'06 Odyssey and towing pup

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by zanelee, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. zanelee

    zanelee New Member

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    This may be a silly question, but I'm gonna ask anyway.
    :)
    We have an '06 Honda Odyssey and want to be able to use it as our tow vehicle. Is there something else we can do besides paying $$$ to the dealership to stick a towing package on it?
    We just cannot affort that at all.
    Any suggestions?
    TIA!
    Jennifer

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  2. Fly

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    Depends on what you plan on towing with the Odyssey, Jennifer.

    What is the tow rating with your Honda ... 3500 lbs?

    Fly

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    tampajim New Member

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    As Fly already mentioned, you need to do some homework and understand the difference in tow ratings for your Honda. If after that you have a pop that is within your specs, other places besides your dealership can get you setup. Most UHauls can install a good hitch and some can also install trailer wiring and a transmission cooler. Will it be cheaper than the dealership? Call around and get some quotes.

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  4. TJHUB

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    Odyssey's always look horrible when I see them towing PU's. The rear suspension looks very soft and most look like they're sagging badly with just a full load of passengers. I remember seeing a forum member post that he had to install those air helper springs (can't remember the name). He commented that he had hoped he wouldn't need them on his new Odyssey as on the old one, but as it turned out he did.

    I'm only saying this because I feel like the Odysseys are very low to start with and when towing a PU, they really look bad.

    Make sure your van has everything it needs to function as a proper TV. It's a beautiful van, take good care of it!

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  5. pianewman

    pianewman Ft. Worth, TX

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    You can learn a great deal about your Odyssey by going to, and joining, the Odyclub, which is a great website about everything "Odyssey."

    Once you're in, do a search (upper right corner) for "Airlift" and member "pianewman".

    TJHUB is right---Odyssey's are extremely soft, especially in the rear, and sag with just the slightest weight. The Airlift product is, in my opinion, a perfect, rather inexpensive, solution for towing level, as well as maintaining level with everyday loads.

    Good luck. If you have specific questions, after reading my several posts on the Odyclub site, send me a private message, and maybe I can help.

    We love our '07 Odyssey, but it really begged for the modification, and I couldn't be happier.

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    pianewman Ft. Worth, TX

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    I forgot to mention....Do another search about "towing", and you'll find that there are loads of alternatives to the inflated dealer prices.
    To maintain your warranty, and the health of your transmission and power steering, you'll need a transmission cooler, AND equally important, a power steering fluid cooler. All this is talked about extensively on the Odyclub site.

    pianewman
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    do it,i tow all summer with our 99 ody with airlifts in the rear,some sag but not nuch with the lifts,4 of us,food,steaks,bikes,it will be fine,as for tow package,do what i did,build it yourself,look for the best price on a hitch,get a t-connector for the trailer lights,and aftermarket cooler,your good to go.

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  8. salguod

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    I called the dealer on the trans cooler for our 1999 Ody - something like $360. I called a trans shop and they'll put in Hayden for $140.

    U-haul makes a very nice hitch for the '99-'04 that they install for $180. I bet the dealer is double that.

    So there are other alternatives. I'd look into a weight distributing hitch setup before the airbags. From what I've read (haven't gotten mine set up yet) the WDH actually shifts the weight back to the front wheels, the airbags just hold the rear up.

    Oh, and www.odyclub.com is great. I've been a member there (I'm 'dgs' there) for something like 5 years, but pretty inactive for the past few.

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  9. Road Ruler

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    Quote: Odyssey's always look horrible when I see them towing PU's. Quote:

    A WDH works great to level the combination. Set up is key!

    Note that less than 10% of the rigs on the roads to day are set up optimally.




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  10. fallsrider

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    You'll need to know the trailer weight and the tongue weight of your pup, as well as the towing capacity of your Odyssey.

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    I towed a 14' pop up with our 2001 Odyssey with 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and 2 kids and all our gear for 3,600 miles this past Summer.

    I installed a transmission cooler ($40) and a hitch/wiring ($145). No power steering cooler, no leveling bags.

    The Ody kept highway speeds with no problem, even up mountain roads. We never bottomed out, and never overheated. Someone might have thought we looked "terrible", but it worked great for us and we had a heck of a lot of fun!
     
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    Head over the eTrailer.com. They sell you all the stuff you need to install an after market tow package on almost any car. That is what I did for my Sienna. Depending on the weight of your trailer you may want to look at adding a transmission cooler.

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    I have a Chrysler minivan, but I did not get the towing package when I leased the vehicle. I went to a local trailer dealer and they put the hitch on for my cheaper. I know Uhaul also does it.

    Sue
     
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    FWIW, our 04 Pilot sags quite a bit when pulling our pup. One would think that even though it's based on the Oddysey with a higher suspension and the AWD that it would hold up better, but it does not seem to. I recently replaced the rear shocks, and it seems to handle better, but didn't really improve ride height.

    I want to get those airlifts eventually.

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