This sounds like a sport bike by the weight. I use my Ridgeline (bought it, actually) to take my bike(s) to the track, and they work very well inside the bed. I'd spend the money on a good set of ramps instead of a carrier. More of a pain, but I really don't like the dynamics of those hitch carriers. But you are technically within spec with the setup you describe. Barely.No, I don't have the carrier, and I didn't want to get it if it would put too much strain on the Ridge.
Yes, that's my now-ex S1000RR. The biggest bike I've seen pics of back there was an ST1x00.^ Kevin is that an S1000rr on the bed? I got the Ridgeline for the same reason, mainly for bike transport to the track. Northeast area. My buddies 3 of them also have Ridgelines,you can fit both bikes in the ridgeline.
My question on the wiring harness, the Ridgeline I got had a Curt Class 3 hitch installed but no wiring harness. I was thinking of getting the Honda OEM version. If you're trailering with brakes, how are the brakes applied on the trailer. Does pressing the Ridgeline brakes activate the trailer brakes as well? Do you need any separate brake controller or is the OEM included.
Also is it safe to tap into the hitch to install the OEM bracket for the hitch harness plug since the Curt doesn't have anywhere to attach the bracket to?
First, csimo, your information is always outstanding... I wanna say thank you.
My questions is about tongue weight. I find it a little confusing that you wrote "you don't add it to the vehicle or trailer weight"... For full clarification, do you subtract the tongue weight from GCVWR? When you pull onto the scales and figure out your tongue weight, do you subtract that from the overall number? I had figured it was included, because it's still weight that adds to the entire combined rig.
However, the math doesn't work out if that's the case (doesn't work out if it IS included). Your math above DOES work if it's not.
If it IS included:
10085 GCVWR minus
5000 Trailer GVW minus
600 Trailer tongue weight minus
4520 Ridgeline curb weight equals
= -35 lbs
That's a deficit of 35 lbs. And that's without a driver and 140ish lbs. of fuel. (forget clothes and anything else).
The reason I'm asking is because it doesn't make sense to me. Page 208 of the manual (2006 RTL) says:
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) - The maximum
allowable weight of the vehicle, all
occupants, all cargo, and the tongue
load is 6,050 lbs (2,745 kg).
Please help me understand this. I'm trying to figure what I'm missing and where to make sense of it. Some websites I read that it DOES include tongue, others say (like you) that it does not. Most don't mention it and I'm going blind trying to work the math out on every one to deduce a consensus.
I just stumbled across this thread due to recent activity.The tongue weight is just a limiting factor, not part of the calculation. You could tow a 5,000 lb. trailer with 500 lb. of tongue weight, or you could tow a 2000 lb. trailer with 500 lb. of tongue weight (not ideal). As long as you don't exceed the maximum tongue weight rating you're fine.
The tongue weight is not directly part of the GCVWR.
You could come up with a scenario of a 5000 lb. trailer with 100 lb. of tongue weight (but it would probably sway badly).
On the technical side you're within the capabilities of the Ridgeline.I have read all of this and assume I'm okay, but before I write a check for $36,000 for a new SE, can I have a little encouragement? My biggest concern is rearend sag on the Ridgeland.
People: 350 lbs.
Luggage: 100 lbs.
Gear in bed: 200 lbs.
Fuel: 150 lbs.
Total: 800 lbs.
Tongue wt.: 400 lbs.
Trailer weight: 3,000 lbs.
Ridgeline: 4600 lbs.
Am I going to be okay with this at 5,000 ft. elev.?
That's encouraging news. It seems to me that coil spring spacers would correct your sag if they were available.With about 200lbs of gear in the bed and 525 lbs of tongue weight on the hitch, I get about 1.5" of sag. It's enough that if I were to do it at night, I'd make myself familiar with adjusting the headlights.
Frankly, judging from a recent discussion of other "real trucks" on my boating forum, this amount of sag is not much for a half-ton with no levelling air bags. It's also consistent with a head-to-head comparison that I did with an late 1990's Silverado 1500 when my Ridgeline was new.