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Old 11-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #41
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never mind, another list shows 5000#, for the limited, just check your manual
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #42
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5000# towing. It is the Limited. We made sure to check that it had heavy duty radiator with engine oil cooler,transmission oil cooler w/water cooler, 150 amp alternator and pre-wire harness
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #43
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Scared me there for a minute
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #44
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does it have a brake controller?
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:38 AM   #45
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No, we might or might not want to install one. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:35 AM   #46
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Unless a trailer has surge brakes you need a brake controller to send a signal to the trailer to brake. It also allows you to balance the braking power of your tug and the trailer. We have a 2013 highlander and a 19 and we are very happy with the towing experience. My wife and I share the driving time but I do all the backing up. We had a Prodigy P3 installed when they did the wiring for the 7 wire connection.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:12 AM   #47
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You have to install one in order to utilize the trailer brakes which are required.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #48
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Well, I guess we sound like complete amateurs. We thought the controller was more for balancing the braking power of the tug and trailer -- the one we had in the airstream didn't do such a good job.
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Perhaps it was not not set up properly, but it's purpose is to balance the braking between the two vehicles and in the event of sway there is a bypass you can use that only applies the trailer brakes, which then pulls it in line behind you straight again. Electric brakes are mandatory for most trailers based upon weight, which the 19' exceeds. I'm sure we all can help you set it up correctly.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #50
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Well, I guess we sound like complete amateurs. We thought the controller was more for balancing the braking power of the tug and trailer -- the one we had in the airstream didn't do such a good job.
Without the brake controller, your trailer brakes will not operate at all and you will be relying completely on your tow vehicle brakes for stopping your Escape 19.

Many vehicles are pre-wired for "plug n play" installation of a brake controller and you may simply have to buy an appropriate controller and plug it in to the cable under your dash (followed by appropriate setup of course). Other vehicles require a fair amount of work to wire them for a controller to operate. You should check to see which category yours falls under, and then definitely have a controller installed.
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