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We have a 2013 EX-L Pilot with low miles (60k) and are looking to purchase a travel trailer to tow. We are complete newbies when it comes to travel trailers (we have a popup right now). We are looking at this one:
https://www.tulsarv.net/product/new-2019-coachmen-rv-apex-nano-185bh-915836-29

The dry weight is 2,850# and gross weight is 3,800#. While that is 700# away from max towing capacity, I had heard you should have a 20% buffer, which with a 4,500# towing capacity would be 900#. Having typed all that I am still incredibly confused. Hoping someone could chime in and say if that trailer is out of my league.

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Sounds like you are using all the right information... most important steps will be how you load the trailer, getting your weight distribution hitch and brakes dialed in...

Happy camping!

It is refreshing to finally see someone who wants to tow something realistic, not 10% beyond the vehicle's capacity.
 

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Have same exact model and about same mileage. Been researching for months reading tons of information. Looking for travel trailer for wife myself and two small children. I’ve come up with 3k dry with brake controller, weight hitch and sway control. I have seen people with a lot more weight, but like you it’s all new to us. Seems like the sweet spot. Leaning with is kz sportsman classic 181bh. Same as that apex basically but with one slide. Good luck !
 

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rachmeist, is your Pilot a 2wd of 4wd? If 2wd, do you have an ATF installed? We are currently looking at pop up campers and worried we're biting off more than our Pilot can handle. Wanting to be responsible as it'll be the family vehicle for the next 10 years we hope.
 

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rachmeist, is your Pilot a 2wd of 4wd? If 2wd, do you have an ATF installed? We are currently looking at pop up campers and worried we're biting off more than our Pilot can handle. Wanting to be responsible as it'll be the family vehicle for the next 10 years we hope.
First and foremost pull out the owners manual for you're a particular year, model and drive (2W or 4W) and read the section on towing. It will tell you exactly what you can safely tow as far as weight, including passengers in the vehicle etc. Many people forget that the towing weight isn't just about the trailer, but about the number of passengers as well. Honda has a chart that will tell you everything you need to know to make you purchasing decision a good one.
 

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I know few will tell you this because "it's not in the book" is quite often the response, and the "engineers" know what their doing. But I find that the cushy comfort 40k mile tires that these vehicles come with from the factory are barely adequate for driving on at high speeds (70-75 mph), much less adequate for towing. From personal experience, find you a little heavier tire that has a max inflation of 51 psi instead of 44. Not that your going to inflate to 51, but this will give you the room you need to get the few extra #s of air to carry the load and be much safer.
 
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