Originally Posted by Nealster
Whoa! Stop there partner, You gotta give me some details! My whole dilemma comes from the fact that my wife's 2002 4 cyl Ford Escape
is so under powered. What did you do to prep your Escape
. I take it that you have the extra brakes. I am a proponent of a braked trailer after ending up in the middle of an intersection with a 1000# tent trailer in Louisiana this summer. I never had trouble with overheating, even in the Ozarks although I did end up in 3rd gear (manual tranny) a couple of times. I have on occasion smelled the clutch while backing up hills with the trailer on prior trips.
Please give me some info on your experiences.
I now have a 2008 Escape
2.3L 5spd manual.[ about 25more HP than it's 2.0L predecessor] It is our second Escape, both have been excellent TVs for our Scamp 13 deluxe front bath. We have traveled the country with our Scamp in tow for many thousands of miles from Florida to Washington State . One trip of 5800 miles included a trip to MT. ST. Helens(pictured below) and the northwest. We have traveled the Appalachians as well. We generally travel at 58MPH in overdrive which is the speed at which we get the optimum fuel economy, about 24MPG.Of course we must occasionally downshift in the mountains,that's why it has 5 spreeds. The mileage drops off quick as speed increases.
We refit fiberglass trailers for a hobby and have also used the Escape for retrieval duty, the largest was a gutted Burro
17WB, I once even used it with my car dolly to tow a friend's Corvair home when it broke down.
The Escape is an excellent platform for towing a small trailer.
It does only have a 9" clutch. I have had no problems with it but I would agree it would be wise to avoid slipping it while backing uphill, or towing cars for that matter!
(BTW that is the same size clutch used in a 4CYL Tacoma)
My Scamp has electric brakes and my Escape is equipped with a ClassIII hitch and a prodigy controller. I use an Acer friction sway control for good measure.