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Old 10-03-2016, 08:36 PM   #11
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There are a number of owners on this forum who are successfully and safely towing an Escape 21' with a 5000 lb tow capacity V6. That is not the real issue here. The problems with trailer sway as described by the OP are usually related to improper load distribution on a trailer rather than tow capacity of the tug.
Makes perfect sense to me.

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Old 10-03-2016, 08:39 PM   #12
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Thank God for you guys being able to avoid an accident!
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:36 PM   #13
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California law limits trailers being towed to 55 mph ( 60 without a ticket ). Many times I have cursed having to drive so slow, but in retrospect, I feel that even 55 can be too fast for the circumstances. Drive with awareness. There's a lot of weight and money behind you.
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Old 10-03-2016, 10:20 PM   #14
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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!
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:48 AM   #15
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Hi Addie,
Thank you for sharing your "narrow escape" from an accident. Reading about your experiences can be a great learning experience for us all. Thank you for sharing!


I too, as a newbie, had a very narrow escape from a severe accident after returning from the Escape Rally last year in Osoyous. I'd like to share with others so all may learn. I hope this thread can stay alive so we all can learn and live with out trailers longer.


Its late and tomorrow I have an early work day (you have no idea how much I'm jealous of you Reeetired folks) so I will tell my story tomorrow night.


All take care,


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Old 10-04-2016, 10:15 AM   #16
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avoid accidents

A tongue scale will let you know just how safe you are loaded after you have weighed the total trailer.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:38 AM   #17
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A tongue scale will let you know just how safe you are loaded after you have weighed the total trailer.
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Thanks. We'll do so!
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:46 AM   #18
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If you ever experience fishtailing which is very rare in these trailers, but still can happen, take foot off gas and do not hit your vehicle brakes. At the same time throw the manual trailer brake lever on your brake controller and it will bring your trailer back under control. Had this happen only once towing a Scamp 13 going down a huge mountain pass and it's amazing how quickly this regains control of the trailer and restores normalcy.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:52 AM   #19
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If you ever experience fishtailing which is very rare in these trailers, but still can happen, take foot off gas and do not hit your vehicle brakes. At the same time throw the manual trailer brake lever on your brake controller and it will bring your trailer back under control. Had this happen only once towing a Scamp 13 going down a huge mountain pass and it's amazing how quickly this regains control of the trailer and restores normalcy.
Whoah - good to know.

I dont know if I would have thought of that.

I'll have to do pretend (sitting in the living room) drills with my family, so we all know what to do.

It is amazing what happens when you practice a few times before a crisis.... the brain will likely remember what to do!
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:25 PM   #20
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If you ever experience fishtailing which is very rare in these trailers, but still can happen, take foot off gas and do not hit your vehicle brakes. At the same time throw the manual trailer brake lever on your brake controller and it will bring your trailer back under control. Had this happen only once towing a Scamp 13 going down a huge mountain pass and it's amazing how quickly this regains control of the trailer and restores normalcy.
Greg, I wasn't aware of this, and how it can regain control. Thanks for this very Important bit of information! Don did press on the brakes during our weekend mishap, but he did so very gently, which did regain some control for us. But I will explore this method more closely.
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