Honda Element

Discussion in 'Element' started by John Rosoff, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. John Rosoff

    John Rosoff Guest

    I want to tow a tent trailer with a Honda Element. My tent trailer has
    a gross weight of 1950 pounds. The towing capacity for the vehicle is
    1500 pounds. I am 75 years old and "baby" my trucks, and the
    transmission has a 30,000 mile or three year warranty. Should I chance
    it and buy the Honda Element or am I being dumb (as usual)?
    Thanks for a constructive reply,
    John Rosoff, Sep 7, 2004
  2. John Rosoff

    Artfulcodger Guest

    I would say if you are going to "chance" it you best install a transmission

    I am no towing expert so I can't say if an excess gross weight of 450 lbs
    over towing capacity is normal or not.

    Without expert advice I would be more inclined to source a vehicle with a
    larger capacity.

    The Element has a small load capacity of somewehere around 500 to 700 lbs so
    you better travel light.

    Best of Luck
    Artfulcodger, Sep 7, 2004
  3. John Rosoff

    Keith J Guest

    I think the question you need to ask is "what is the tongue weight?" I had
    an 1984 Toyota Tercel 4wd wagon (5 spd) and towed one of those pop-up
    campers all over the east coast of the US. A whopping engine of about 90
    hp. The car did have a "tow package" installed.

    I would think that with a tow package (transmission cooler, larger radiator,
    etc.) the Element would have no problems towing such a trailer. I am far
    from an expert so I would suggest asking your local hitch shop for

    Keith J, Sep 8, 2004
  4. John Rosoff

    -rick- Guest

    "Keith J" wrote ...
    Don't forget braking ability. Does the trailer have brakes? I learned when a
    deer jumped in front of me. Your experience and luck may vary...

    -rick-, Sep 10, 2004
  5. Do the MATH.............. Then again at 75, the Element could out live you
    so gamble!
, Oct 3, 2004
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