I pull a two horse trailer with a 2005 Escape Hybrid. Not very far, not
very often, but it does include some hills.
I once pulled a two horse trailer about 10 miles each way with a 1984
Plymouth Voyager 2.6L 4-cylinder. It was pretty flat, and I wasn't very
quick pulling away from stop signs. The Voyager lived many years after
I wouldn't expect to be hauling enough dirt to worry about that.
On the other hand, if the "often" or "far" factor goes up, maybe you should
rent a pickup with the trailer. $50 rental beats $2500 service.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA GPS: 38.8,-122.5
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Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 9:42 PM
Subject: What size trailer can I pull?
Did you check your Owner's Guide?
Here is the information from the OG:
Calculating the load your vehicle can carry/tow
1. Use the appropriate maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR) chart to
find the maximum GCWR for your vehicle type and whether it's equipped with a
trailer tow option.
2. Weigh your vehicle as you customarily operate the vehicle without cargo.
To obtain correct weights, try taking your vehicle to a shipping company or
an inspection station for trucks.
3. Subtract your loaded vehicle weight from the maximum GCWR on the
following charts. This is the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow
and must fall below the maximum shown under maximum trailer weight on the
Trailer towing with your vehicle requires the optional trailer tow
electrical package and may require the use of an additional medium duty
trailer tow option package. Trailer towing puts additional loads on your
vehicle's engine, transmission, axle, brakes, tires, and suspension. For
your safety and to maximize vehicle performance, be sure to use the proper
equipment while towing. Follow these guidelines to ensure safe towing
* Stay within your vehicle's load limits. If exceeded, cargo should be
removed from the trailer and/or the vehicle until all weights are within
* Thoroughly prepare your vehicle for towing. Refer to Preparing to tow in
* Use extra caution when driving while trailer towing. Refer to Driving
while you tow in this chapter.
* Service your vehicle more frequently if you tow a trailer. Refer to
Special Operating Conditions in the scheduled maintenance guide.
* Do not tow a trailer until your vehicle has been driven at least 800 km
* Refer to the instructions included with towing accessories for the proper
installation and adjustment specifications.
If your vehicle is equipped with the optional heavy duty trailer tow wiring,
it is pre-wired for trailer towing. An electrical connector is provided
under the instrument panel for installing a customer-supplied electric brake
controller. Another electrical connector is provided at the hitch. This
connector provides power to the trailer for taillamps, stop and turn lamps,
back up lamps, battery charge, electric brakes (when a customer provided
controller is installed) and ground. The kit included with your vehicle
provides you with adaptors to attach the brake controller and convert the
hitch connector for Class I trailer usage.
Engine Maximum GCWR - Trailer weight range
kg (lbs.) (0 - maximum) -
Van 3.8L 3,175 (7 000) 0-907 (0-2,000)
Wagon 3.8L 3,175 (7 000) 0-907 (0-2,000)
Wagon 3.8L 3,856 (8 500) 0-1 588 (0-3,500)
Do not exceed the maximum loads listed on the Safety Compliance
Certification label. For load specification terms found on the label, refer
to Vehicle loading in this chapter. Remember to figure in the tongue load of
your loaded trailer when figuring the total weight.Towing trailers beyond
the maximum recommended gross trailer weight exceeds the limit of the
vehicle and could result in engine damage, transmission damage, structural
damage, loss of control and personal injury.
If your van was not already wired for the trailer lights, then you don't
have the towing package. Without the towing package, Ford only rates your
vehicle to tow a maximum weight of 2,000 lbs. A yard of dirt is around 3375
lb. The trailer probably weighs at least another 700 lb. So if you are
planning to tow a trailer with a yard of dirt, you will ahve a combined
weight of almost 4,000 lb. This is twice the Ford specified maximum. Sounds
like a bad idea to me. Why not rent a pick-up for a day to haul your dirt?
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