Originally Posted by Robin
Does the torsion rubber ride suspension on the Escape trailers allow greater leeway on the hitch weight percentages?
I have not found any guidlines that differentiate between trailers with leaf springs and torsion rubber. I found the Escape is much more stable than the smaller utility trailers that I have with leaf springs. It seems that one would have to be more concerned about load balance with a suspension system more prone to oscillation. I wonder if these rules of thumb are too conservative when applied to the Escape. It seems the focus should be on the capabilities of the tow vehicle and keeping enough weight on the hitch that during acceleration there is still downward force on the ball as to not rely on the ball locking mechanisms.
I don't know the answer to your question, but thought I would mention that you have an easy way to track actual weights.
You can pull into the old highway scale on highway 9 just south of route 92. Its unattended, but turned on.
You can park with your axles on the platform, look in the window and see the readout, then drop you jack until the weight is off your hitch and look again fro the total weight.