windsor407

We purchased a 195 in August it has a Total Dry Weight of  3472  lbs. , Hitch Dry Weight 580 lbs. and a Carrying Capacity of 4108 lbs. I have been towing it with a 2012 Honda Pilot which has a towing capacity of 4500 lbs. The Pilot strains when climbing hills on the highway and when accelerating to pass or entering the highway. Is the Pilots towing capacity enough to safely tow the trailer and if not what kind of capacity should I be looking for in a new tow vehicle?

Thanks

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Alabama Jim
Keep the speed down to about 60 mph and you should be okay.  Weight distribution hitch with sway bars should help.  Next vehicle should have more towing capacity.  You have to remember that the trailer and hitch are part of the weight, but you have gear and people in the vehicle which adds more.
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mikes
The Owner's manual for the 2012 4WD Pilot says (with 2 passengers), 4500 lb towing, and 450 lb tongue weight. People will argue about whether you can have more tongue weight by using a weight distributing hitch, but without one you're definitely overweight on the tongue. But, the manual also says "A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your vehicle," so you should probably be looking for something else to tow with. These days, that pretty much means a pickup or full size van, as SUVs seem to be few and far between (SUV is body on frame, but the market is moving to unibody construction, which makes them crossovers).
Mike
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Chaplain Kent
Dry weight means dry, fill your water tank and you are just under 3800 pounds. Now pack your trailer with clothing, pots, pans, food and a deck of cards and you are over your Pilot's safe towing weight. Almost any vehicle  can tow any trailer, that is get it started and move down the road but after you get started you need to stop and if the TV is too small you cannot stop safely even with trailer brakes. If you had to do an emergency stop, applying hard on the trailer brakes would jackknife your TV. Your next problem is driving on the interstates today. Regardless of the speed limit vehicles travel 80MPH or more. A double bottom semi passing you at 80 MPH will start your trailer swaying and your TV is not heavy enough to counter the sway. Once more you will jackknife. You mentioned you have no excess power from your engine, if the trailer does start swaying you do not brake but increase speed to stop the sway, can you do this?
A good rule of thumb is to tow no more than 80% of your TV capacity, so you should be towing less than 3600 pounds with your Pilot.
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windsor407
Thany you all for the info. We purchased an Dodge Durango R/T with the 5.7l Hemi engine and the Trailer Tow option yesterday. It has a towing capacity of 7200 lbs and a Tongue capacity of 720 lbs.
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Tom
You're gonna like that. Post back with a review after you've towed some.
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Flynhi66
We tow with the Pilot and weight-distribution hitch and air-bags.  It does fine but any consideration of heading south (Cali) over the grapevine or east into the Rockies quickly vanished for the  reasons you stated.  Fine on flats and moderate hills but anything with a serious grade to it and slow is the only option.  We added the tow-package to our Pilot (trans-cooler) and steering-fluid cooler, then upgraded trans cooler to a bigger one.  Added electronic breaks and a big hitch. With that we added more weight to the vehicle alone.  There are CAT scales you can go weigh your rig at to see where you stand in terms of weight.  On a trip, stop by one and get the real numbers.  We are now looking at a new F-150 4X4 with the eco engine as those come with towing option, breaks built-in, and tow-ready.  And compared to my old 250HD, sip gas! Looking forward to expanding our radius of discovery!  Good luck with your Durango.
John
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Ralph L Staub
The demise of the XTerra in 2016 took the last "real" Mid-sized SUV off the market. The rest are tall station wagons. Mid-sized pickup or full-sized anything is where you're headed.
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retro195man
You are under powered and frame not able to take the stress. 

The 195 is a great trailer but a bit heavy on the hitch. 
I wouldn't tow on vehicles less than a truck. Trucks have heavy duty frames. And ate built for just this task without issue.

The great thing is, you don't have to count the pounds when you are putting your equipment in. 
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