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Old 07-15-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Its not quite ours yet but, we're in the process of purchasing the X17Z model..deposit is made just going through the motions...excitment is building. I have a 2008 Ford Escape 3.0L. I'm just doing the neccessary checks on the fluid (tranny fluid to be done next week, oil changed today, coolant is good). I know my truck can haul 3500lbs. The unit is say 3000lbs. I'm getting the weight distribution bars and I know not to fill the water tanks etc etc. We were going to get a tent trailer but then the dealer(s) pointed us out towards these hybrids...Am I making a mistake? I mean, is my SUV capable enough to handle this trailer. Although they all say I can handle it, then again..I know they want a sale. Any pointers? thanks in advance!!

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Old 07-16-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Ok its ours now YIPPIE!!!! we're really happy with what we bought
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:46 PM   #3
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Hey SteelCowboy - Welcome to the Jacyo Forum - glad you found us!

I have moved you to your own dedicated post so we can welcome you properly!

There are some really good tow folks out here that can help you more than me....I would just say take it slow and easy and how things go. Do you have an electric brake controller on that model?
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Welcome and congrats on your new trailer!
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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Does the Escape have any kind of " tow package" . Just as it sits I think you marginal at best. Larry
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:15 PM   #6
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The 17Z is a neat unit. Some pictures of mine can be found in my album on this site.

Enjoy it and keep us posted.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:21 AM   #7
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No I didn't get the tow package when I bought my Escape, I am getting the electonic brake installed along with the weight distribution kit.
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The rating of the tires should be a concern along with the rear suspension.We had an Escape and the 3.0 is a great motor, but I don't know how it will be against the drag of the tt. You also have the tongue weight to consider along with the total weight of the tt & tv loaded. Larry
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:37 PM   #9
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I was driving back from Shediac yesterday and of course everyone was coming back from the beaches and camps and I was heading out to take the plunge in the ocean (no trailer in tow). I noticed many small SUV's hauling tandem trailers and trailers that looked much larger than mine on GMC Jimmies and Equinox's. I met a guy today who had a vehicle (forget what it was) but it only had a 2.3L engine in it and he was hauling a 3200lb trailer and he said it was no problem, he looked at my vehicle and said i should have no porblem ..only thing he said was maybe look into getting a sway bar because the trailers with single axle tend to sway more than the tandem. I am kinda worried until I actually try it but many people are saying that I should have no problems hauling this. We don't intend on driving it all over the place yet, maybe a couple 3 hour drive's but nothing like all day excursions until I get used to hauling the tt. I'm in teh process of checking all my fluids...oil/filter --done! Tranny fluid..changeout on Thursday, coolant relatively new (the 2008 Ford Escape has the transmission cooler built in) I did have a leak there last year and it was repaired..a very common thing with the 08 escape (must be a factory defective bolt--so I heard). I'm glad there's a site for Jayco's, thanks for any advice anyone can give this newbie camper

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Yep, you will see many, many strange combinations on the road and pulling into Campgrounds. Some with no WD system and the hitch shank almost dragging the ground, with the vehicle and trailer in a V shape, nowhere close to level.
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