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Old 10-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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2011 Ford Edge as a tow vehicle?

Does anyone pull a 17 Casita SD with a 2011 Ford Edge? Supposed to be able to haul 3500's. Any thoughts? I would appreciate any info, am a newbie.

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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Hi Sandy, welcome to FiberglassRV. We're glad you're here! Lots of kind, helpful people on this forum.

Hopefully someone with real world experience will pop in soon and answer your question.


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Old 10-06-2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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Does anyone pull a 17 Casita SD with a 2011 Ford Edge? Supposed to be able to haul 3500's. Any thoughts? I would appreciate any info, am a newbie.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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What tongue weight can it handle, the Casita 17's have a high one due to the front bathroom. Can't think of it off hand but google it and also look on this forum at 'Trailer weights in the real world' post - very enlightening.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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A member of our camping group bought a new Ford Edge to tow his 19 ft Fun Finder trailer (Approx weight 3100 lbs) He sold the Edge less than 2 years later . When asked why he sold the Edge, he said that towing the trailer had caused a lot of wear to the vehicle , the vehicle was starting to have mechanical problems and he felt it was not adequate for towing that much weight. I don't know the weight of your Casita and again not being adequate was his opinion (He towed the trailer about 12000 miles in the two years)
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Our 17' Freedom weighs 3300# loaded and ready to go. The hitch weight is 315#, 10% of the gross weight, which is ideal. However, that is with 2 bikes hanging off the back, so other Casitas may have a higher hitch weight. We tow with a Ridgeline that has 5000# rating with the tow package. I would not want anything with less capability.

3500# capacity might be OK for short, occasional trips but we have towed 20,000+ miles across the US and back. We have no tow related maintenance with 100,000 on the TV.

So my opinion is get something with more towing capacity. There are lots of options out there.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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I believe the rec in the industry is to take 80% of manufacturer's stated tow capacity as the curb wgt. of the trailer you can reliably tow day in day out. The reason why our little balloon of optimism has to be punctured by such numerical revisionism is due to the fact that so many have increased maintenance and breakdowns with vehicles which are just barely nominally adequate to the role. I know there are folks here who are dragging around 2700# trailers with a vehicle rated for #2500. Wishful thinking? 3000 to 5000 or 60% is a much better ratio of demand to capability. I'd stay away from the Edge particularly with the 20" rims which further drops the tow capacity.

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Old 10-06-2012, 05:31 PM   #8
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With a 17, you would have a hard time keeping the tongue weight under 350. It would worry you, and the back end would look saggy too. A 16 would be a better fit IMO.

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