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Old 06-26-2018, 01:10 PM   #1
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Towing 17 and 19

Does anyone tow a 17 or 19 with a short wheel base SUV. If so, how do they handle? I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee rated to pull 7200 lbs but my experience pulling a 21' box trailer has been lots of sway from wind and passing trucks even with WDH and sway bar. I'm hoping the aerodynamics of the Escape will mitigate this. What's your thoughts?
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
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I towed an Escape 17B (actual weight 3100 pounds, tongue 340 pounds) for almost 85,000 miles with a RAV4 (V6 & Tow Package rated 3500/350.) No problems with handling, in fact it was more stable than towing with a Tacoma (although the Tacoma was a better overall tow vehicle).

I suspect the reason the RAV4 worked so well was the very short distance between the trailer ball & the rear wheels. Very maneuverable, and solid with no sway from trucks, buses, etc from either direction. I did use a weight distribution hitch, no sway bar.

That said, the small gas tank & low ground clearance made it less than ideal. I would not recommend it for a 19 - both tongue & overall weight would likely be over the RAV4 rating, plus you would have to look at a 2012 or earlier to get the V6. There is a new 4 cylinder version released this year that is suppose to have a 3500/350 rating, but I haven't seen any reports on it. The V6 had plenty of power; I'm curious about the 4...
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:28 PM   #3
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We towed our 19 from Chilliwack home to Calgary via Washington State with a V6 Grand Cherokee. No anti sway or weight distribution installed. No issues what so ever.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:34 PM   #4
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I tow a 17B with a RAV4 V6 Sport.
I concur with everything Jon Vermilye said.
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:03 PM   #5
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We tow our 19 with a Nissan Pathfinder. We do use the Fastway E2, and have had no issues with that combination.
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:27 PM   #6
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Wow, lots of mileage and almost maxed out weight wise. Aerodynamics is so important.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:10 PM   #7
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We tow our 21 with our Grand Cherokee Diesel. We use the E2 weight distribution (required by Jeep for trailers over 3500 pounds) and anti-sway. I think that it handles quite well in both wind and truck traffic. We finally weighed the hitch weight on our last trip and it seems to be 500 pounds.

We bring it a short distance home from storage on just the simple hitch and the handling is much worse.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:23 PM   #8
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I towed my E19 with a FJ Cruiser, other than rear squat, no issues.
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:06 PM   #9
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I have towed my Escape 19 over 20,000 miles with my Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 using a WDH, and I have had no issues with sway or anything else towing related.
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:21 PM   #10
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I tow a 17B with a RAV4 V6 Sport.
I concur with everything Jon Vermilye said.
Same with us.
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