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Old 05-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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Can you suggest any good links that clarify these weight issues? (I will look myself also, but your suggestions would be appreciated.)
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #16
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Others will chime in with good links. I read up a long time ago and don't have any current ones. All the confusing acronyms (for me) really took a long time to sink in my mind and figure out. One thing that did help me looking at empty trailer weights is that some of those specs don't figure in the weight of AC, battery, microwave, refridge, full propane tanks, full water tank ETC.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:28 PM   #17
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Azer, it start with YOUR tow vehicle. What is the towing weight? Then look at this thread.. click here: Trailer Weights in the Real World Mike provided this link in an earlier post...
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:55 PM   #18
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Azer Ford has a towing guide here that tells you what all the terms mean

Ford also has a towing PDF for your car here.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:15 PM   #19
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I mentioned my Highlander mainly as a comparison for power available to tow. There are other factors in the mix for the tow rating, like suspension and wheelbase and hitch receiver attachment strength. My current trailer also is boxier and has more wind resistance than an egg. I just wanted to illustrate why I think the V6 Escape should do all right in the mountains.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #20
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Can you suggest any good links that clarify these weight issues? (I will look myself also, but your suggestions would be appreciated.)
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Most mfrs say the tow capacity is with a driver and a tank of gas. The added weight of your passenger and cargo should be subtracted, usually, from that 3500 lb. number. But even if that takes you to 3000 or 3100 lbs, you should be good to tow most 16 footers.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:59 AM   #21
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We tow a 1990 Scamp 16 foot layout 4, front bunks side bath, with a 2002 Ford Escape towing package, V6 aoto. We never tow in overdrive and try to keep it 60-65 and have no problems. The one thing I have noticed is the Escapes come with the small receiver which is stamped 350# very few of the balls and tongues are rated for 350#. Otherwise with care you have enough vheicle to have a good time. One after thought level your trailer and balance your load.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:51 PM   #22
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Escape + 16' Scamp - hitch and sway bar needs?

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I recently purchased a 16' Scamp (Plan 4, bunks in front) and I have an Escape (2010 V6 3L). Thanks to many folks for their great guidance on weight and related issues!! I plan to get a brake controller.
-Should I get a weight distribution hitch, or regular hitch ok?
-If I get a weight distribution hitch does that mean there is no need to get anti-sway bar? Do you recommend anti-sway bar?
-Do I need to have the Ford Dealership put the tow hardware on the truck, or can I have an RV place do that?
-I am in Fort Collins CO, but am considering using Bolder RV - anyone know if they are good or recommend somewhere in particular for RV service stuff in Boulder-Fort Collins area?

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Old 06-02-2012, 11:47 PM   #23
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The first two pieces of advice:

NEVER - ever, ever (and not even then!) Go to the car $tealership for something like that; and
If at all possible - avoid RV $tealerships, too!

U-Haul is likely the very best and cheapest place to get a hitch installed. They do them by the thousands, they are experienced, knowledgeable and have access to every brand around. If U-Haul does not do break controllers, (I am told that some do, some do not) you may have to go to an RV place for that part

You should only need a weight distributing hitch if the tongue weight of your trailer is too much for your tug to be comfortable with. However - if you feel you need one - check to see if your Scamp tongue is strong enough to take the stress of a WD hitch - many smaller RV tongues are not and some trailer manufacturers specifically prohibit their use.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #24
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hi, thanks again for all your help.

I went to an after market (non-dealer) place to get my hitch and brake controller installed today. They were very nice, but also raised the concern that my Escape may be too small of a tow vehicle for the trailer. I'm hoping they don't realize how light the Scamp is compared to others, and that I'll be ok in this regard. I have another thread in the Owners helping Owners forum where a number of folks thought the Escape would be ok.
1. They mentioned that I should upgrade from passenger to a higher grade (light truck?) tires. Do you agree with that?
2. Also, what are your thoughts on whether I need a weight distribution hitch (someone in the forum said that such a hitch may be too heavy for my scamp?) and/or anti-sway bar?
3. Also I missed the boat on the Factory Tow Package - I can have a hitch put on now and then the difference will be that the factory package has a larger transmission cooler. The after market place was going to put one on for me, but then they looked under the hood and said I already have a decent capacity transmission cooler and so no point to add an additional (smaller one). Comments?

