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Old 06-21-2019, 12:19 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I have posted a few times on the forum now, but today I can officially say I belong as I brought home our new to us, 2009 escape 19 today. Due to a quick turn around, I brought it home without break controller, sway control or weight distribution. It took it slow to be safe, but found it towed very smooth with no signs of sway on the 600km drive home

For those of you towing with Tacoma’s, do you bother with weight distribution/ sway control? I was planning to buy one right away, but it towed so smooth on the drive home I am wondering if it is required.

Just for interest. The Tacoma got 11.75l/100km on the drive to pick up the trailer, and 17.5l/100km towing the escape home.

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Old 06-21-2019, 05:31 AM   #2
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Pretty set up Doug, now you can change your avatar to show ownership....
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:06 AM   #3
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Congratulations!

Those custom shields and front box look interesting. Can you tell us more about those. Maybe some more pics?
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:54 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Those custom shields and front box look interesting. Can you tell us more about those. Maybe some more pics?

The previous owner had it custom build when he bought the trailer new, as escape did not offer the storage box at the time. Unfortunately it is a little big for the space, it is right tight against the propane cover and is about 1/8" from the trailer. As a result it has rubbed through the gel coat is a couple spots, so modification to the box and some gel coat repair is in my future. The rock guards out the side are made of one sheet of checker plate welded to the back of the box. They are not supported in any other way, so they flutter quite a bit at hwy speed. they don't appear to have ever contacted the trailer, but I may add a gusset to stiffen them up a bit. I will take some pictures when I get a chance
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:55 PM   #5
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Looking good! We opted for a weight distribution hitch with integrated sway control (Fastway E2) as the manual for our 2016 Tacoma suggested we needed sway control. I would recommend checking your manual to make sure you are complying with the manufacturers recommendations in case of an accident. It was only $600 for peace of mind!
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:12 AM   #6
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Those custom shields and front box look interesting. Can you tell us more about those. Maybe some more pics?
Here are a few photos of the box, and the damage it has caused to the gel coat
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:47 AM   #7
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We tow a 19’ with a Tacoma �� 2016 TRD 6spd 4wd manual & have towed with WDH & without. Could not get the combo to sway in either configuration, the truck has a pretty good anti sway braking built in to it.
The biggest advantage of the WDH was for the weight it redistributed back to the front axle, with our 19’ Escape the rear axle of the Taco was nearly at it’s rated capacity & the front axle was way light. I confirmed this with truck stop scales, after installing & making some adjustments quite a bit of weight was transferred to the front. Mainly steering felt better & of course vehicle leveled with tow. I also have Sumo Springs installed on the rear. If you go with the E2 Fastway hitch get the sway bracket jacket noise reduction clips. Those things cut out the terrible grinding friction noise from the bars metal on metal surface. Have fun with you new trailer !
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:07 AM   #8
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Brand new escape owner!

When we had out 2009 19’ we towed it with a 2007 Tacoma TRD Double cab while it towed it just fine adding the WDH made a huge difference as the truck and trailer acted as one unit, far less porpoising.
We also added a storage box to our, well to be fair Reace did and he had to move and turn the propane tanks but it was still tight. Must admit the Tacoma and 19 are a sharp looking unit.
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I know you’ll have fun camping as you live in a lovely area with some great campsites, wish I could have spent more time camping there myself instead of working, always liked the cinnamon bread from Paul’s Bakery, it was the best.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:37 AM   #9
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Hi Doug. Congratulations on your new escape! We're currently in your beautiful town at the Riverside park again tonight. You're going to have so much fun with the trailer around here with all the great camping. Can't give you any advice on the truck but come say hi to us in the 17b today if you get a chance.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:24 PM   #10
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Hi For those of you towing with Tacoma’s, do you bother with weight distribution/ sway control? I was planning to buy one right away, but it towed so smooth on the drive home I am wondering if it is required.

I sure hope you have decided to get weight distribution and sway control. Though we have trailered for many years (we just got the Escape 19 last fall) -- I will never forget the 2 different times we had unusual situations on the prior trailers. We had sway control and weight - but not good enough -- and the fear makes the few hundred dollars seem like nothing. Plus our unit is like one (this time we bought the upgraded system from Escape and it is great).
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