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Old 02-19-2009, 03:40 PM   #15
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Mike.. This chart may give you an idea what kind of performance you can expect towing the 3,500lbs. The Escape is not a barn burner but close to some of the V8's towing at their limits.

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:55 PM   #16
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Ok. Bought a 17' Sport. Our Ford Escape we discovered tonight after talking with the Ford dealership has a 4,500 GVWR. Now, everywhere I've read had said it was 3,500. So I look on the door sticker and sure enought it says 4,500. So I call the dealership and they said that the correct # is 4,500 and that the published GVWR is 3,500 after taking into account passengers, gas, load, etc.

It says it has a max tow capacity of 3,500 lbs. (trailer load). So that makes me feel alot better as first I thought it was 3,500 - passengers, gas, load ,etc.

Now the next issue is we bought the Equalizer system and found out our existing Class II hitch receiver isn't big enough for the EQ system. So hopefully not a bid deal to break off the Class II and add a new Class III. Geeesh !

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You won't get any speed awards but make sure you trailer brakes are always in good condition. The Escape alone will have a very difficult time stopping the TV and the trailer.
http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2007_Ford_Escape.htm
those 1 1/4 to 2" adapters are asking for an accident.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:39 AM   #17
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We just dropped off our TAB and Ford Escape at the Airstream dealer. They will be putting on the class III hitch today for pickup of our new Safari Sport 17' tomorrow!

Thanks everyone for all the input, advice and moral support. We sincerely appreciate it.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:45 AM   #18
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Mike and Tricia,
Glad to hear of your positive outcome. You are leanring a lot of valuable lessons. Please enjoy your new coach and most of all, be careful out there.
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That's great Mike. Assuming they get it all set up right you will really enjoy towing the bullet.
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we towed our vintage airstream (which is much lighter than your coach) across the US with a 06 escape. it had it's drawbacks at times but kept us at a nice leisurely pace. everytime i pull that airstream or any trailer for that matter, i remind myself again and again..."you are pulling a trailer...you are pulling a trailer." most people get caught up in the technical side of things (which is a good) and forget the most basic things. that's all. go camp and have some fun!!!
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:29 PM   #21
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Don't know about you, but when I look at tow vehicles, 0 to 60 while towing is one of the top 3 things on my list of important items and gauges of how well it'll tow.
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Our Escape worked great !

Ok. To put an end to this thread, we've successfully returned from our first night of camping at Pio Pico, Thousand Trails in San Diego. We had a 100 mile trip both ways and our 2007 Ford Escape did a grand job pulling our Sport 17'.

The dealer ended up mounting the Class III hitch underneath the Class II hitch. We lowered the trailer onto the hitch without the Equalizer and it did lower the back end considerably. We raised it back up, added the EQ, lowered it and this time the back end stayed more or less where it should have stayed.

We cruised at 55-60 the entire way and it pulled it very smoothly, nearly the same feeling as when we were pulling our T@B.

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I'd be interested in seeing the rig with the hitch jack fully retracted while it is connected to see what the lean may look like if possible. From the current pics, the unit appears hitched, but seems to have the hitch jack extended.
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I'd be interested in seeing the rig with the hitch jack fully retracted while it is connected to see what the lean may look like if possible. From the current pics, the unit appears hitched, but seems to have the hitch jack extended.
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That is a very level connection. I had thought there may be a bit of a slant, but it's perfect. Nice!

I have to say that little Airstream is really cute!
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One suggestion would be to get mudflaps for the Escape. I don't see rock guards on the Sport unit and a good set of mudflaps for the Escape will help save the front from being dented from projectiles coming off the rear tires.

I took the OEM mudflaps I bought separately and added some length to them. Also I have an enkay hitch mudflaps too. The enkay alone still might let some blow by happen, but between both, it's pretty great protection.
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It looks like a great set up. Get out there and start using it. We hope to see you down the road.

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One suggestion would be to get mudflaps for the Escape. I don't see rock guards on the Sport unit and a good set of mudflaps for the Escape will help save the front from being dented from projectiles coming off the rear tires.

I took the OEM mudflaps I bought separately and added some length to them. Also I have an enkay hitch mudflaps too. The enkay alone still might let some blow by happen, but between both, it's pretty great protection.
Yep, already thought of that. The Airstream does, however, have a layer of rock guard protection. Something you can't see in the photos as it's a transparent barrior of some sort. Can't remember what they said it was, right off hand, but it's there. We will more than likely still add some mudflaps, though
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