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Old 04-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #31
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I have just returned from my third trip with the 16XRB, towing with a Ford Edge and an Equilizer E2 WD hitch and anti-sway. I think that setup makes a huge difference. When big rigs pass by on the road there is no effect on sway. Coming from a popup I can definitely tell the TT is back there. I think it must be the additional 1,000 lbs and wind drag as opposed to the popup which was 1,700 dry/unloaded and low profile.

My new 16XRB I bought in February this year weighs 2832 according to the yellow sticker. The Ford tow rating is 3500 lbs. and I think the hitch weight is 350 lbs. While I do not overload the TT with stuff and it is just me and a 30 lb dog I travel with, I can tell I am at the top end of what I can tow with the Edge capabilities. That said, going up moderate inclines wasn't too bad and I didn't feel "bogged down".

Adding family members and their "stuff" would definitely put me over the Edge (capabilities), literally.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:52 PM   #32
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I have just returned from my third trip with the 16XRB, towing with a Ford Edge and an Equilizer E2 WD hitch and anti-sway. I think that setup makes a huge difference. When big rigs pass by on the road there is no effect on sway. Coming from a popup I can definitely tell the TT is back there. I think it must be the additional 1,000 lbs and wind drag as opposed to the popup which was 1,700 dry/unloaded and low profile.

My new 16XRB I bought in February this year weighs 2832 according to the yellow sticker. The Ford tow rating is 3500 lbs. and I think the hitch weight is 350 lbs. While I do not overload the TT with stuff and it is just me and a 30 lb dog I travel with, I can tell I am at the top end of what I can tow with the Edge capabilities. That said, going up moderate inclines wasn't too bad and I didn't feel "bogged down".

Adding family members and their "stuff" would definitely put me over the Edge (capabilities), literally.
So based on your experience with the edge, it sounds like I would be ok with this trailer given the right set-up as far as sway etc.? We really like the 16xrb but obviously we'll need to shop around and take a look at all of the ones we're interested in. I'm trying to think of all the stuff we would pack in the trailer. Maybe we should make a list of what we would take on a typical trip and add up the weight to get a better idea of the cargo.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #33
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By the way, I had my brand new PUP for one year. It was really great but too much hassle to set up and take down by this single female with spine issues. Of course you have family members that can help you so that's a plus.

Also, the bathroom!!!!!! Oh the joy of the 16XRB! The ladies especially will very much appreciate having it, plus a door for privacy. I know PUP models are available with toilets but often they are the cassette type you have to empty often. When I had my PUP I used a porta potty with a trash bag and kitty litter. Effective, but not the best comfort-wise in the middle of the night. In my PUP there was no private place to use it so if I had guests sleeping in the PUP with me it would have been awkward. If you haven't checked out my posts and photos on the 16XRB here I hope you will.

Whatever you decide good luck and I know you'll make the right choice for you and your family. You can't do too much research, so good for you!
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:02 PM   #34
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IMO, if your tow rating is 5,000 you'd still be good, especially with the WDH/antisway.
I'd just choose what you bring wisely as far as extras, which you are already well aware of.

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By the way, I had my brand new PUP for one year. It was really great but too much hassle to set up and take down by this single female with spine issues. Of course you have family members that can help you so that's a plus.

Also, the bathroom!!!!!! Oh the joy of the 16XRB! The ladies especially will very much appreciate having it, plus a door for privacy. I know PUP models are available with toilets but often they are the cassette type you have to empty often. When I had my PUP I used a porta potty with a trash bag and kitty litter. Effective, but not the best comfort-wise in the middle of the night. In my PUP there was no private place to use it so if I had guests sleeping in the PUP with me it would have been awkward. If you haven't checked out my posts and photos on the 16XRB here I hope you will.

Whatever you decide good luck and I know you'll make the right choice for you and your family. You can't do too much research, so good for you!
Yea I was looking at your other threads and starting to convince myself I think we can do it. I saw you're in SoCal, how does the Edge pull over the Vine? Or do you even go that route? I'm mainly concerned with pulling into the Sierra Foothills. I can't remember the elevations we go up to, but if you're familiar with the Sierras we go to Bass Lake & Dodge Ridge areas at least 2x/yr. Sometimes to Pismo going over the coast mountains. Those are my main concerns.
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Actually I will be going over the grapevine in May to Camp James near Bakersfield and then again in June on my way to northern CA and Hendy Woods through mountains so I will let you know how that goes. I have a feeling that I may feel bogged down going over the grapevine. I like to follow big rigs so I can go slow.
My first two trips were at Dockweiler beach - flat and 5 mins from my house near LAX. The 2nd trip at Prado was in Chino and was mostly flat getting to and from there.
This last trip to and from San Diego had inclines along the 5 in Del Mar and again going over the Coronado Bay bridge, so those were short spurts of incline, if that makes sense.

Being new at towing - you'll get the hang of it! Because you are so conscientious in your research I know you'll be a great "tower". When I bought my PUP I drove off the RV lot never having towed before. What a scary thing, but look at me now! And, I am getting better at backing it up. It just take lots of practice. You will make mistakes and EVERYONE does when they are new. But after you've had a TT or PUP for awhile, you'll have the experience and will be able to share with subsequent newbies.
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Great thanks for the encouragement! Looking forward to checking some of these out. I'll keep an eye out on your threads as well. Hopefully soon we'll be posting our first "We got a trailer!" thread lol
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We used to tow an 18 foot Takena trailer with our ford escape that had a 3500lb tow capacity.
We did not tow for extreme distances, or through the mountains and never had any issues with just a WD hitch and no sway control.
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