1. From past experience towing uphill it almost immediately goes to 4th. I didnt bother to hit the D4 because im sure thats where it was already. I really like the way this truck is geared compared to the old G1 !! Huge improvement !!!!Great report. Three questions . . . (1) once the truck settled in to the uphill incline, did the transmission stay in 5th gear at WOT - until it downshifted near the peak?; (2) what were the winds like?; relative direction & speed (because this as been a really key issue for us towing with our 2011 RTL - with a travel trailer that typically weighs about 100+lbs more than yours); (3) did you have a passenger on the run?.
Can't wait until the TFL guys get blown away by this kind of performance when they do their run.
2. There was only a slight 5-10mph breeze from the north. We were heading east bound.
3. Ridgeline had cargo of me 190lb my wife and dog combined 200lb dog kennel. A trunk full of junk. Trailer tire and Canopy. I now from weighing before without the wife and dog the Truck weighed 5000 on the nose with me and same cargo, so with wife and dog 5200lbs.
Question for you. Do you tow with a WDH with sway control ?
I am thinking about contacting the TFL guy to let them use my Ridgeline to do their test. It may be months till honda can get them one.