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Old 03-14-2011, 05:21 PM   #15
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Hello Carl,
Did you ever tow a 5th wheel with the Honda Ridgeline?
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Hi,

Quick question: I own a Honda Ridgeline, which I really like, does anyone have any knowledge of a Ridgeline pulling a 5th wheel scamp?

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Old 03-14-2011, 09:10 PM   #16
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Nobody mentioned the trunk under the bed floor
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:24 AM   #17
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If you check over on the Escape web site, Reese has examined the Honda and says there is no way he could attach a 5th wheel to it.

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:37 PM   #18
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Who says you can't have a 5th Wheel Ridgeline?

His cargo hatch is bigger than my trailer!

Now, seriously, I wonder if this is bogus?:

Honda Ridgeline Fifth Wheel Hitch - JCWhitney
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:59 AM   #19
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Wow, I see it but I don't believe it. Do they offer one for a Ford Explorer Sport Trac?
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Wow, I see it but I don't believe it. Do they offer one for a Ford Explorer Sport Trac?
The Sport Trac is built on a frame and so would offer no more engineering than a pick-up truck. It's under floor storage is smaller and forward by the front of the box. The fenders are fiberglass but I am fairly certain the inside of the box is steel[ not that that would make any difference since it does "Sport" a frame.
If I were to buy a 5er, the Sport Trac would be my first choice, although they don't build them anymore since they redesigned Explorer [Now Unibody] I would have to go back to pre 2006 anyway in order to find a manual trans.

The only concern would be to properly place the hitch for cab clearance on turns.
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The Sport Trac is built on a frame and so would offer no more engineering than a pick-up truck. It's under floor storage is smaller and forward by the front of the box. The fenders are fiberglass but I am fairly certain the inside of the box is steel[ not that that would make any difference since it does "Sport" a frame.
If I were to buy a 5er, the Sport Trac would be my first choice, although they don't build them anymore since they redesigned Explorer [Now Unibody] I would have to go back to pre 2006 anyway in order to find a manual trans.
Floyd, I was kinda joking but that is good info for someone that may be interested in the Sport Trac. I used to haul the Explorer frames to the Louisville Ky assembly plant and those frames were pretty light duty, I've seen them dropped at a very low altitude from the forklift and they would junk that frame.
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Who says you can't have a 5th Wheel Ridgeline?

His cargo hatch is bigger than my trailer!

Now, seriously, I wonder if this is bogus?:

Honda Ridgeline Fifth Wheel Hitch - JCWhitney

The JC Whitney catalog list is nothing more than a Bogus computer glitch or misconception... there is no hitch in that list which would fit.
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Floyd, I was kinda joking but that is good info for someone that may be interested in the Sport Trac. I used to haul the Explorer frames to the Louisville Ky assembly plant and those frames were pretty light duty, I've seen them dropped at a very low altitude from the forklift and they would junk that frame.
My point was that the sporttrac has a frame which offers attachment points,The Ranger and later the Explorer frame is as strong as any light truck frame which would suffer the same fate if dropped before installation.
The Ridgeline has a huge tow capacity with a factory hitch,and full sized chevy vans were unibody for many years so that is not the issue.
The Pilot "trunk" in the ridgeline would make the 5er hitch a bit of a challenge.
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The Honda Ridgeline owner's forum has a page where someone mounted a 5th wheel hitch to his Ridgeline, along with photos. I have not done this, just passing the info on:
Fifth Wheel Towing - Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Forums
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:57 PM   #25
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It seems that a fifth wheel would not be a good application for a Ridgeline. Trading for a suitable vehicle would be best bet. I can see a Ridgline being ideal for a 16' Scamp or 17' Casita, and in a stretch a 19' Escape. You would still have the utility of using your bed for storage of generators or coolers etc. In the Scamp you would be stuck with the tight sleeping quarters though.
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