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We have a 2019 AWD Pilot touring edition and had a question for the forum about towing. We would like to purchase a small trailer camper that weights around 1,500 lbs. We would need to reverse it up our fairly steep driveway. I know we have a 5,000lb capacity with the transmission cooler, but was wondering if reversing the camper up and down on a fairly consistent basis would cause harm to the transmission?

Does anyone have any experience or insights into this? Thank you!
 

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We have a 2019 AWD Pilot touring edition and had a question for the forum about towing. We would like to purchase a small trailer camper that weights around 1,500 lbs. We would need to reverse it up our fairly steep driveway. I know we have a 5,000lb capacity with the transmission cooler, but was wondering if reversing the camper up and down on a fairly consistent basis would cause harm to the transmission?

Does anyone have any experience or insights into this? Thank you!
With a small trailer like you describe, I would not expect any problems. We have a steep drive as well, and tow an R-pod 178 (just under 3000 lbs.) with our 2018 EX-L. I have no problems reversing the trailer up our drive. Reverse gear should not put any more strain on the drivetrain than a hill situation going forwards in low. Just don't get into a jack-knife position and try to fix it with lots of revving and oversteering. That would be a recipe for heating things up. Keep the trailer and Pilot aligned and do a smooth reverse up the drive. Practice makes perfect when you pull a trailer. And happy camping!
 

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You should be just fine, go slow and keep it straight. Reverse has a gear ratio that is almost identical to first gear, 3.2 or so. The key is taking your time.
 

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Very helpful thank you! It looks like the 9 speed transmission has a gear ratio of 3.8 in reverse so sounds like there shouldn’t be an issue!

Should the normal awd mode work best for towing vs the sand snow or mud modes?

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With a small trailer like you describe, I would not expect any problems. We have a steep drive as well, and tow an R-pod 178 (just under 3000 lbs.) with our 2018 EX-L. I have no problems reversing the trailer up our drive. Reverse gear should not put any more strain on the drivetrain than a hill situation going forwards in low. Just don't get into a jack-knife position and try to fix it with lots of revving and oversteering. That would be a recipe for heating things up. Keep the trailer and Pilot aligned and do a smooth reverse up the drive. Practice makes perfect when you pull a trailer. And happy camping!
Do you have an articulating hitch or a standard ball mount for reversing your pilot up the hill? Thanks!
 

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Do you have an articulating hitch or a standard ball mount for reversing your pilot up the hill? Thanks!
We use a Fastway e2 weight distributing hitch for towing. This hitch has friction bars on the sides to provide weight distribution and anti-sway. I take the bars off to navigate our steep driveway. If your camper is a low profile, like an A-liner or a pop-up type, you might not need a WDH. With our R-pod, we find that the e2 makes a huge difference in towing stability.
 

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Very helpful thank you! It looks like the 9 speed transmission has a gear ratio of 3.8 in reverse so sounds like there shouldn’t be an issue!

Should the normal awd mode work best for towing vs the sand snow or mud modes?

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I would leave the transmission in normal mode. The VTM-4 system will sense when you need all 4 wheels in drive, as when you are accelerating from a stop with the trailer in tow. I would leave the snow mode alone unless it really is needed for snow conditions.

We have the 6 speed, so I'm not familiar with the 9 speed. Do you have a Low gear setting? If so, this could be helpful if you are towing on a hilly, twisty low speed road, to keep the transmission from excessive shifting.

There is a Towing forum here on Piloteers. You might want to check it out and post your questions there as well. Maybe someone who tows with a 9 speed has the answer.
 
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