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post #11 of 42 Old 01-22-2016, 04:26 PM
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I've towed both ways and with any type of rv I'd recommend electric brakes. Makes a huge safety difference.

You mentioned 1200 lbs. I'd be careful of any weight provided by manufacturers. They usually include nothing in the trailer. That often includes optional equipment you might just take for granted like a fridge. You should get it properly weighed to really know.
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post #12 of 42 Old 01-22-2016, 09:20 PM
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I would strongly suggest electric brakes as well. Like someone else just mentioned... throw your food, blankets, sleeping bags, another ten, a whole family into the vehicle and all their stuff, camping gear etc.. that is not included in the trailer's weight. Its one thing to get going with a potent turbo 4, and another entirely when it comes to safe stops.
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I agree, I'll replace my plug and add the stuff to use the electric breaks. I think its a 7 pin plug that needed. Any recommendations on the gear needed to convert? Any good threads to read? Thanks Alan
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Here is my 17' boat. I posted it in another thread as well. I'm looking at cargo trailers now to haul the Harley and camp in as well.
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So I know what the weight limit is for the 2016 2.0, but what is that in real time,,IE what could I tow. I have seen a couple campers there that I thought would be wayyy to heavy for this
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So I would say, IMHO, no you should not be towing a travel trailer with an Escape. I'm sure you can and I know people do, but if you read the towing specs, they do not qualify. One of the towing specs is the frontal area of the trailer... That is limited to 30 sq ft. That's about a popup trailer at most. A boat maybe....

I don't believe these vehicles are designed to tow a full travel trailer of any length or weight.

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Finally got my utility trailer I have been looking at for a while. Started a big landscaping project at my house so the 2.0 Eco will be getting a workout in the next few weeks hauling dirt and mulch to dispose of...
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So I would say, IMHO, no you should not be towing a travel trailer with an Escape. I'm sure you can and I know people do, but if you read the towing specs, they do not qualify. One of the towing specs is the frontal area of the trailer... That is limited to 30 sq ft. That's about a popup trailer at most. A boat maybe....

I don't believe these vehicles are designed to tow a full travel trailer of any length or weight.
So is this the trailer sq-ft area in use from the wheels forward to the tongue? Rectangular trailer example; measure the floor LxW forward of the wheels? correct?
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No, the height x width looking at the front. Wind resistance.
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Not sure how much it weighed, but I know it was less than 3,500 lbs. This is a picture of Ruby I towing a 2010 Forest River Flagstaff pop up trailer.



Worst mileage I got on the trip we took with is was 15.x mpg on I-80 in Nebraska fighting a headwind.
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