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Old 03-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Towing with a class A gas.

We have recently purchased a 2008winnebago Sightseer on a Workhorse chasis with the 8.1Vortec V8. We own two Ford cars, a 2004 Focus w/auto & a 2005 Escape w/auto & AWD. Neither one can be flat towed according to Ford & MH magazine. Can I tow the Escape on or in a trailer. What is the cost as far as cargo capacity, fuel economy and RV park access? I am thinking reduced wear on the toad and more toad options. I am also weighing the cost of "toad" gear vs trailer. Thanks. IRV2 is the best resource I have found regarding these matters
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Depends on how much weight trailer and car would be, and if your rig is capable of that plus tongue weight.

Offhand I would guess you need to dolly it. But I know others more informed will jump in on this.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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I have the same chassis, 500lb tongue weight, 5000lb load. I have a 2012 ford focus I will be towing.
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I realize you said "I am also weighing the cost of "toad" gear vs trailer"
But there is a way to tow those vehicles.
http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php

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Your least expensive option is a dolly with surge brakes for the Focus. Since the Escape is AWD your limited in options. Trailer + Escape will most likely be over your 5000 lbs towing capacity. Escape + tow bar + aux braking system + lube pump = $$$$.
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If you are new to towing, I suggest you look into renting a trailer from U-haul or other rental companies until you decide which method is best for you. I think the advantage of being able to back up is a big benefit to those just starting to tow a vehicle. As stated earlier, be sure to stay within your weight limit. Just my $ .02.
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Ford-Trucks.com says the Escape AWD is just over 3,400lb. That gives you 1,600lb for an auto transport trailer. That's actually a lot of trailer. Look for aluminum or wood decked trailers and you should be fine.
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