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Old 07-28-2014, 05:53 AM   #29
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ECO Mode,

I'm not sure that we'll ever be in ECO mode when towing except maybe on downhill runs but it makes a significant difference in miles per gallon. I was able to take a 20 ride this morning on non-highway roads with stop lights and get an indicated 28 mpg.

Now I haven't calibrated the accumulative mpg gauge yet the ability of the ECO, the shutting off of cylinders when not needed reduces fuel usage.

Before we bought the Odyssey I was surprised that it had the same mileage rating as our CRV even though the Odyssey is a 6 cylinder, Now I know why.
Norm,
Please, if you keep on talking about your new Honda Odyssey, I'm going to have to go out and buy me one of those Honda's.
Let us know how it pull your Scamp?
Thanks!!!!!
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:14 AM   #30
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Carl,

I plan to report on how the Odyssey tows. The automatic will be really different for us since we've mostly owned manual transmission vehicles. My clutch foot still twitches as we drive.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:37 AM   #31
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From what I have seen the Oddy's towing in these parts you might forget your Scamp is back there Norm. :7)
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:33 AM   #32
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Certainly the size of the Scamp will be more comparable to the size of the trailer. Also the Odyssey is about 1000 pounds heavier. I can't wait to tow.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #33
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A wise man once wrote that tow vehicle weight was not that big a factor when it comes to stability. A heavy tow vehicle is a benefit if most other items regarding the combo are wrong.

In your case thinking the wheelbase increase from 103 to 118 is a major plus factor in feel as well as the increased HP in power.
When we went from the 150HP/4,000lb van to the 260HP/3,200lb car the pulling power was amazing especially on hills. The lighter more powerful car would hold speed effortlessly. The lighter vehicle was a tad more stable when towing on a windy highway.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:16 AM   #34
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Thought the Odyssey is heavier than the CRV it doesn't feel particularly heavy, weighing about 4500 lbs.

The CRV towed beautifully though not powerful on hills but certainly capable of negotiating everywhere we went. We will have 50% more horsepower and torque with the Odyssey.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #35
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Honda Odyssey Rear Hatch.

There was an early question of hatch clearance. The pictures show it easily clears the propane tank and Scamp, even with the rock shield up.

Also the rear camera makes it possible to hookup without assistance. Ginny said take it back.

What makes it work is that the rear hatch pivot point is almost two feet forward of the ball.

It was not possible to fully open the CRV's door, side opening , when connected.


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One more Odyssey advantage.

The wheel base of the Odyssey is 118 inches, the CRVs was 103. Long wheel bases are usually better particularly if the rear axle to ball distance is short.

The CRV and Odyssey have about the same ball distance to axle.
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Honda Electrical Towing Connector.

We ordered a 7 pin connector with our transmission cooler and hitch. We were surprised when we picked up the Odyssey that it had a 4 pin connector. They agreed to replace it with a 7 pin connector and did.

I told the dealer, and will write to Honda, that it's foolish to put a 4 pin connector on a vehicle rated to tow 3500 lbs. Are they encouraging towing without brakes?

Today I installed the brake controller by following an etrailer video that is very good. It appears that they have step by step videos for many vehicles.

I attached the brake controller to a driver's door side change compartment. In this location the controller is perpendicular to the floor when not in use and tipped towards the horizontal when in use. In either case it's not far from the steering wheel and easy to actuate.

I use a tywrap to hold the controller to the change compartment.
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While out doing some banking and shopping I discovered
my Odyssey has three phone buttons on the steering wheel........

Wife said she knew they were there all the time......LOL
And there's another lever of sorts below those buttons.
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The salesman spent two hours going through the car with us. We needed it since our CRV did not have nearly the Odyssey' slevel of electroniucs- ten years is a really long time in electronic evolution.

He down loaded our phones in to the Odyssey and had us call each other and send messages. We had an incoming call yesterday.

The paddle switch below the phone switches allows you to move through menus with out taking your hand off the steering wheel.

We have managed to reprogram a lot of functions, for example shifting into park opens all the doors. All the little things that make it easier to use for us.

We're now considering how to organize the space behind the second row of seats. We're considering a shelf to allow us to put our chairs on the shelf and a few containers under the shelf.

We will be using the third row of seats later in August so now we're in the thing stage.
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Sounds like you are really getting into your new Oddy Norm.


I have to laugh. My sis and her hubby have a big Hummer H2 and a BMW z3 sports car.

Both fairly useless vehicles IMHO but they can't figure out why we like to drive Mini Vans so much.

Hummmmm....... Mini Vans.........

Drive so nice..... (much better than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

Easy to get in and out of...... (much easier than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

Versatility ..... (much better than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

Can carry 7 or 8 passengers comfortably...... (much better than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

They can haul lawnmower, lawn tractor, numerous bikes, junk to dump, 4 car tires, 800lbs of brick with 400lbs of payload left over, etc...... (much better than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

They can tow a good size trailer. Up for discussion but IMHO....... (much better than the H2 and a 15 year old z3).

Fairly good gas mileage. OK, the 4cyl z3 is more fuel efficient but as for the H2.....
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Wayne,

One big item for Ginny is the getting in and out. We rented a 'short' car recently and Ginny did not like it.

In her practical mode she thought getting an automatic would be good for an aging couple, particularly since we hope to keep it forever, and we'll be 82 in 10 years.

She loves the seating and the expansive front window; the seats remind her of the Bounder's seats, really comfortable.
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The salesman spent two hours going through the car with us. We needed it since our CRV did not have nearly the Odyssey' slevel of electroniucs- ten years is a really long time in electronic evolution.

He down loaded our phones in to the Odyssey and had us call each other and send messages. We had an incoming call yesterday.

The paddle switch below the phone switches allows you to move through menus with out taking your hand off the steering wheel.

We have managed to reprogram a lot of functions, for example shifting into park opens all the doors. All the little things that make it easier to use for us.

We're now considering how to organize the space behind the second row of seats. We're considering a shelf to allow us to put our chairs on the shelf and a few containers under the shelf.

We will be using the third row of seats later in August so now we're in the thing stage.
Norm,
Looks like your new tow has a lot of new bells and whistles! How long do you think it will take you to learn how everything in your Honda works?
At least you will have fun learning!
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