ROC Rank: Senior
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South of Atlanta
Model Year: 2006
Color: Billet Silver Metallic
Re: should I do it?
Instead of a full blown trailer have you considered a tow dolly or just a flat tow. Don't know if those are options but either would reduce the tow weight enough to put it in the "safe" zone.
Or maybe check around for a different trailer rental that has a trailer that is lighter.
Or rent/borrow a tow vehicle that is more suited for the tow and just leave the Ridgeline home this trip.
Also, as others have suggested, look into some of those vehicle transfer companies. You may find it's not that much more than a one-way trailer rental.
If you decide to use the RL for the tow then, as a precaution, do a complete set of fluid changes before and after the trip.
Personally, I'd not worry too much about towing one way with the RL. You are not going to be in very much hilly country and if you can stay on interstate highway there won't be much stop and go traffic. Just take it easy and if the RL seems to struggle, bite the bullet and make the rest of the trip driving both.
2006 RTL, Billet Silver Metalic, 2% rears, 35% front window tint, Aires chrome step rails, Advantage Torza tonneau cover, PA15-HON2 I-Pod/Aux adapter, BT35-HON bluetooth adapter, Infinity Reference 1031t dash tweeter upgrade, Infinity Reference 6022i speakers (front doors), Infinity Reference 5022i speakers (rear doors), power point in center console, Aux In jack between heated seat butons, rear power outlets always on, power tailgate lock mod.