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:47 PM   #25
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hi,
Thanks for these comments. I got a bit demoralized this morning when I went to a shop (helpful folks) to get the hitch, brake controller etc. When they learned I wanted to pull a 16' trailer with the Escape they said they could do the job but really didn't recommend towing so much with the Escape. I hope they just don't realize that the Scamp will be quite different from a regular trailer...
0. The weights check out, and several folks have said this combination is reasonable as long as I have reasonable expectations on speed etc. Thoughts?
1. I didn't get the factory tow package. I can now have a hitch put on. The cooler is confusing. I believe the tow package provides a larger (or additional) transmission cooler. The shop I was working with (who is very helpful) at first thought we should put an additional cooler on mine, but after looking under the hood said I the Escape already has a pretty high capacity cooler and so no point to add an additional one. Comments?
2. Do you have a recommendation for what grade of tires I should use? I currently have passenger grade and they said to upgrade to light truck (I think). Comments?
3. For Scamp 16 with the Escape, should I use a weight distribution hitch and/or sway bar?

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:14 PM   #26
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Axer, if you are saying that your car already has a transmission cooler than I dont see why you would need a second one unless as you say Ford requires a bigger or different one but you should check with your Ford dealer on that point. They are the only ones that should answer that question for you to protect your warranty.

What you did not mention was whether or not you had a brake wiring and controller installed - you will need it if your going to tow a 16' scamp.

As far as tires go - I wouldnt change them unless the tire folks or Ford are saying whats on your car are not rated for that amount of weight you will be putting on them - I would check with my Ford dealer on that point or a tire shop as again they really are the only ones that can answer that question for you. But as a side note I dont use light truck tires on the vehicle I tow with.

If you stow your trailer correctly and have appropriate tongue weight to prevent sway & stay under 60 you shouldnt actually need a sway bar but they are easy enough to install & its not a bad thing to have if you wish to play it safe. You may want to tow your trailer a couple of times to see how it feels before deciding if you really need one.

In regards to the weight distribution hitch you should follow what ever Ford says in their towing guidelines. If you are able to load your trailer up well balanced without going over the specs of tongue weight and axle limits then you may not need one unless Ford says you do.

My Scamp 16' is a side bath with no ac, only one battery and one propane tank. Loaded for me (which is not a lot of stuff) with food and clothing and kitchen items etc it weighs in at 2500lbs total. To reduce sway issues of that total about 250lbs of that should be tongue weight - more weight on the tongue is better than less. I should also mention that that 2500lbs does not include any water in the holding tanks.

You will have to figure out if your tow vehicle is rated to tow that amount with all your passengers etc in it.

Edit: Re the Weight Distribution system - that is something you can add later. You would be best to find the trailer that meets your weight specs with your vehicle loaded with passengers and then see how it all looks when hooked up & your passengers and gear in the car - unless Ford says you need to have one regardless. Tow vehicles should be fairly level when the trailer is attached - if it isnt then a weight distribution system would be required - assuming the trailer manufacturer and the car manufacture allow the use of them - not all do.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:30 PM   #27
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They were very nice, but also raised the concern that my Escape may be too small of a tow vehicle for the trailer.
What does your owners manual say for the options in your vehicle? The manual for mine has 64 different specifications for towing based on the various options that year.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:05 PM   #28
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Indeed, most folks are used to thinking that only trucks can tow trailers, and the bigger the truck the better. Yet your Escape has lower center of gravity and is more maneuverable than a pickup. And the Scamp will move through the air more easily than the typical trailer. Give it a try; go camping someplace an hour or two away (take that trailer for a 'shakedown') and see for yourself how it feels to tow with the Escape.

Regarding tires, you should be ok. "Light truck" tires may have higher weight capacities, but you can look at your sidewalls for the current capacities and add them up and compare to your vehicle's loaded weight. Unless you're pretty close to their limit, I don't see a problem. Next time you need new tires, though, you can opt for slightly lower profile tires if you feel you want to improve handling; less sidewall "give" results in a somewhat firmer ride but also allows the vehicle less side-to-side wiggle (the tail can't wag the dog as easily). On further reflection, I suppose it's possible that LT tires might have stiffer sidewalls (and run with higher air pressure), so maybe that's a good option for your next set of tires. But unless it feels unsteady to you when towing, I wouldn't suggest replacing good tires before they are close to done. You do want to run your tires at or near their max recommended inflation rate, though, while towing. That's because lower air pressure results in lower-than-rated carrying capacity.
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