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Towing a Trail Lite trailer Rose Kronsperger 7-9-09  
I bought a 2010 22 ft. Trail Lite trailer because I was told my 2006 Ford Escape could "tow it easily." Guess what? It can't--constantly revved to 4,000 rpms just going up an incline and getting on the expressway was a nightmare in and of itself. The dealer is giving me the song and dance about "that's what the Ford Escape manual says it can tow" but it seems to me that they should have a little bit more first-hand information if they're selling these things. Now I'm stuck with it and have to sell it after not even being able to use it once!! Any comments/suggestions from anyone on what I can/should do? I'm at my wits end.
Re: Towing a Trail Lite trailer Don Williams 7-31-09  
I am sorry to hear that you were lied to by your dealer. My Trail Lite is a 32 foot toy hauler and I tow it with a Dodge 1500 Quad Cab Hemi. The Dodge does just fine. However, the dealer definitely lied to you. I'm guessing your 22 foot trailer weighs in a just under 4K dry without anything in it or any accessories on it. I'm also guessing that your escape is rated to tow 4K or less. It is also has a fairly short wheelbase and therefore is also too short a vehicle to pull a 22 foot long trailer. You really only have two choices. Either you sell the trailer for whatever you can get out of it, or you find a different tow vehicle. A alightly larger SUV or a half ton pickup would do the job easily. I guess you have to decide whether the camper or the Ford Escape means more to you.

In choosing a tow vehicle, remember that the dry weight of a trailer does not include any options or accessories. It also does not include any personal gear, water,or other items you bring with you. Your towing capacity is also dimished by the number and weight of people and other items you carry in the tow vehicle. I searched quite a while to find a trailer I could pull with my truck when it is loaded up. Since I wanted a toy hauler, I knew I would be loading a motorcycle, or utility vehicle or golf cart in the trailer. That adds 1000 pounds right away. My trailer's dry weight is just under 6K and my truck can pull 8500 pounds, so I left myself room to spare.

If you are determined to keep the Escape, then you might look at a trade for a nice folding camper. We used Coleman fold downs for years and got wonderful service from them.

Trail Lites are good trailers. If you decide to keep yours, you might want to check out the R-Vision camping club web site. You can find it with a google search. Here is the link:
http://www.r-visioncamping.org/index.php

Don't know if the link will work for you. Maybe you and cut and paste it in the address line.

Best of luck solving your difficult dilemma

Don Williams
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