Honda Passport Towing Tips

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The Passport was introduced by Honda for the 1994 model year. Essentially a re-badged Isuzu Rodeo, the Passport was redesigned in 1998 and was available until 2002. The standard towing capacity for the Honda Passport was 3,500 pounds and, when properly equipped, maximum towing capacity was 4,500 pounds. Towing a trailer, camper or boat adds new responsibilities to the driver of the Passport, and additional precautions should be taken.

Know The Basics

  • Towing adds a whole new dimension to driving a Honda Passport and requires a basic understanding of towing lingo. You should familiarize yourself with terms such as trailer hitches, weight distribution, tongue weight, ball mounts, hitch balls, trailer wiring, trailer couplers, safety chains, sway control, electric trailer brake controls and transmission coolers.

Know Your Towing Capacity

  • Standard and maximum towing capacity are not the same thing, and in the case of the Honda Passport, there is a 1,000 pound difference. Standard towing capacity refers to the amount of weight any Passport can tow with a receiver and ball. Maximum towing capacity can only be achieved if the Passport was equipped with a full towing package.

Safety

  • Familiarize yourself with the towing guidelines provided in the Honda Passport's manual and those provided with the trailer, camper or boat. Follow all necessary steps to securely and safely tow with the Passport. Pay close attention to attaching the hitch to the receiver as well as load distribution and cargo tie-down.

Visibility

  • A trailer, camper, boat or any other item being towed will change the blind spot and visibility you have from inside the Honda Passport. Ensure your side mirrors are adequate to view around the towed item, and that you can see traffic. Special towing side mirrors can be purchased and added onto the Passport if necessary.

Practice

  • If you have never towed before, spend some time adapting to the change in driving dynamics in a safe and low traffic area before taking to the public roads.

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