Interesting. I'm going to read my Odyssey manual again. I don't recall them mentioning the tow package when referring to the 3,500. It did say to subtract from the 3,500 whenever a passenger is added (I think we're at 3,200 when counting passengers). I sure hope we can tow more than 2,000! :-)
here's what Honda's Odyssey website specs says, to tow the 3500 amount:
Requires surge-type or electric trailer brakes and available Honda accessory towing package and hitch ball. Premium unleaded fuel recommended when towing. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
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just pulled Coleman Niagra approx 2600/2800 #'s w/ 2009 Odyssey w/factory installed towing pkg & class III hitch; fresh oil change, probably due for trans fluid change; pulled in GA/FL about 2500 miles round trip....did not have the electric brakes wired in (OEM on camper) so i drove accordingly. However i towed at 80 mph on highway w/absolutely no issue...yes it sagged under weight of camper, probably should have a higher ball height on hitch insert; trailer did not sway much...stopping was fine...trans felt great and shifted smoothly...in Drive 3 it was pulling 4-5k rpm...got 11.3 mpg... Only things i would do differently would be to hook up elec brakes, and stiffen up the rear suspension (any suggestions?) I will only use Honda to tow in the SE and not pull in mountains.
Honda manual lists 3500 towing, w/factory tow pkg...subtract tow item, passengers & luggage and see what you come up with. I had an '01 Caravan w/tow pkg and this Odyssey is so much better in every way, i have no qualms pulling this size trailer on flat land, but i certainly wouldn't want to pull something heavier or w/larger frontal area.
I'm a 25+ year experienced camper/trailer towing guy, have '04 GMC Sierra for real pulling.
I tow a B19 with my '05 Odyssey and all I have to say is that it is doable if you tow @ around 55-60mph. I know, I hate people passing me, but otherwise, you are:
#1 Using more gas if you try to go faster.
#2 At least for me, I feel safer and feel that the Ody isn't straining (no automatic shifting up and down + no 4k rpms).
#3 Even with a break controller, I feel that at this speed, it will be easier to stop safely.
But this is my only experience after 1 year of towing my hybrid.