Make and model: 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL AWD
- Curb weight: 4508 pounds
- Gross weight: 6019 pounds
- Tow capacity: 5000 pounds (AWD package, which includes 7-pin connector and hitch receiver
- Combined Gross Vehicle Weight: 9,987 pounds
Safari Condo Alto 1743 weight: 2500-2600 pounds, as measured on certified truck scales. Tongue weight last time I checked was 240 pounds.
Highest speed on freeways: 55 mph mostly. I currently have Carlisle tires on my Alto, Load D rated to 81 mph. I tend to drive 55 most of the time.
- Hitch: Standard receiver for Ridgeline (part of the AWD package). Hitch ball is zero-drop.
- Weight distribution bars: No
- Sway controller: Yes, the Hayes electronic sway controller.
- Wireless brake controller: Yes, Prodigy RF wireless (installed at Safari Condo)
- Rearview camera: Yes, from Safari Condo. I drive with it turned on; otherwise, there is a small blind spot right behind the trailer (which is where tailgaters love to go).
- Wide-Angle Mirror So far, I don’t use towing mirrors on the Ridgeline, as it’s wide enough I can see traffic better than I could with the Outback. I do have these little wide-angle mirrors that stick onto the big mirror. I move the big mirror so I can see closer to the pickup itself and the wide-angle shows me the lane next to me.
Electric Tongue Jack: Yeah, this thing was a game-changer. Between the awesome “straight-down” view on the Ridgeline’s backup camera and the electric tongue jack, hitching up is way easier. Way, way easier. This Stromberg-Carlson 2500 jack fits the Alto with no need to alter the existing tongue. Now, a simple switch moves the tongue up and down, no need to crank it manually. Because my hands aren’t busy cranking, I can give the tongue a little shove in the direction it needs to go to meet the hitch ball, and that’s what makes it easier than before. I should have gotten this thing a long time ago.
I’ve only got 3000 miles on the Ridgeline (as of Sep 2020) so my mileage stats are a bit thin on longer-term data.
- Towing mileage: 16-17 mpg at 45-55 mph average speed. I’ve mostly been using back roads, which are somewhat hilly but slower speeds, which I enjoy more than interstate highways. What I have noticed is that where I get 16 mph in the Ridgeline, I probably would have gotten only 12 in the Outback. The Ridgeline seems more efficient at towing, especially in hilly areas.
- Non-towing mileage: 22-25 mpg
- Ridgeline (Sep 2020): 3,000 miles
- Alto (Sep 2020): TBD miles
The tow vehicle question is personal to each Alto owner. Here are some questions to think about as you weigh your choices.
- Where will you be camping (Rocky Mountains or the flat coastline of the East Coast)?
- What model Alto you will have (they each weigh differently)?
- What options are you getting (each adds to the trailer weight)?
- How long you will travel (weekend trips vs. 6 month sojourns, that may require more stuff and more room.
I cannot say what tow vehicle will work for you. I suggest joining the Altoiste group on Facebook and then searching through that group for tow vehicle discussions specific to the make/model you have or are interested in buying (there is a lot of information there).
Nothing in this page is to be construed as recommending the Ridgeline for anyone else’s towing needs.