You should be fine as long as you don’t load up your MDX with more than 4 people and heavy stuff in back ..... and if the 2200 lbs includes the trailer. Also, be aware of how much extra stuff you put in your boat such as gas, anchor, coolers, etc.I am considering a 2019 or newer MDX with the 9 speed. I need to confidently tow a 17’ fishing boat with total weight of about 2,200 lbs. Anyone tow anything similar in weight with any complaints?
Hello PDXsailor. Wayner here. We just purchased a 2017 MDX AWD unit, which had the OEM hitch and the 7pin connector wiring for a travel trailer was already installed. As we are getting a ~4000# trailer am in the process of installing the electric brake controller. Did you or any of the fellow followers of this site do that recently? I'm looking at the REDARC Elite electric brake controller, as the main unit can be placed on the firewall in any orientation. My questions are: 1. There is a small dial, for manual over-ride, and wondering the best location for mounting this dial ?You won't have any problem with towing that size load. If you are going to the desert or other hot places you might consider adding the transmission cooler, although for under 3500# you should be good. I am assuming you have the SH-AWD option. I definitely recommend the OEM tow hitch and wiring harness, and a discount can be had online (oemacuraparts.com and others). Also it would be a good idea to sell the space-saving spare and buy an OEM wheel online and add matching tire locally. Space-saving spares do not have enough load capacity or traction to be safe for towing, and you do not want to leave the boat on the side of the road while chasing a fix, or pay for on-road repair service.
Eureka! Finally found it. Thank you for the link. Didn't have that document. Then went back to operators manual, manual page 359, then went back out to do another search. It was taped to the main harness with very little extra cable. Found it by spotting the coloured wires. Cut the tape, to give me a bit more flexibility in that cable, and there it was. Excellent.Wayner, the oem hitch wiring includes a pigtail for the brake controller. Hopefully the PO left it in the car for you somewhere.
Yes, the MDX is 12v.
Here are the hitch install instructions, the brake controller pigtail “subharness” is shown on page 15 and directs you to the owners manual for how to utilize it.