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Old 09-14-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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Greetings;
New to the forum and considering a 19' for Spring. Anyone towing with a Chevy Equinox or similar with a 6 cyl. motor? Form stats on camper and Equinox is looks marginal. I think it would work if I don't overload trailer, use leveling hitch, and drive reasonably. What are your opinions?

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #2
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Greetings;
New to the forum and considering a 19' for Spring. Anyone towing with a Chevy Equinox or similar with a 6 cyl. motor? Form stats on camper and Equinox is looks marginal. I think it would work if I don't overload trailer, use leveling hitch, and drive reasonably. What are your opinions?

John
Welcome,

I believe the Chevy Equinox would not be a good choice for a 19 see the spec page here :Available 3.6L V6 engine delivers best-in-class 301 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque, and gives you the power to go from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds with AWD or even tow up to an impressive 3,500 lbs.† when properly equipped. 2015 Equinox: Fuel-Efficient SUV | Chevrolet

My 19 Sticker states 1818 KG ( 4008 Lbs ) trailer weight cargo 386 KG ( 851 Lbs) .I use a Tacoma Dbl Cab Short bed 6500 lb tow rating though ,I would never want that much on the back and it is also dependent on where you will tow flat vs mountains etc.

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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Hello,

We are wrestling with what type of vehicle we should look at to tow our new 17B. What is a realistic weight we should look at?

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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Here you go ,

Thanks To John V for posting this. Trailer Weights in the Real World

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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We are wrestling with what type of vehicle we should look at to tow our new 17B. What is a realistic weight we should look at?

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David
For what it is worth, we towed our 17b with a Toyota Sienna. The towing capacity (with a tow package) was 3500 lbs. It was just fine, uphill and down hill, and on several very windy days. We go 55-60 MPH. We also used a weight distribution hitch.
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John, I’m having the same issue, will my tug be sufficient to pull the trailer? For what I was originally looking at it would have been quite marginal at best. Can it be done? Perhaps but at what price to your peace of mind and the wear and tear on your vehicle?

Others here are much better informed and should soon be offering a more educated reply.
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:00 PM   #7
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Thanks Cypher for your input. Will have to do more research. John
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:02 PM   #8
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No worries , if you want to see one live contact ETI they can give you some references to folks near you who will show you their trailer.

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Old 09-14-2014, 02:08 PM   #9
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Hi Dave and John

You asked for opinions so here is the reasoning Liz and I used: We are new to towing and wanted to be conservative. I had heard horror stories about a friend and his family being pushed down the Coq and wanted nothing to do with that or to have the constant concern about our tug making a hill, or if that last item we put into the trailer would push us into an unsafe situation. So our tug is a Nissan Frontier (6200 lb limit) and we tow a 17b.

We've just returned from a trip starting in Chilliwack (where we store our Egg) to Merritt, BC across to Peachland, to Manning Provincial Park then back to Derby Reach by Fort Langley. This put us into all types of towing situations, up and down high summits, lots of twists/turns on mountain highways, driving through small towns and in city traffic.

We never felt "pushed" going down 9% declines although we certainly were aware the 17b was behind us. Going up the Coq (quite the incline) the Nissan slowed down but we never felt that the truck was being overly taxed.

You can guess what our advice will be: don't bother pushing the limits, be conservative. Especially if you are new to towing. For newbies learning how to back the thing up, learning how to drive safely in traffic, learning about the multiple systems within the trailer itself is enough. Even with our safety cushion in terms of towing capacity we still had to be aware of how we placed items within the trailer and truck bed because that had an impact on towing.

FYI - we are just back from our 11 day maiden voyage. I hope to post some reflections of our experience with the Escape systems for any other interested newbies (we love the solar). A heart felt thanks for all the advice we've received from our fellow Escape Forum members.
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Old 09-14-2014, 02:20 PM   #10
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I ordered a heavy duty tow vehicle to tow a 17 ft. Casita that we were sure we were going to get. We then discovered Escape after we had the truck and were sure it was going to be the 19. After comparing trailers we ended up ordering a 21. Just be sure to have some capacity in reserve as things will weigh more than you think. And Reace still recommended a weight distribution hitch with the final setup we will have. He said it eliminates "galloping" My concern is high winds out on the great plains. Loren
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