Originally Posted by BRietkerk
I am brand new to this forum and thought I would throw my two cents into the discussion.
We are getting our 19 foot Escape in May.
A friend tows his 19 foot Escape with a Honda Pilot and reports good performance through the Rockies.
We have a non turbo Flex and feel confident it will do as well as the pilot because of the similar specs.
I suspect engine performance may be the same if measured at the same RPM.
Flex only weighs 130 pounds more than Pilot
Flex 262HP@6250 RPM-Pilot 250HP@5700 RPM
Flex Torque 248@4500 RPM- Pilot 253@4800 RPM
Flex 6 Speed Transmission - Pilot 5 Speed
Flex has 9 inch longer wheelbase than Pilot
We are very pleased with the Flex but have only used it to tow a 1500 Pound trailer.
We will be disappointed if towing a 19 becomes a problem.
We have now spent 105 comfortable nights, in all kinds of weather, in our 19.
The (not turbo) Ford Flex has pulled the trailer back and forth over the continental divide numerous times. Total distance in excess of 14000kM
Our last trip was through the 8 western states.
Total distance 7910kM or 4915 miles.
Total fuel burnt 283 gal CDN or 340 gal USA or 1287 Liters
Average speed 55-60 miles per hour
Towing more than 95% of the time
Fuel consumption works out to 16.27L/100kM or 14.45 miles per US Gal or 17.3 miles per CDN Gal.
Weight of the trailer during the trip was about 3500 pounds. Car was lightly loaded with only two people on board.
We use a standard WDH. Handling was perfect.
Only the steepest hills slowed us down and only because I did not want to exceed 3600 RPM.
We had one day of severe head winds.
If I was to purchase a trailer today it would again be the 19.
We would ask for the hot water heater to be dual gas & electric.
We would ask to have the bath roof vent to be not installed instead we would get the opening bath window.
I am not a fan of the bath roof vent. In my opinion it is an unnecessary roof penetration. It collect tree needles and leaves and it is a point were condensation collects first. (causing a wet toilet and floor) I firmly believe a window and the very efficient max fan will provide more than adequate ventilation in our little trailer.