Last post on Oct 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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Honda Odyssey, Towing, Van
#121 of 130 Re: Weight distributing hitch? [ramahan]
Oct 12, 2012 (7:46 am)
I'm not sure what the capacity for the 2010 is (is that a different model year?). My camper weighs 1950LBS according to the coachmen site. Suspension is the biggest problem -- it squats badly, and that can cause traction problems going uphill on gravel (no weight on the front wheels). On the highway it does fine -- at 65mph, I get 14-16mpg. It noticeably increases stopping distance, so leave plenty of space.
One other thing -- you mentioned the hitch ball, but do you have the heavy transmission and power steering coolers (they are add-ons)? I wouldn't try towing without those, from what I've read, the transmission really won't tolerate towing without the heavy cooler.
#122 of 130 Re: Weight distributing hitch? [ramahan]
Nov 05, 2012 (11:15 am)
I tow a TrailManor Bifold Camper. It is about 2600 lb I think. The rating for my Ody is about 3400 total i believe (gear, people, tow). Our kids do not weigh too much, yet. So we can use it fine for a while. jmarsch is correct about the squatting, but with a load distributing hitch you can shift that weight quite well and eliminate (or significantly reduce) the squatting. I highly recommend that. As for pulling, it does great. I did get the heavy duty coolers installed. Ody trannys are not something you want to mess with too much, so the extra cooler is certainly worth it. I get the same mileage that jmarsch does when pulling (13-16 mpg). Of course that is in the Appalachians. Probably better on flatter ground. Oh, and get the electric brakes installed. It greatly helps with the stoppage. Some states require them, like mine, but it is about safety and a must for me.
Honestly, I am very surprised with how well the Odyssey handles things with the right hitch. Very good tow vehicle. Now if I were camping year round every weekend it may be a bit much for wear. Unfortunately, we are probably going to have to upgrade in a couple years or sooner since our family has added a couple more additions, and with them growing larger, that adds weight. That is a good thing though. So a bigger camper, and a bigger TV?$?$?$ IMHO, there just is no other minivan, so we will keep it for day trips, etc.
#123 of 130 Odyssey Trailer Hitch Compatibility
Mar 04, 2013 (7:14 pm)
I was offered a 2011 genuine Honda trailer hitch, but my Odyssey is a 2008. Could it be made to fit without too much trouble, or is this completely out of the question? The hitch would have to be shipped to me, so I am unable to answer this with my own visual inspection. I'm not planning to tow anything with it: it's purely to carry a hitch-mounted bike rack.
#124 of 130 Re: Odyssey Trailer Hitch Compatibility [niosaki]
Mar 04, 2013 (8:52 pm)
In the fit list from eTrailer the fit for a 2008 and 2011 model are the same. This is not probably a 100% guarantee but it would indicate you have a good chance it will fit.
#125 of 130 Re: Odyssey Trailer Hitch Compatibility [richardl5]
Mar 04, 2013 (9:11 pm)
Also one last note - Some Odyssey hitches require the rear facia panel to be trimmed. If you are nervous about cutting out the plastic body work below the bumper you may find that is necessary.
#126 of 130 Towing with a 2012 Odyssey
Apr 23, 2013 (6:20 pm)
Hi. I'm new to this forum, but it seemed like a good place to post my question. I have a 2012 Odyssey with the Honda dealer-installed towing package. I'm looking at travel trailers or hybrid travel trailers (trying to avoid tent trailers) with dry weights in the low 2000+ lbs range. I've been wading through manufacturers' web sites looking for something light enough to tow with our family of 4 in the van.
Anyone have suggestions? I know Chalet has some options.
#127 of 130 Re: Towing with a 2012 Odyssey [wanna_camp]
Apr 23, 2013 (6:48 pm)
The lightweight hard side trailer that many of us use is the TB (capacity 2 people) or TDA (Capacity 2-4 people depending on model). The TDA is no longer made since 2010 so you would be looking at a used trailer. Info on these is available via the Yahoo TB group or the Facebook TB and TDA group. I'm a contributor on both those groups and can put you in touch with owners and trailers for sale. These are appropriate for an Odyssey and very cute. You will need to fit a brake controller for these trailers as they have electric brakes but any good RV shop can do it for you. Look here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/87969923985/ or here: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/tabtrailers/
#128 of 130 Towing with a 2012 Odyssey
Apr 24, 2013 (4:08 pm)
Thanks for the tip on the TDA. I'll check it out!
Anyone else have suggestions?
#129 of 130 Towing a camping trailer
Apr 26, 2013 (8:16 am)
Hello everyone, I am considering towing a 3000lbs camping trailer 21 hours away to northern Ontario with my 2002 odyssey with 300000k on it.
It's rated for towing up to 3500lbs, I have an electric brake, and I believe there was a recall on it where they added a tranni cooler.
What do you all think? Do you think I will have any issues?
#130 of 130 Does it matter if I install at dealer or U-Haul the trailer hitch for bike
Oct 24, 2013 (11:57 am)
I only want to install the trailer hitch for attaching the bike mount, I have no intention to towing anything. In this case does it matter whether I install at the dealer or U-Haul or similar places?
I read about it potentialling voiding warranty that tranny cooler is not installed. Does it apply if I just want the hitch for bike mount?