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Old 04-22-2015, 09:11 PM   #29
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Right on, Fallon. Consider brakes as insurance for when you have to stop suddenly in a completely unavoidable situation. Not only will they stop the trailer, they will also help stop the TV.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:00 PM   #30
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It's much more common on smaller vehicles with low towing limits, such as Subaru. The 2008 Escape has a limit of somewhere around 3500 lbs.
Some of the Subaru's have that same tow limit ;-) Tribeca has the a 3500lb tow cap and some of the Outbacks are 3000lbs others 2700lbs - all of them require the trailer have brakes for those limits .... which is BTW more than double what some of the current models of the Ford Escape have. Some Escapes are only 1500lbs and others 2000lbs - only the 2 L with Ecoboost has the 3500lb limit.

At one time perhaps they still do? Honda also had limits based on trailer brakes and it was not just the CR-V that they set the limits on, I know for sure that at least one of their vans was limited if no trailer brakes and its tow capacity rating was about 3500lbs as well.

Mazda on the their CX9 which had a tow cap of 3500lbs but if no trailer brakes 1000lbs or at least that was the case in back in 09.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:08 PM   #31
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My 2008 Escape has a tow limit of 3500lbs.


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Old 04-23-2015, 05:54 AM   #32
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The (new) Escape must have the factory tow package for the 3500 lb limit. This includes the module that couples into the car's ESP electronic stabilization program. Since this car is sold in Europe that is required there. Without the factory package thar ford is good for 2000 lbs.

Trailer Towing Package
Model (Option Code) (536)(1)
Trailer Wiring Harness (4-Pin) X
Hitch Receiver X
Trailer Sway Control X
(1) Available with 2.0L EcoBoostŪ I4 only. Available as dealer
accessory with 2.5L I4 engine and 1.6L EcoBoostŪ I4 engine.
(1) Available with 2.0L EcoBoostŪ I4 only. Available as dealer
accessory with 2.5L I4 engine and 1.6L EcoBoostŪ I4 engine.
Trailer Towing Package
Notes: • Content may vary depending on model, trim and/or powertrain.
See your dealer for specific content information.
• Trailer Towing Package recommended for all light trucks that
will be used for towing to help ensure easy, proper connection
of trailer lights.

Something like this perhaps to adapt the 4 pin flat to 7 pin for brakes etc.



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Old 04-23-2015, 06:24 AM   #33
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I may try a few trips that aren't too far from home first before I make a final decision. I want to be safe on the road.
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Anyone who has added trailer brakes and set them up correctly has always commented on how much better they feel about the stopping ability of their combination. Reducing your stopping distances especially in and emergency situation is when you will really appreciate them.

Electric brakes are the way to go. Surge as a last resort.

Please continue with your quest to add brakes to your trailer. I'm sure you will never regret it.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:58 AM   #34
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This thread could not have come at a better time. I was just considering whether to have a brake controller installed when I get my hitch installed hopefully in the next month. My beachcomber has brakes but I didn't know if it was worth the extra money as it is not required in my province for trailers under 2000 pounds. But since reading this as well as the "sway disaster" I am convinced! Trailer brakes for sure! My tow vehicle is a 1994 Toyota camry.
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Trailer brakes for sure! My tow vehicle is a 1994 Toyota camry.
Sweet, another car TV. I'm sure you will luv the new braking power of your Camry/Beachcomber combo with brakes.
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:33 AM   #36
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Good decision. I believe I read but can not verify now that at least one state requires brakes to be functional if they are installed on the trailer.

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This thread could not have come at a better time. I was just considering whether to have a brake controller installed when I get my hitch installed hopefully in the next month. My beachcomber has brakes but I didn't know if it was worth the extra money as it is not required in my province for trailers under 2000 pounds. But since reading this as well as the "sway disaster" I am convinced! Trailer brakes for sure! My tow vehicle is a 1994 Toyota camry.
Once you are loaded up for camping, and out on the road. stop at one of those road side weigh scales. measure just the wheels of the trailer. I think you will be surprised at how heavy it is. To do this properly, disconnect the trailer, with the tongue jack on the scale.

2000 lbs is hard to stay under.
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