Check out post #220 by Kodiak (a.k.a. Gary Flint, chief engineer and brainchild behind the Gen1 Ridgeline). Although dated, it may give you some insight.We went back to the scale with the new trailer loaded out. Our weight was as follows:
Front axel- 2720
Rear axel 3020
Gross combined weight-9920 with full tank, two adults, one small dog. All our camping stuff loaded. Black and grey tanks empty. Approximately 8 gallons in the fresh water tank. Fastway E2 Trunnion weight distribution hitch.
Observations- it towed extremely well. Trailer was well behaved. No sway or porpoising. A little scary the first few times the big rigs came roaring by. Cornered well, easy to back up. Got her on the pad perfectly first try.
The truck did well on the secondary streets, but it was not great on the interstate. I wanted to drive 60, which was the prevailing speed of most of the trucks in the right lane. It ran about 3500 rpms trying to do 60 miles per hour. At 55-58 it dropped to 2200rpms. At 65 it also dropped back to 2200 rpms. The transmission really struggled to find the right gear. It dropped down going up every single overpass.
Because the rpms were so high, and load and wind resistance I ran about 10 miles per gallon on the trip computer. I didn’t calculate actual mileage- but it sucked. I normally run 19+ around town and 24 on the highway.
Lots to learn around how to get the tranny to do a little better. I am guessing slowing down to 55 is the easiest way to start.
Here is a photo of our Ridgeline towing our Seadoo 215HP. In the backround is Ocoee Lake in Tennessee on Hwy 74. It is located east of Parksvill and Hwy 411 in the Cherokee National Forrest. Very pretty lake. Think you were on US-64, it follows the Ocoee River then on to Murphy. You can pick up...