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Up The IKE Gauntlet with 2017 Ridgeline towing 4440lbs

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I have posted a video "Up The IKE Gauntlet with 2017 Ridgeline towing 4440lbs "

The weight was higher on the return trip because I did not dump the black and grey tanks. Both 25 gallons and both where 2/3 full. I also had some fresh water in the tank. I really wanted to test it with allot of weight. I did go straight to the CAT scale to get an accurate weight of the Trailer. You will see that at the end of the Video 4440 lbs !

I was impressed with the way the G2 Ridgeline handled the weight up the IKE Gauntlet. It had no problem 60 - 65 mph. Even though I had the pedal to the floor it did not feel like it was struggling. As you will see from the video there was no gear hunting by the new transmission. My only complaint was near the top I wish It had down shifted a little sooner. I think the Ridgeline could have handled the full 5000 lb tow rating at speeds 55-60mph.

The surprise of the trip was the millage. Overall millage on the trip computer was 14.6 mpg. But from my manual calculations it has been about .8mpg high so actual was about 13.8mpg over the 350mile + trip. I had been using ECO on previous camping trips that had fewer hills and passes and less weight, yet it got lower mpgs, with eco on 12mpg. So don't tow with ECO on you will get better mpg.

Enjoy the Video! If you have questions just ask.

EDIT: Forgot to mention IKE run time 7min:35secs well under TFL bench mark of 8min.
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Nice video. Loved the dual cameras. I might be wrong, but i think you may have been in 3rd gear for the majority of the climb, and then briefly downshifted into 2nd near the end. I just noticed that in your descent video (in D4), your rpm's were roughly 3500 around 65mph. In this video, your rpm's were closer to 5000 around 65mph. I might be wrong. I'm not sure if automatics behave the same way as manuals.

I wonder if you could have put it in LOW to force it to downshift, if you wanted to accelerate, or reach a higher speed. I'm still unsure of what LOW does exactly. The manual does say something about it using gears 1-5. I can see it being similar to a "sport mode" where it raises each shift-point to a higher rpm. I don't blame anyone for not wanting to experiment with it with their new $40k+ vehicle. I'm sure it has safety measures built in (to not shift into 1st at 60mph, or something), but you never know. My guess is that it would downshift to the lowest gear below the redline. Who wants to be the guinea pig? ; ) I'll probably have to wait until i buy my g2 to find out. (After the break-in period, of course) : )
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