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Old 03-24-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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Re: 17 Footer Hitch Height


I'd still contact Escape with the specs for your vehicle. I thought my 350 lb. tongue weight on the Expirer bumper hitch was enough ( reading that same 250 lb figure ), but they said I needed more.

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Old 03-24-2009, 10:43 PM   #12
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Called the local dealer, they say max. is 750 lbs. So there's plenty of capacity there, however, as you both mention, it will probably "feel" better when towing with an eq. hitch. Plus, we have the disadvantage of usually having a fair amount of wind here on the east side of the Sierras.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:07 AM   #13
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Re: 17 Footer Hitch Height

You'll have no problem.

I used to drag a tent trailer behind a 4 cyl. Expirer. Leaving a rest stop and taking the on ramp, I was full of tension, wondering if I could get up to speed and merge before the ramp ended in a rather large piece of concrete.

Taking the same on-ramp in the RAV V6 ( 269 hp ) with the Toad behind, I confidently hit the gas and was doing 110 kph and had to let off the gas so I wouldn't rear-end the guy already on the highway.

I've taken highway #1 to Hope from Vancouver several times. It has signs warning of cross winds. None that I noticed.

I used to fear semi trailers passing me, but no more.

You've got the truck and you've now got the trailer. Add the equalizer and peace will be with you.

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Old 03-25-2009, 01:37 AM   #14
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Congratulations and Welcome Steve. I know you'll be very happy with it! I t has some good features that you'll surely enjoy. Where in the Silver state are you? I looked to the east today and saw snow capped Sierras; beautiful as usual. Are you getting it soon? As I saw it when it was being made, I have a special fondness for it. I know you'll watch out for it and give it good care.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:14 AM   #15
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We live in lovely Reno, NV. I think I'll be heading over to San Jose, CA on Monday or Tuesday to pick it up. It's great to be part of the Escapee clan!

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:09 PM   #16
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Congrats on getting your new Escape.
I know you will really enjoy it.. I am so looking forward to getting out in ours...
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:03 PM   #17
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Steve, you gotta love the short wait between deciding, buying and picking it up. Looks like Jeff had done some nice things with it too. I am sure you will have no problems enjoying it.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:46 AM   #18
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The wait is over, we've got her, "Lucky", sitting in our driveway. Installed a friction sway control device (no eq. equipment) at consignment dealership and she pulled beautifully from San Jose, CA to Reno, NV. We look forward to our trip in June/July to Chilliwack to meet up w/ Reace for a gaucho/bunk retrofit. Then we'll tour for a week or two... YEA!!! ;o)
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Glad that you have her home..
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:25 AM   #20
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Congrats Steve.
What type of sway control did you use. Honda recommends not using an equalizer hitch for my Pilot, but does say to use sway bars if required.
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