We previously had 17ft. Escapes (two of them); we now have a 19ft. We have been happy to find out that we are getting the same mpg with our 19 as we did towing the 17s with our V8 4-Runner (15 mpg plus; we drive at 60mph or less). We had it weighed a few days ago at a truck weigh station, with the help of the official there, and it came in at 3,080 lbs. Adding the tongue weight of 372, that puts the total weight at just under 3,500 lbs. We think this is quite accurate. The above weight included the following items:
1. both 20lb. propane tanks, full (about 38 lbs. each)
2. tongue box with battery, set-up items
3. roof mount air conditioner
4. food in fridge
5. supplies (clothing, bedding, cooking and eating utensils), etc.
6. optional thermal windows and added insulation
7. all water and holding tanks were empty
When calculating tow weight, you also need to consider the extra weight added to the tow vehicle, not just in the trailer. Most vehicle owner's manuals address this. Here is a good site for calculating your tow weight: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-tt.shtml
Whatever choice one makes in an Escape trailer, you can't go wrong! It becomes an issue of personal preferences when deciding, and of course, what you are capable of towing with your particular tow vehicle. We have found that the 19ft. model is about 500 more pounds than a 17ft. model, but we still are getting the same mpg. towing our 19ft.
Our priority when driving and towing is safety first. There are lots of resources available to help with making this decision. Edmunds has a great basic article about towing (http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-tow-a-trailer.html