06 Honda Pilot 2WD Towing 16' Scamo DLX - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-21-2016, 10:21 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: Ray
Trailer: Scamp
Kansas
Posts: 12
06 Honda Pilot 2WD Towing 16' Scamo DLX

We are relatively new to this. My wife and I are exited to pick up our 2016 Scamp 16 DLX in mid September. According to the Honda 06 Pilot manual towing capacity is 3500# with a tongue weight of 450#. The manual does not recommend a WDH. I do have the Honda towing package with power steering and transmission coolers. I had a brake controller installed and 7 prong RV plug. Is there anything else I should consider? Has anyone encountered any issues? Any advice would surely be welcome! Thanks bunches!
__________________

__________________
Ray R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 10:56 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
sokhapkin's Avatar
 
Name: Sergey
Trailer: 2014 Scamp 16 layout 4
SW Florida
Posts: 598
You need a hitch ball mount with correct raise/drop. Scamp recommends 21" to the top of the ball, but my preference (with 2014 Scamp 16' standard) is 20" for exceptionally stable towing.
__________________

__________________
Sergey
www.callwithus.com
sokhapkin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 10:59 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,558
Registry
You must be excited!!

It sounds like you're ready to go. Weight-wise you should be fine with your Pilot as set up.

Being FWD-only, you may experience some loss of traction climbing grades on loose surfaces. I tow a 13' Scamp with a 2011 FWD Pilot, so I have occasionally run into the problem on gravel roads in campgrounds. On a couple of occasions I've had to disable the VSA system to get up a slope.

At some point you may want to consider adding a friction sway bar. If you load your Scamp properly and keep speeds reasonable for towing (60-65 max), sway shouldn't be a problem. A sway bar adds a measure of protection in an emergency avoidance maneuver.

Remember to check lug nuts, tire pressure, and hub temperature frequently during the first few hundred miles of towing.

If it were me, I'd plan a few days' shake-down time in the vicinity of Backus to test out all the systems. A leak test at a self-service car wash wouldn't be a bad idea, either, unless you have a good rain while you're there (be careful with the high pressure setting, though, and don't point directly into vents).

Best wishes in your coming adventures!
__________________
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2016, 12:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,558
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by sokhapkin View Post
You need a hitch ball mount with correct raise/drop. Scamp recommends 21" to the top of the ball, but my preference (with 2014 Scamp 16' standard) is 20" for exceptionally stable towing.
Remember that the rear suspension will squat a bit under the tongue weight of the trailer. My owner's manual has a chart listing the drop under different loads- you might check yours. I would expect 275-300 pounds tongue weight for your Scamp 16D. Passengers and cargo in the vehicle also affect the load.

Excerpt from the 2011 Honda Pilot Owner's Manual:
Click image for larger version

Name:	PilotTongueWeight.jpg
Views:	18
Size:	340.3 KB
ID:	95349
__________________
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2016, 10:27 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Name: Patrick
Trailer: R-Vision Trail Lite
New York
Posts: 592
A weight distribution system might help as it distributes the weight to all wheels. That might give better traction to the front wheels of your tow vehicle.
You can buy such a system at al low price ($199) at any Harbor Freight store or on line. The one they sell should handle your set up just fine.
Sway control is always a good idea.

Happy (safe) Camping !
__________________
Uplander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2016, 03:37 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: Wayne & Barbara
Trailer: Parkliner
Iowa
Posts: 621
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray R View Post
We are relatively new to this. My wife and I are exited to pick up our 2016 Scamp 16 DLX in mid September. According to the Honda 06 Pilot manual towing capacity is 3500# with a tongue weight of 450#. The manual does not recommend a WDH. I do have the Honda towing package with power steering and transmission coolers. I had a brake controller installed and 7 prong RV plug. Is there anything else I should consider? Has anyone encountered any issues? Any advice would surely be welcome! Thanks bunches!
Sounds like you have a winner. Try it without the sway bar, or WDH. they add more dead weight. You want to be sure that your ball mount is short as possible; and tight in the receiver. any looseness can aggravate sway. And the farther back the ball is, the more weight transfer to affect front wheel drive traction.
Observe (measure) how much the hitch ball sags with trailer vs without. If too much, can you swap your rear shocks for load leveler shocks? Of course, you can help yourself too by not loading a lot of heavy stuff in the back of the Pilot.
__________________

__________________
Wayne Collins is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New To Us Tug! - '09 Kia Borrego Limited V8 2WD DeanCHS1980 Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 19 12-21-2015 10:04 AM
Honda Pilot towing capacity Bludfang General Chat 27 11-21-2015 04:21 PM
2016 Honda Pilot Towing Specs Jon in AZ Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 0 05-20-2015 01:16 PM
Honda Pilot Towing honda03842 Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 86 09-11-2014 10:05 PM
WANTED: Casita Spirit Dlx or Liberty Dlx (CA) RamblinFever Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 1 09-17-2013 10:13 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.