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No E's available in Maryland and dealers real cocky. Looks like I'll just wait or buy something else. Don't want the RTL. :surprise:
 

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Bos, where are you located? I am watching my dealer in Frederick and I don't think they ever received an "e". I am going to be looking for either an "e" or more likely a "t" in the next three weeks or so.
 

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E's seem to be really hard to find, I jumped on the one I got but I had to go to 4 dealers to get it, lucky it was the color I wanted.
No idea why this is, if I were you I'd start calling around and if necessary take a road trip or you could have patience - that didnt' work for me LOL
 

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There are 49 other states that have inventory. When searching for a new vehicle I cast my search wide. Look at your adjoining states for availability. Last truck I bought I travelled to another state the deal was so good. Use the internet to your advantage.
 

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There are 9 RTL-E within 150 miles of Annapolis, MD on Cars.com right now.

https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?zc=21401&rd=150&trId=35008892&mkId=20017&mdId=21884&stkTypId=28880&sf1Nm=price&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=location&sf2Dir=ASC&page=1&perPage=50&searchSource=GN_REFINEMENT

There are 178 RTL-E nationwide right now including 19 white/black, which seems to be a popular choice.

https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?zc=21401&rd=99999&trId=35008892&mkId=20017&mdId=21884&stkTypId=28880&sf1Nm=price&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=location&sf2Dir=ASC&page=1&perPage=50&searchSource=GN_REFINEMENT

Your dealer can utilize the Honda APEX system to see if their are any currently scheduled for production in the coming days/weeks. They can also swap allocated units with other dealers, so if a specific Ridgeline destined for a California dealer hasn't been built yet, your local dealer can swap orders with them before the vehicle leaves the factory. That's how I got mine in less than two weeks. A Florida dealer was allocated an RTL-E. My dealer was allocated a BE. The two dealers swapped and I got the RTL-E and the Florida dealer got the BE.
 

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I think it's a shortage on the E inventory now looking around at dealers in Maryland for original poster. My dealership is Sport Honda just out side Washington, DC has no E or Black Edition as they did when I went out to look the first of the Washington month. I know at least 11 Maryland Dealerships by name around DC and Baltimore like O'Donnell and Anderson near Baltimore and Herson's , Sport, Ourisman near . Did not check VA dealerships outside Washington their are plenty. But looks like inventory on E is not there now at the moment. When checking dealerships for Black Edition early in the month saw enough E
I guess this is what everybody now is buying but RTL-T looks to be in good supply at the moment. Don't know posters exact location in Maryland and if willing to go out of and how far. But Maryland nearby states are VA,PA,DE
might be an RTL-E stashed on some dealers lot but does not look like it.
 

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There are 9 RTL-E within 150 miles of Annapolis, MD on Cars.com right now.

https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?zc=21401&rd=150&trId=35008892&mkId=20017&mdId=21884&stkTypId=28880&sf1Nm=price&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=location&sf2Dir=ASC&page=1&perPage=50&searchSource=GN_REFINEMENT

There are 178 RTL-E nationwide right now including 19 white/black, which seems to be a popular choice.

https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?zc=21401&rd=99999&trId=35008892&mkId=20017&mdId=21884&stkTypId=28880&sf1Nm=price&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=location&sf2Dir=ASC&page=1&perPage=50&searchSource=GN_REFINEMENT

Your dealer can utilize the Honda APEX system to see if their are any currently scheduled for production in the coming days/weeks. They can also swap allocated units with other dealers, so if a specific Ridgeline destined for a California dealer hasn't been built yet, your local dealer can swap orders with them before the vehicle leaves the factory. That's how I got mine in less than two weeks. A Florida dealer was allocated an RTL-E. My dealer was allocated a BE. The two dealers swapped and I got the RTL-E and the Florida dealer got the BE.
Good search some of them dealers are off in a corner somewhere. Bill Page has been around for years but some of the others I have never heard of. I am not down the Annapolis area so don't know some of them dealerships but many others MD/VA advertise on TV here every 10 mins or in newspaper. I know some Baltimore area dealers because I use to be over that area every week when my aunt and grandparents were living.
 

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I've been shopping for an "E" in VA and they are hard to come by. White/Beige are really hard to find. As result, dealers are trying to get market adjustment prices. I've seen asking prices at $49K LOL.

I'm holding out till I can get an "E" at about $40K.
 
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on the Honda website it says "NA". I'm taking that as not available. Is there a HU shortage since this unit is also in the Pilot?
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I will not pay way over for the truck. Honda delayed the entry now doesn't have the inventory. May be time to move on!
 

