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Here is a video of 2017 Honda Ridgeline towing 4050lbs On the Downhill side of the Ike Gauntlet using D4 on a 7% grade for 7 miles. For those that do not know the Ike Gauntlet is a steep section of I-70 going through Colorado. From the Eisenhower tunnel elevation 11,158 ft to the town of Silverthorne elevation 8,730 ft. Needless to say this is one of the toughest sections of road to tow a trailer on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THV7nJXNyBs

TFL Truck uses this stretch to test a trucks towing capability. Check out their Videos on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ike+gauntlet+towing

I will be posting the uphill side in a couple of Days.
 

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Looking forward to the uphill video.

Can you provide any sourcing info on the the wireless backup camera on the back of the trailer? Was it already on the trailer or did you add it?
Yes, that camera looked very clear and HD!

What was that bass drumnoise? That was VERY loud and very distracting. Was it just that road?
 

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Thanks for the video. Towing a travel trailer of a bit larger size (from what I can tell from Winnebago's site) is the real acid test for our decision to go with the Gen 2 or not. Did you get a weight noted for your trailer before setting out?
 

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Thanks for the video. Towing a travel trailer of a bit larger size (from what I can tell from Winnebago's site) is the real acid test for our decision to go with the Gen 2 or not. Did you get a weight noted for your trailer before setting out?
The weight going out was a little less than the last time on the scale which was 4160lbs.

The up hill video which I will post today or tomorrow had a lot more weight. I did not dump gray and Black tanks and had a little fresh water. I went straight to the scale after getting back to Denver and the weight of trailer was 4440lbs. I will post CAT cert with that video. Normally I try to dump before heading home from camping, but I wanted really test the G2 in the mountains with a lot of weight.
 

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The weight going out was a little less than the last time on the scale which was 4160lbs.

The up hill video which I will post today or tomorrow had a lot more weight. I did not dump gray and Black tanks and had a little fresh water. I went straight to the scale after getting back to Denver and the weight of trailer was 4440lbs. I will post CAT cert with that video. Normally I try to dump before heading home from camping, but I wanted really test the G2 in the mountains with a lot of weight.
Thanks again. When we pack our Coachmen Freedom Express for a typical week long camping trip, we weigh right at 4600 lbs., and that is with next to no fresh water and empty black and grey tanks. Tongue weight is 500 lbs. Our 2011 RTL does pretty well, but winds are its worst enemy - even on essentially flat terrain. Our trailer is the same height as yours (10') but a little wider at 8'. So I have been carefully watching towing threads to help me experience what an additional 15 lbs/ft of torque and 30 more hp provide in performance, mileage, etc.

I saw that the spare tire in your video was for your trailer rig. But do you plan on mounting a full size spare in the bed for your RTL-E? (I have put one on my tray in the trunk in my 2011 RTL, so mounting a full size spare is a bit of an issue for me in the Gen 2.) Would welcome yours or anyone else's experiences/thoughts on the full size spare matter when towing these weights.

Looking forward to the video of your uphill run. Be safe!
 
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