Oh boy. I hope you're aware that "lane keep assist" isn't designed to deal with the complex dynamics of a trailer/tow vehicle combination. With that much sail hanging off the back, a gust of crosswind or "wake" from a truck can make things "interesting" in one heck of a hurry. You're responsible for keeping the whole rig within your lane, not just the nose of the MDX.I know this is an old post and I’m just browsing to see if anybody else is towing with their MDX. We bought a 24’ camper last summer that weights less than 4K lbs dry. MDX towed it impressively and I like using the lane keep assist to keep the MDX in the middle of the lane.
most cars are like that. They will state a trailer limit then in the fine print indicate to deduct from that the occupant and on-board-cargo weight. Two adults, three children, a dog, and baggage can easily approach 1000 pounds. Also - anyone who has ever had a trailer (with or without trailer brakes) wag the car when braking, or coming down a long hill knows how critical tongue weight is. That alone can limit the trailer size. A 5000 pound trailer should have about 500 pounds tongue weight. With Sh-Awd and 5 passengers the allowed tongue weight is 290 pounds which alone would limit a trailer to just under 3000 pounds gross. That means a 2500 pound boat and trailer, plus gear onboard.4000lbs dry!? I think that may put your trailer weight over the 5000 lbs limit when loaded with gears.
Trailer dry weight usually does not include batteries, propane tanks, and any accessories such as mattress, air conditioner, awning...etc.
Also, the 5000 lbs limit is if you have only 2 (150 lb) occupants with only 15lbs of cargo per occupant.
well, 3500 series trucks are beasts in a totally different category, and it is designed to tow.I subscribe to the 80% rule; the ready to camp weight of the trailer should not exceed 80% of the tow vehicle's ratings. With a light duty mall cruiser like the MDX I'd probably not want to exceed even 50%. Personally I've escalated my tow vehicle over the years to my current Ram 3500 diesel and it's made towing exponentially safer and less stressful, especially last night towing my toy hauler against a strong head/cross wind.
In case anybody still interested... I decided to install ATF cooler. I talked to a mechanic at my acura dealership who also drives 2017 mdx and he has ATF cooler as well. He convinced me there would be no problems, no knocking sounds or whatever with ATF cooler.Anyone NOT experiencing issues with their 9 speed transmission and ATF cooler (MDX 2016-2018)? Anyone not hearing the knock/noise from transmission ?
I will tow a 2700 Jayco trailer (for one time only) and in doubt if I should or should not install the cooler due to knocking issue with 9 speed transmission some people reported earlier.
Perhaps they have fixed it, but as recently as 5 months ago it was so much an issue that Acura paid me back for the unit, the install/un-install based on the fact that in their words there was no known fix. Glad it is working out for you, but mine did not make the knock for about 2000-3000 miles before it started.In case anybody still interested... I decided to install ATF cooler. I talked to a mechanic at my acura dealership who also drives 2017 mdx and he has ATF cooler as well. He convinced me there would be no problems, no knocking sounds or whatever with ATF cooler.
And he was right. I was exercising my 2016 MDX a lot and no issues. No knocking sound, no other sounds. Feels and drives as usual.