Lots of good comments. First, it's nice to hear of everyone's kind concern...thanks! CPA and Red Dog, I'll echo the same for you guys, especially since we just met. I appreciate your concern and support! Many thanks!!!
Reetired, you're correct. A long string of angry expletives reflexly came out. But, only from me, as my DH is ultra-composed.
In fact, he rarely toots the horn. He leaned on it this time!
Laura, that almost
happened, but thank goodness it didn't!
It was quite a stressful ordeal, and the both of us were very shaken. DH brought it up tonight at dinner, still wondering aloud, "what the heck was that guy thinking?!
Yes, Mark, I imagine the mini van guy was probably counting his blessings as he sat on the side of the road trying to figure out what exactly went wrong. (Laura, maybe HE had pants "problems"!!!)
Ice-Breaker, you're absolutely correct regarding the load distribution. I looked up several expert resources, and this was one of the top contributors to the fishtailing. DH and I are going to research this a bit further, and learn what's the best and safest way to load our Escape for accurate distribution, weight, location, etc.
Now, these experts also said that any excessive tow weight that approaches the vehicle's tow capacity IS a contributing factor (along with a few other things). Even though people with such trailers may not have difficulty in normal driving conditions, there may be times (similar to our situation) where this higher load will be put to the test. Stressing/testing the tow vehicle with a larger trailer weight may prove to be too much, and thus contribute to fishtailing, and other problems.
Jerry, I hadn't realized that some states placed such speed limits on towing an RV. So happy you're "staying safe".
After this experience, I know that I certainly will be very careful, cognizant of the weight and $ behind me!