We have three, two adults and a toddler. But we have had up to 5 and it has lots of room. Very pleased with the trailer and the slide makes a huge difference for room and comfort. do recommend it.This is great news. So how do you like the trailer? How many people do you have sleeping in it? I'm looking at the exact same trailer.
I purchased mine from etrailer.com. I did get them professionaly installed which was a bit expensive. $300. but they did a good job and installed the inflate valve next to the wiring harness plug in.Where's the best place to get the air bags to keep the rear end from sagging when towing?
Summary of first trip with the MDX and Jayco X213
This is not a comparison of whether an MDX is a superior tow vehicle to a full size truck or other SUV's, which is obvious, but a fact finding on whether an MDX is capable of towing up to its Maximum.
Me: I am not a professional tow expert nor work in a related field, the summary below is that of my experience and should be taken as such. Do note that different travel trailers may react differently, old vs new, aerodynamics, brake systems etc. The most important is what type of driver you are...if you are a poor driver on a good day...I don't think it matters what you tow with.
Details: We traveled approximately 500km round trip ( 312 miles). The trip was North up the Fraser Canyon, very windy road with lots of hills and steep grades. Vancouver to Lytton BC
My MDX is equipped with a airlift suspension air bags (inflated to 30psi), Tekonsha P3 brake controller, factory hitch and weight distribution bars.
I did not weigh the trailer, but will guess approx 4500lbs loaded. The airbags worked awesome, the MDX did not sag at all!
Braking: the braking was excellent, no issues going down hill and the trailer did not push the MDX, Prodigy P3 brake controller might have something to do with the effectiveness of the trailer brake system. I did not experience any panic stops or aggressive swerving situations, but those situations would be of concern regardless of what type of tow vehicle you had, albeit at a different level. I made a concerted effort to maintain a safe distance and drive defensively.
Power - there were some very steep climbs, i would use the manual shift mode and put in third gear, as long as the revs were around 4000rpm, it had no issues pulling it up the steepest hills and accelerating if required, my average speed was between 80kph and 100kph. On flat or mild terrain it had no issues, although I would shift in sport mode manually between 4th and 5th, did not use 6th very often. I did not go much faster than 100kph (65mph) and could tell the faster I went the less stable the trailer would feel, so don't speed. Could it use more power, for sure, but when can you not.
Handling: you can certainly tell the trailer was behind when a large rig passed by, it would initially create a vacuum when it was beside and the trail would sway slightly toward the big truck and then sway back once the rig passed you. The experience was a bit of a surprise the first few times and then i became used to it. To clarify, the sway was very minimal and far from being a white knuckle experience. I spoke to some friends and with large trucks and they stated there is always some moderate sway when towing large vehicles. The weight was noticeable at times and you could feel the trailer pushing the MDX in certain circumstances, such as turning into a corner going downhill at hwy speeds, but again this was minimal and expected when you are towing close to 5000 pds.
Overall, my wife who was concerned with the findings I made when researching the MDX capabilities for towing, was at ease and even napped part of the way. After the first hour of towing through this terrain, i began to feel comfortable with all the changes to the dynamics of towing and was at ease for the rest of the trip. I was pleasantly impressed.
Fuel economy...yah it sucks avg 12mpg...but towing a 4500lb trailer, what do you really expect...
The MDX is more than capable of towing the set up described above, would I prefer to tow with a full size truck vs the MDX, the answer is yes. But am i going to run out and trade my one year old MDX, take a financial hit on the steep 1st year ownership depreciation, NO. My personal opinion, if you are looking to buy a MDX to tow a large trailer such as mine, I would recommend you purchase something larger, a late model half ton or full size SUV (QX56, Lexus LX570 or Sequoia). You certainly do not need those massive 3/4 ton, diesel blah blah units...unless that is what you want.
However...if you are similar to me as in you already own a late model MDX and enjoy the unit for the 95% of time you are not towing and are considering buying a travel trailer...GO FOR IT! Honda is a marvelous engineering company and they historically do not make claims they cant meet. In the future, i will eventually get a full size vehicle to tow with, but only when the $ figures make financial sense, until then we are going on a longer trip later this summer down south with the MDX.
Just ordered the OEM trailer hitch and harness kit from Tim. He was kind enough to answer the question above.Doesn't the 2010+ MDX come with a tranny cooler, oil cooler and high volume cooling fan standard or is that part of a factory option package if one got the tow hitch included? Do you use load leveling bars with a heavier load?
Depends on what version of the 2014 MDX you have?Does the new 2014 mdx include all this for towing. I have a 2012 and it it wonderful towing a 217 hurricane deck boat. I am not so sure about the new mdx. Can anyone give me some insight?