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Hello all,

Been visiting since I got my Ridge 2 years ago, now for my second post!

As stated, I've had my Ridgeline 2 years ago - and it has been a solid performing truck. I purchased it with 65k miles on it, for a 2006 was a lucky find! I just rolled over 100k, and it has had the timing belt changed and maintenance performed. My question is, is this truck the right truck to pull my 'new' camper - a 2018 Keystone 239ML. The camper dry is 4150'ish pounds, and we can pack relatively light - but regardless it's going to be pushing close to the 5k towing limit.

That said, I bought the camper with intensions to pull the rig with this truck - but we have had some other situations arise and now the wife needs a new vehicle. Currently, she has a minivan - but my contemplation is whether we upgrade her to a larger SUV with more tow power, and then sell the Ridgeline for a small gas efficient vehicle for me... OR, keep the ridge and get her an upgraded minivan.

Being it's a 2006, I've read quite a lot of posts on here about some of the optimizations that the newer years have -- mileage and otherwise, and can't come to the right decision on my own! Would anyone mind chiming on my situation and let me know your thoughts? Again, I know tons of users on here have pulled at the 5k limit no problem - and we don't intend to tow long distances. At least not often, maybe Disney (from Ohio) in a couple years? Otherwise, most destinations are going to be within 300 miles of home.

Any input is greatly appreciated!!!
 

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Hills would be the greatest concern. You’ve got the trailer and the RL. Why not go drag it up the largest hill you can find and see what you think.

I think anyone with a G1 that sells it is going to regret it. They are iconic, great vehicles.


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Thanks for taking time to respond @mnowaczyk. I took it out last night for an hour drive to a somewhat local scale to get the rig weighed and test it on some hills etc. IMO it did really well. At first it seemed to be a bit sporadic on its gear ratios - but after driving for a while, it honestly appeared to 'settle in'. I'm not sure exactly what I was getting mileage-wise, but I'm sure it was around the typical 10mpg.
 

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Be sure to use Premium when on your actual trips, some even put it in before to "Prep" the system
 
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