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Old 05-16-2008, 06:40 PM
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Tow Vehicle - Honda Ridgeline or Pilot??

I am looking for a new tow vehicle. I have a 2005 PS 197 and I was wondering if either the Ridgeline or the Pilot were good tow vehicles for a boat of this size. They appear to have adequate towing capacity on paper but I was interested in some perspectives from people who have used these vehicles to tow their boats. Thanks a lot!
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:29 PM
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I can't comment on either of those, but for me the choices would be more like AVALANCHE VS. TAHOE. (then again I am a Chevy man)
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:56 PM
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I can't comment on either of those, but for me the choices would be more like AVALANCHE VS. TAHOE. (then again I am a Chevy man)
I vote Avalanche.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:57 PM
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I am looking for a new tow vehicle. I have a 2005 PS 197 and I was wondering if either the Ridgeline or the Pilot were good tow vehicles for a boat of this size. They appear to have adequate towing capacity on paper but I was interested in some perspectives from people who have used these vehicles to tow their boats. Thanks a lot!

How far and often do you tow. What do you tow with now?
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:26 PM
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I take the boat out roughly 2 times per week and the trip to the lake is 12 miles. I never go on long trips with the boat in tow. There are no steep grades or hills for me to go up (or down) on the trip. I have a steep driveway that I back the boat up which is pretty hard on the vehicle.

I am currently driving a 2004 Explorer Limited with a v8. I hate it, sorry, it is the last Ford I will ever own. It has clunked and clanked since the day I brought it home.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:36 AM
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We've got a '05 Pilot that is used to tow our Prostar 190. We travel about 5miles to our lake,, and it does alright, you can sure feel the boat back there. When pulling it our of the water, she gets it out, but is a bit short on power. We like our pilot, but may get something a bit bigger the next time around.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:47 AM
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Hey...I am both a Chevy AND Honda guy I have the Ridgeline and have had it for about 2 years now (48,000 miles) and it's flawless - tight as can be. We have a Prostar 190 and only tow a few times a year (to and from storage, and a rare trip here or there) but the Ridgeline is great. I think anything will be fine...but for the few times you'll tow, you'll be happier with the Ridgeline - lots of room inside, doesn't ride like a truck, and I average almost 22 MPG on our highway trips up North. I have also towed other things like a loaded dump trailer (close to max weight) and it worked great for that as well.


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Old 05-17-2008, 08:48 AM
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There was just a topic earlier this week in the Off Topic section about Ridgelines. I have one and have towed my 190 on a 400 mile trip at 65+ mph no problems. Got somewhere around 13 mpg doing so if I remember correctly. It tows fine and has more power than probably any of the 1/2 domestic trucks did 15 years ago, but nothing like the Tundra's of today. Yes it's a sissy truck and not the best looking of all time, but it's a Honda (RELIABLE) and does great in around town day to day life. Also drives WAY better than any other truck I have ever been in. The Pilot is basically the same vehicle in SUV form so I would imagine it would be about the same towing wise. Just how you want to ultilize the space. Personally I checked out Pilot's and found the backseat of the Ridgeline more comfortable for some reason (of course that is the only time I have ever been in the backseat, in the showroom). Also checked out Chevy 1/2 tons but cost (same equipment was several thousand more out the door price) and not fitting in my garage along with Honda reliability made the decision.

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Towed my 18ft Sea Ray with my 2004 Pilot - not a very heavy boat and the Pilot's tranny and engine didn't seem to like it.......
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I am looking for a new tow vehicle. I have a 2005 PS 197 and I was wondering if either the Ridgeline or the Pilot were good tow vehicles for a boat of this size. They appear to have adequate towing capacity on paper but I was interested in some perspectives from people who have used these vehicles to tow their boats. Thanks a lot!

I have one thought.....TRUCK. Go get a GMC/Chevy/Ford crew cab w/bed cover, leather & dressed out for $35K & 0%/60. You will never ask yourself if you have enough ride. The best thing about owning a boat is you get to own an AMERICAN truck.
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