Pilot about 80 miles. It did pretty good for the most part.

We too it for a test run this past weekend to a nearby spot and it was ok. I didnt really try and push past 60 mph, and it seemed to handle ok.

I went tonight and looked at the F150 and if I can unload my 2010 Pilot without taking a beating, I am going to get the F150 Supercrew with the bigger V8 and tow package. I will feel much more comfortable towing with the F150.

Thanks again.......
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