Our Mercury has the larger V-6 Dudratec engine that the manual says can tow 1450 to 1600 pounds. Am I nuts to think we might be able to handle a 13-footer?
We used to tow with a 2002 Ford Taurus, with V6 Duratec. The engine was not the problem, has lots of power, it was the springs in the back, it sat low, the tounge maximum weight
was only 170lbs, I had it down to 140lbs, but the load in the trunk added weight
too. We only towed short distances for weekend camping. Now when we load up for a 2-3 week trip, the tounge weight
is 240lbs, and lots in the back of the vehicle. The other issue to worry about is the transmission, not intended for towing, it is a lot different towing a low riding utility trailer that is 1600lbs versus a travel trailer at 1400lbs, there is a big wall that the air hits.
So, if you don't go too far, and don't carry a lot, you will be fine, and will have fun, and turn a lot of heads having a car tow a trailer.