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Old 11-18-2018, 09:54 PM   #1
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Anyone tow w/Honda pilot & 17FT. Casita

I am strongly considering buying a new Honda pilot with tow package.Tow rated 5000lbs. and a 17 ft. Casita. I was wondering if anyone owns this combination and what their experience is with it.I have done a lot of research and test driving the last few months looking at TV and trailers.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:02 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:21 PM   #3
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We towed our 17' FD with a Ridgeline. Not exactly the same anymore but very similar, also with the tow package and 5,000 pound rating. We covered 20,000 plus miles through 40 some states with the Casita in tow. Never had a problem.

I'm also considering a Pilot as an option when we get ready to trade the Ridgeline.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:18 AM   #4
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We towed our 17' FD with a Ridgeline. Not exactly the same anymore but very similar, also with the tow package and 5,000 pound rating. We covered 20,000 plus miles through 40 some states with the Casita in tow. Never had a problem.

I'm also considering a Pilot as an option when we get ready to trade the Ridgeline.
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Looking at the Ridgeliner for my next tow vehicle. What year is yours? I will have to buy used but just looking now for my cross country trip next summer.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:06 AM   #5
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I am strongly considering buying a new Honda pilot with tow package.Tow rated 5000lbs. and a 17 ft. Casita. I was wondering if anyone owns this combination and what their experience is with it.I have done a lot of research and test driving the last few months looking at TV and trailers.
There are many who pull Casita's and Scamps with Honda Odysseys with only a 3,500 pound tow rating. Our 2003 Odyssey pulled our heavily loaded Scamp for six years and our Casita for five with no problems. We did add a transmission cooler immediately after buying the Odyssey. It's still going strong at 270,000 miles but was retired from pulling when we purchased our F150 in 2015.

The Pilot has a much higher tow rating at 5,000 pounds and a vastly improved engine than our older, 2003 Odyssey. You should have no problem pulling a loaded Casita. Just make sure you have, or install, a transmission cooler.

For a six months we had a 2008 Odyssey with the Honda integrated tow hitch (yes, we owned two Odysseys at the time). That hitch is much improved over any add-on I've seen. If you're buying new, get Honda's integrated hitch and electronics.

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Old 11-19-2018, 10:46 AM   #6
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I would appreciate it if anyone who has this combination could respond.I am aware it would work and I am also aware of the Honda cooler w/hitch and wiring harness.I am more interested in how it tows.For example going up mountain passes or in warm desert weather etc.

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Old 11-19-2018, 10:57 AM   #7
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I used to tow a 17ft Casita with a 2013 Honda Pilot 4wd. It had a towing capacity of 4500 pounds. I towed it from California to Reno, NV and to Texas several times without issue. I loved driving the Pilot. It was a great combination for me while I had it.
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:03 AM   #8
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DAVE,
Looking at the Ridgeliner for my next tow vehicle. What year is yours? I will have to buy used but just looking now for my cross country trip next summer.
Ours is a 2008 with 192,000 miles. It's a great truck. I plan to replace it in about a year. Another Ridgeline is still at the top of my list but I will look at other options in that size range.
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:40 AM   #9
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I have been towing my 20 ft coachmen for about 15,000 miles. I have a 2012 pilot and the trailer weighs about 3500 lbs with much more wind resistance than a Casita. The pilot is a very capable tow vehicle. Our last trip took us through Denver and we NEVER felt unsafe. We averaged about 13mpg for this 6412 mile trip.
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:02 PM   #10
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Hey bbbobobbBrad- Here are some threads on the Casita forum about the Pilot. https://www.casitaforum.com/invboard...rtby=relevancy
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We tow a 16 foot Scamp with a 2015 Honda Pilot.
It is my understanding that Casitas weigh more than Scamps.
Our Scamp, fully loaded for camping, with 2 gas cylinders, side bathroom, weighs 2350 lbs.
We added a hitch receiver to the back of the Scamp, to haul our bikes,
and experienced some sway.
So, we got a sway bar.
Our Honda manual says NOT to use a weight distribution hitch.



We have not experimented with reloading inside, to haul bikes outside,
so can't speak to that right now.
My husband is more comfortable towing with the sway bar in place.


Close, but maybe no cigar, in answer to your question
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Our Honda manual says NOT to use a weight distribution hitch.

That's NOT really what it says. As has been posted here before, the manual says it doesn't recommend a WDH because if it isn't properly installed it can cause issues.
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With my 2013 Honda Pilot and 17 ft Casita combination I always used an anti sway bar in place. My Casita also had shocks that really helped decrease the amount of bouncing.
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Casita 16's are nose light to start with, adding bikes on a rear rack is going to make that worse. too little tongue weight causes severe swaying.

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