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Old 06-25-2014, 11:43 AM   #57
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Jim,

Yes a little craziness allows actions that many can't take. My small insanities are fortunately supported by a fairly stable wife.

Safe travels Jim....
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:30 AM   #58
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Soccer Moms

Since we're about to purchase an Odyssey and one member, with humor, has suggested we're becoming soccer moms, I thought I'd post this interesting article about mini-vans, the Odyssey and towing efficiency.

This is from Can-AM RV and represents the kind of thinking I respect and appreciate. You just don't see this often enough and is well worth reading.

http://www.canamrv.ca/hitch-hints/hh-38-1/

This was originally posted by MC1,
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:37 AM   #59
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On the financial news I read that VW is expanding their TN plant to build the large Cross Blue SUV. It is a diesel Hybrid. You can read about the vehicle on the following link.

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Old 07-14-2014, 10:49 AM   #60
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Since we're about to purchase an Odyssey and one member, with humor, has suggested we're becoming soccer moms, I thought I'd post this interesting article about mini-vans, the Odyssey and towing efficiency.

This is from Can-AM RV and represents the kind of thinking I respect and appreciate. You just don't see this often enough and is well worth reading.

Can-Am RV :: HH 38-1

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So Norm are you taking the new van up to CanAm to have them install/set up your hitch requirements?
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:04 AM   #61
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Carol,

If I were buying a 30' Airstream I would probably go to CanAM just for the learning experience. Since I'm only towing a Scamp 16 I see no reason to add to the cost or to take the long trip. Heck, if you can tow a Scamp 16 with a Honda CRV just about anywhere, an Odyssey should be a cakewalk.

Before we bought the Scamp we considered an Airstream Bambi but decided it was too heavy for our CRV.

In my pre-RV days I went to London Ontario on business a number of times and have friends there but did not know about CanAM.

Seriously, the Odyssey looks like a very capable tow vehicle, more capable than what we need. It has a wide stance, a short overhang and a powerful engine not to mention cavernous space. Ginny has now said more than once that we could easily sleep in it. Sounds like time travel to me, back in our rock and roll days when I was in the music business we had a Dodge van that we slept in.

Is life a circle?
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Seriously, the Odyssey looks like a very capable tow vehicle, more capable than what we need. It has a wide stance, a short overhang and a powerful engine not to mention cavernous space. Ginny has now said more than once that we could easily sleep in it. Sounds like time travel to me, back in our rock and roll days when I was in the music business we had a Dodge van that we slept in.

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So true Norm. About 12 years ago when we towed a Coleman Rio Grande pop up we took my 78 year old Mom along with us to Algonquin PP. We made up a comfy bed in the Nissan Mini Van and she slept in there. It worked great.

For sure the Oddy will easily handle the Scamp. Should be a very nice combo for your extended travels.
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I have a 1981 Trillium 5500 and towed it first with a 2003 and now a 2012 Pilot. Both had the Honda towing package. Trillium has a brake controller and a sway bar. If I read it right, the Pilot manual says not to use weight distribution hitches and recommends premium gas when towing. It tows beautifully and on flat, long highway hauls has gotten 14 MPG a couple of times. (Tailwind?) My husband has towed it with his Chevy truck a couple of times but says the Pilot 'gears down' better and is easier to maneuver. I'm careful not to stuff the trailer and Pilot to the max and watch weight balancing. It's a perfect combo for me!
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:09 PM   #65
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What is a WDH? I am looking at used Honda Pilots for my 16' Scamp. Glad someone mentioned it needs to be the 4X4 for 4500# tow capacity as I hadn't noticed that in looking at the specs!
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:14 PM   #66
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Any thoughts on whether I should add the ATF cooler kit to a Pilot? Haven't towed this trailer yet. Bought it and had towed to the nearest RV storage lot until I could get a tow vehicle. Have been towing my 13' Boler with a Subaru.
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Hi, Connie!

Yup, definitely need the 4WD for towing starting 2012. That year, they dropped the full tow package (heavy duty transmission cooler, wiring harness, brake controller prep) from 2WD models and down-rated the tow capacity to 2000#. Before that (2009-2011) the 2WD models included the tow package and were rated for 3500# (I have a 2011 2WD). A cost-cutting, profit-generating move for Honda, as I see it.

WDH means "weight-distributing hitch" and it's a contraption that uses two large steel springs to transfer part of the tongue weight load from the rear wheels to the front. Honda says not to use it, nor should you need to. Scamp 16'ers should have tongue weights in the 225-275# range (side bath models tend to be lower, front bath models higher). A 4WD Pilot is rated for 450# on the tongue (somewhat less if there are more than two occupants).
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Connie, I just saw your second post.

Any Pilot that is tow-rated for a larger trailer already has the HD ATF cooler. Since you are looking used, here are the ratings, to the best of my knowledge:
2009-2011: 2WD=3500/350; 4WD=4500/450; all have full tow package
2012-curr: 2WD=2000/200; 4WD=4500/450; only 4WD has full package

I don't know about the older, first generation, Pilots.
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Connie... For the low cost of a tranny cooler it can be of great benefit and cause no harm.

Here is an image of a WDH. It transfers some of the trailer tongue weight to the front axles of the tow vehicle. Helps keep everything level. Can improve handling and performance.
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That WDH sure looks peculiar to me. 8 (EIGHT ) links, none hanging?
Mine is hooked on third link, leaving two hanging and the bars are level.
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