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SUBJECT: # 12578: Honda Odyssey Towing

Submitted by Robert A. Bridgman (68.38.136.251) from NEW JERSEY on 4/20/2007 10:30:00 PM

I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey which I would like to use for towing a Ranger 195VS (about 2900 lbs.). Has anyone out there used this combination? If so, what additional equipment was used on the Odyssey?
Thanks! Bob


  1. 4/20/2007 11:00:00 PM Submitted by Steve P. from FL says Absolutely not!!!
    No way you can tow that much weight with an odyssey. Not safely anyways. Don't even bother wasting the money to put a hitch on. I know you don't want to hear this, but you need to get a vehicle that was designed for towing. Good luck.


  2. 4/21/2007 6:18:00 AM Submitted by BASSMAN IA. from IA says here are some thoughts by others
    including guys that tow with them.

    http://boards.trailerboats.com/cgi-bin/trailerboats/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=001268


  3. 4/21/2007 8:51:00 AM Submitted by Steve P. from FL says Bassman.
    If they say you need a weight dist hitch to tow over 1800 pounds, then the vehicle really wasn't intended to be a tow vehicle in my opinion.


  4. 4/21/2007 3:38:00 PM Submitted by BASSMAN IA. from IA says since I don't own one
    I don't care ------ I just did a search and found that. Kinda like when I did a search for my buddy's run-flat tire on his Honda van----- Remember that?? I found 6 million recalls on them Toys-- Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    I guess you have to add keyboard to the list along side alcohol and guns------ list of dangerous things.


  5. 4/21/2007 5:30:00 PM Submitted by Toonafish from GA says Bob..
    I have tried the tow with the mini-van thing. My wifes previous car was a Montana mini-van. A few years ago, I had a Skeeter 175 Starfire. Probably close to the weight of your Ranger (since my transom was full of water..lol) Anyway, on steep wet ramps, I couldn't get the front tires to stop spinning. Emergency stops were also out of the question.

    Just my opinion here without all the other BS.

    Honda makes a great mini-van by the way, but you already know that !


  6. 4/21/2007 11:27:00 PM Submitted by br549 (24.179.9.239) from AL says Odyssey towing
    The wife has a 2006 - the tow rating is 3,500 provided you add a tranny cooler and a ps cooler. Ours pulled a pop up fine ( approx 1,800 pounds) Trailer brakes are a must - you also will probably want some airbags in the back to prevent sag. Although ours did fine pulling the pop up camper I really would hesitate to use it as a primary tow vehicle - unless of course you have the 100k warranty....


  7. 4/22/2007 2:45:00 AM Submitted by Basslikethat (70.103.180.122) from NV says About the only "Mini-Van" good for towing...........
    was the ole Astro or Safari van. I think you could go to 5000 lbs with each. That 4.3 V-6 was great for towing. Just make sure your trailer has brakes. I think they had the same braking systems as the S-10 or S-15 trucks did which wern't all that great. I remember towing with my S-10 Blazer my Procraft 180 combo F&S which the trailer had no brakes. Had a few times during panic stops where I thought I'd left a gift in my shorts. LOL!! That made me get rid of it a year later & pick-up a full size Chevy truck. More power & better brakes!!!!


  8. 4/22/2007 10:03:00 PM Submitted by shelby (75.176.148.128) from SC says It'll tow about like all the foreign trucks, like JUNK as usual
    Trade that POS in at your local FORD dealership and make your Ranger a happy boat.

    You'll get more respect as well at the boat ramp using a mans truck instead of a wimpy little import.


  9. 4/23/2007 12:56:00 AM Submitted by RedAllison (24.176.109.189) from TN says You sure about that 2900#s?
    I think a 195 is gonna weigh about 1700-1800 barehull itself. A tandem axle with brakes is gonna add another 1,000#s. A 200 DI outboard is gonna weigh 500-550# when "wet". 3/4 batteries are gonna weigh another 175-nearly 250#s so call that 200. 40 gallons of fuel is gonna run around 320ish#s.

    Add in another couple hundred #s for crap/tackle/equipment and your actual "towed weight" is gonna be more like 3500 nearly 4000#s. Don't forget the extra weight of several hundred more pounds if you carry fish home in a full livewell and if it rains all that carpet gets HEAVY!!!

    Do yourself a favor and consider at the minimum a small SUV or pickup truck!!! Today's "mini-vans" are nothing but automobile chassis with van bodies put on them. Would you try to tow that Ranger with an Accord? Mechanically that is what the Odessy is. All the other mfgrs do the same thing, most of their mini-vans are simply another body dropped on their most common car chassis. (Ford does the Freestar on the 500/Taurus chassis, GM does their vans on the Malbu/Impala chassis, Toyota does their van on the Camry chassis etc etc...)

    Good luck,

    RA


  10. 4/23/2007 11:32:00 AM Submitted by Linesider (65.220.122.99) from VA says Frames
    basslikethat is right about the 4.3L V6 Astro type vans. The frames on the extended bodies were on a 1 Ton truck frame. Not sure on the non-extended or any of the newer models so check it out! These were mid-late 90's. I also had the AWD on both my Astros and they would effortlessly pull out of most any ramp condition as well as performed flawlessly on foul road conditions. The 3.42 gears weren't ideal for towing but with a little patience and common sense it will work! Now I have a 4WD 2500HD with 4.10's so towing now is a total non-issue all the way around. The 6.0L does like the gas pumps however...LOL


  11. 4/25/2007 10:42:00 AM Submitted by Portly (207.16.50.27) from TX says We have an 03 Ody
    I pulled a twin jetski trailer with it once maybe ~1500 lbs. It did not like stopping it. I do not think the Ody has the ability to tow a boat safely and stop it. It will not like the tongue weight of a real boat and might not be able to pull up a ramp, especially the initial tug out of the water. I also think that the 195 on a trailer, with engine, batteries, 30+ gallons of fuel, fishing stuff, etc. would weigh more than you think. 1600# boat, 500# motor with tank and stuff, 900# trailer, 30 gals of gas - 180#, 200# of batteries,...over 3000# already.


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