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Old 12-09-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
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Re: How crazy is 2,000 miles plus for first tow?

Silly me! I thought that because I had towed horse trailer a decade prior to getting my Escape that towing it would be a breeze (after all - I wouldn't have live animals throwing their weight around in the back). And, it actually wasn't too bad - only a few white knuckle moments in heavy traffic and only got into one really tight spot (took almost 1/2 hour to get the trailer turned around on a narrow little dirt road).
But, I traveled over 2,000 miles from Chilliwack over the mountains to Banff, then to Calgary and then down into Idaho and back to Portland OR. It was September so I had glorious weather the whole way.
Just take it slow and enjoy!!
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:57 PM   #12
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Re: How crazy is 2,000 miles plus for first tow?

Yes we towed dry, no water, no anti-freeze, used way stations, and restaurants The trip was only two days.

Our next trip was to Fairbanks Alaska, then back to the Island, back home to Whitehorse, then back to Point Roberts.

All told we put on about 25,000 KM this summer, my last trip by myself was up the North Canol to hunt moose.
Got a 40" bull, and brought the meat home in the trailer.
Took me five hours to drive 130 km (80 miles)

Trailer needs heavier axles, for off highway camping.

We tried the camp grounds, and urban camping (Wal-Mart) and do not like it, but when we go outside it is a necessary evil.

It was on these trips I was glad I had installed scissors jacks

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Old 12-11-2011, 12:03 AM   #13
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Re: How crazy is 2,000 miles plus for first tow?

Hi Cathy,

I think the salient point in your question is the part about never having towed before. If it was me, I would feel better if someone in the vehicle had some experience with towing. You know, to give advice or support or whatever. Or, maybe find someone (another buyer?) to convoy with.

You won't have a problem towing through that area if you stay on the interstate. Watch the weather continuously. If bad weather is forecast, find a place to hunker down.

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Old 12-16-2011, 10:03 AM   #14
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Re: How crazy is 2,000 miles plus for first tow?

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It was on these trips I was glad I had installed scissors jacks
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Why is that?
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