I have a 2006 Honda Odyssey witha class III hitch 3500/350 TW. I am going to be towing a 6x12 single axle enclose trailer from Washington state to North Carolina. I realize this is a very long trip for a vehicle not intended to be a towing vehicle. My question is two-fold: I am worried about a sagging rear end and sway. Do I need to install a WDH before I start my trip? I see that etrailer sells one that is perfect for my rig. Is it necessary? Secondly, should I have a transmission cooler installed as well? I currently do not have one. Thank you!
asked by: Casey P
First, when choosing a weight distribution system, you will want to go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow plus the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle. Provided that this total weight is within the 100 to 350 pound tongue weight and 3,500 pound gross trailer weight limits of the system, you can use the Reese Mini-Lite Weight Distribution System, # RP66024.
A weight distribution system will help with vehicle sag, which should not be too much on your 2006 Honda Odyssey but would be noticeable and could effect vehicle performance if not using weight distribution.
I do recommend a transmission cooler. Towing a trailer will put extra stress on the transmission and installing a cooler will help prevent damage to it from heat. The most popular cooler is Derale cooler # D13503. I have included a link to a video review of it for you.
I have also included links to the weight distribution instructions and some FAQ articles that should help you as well.
expert reply by: Michael H
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WD With Sway Control
Electric Brake Compatible
Surge Brake Compatible
Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Up to 3500 lbs GTW