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Old 08-29-2010, 08:55 PM   #15
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Boy, Floyd---you must know how I operate! Swing those doors open without even looking! Good save!

You laffin at me, Robin????
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:04 PM   #16
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Not meeeeeeeeeeee! Especially with my spelling ability's..........
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:18 PM   #17
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Whey to go Vicky! Great looking truck!

Use it in the best of health!!!

What are you going to name it?

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:24 PM   #18
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Thanks Jane---you must know us Element owners---we name those, too! I wish this wasn't "my husband's" truck. He's no fun. I started looking at pet mods for the back seat and he gave me a dirty look. I'll have to name it in secret!
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:31 PM   #19
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Thanks Jane---you must know us Element owners---we name those, too! I wish this wasn't "my husband's" truck. He's no fun. I started looking at pet mods for the back seat and he gave me a dirty look. I'll have to name it in secret!
Our TV is a Chevy Tahoe that has no back seats -- only dog crates and training equipment.

I was thinking of naming our Bigfoot. But am coming up blank
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:53 PM   #20
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another Ridgeline fan

Vickie,

hope you guys are enjoying your Ridgeline!

If you are not already a member (or aware), just as this site helps out for our eggs, there is much help for any questions/info for your RL at www.ridgelineownersclub.com The folks there were much help when I set out looking to buy one.

My family and I purpose bought an RL on the east coast last Spring ('09) to bring our long-distance-bought Burro home from Ohio. It was a great trip! We ended up ultimately having to sell the RL a few months after we got home to help the budget (kept the Burro, naturally! - can still tow it w/ the van) but it was a great vehicle for the task and I hope to have one again someday. We had an '09 RT in the "Bali Blue Pearl" (crazy paint names) and I installed the wiring kit and brake controller myself. For anyone looking at a Ridgeline, '09 and newer have the hitch installed stock on all 3 trims, but only the RTL trim has the towing wiring kit installed. RT and RTS you have to buy the towing wiring separately (goofy, but Honda-like...). All 3 trims are 'plug & play' ready for a brake controller tho'. '06 - '08 only the RTX came with the hitch installed (and wiring), all other trims you had to buy and install it all. The RTX trim was last issued in '08.

Here's a couple pics - one when we hooked up the Burro for the first time just outside of Cleveland, OH - and another on our way through Olympia, WA on the way back home....

Enjoy towing and enjoy all the cool features of your RL!

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Old 09-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #21
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Hi Reinhold!

So sorry you couldn't keep your Ridge Would you believe I've been a member of the Element Club for 6 years, so it was a natural course to sign up with the Ridgeline guys, too!!!! (In fact, I see some familiar names there!)

They are a great group of people---just like the folks here! I've already been studying some of the mods on the Ridgeline site (especially dog platforms in the backseat!)

I'm not sure why---but guess we lucked out and the 7-pin was already there and (supposedly) already wired. We haven't been able to hook up to the camper yet to see if it does work---gee I hope so. I was at the dealership yesterday getting the E serviced and asked again, and they said it was wired. We shall see!

Glad you still have your Burro!

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Old 10-01-2010, 11:39 PM   #22
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good deal on being on the ROC! I still browse there but haven't posted in a while... have to keep my Ridgeline knowledge sharp for future possibilities...

also interesting your RTS had the 7 pin already installed. looking back at your picture of the tail end I can see it there under the bumper to the left of the hitch. maybe from '09 to '10 they included it on the RTS? can't remember but for sure the RT lacks it and has to be installed (which again to me is silly if they're gonna be putting the hitch itself on all the trim levels...).

for others looking at the Ridgeline, also forgot to mention that both a HD ATF cooler and PS cooler are built in stock. while not particularly hard to install, it makes it very convenient that they are already there.

be sure to post pics of your RL pulling your trailer when you get to that point.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:56 AM   #23
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no longer gonna be using the voyager....just finished the trailer hitch install etc....thing really pulls ! Bruce
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:58 PM   #24
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Reinhold---yep, can't wait to get Bean hooked up to the Ridgeline! Right now, camper is in the shop getting a facelift! Wanted a color that would look great with the truck and still mesh with the coffee shop colors---decided on a gold for the over all color with a thin stripe of black above the belly band and a wider stripe of dark rust below the belly band. Now I'm thinking wouldn't it look sweet to get the side protector strips for the truck and have them painted gold and rust???!!!!

Bruce---that is sooooo cool!!!!
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:51 AM   #25
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Reinhold---yep, can't wait to get Bean hooked up to the Ridgeline! Right now, camper is in the shop getting a facelift! Wanted a color that would look great with the truck and still mesh with the coffee shop colors---decided on a gold for the over all color with a thin stripe of black above the belly band and a wider stripe of dark rust below the belly band. Now I'm thinking wouldn't it look sweet to get the side protector strips for the truck and have them painted gold and rust???!!!!

Bruce---that is sooooo cool!!!!
Vickie,

We have a Silver '09 Ridgeline RTS. Purchased it new last November when Honda was giving a $4000 discount on the remaining '09s. Traded in an '03 Pilot. For our needs the RL is just about perfect. We don't drive much and the mileage is just now getting to the 6000 mark. The fuel mileage continues to get better.

Most likely, if "Bean" has a round 7 pin electrical connector, plugging it into the Ridgeline will operate everything except the brakes. To tow a camper with electric brakes, and have the brakes work, you will need to install a brake controller. In the glove box, there should be a wiring harness in a plastic bag. One end plugs into a connector under the dash. The other end connects to a brake controller that you will need to purchase. Your trailer brakes will not work without the controller, unless the 2010 RLs are different from earlier models. It would be a good idea to also purchase a "Pigtail" that when plugged in to your 7 pin connector will reduce it to a flat 4 pin connector. With that you will be able to tow trailers that have 4 pin connectors which include most anything without electric brakes. These pigtails can be found at Home Depot or Lowes in their trailer accessories, and probably Walmart in automotive.

Of course some light weight campers don't have brakes and use a 4 pin connector.

Sure hope you will enjoy your RL as much as we have.

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Old 10-05-2010, 07:41 AM   #26
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Good choice.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:09 PM   #27
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Kip,

Great information----Thanks!!! About the brake controller: does that mean all we need to do is purchase the controller, attach it to the dash and plug in the connector, or is there more wiring involved? Sure would be nice if there was something we could do ourselves


This is killing me: we are having beautiful weather, going to Kansas this weekend to visit hubby's dad, and it would be a perfect time to CAMP-----but Bean is still in the shop

Jane: if you are reading this: I think I'll call the truck "Grinder" (as in "coffee"), since the camper is Bean (as in coffee). And Grinder is a manly name!
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:21 PM   #28
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Vickie,
Why is the "Bean" in the shop?
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