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on the Honda website it says "NA". I'm taking that as not available. Is there a HU shortage since this unit is also in the Pilot?
I think the the NA refers to the "AWD" or "All Wheel Drive" which is written right before it in the same typeface. That is NA ("not applicable", not "not available") because AWD is standard on the RTL-E and BE so does not need to be added. It was just kinda misleading for Honda to say NA - they should have said "Included" or "Standard". There is inventory but it is being bought up as fast as it is being produced, usually before they hit the lot. If you look at the old thread about what model folks bought, you can see why!

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/138-second-generation-2017/137242-poll-what-trim-did-you-buy.html

When I went to my local dealer to fix the tailgate, I talked to the sales guy for a bit. I wanted to explain that I did not buy my RTL-E from him because they could not get one. He basically said "tell me about it! - we can't get them anywhere close to fast enough" - that plus dealers getting one in are not willing to swap for anything less. I managed to get my RTL-E only because I happened to go to the webpage of the dealer I bought from just an hour or so after they posted my RTL-E. Since I had driven one already and knew I wanted one, I snapped it up even though it did not arrive for over two weeks. That dealer said they had more than a dozen requests about the one I bought after I bought it, probably because cars.com just says to call and does not list vehicles as having been sold already. So any cars.com data may be listing lots of RTL-E and BE that are already sold - you need to go to the dealer's site to check.

Bottom line is to get an RTL-E or BE now you have to be in the right place at the right time and of course be willing to pay MSRP or worse (I paid just under with no dealer packs and free splash guards so that was not too bad at this point in time). If you either do not want to pay that or cannot, your only choice is to get a lower trim level or wait for however long it takes them to become more common. Could be weeks, more likely months. There are a fair number of lower trim levels out there. In fact the dealer I bought from has had an RTL AWD on the lot for a couple weeks now.
 

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on the Honda website it says "NA". I'm taking that as not available. Is there a HU shortage since this unit is also in the Pilot?
More website errors. "N/A" is incorrectly located in a spot that refers to AWD availability. It should read "STD" for standard. It did until the recent website update that added 360º views. Notice that trims below the RTL-E say "AVAIL" indicating that AWD is available, but not standard. It's not possible for AWD to be "N/A" (not available) in the RTL-E and BE, since those are only AWD.
 

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More website errors. "N/A" is incorrectly located in a spot that refers to AWD availability. It should read "STD" for standard.
Cambridge dictionary says about N/A: "written abbreviation for not applicable"

But even "not applicable" makes only just a little more sense. What it is is another example of not very clear thinking by their web people. Nothing new about that, I guess.

In any case, It is clear it does not refer to availability of anything, just the stupidity of their web guys.
 

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I ordered MY RTL-E Pearl white on June 23. My saleswoman called yesterday and said after four trades I will be getting my truck the second week of September as its going in production the end of August. It will be worth the wait as its coming right off the truck exactly as I wanted. This has been a great learning lesson for me as I always have been able to get a new car off the lot or in 2 weeks. Very excited and am thankful to all of the regulars here who have provided a huge amount of useful information.
 

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I ordered MY RTL-E Pearl white on June 23. My saleswoman called yesterday and said after four trades I will be getting my truck the second week of September.
Congrats! I think you will love it. I especially like the driver's assist and Android Auto. Tried the latter for search and nav to the local (1 hour away) dealer and was amazed that I did not have to touch anything but the steering wheel buttons, everything else was voice. Much safer. The assists take some learning and getting used to (I am still getting used to the BSW) but are very cool on trips.
 

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The dealer confirmed to me that my white/black E was ordered this week and they're expecting September, but reading some of this im not sure I believe them. They're still trying to get a dealer order trade done too. As long as I get the new truck before my vacation in October, I'll be happy.
 

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First post here and new member...first of all thanks to all the long time members who I've gained lots of valuable info from over the last couple of months while I've searched for a new vehicle. I've also got an E coming in MSM, supposed to go into production next week according to dealer and then arrival 10 days later. We'll see like the poster above I'm somewhat skeptical on timing but still looking forward to it despite the wait and some of the things others have found issues with.
 

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I've also got an E coming in MSM, supposed to go into production next week according to dealer and then arrival 10 days later. We'll see like the poster above I'm somewhat skeptical on timing....
I would also doubt that timing. Most have found that it is more like 2-3 weeks.

These posts do confirm production is still ongoing, just not meeting demand.
 

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Maybe by the time I get mine I'll be in one of the 10,000+ VINs and the tailgate latch issue will be fixed. Doubtful on the second piece, but I can at least hope, can't I?
 
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