Originally Posted by EcoHeliGuy
The problem with the Escape
and all uni-body toe vehicles, is the trailer will transmit a lot of sounds into the passages compartment. You will hear the hitch banging and the ball bouncing. Body on frame like a pickup truck has rubber pucks between the frame and cab that removes the sounds from the hitch.
Our Honda CRV was a uni-body car that we towed with for 7 years all over Canada and the USA. We drove a couple 1,000 miles of dirt roads and some horribly pot holed roads towing and never really noticed any particular transmitted noise beyond normal even after 250,000 miles. Uni-body seems strong enough.
In a sense the fiberglass trailer is a uni-body structure sitting on a frame as compared to stick trailers.
We have never had a WD hitch and have never felt that the front steering was light
. We did try to have the shortest distance possible from rear axle
to the ball, something that mitigates ball loads with respect to front axle
As well we are low ball weight
towers, typically around 8%. In 7 years we never experienced sway. I believe the key there was center loading the trailer, keeping weighty items near or over the axle
We have purchased another uni-body vehicle, a 2014 6 cylinder Honda Odyssey. So far we average 19 mpg towing, covering about 2,500 miles
Today we took a trip thru central FL, non-interstate and averaged 33 mpg non-towing, amazing cylinder management.
Surprisingly the Odyssey gets better highway mpgs than our 4 cylinder CRV and 2 mpg less than the CRV's 21 mpg towing.