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Old 04-02-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
I just joined the forum. Looks like a ton of information; lots of reading in store!
I am shopping for a travel trailer and just discovered the Escapes. Looks like a great community. My tow vehicle will be a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, which is limited to 3,500 lbs. I hope to find something around or under 2,000 lbs. Small ones are fine. It's just me and my border collie. I have MS and although I'm doing fairly well, A/C would probably be a good idea.
Any comments or suggestions are very welcome!
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Michel in Salmon Arm, BC
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:04 PM   #2
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My buddy pull his Escape 19 with a Hyundai Santa Fe.
I pull a 17B with a RAV4 V6.
He keeps up with me and I've not heard any complaints, although I think he wants more tow capacity.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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A search will turn up info on real world weights and tow vehicles.

We also tow our 15B with a 2012 Santa Fe. Our trailer weighs in at 2,800 with the dual batteries, air, front box and single tank. Although some are towing 17's with RAV's and other 6 cylinders, I think our 15 ready to go, is about max for the Santa Fe. More than the overall weight is the tongue weight. I think with the box, batteries, kitchen, fridge, bath,and grey tank all forward of the axle contributes to the tongue weight problem. We have trouble keeping it at 350. I always have to have a full fresh water tank. An equalizer hitch is necessary even for our 15. On our current trip we were about 16.5 mpg coming through I5 Shasta area but took a hit from Redding to Sacramento in a big wind storm only making 12.5 mpg!!
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard, Micheal.

Even the 15' models will be able to fit you and your furkid just fine. If you are willing to go without the bathroom, the layout of the 15A is one of my favourites.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:25 PM   #5
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My buddy pull his Escape 19 with a Hyundai Santa Fe.
I pull a 17B with a RAV4 V6.
He keeps up with me and I've not heard any complaints, although I think he wants more tow capacity.
Wow, the 19 dry weight is 2,510. That is without extras like AC, propane, box etc. ETI recommends tow vehicle with 4,000 pounds tow capacity. What is his actual traveling weight and tongue weight, I'd be really interested??
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:56 PM   #6
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Can't help. I don't know his weights and he's down in Palm Desert basking in the dust storms. Trailer in storage up here.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:29 AM   #7
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I weighed ours last summer and toungue weight was around 375 and total weight was 3750 lbs headed out of town full water tank.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:38 PM   #8
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I weighed ours last summer and toungue weight was around 375 and total weight was 3750 lbs headed out of town full water tank.
Yeah, I think that is just too much for a Santa Fe unless it was a new one (2014) which has a 5,000 pound tow capacity.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:26 PM   #9
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We tow our 17B with our Toyota Sienna AWD rated for 3500 pounds and it pulls wonderfully. We hardly know it is there (except for gas mileage :0)
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:40 PM   #10
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Thank you so much for all the replies! Awesome group, I'm glad I found this forum! Will carry on on my quest for a TT, preferably no heavier than 2,000 lbs. Cheers!
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