Towing with a small SUV like Ford Escape

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rjroos
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Towing with a small SUV like Ford Escape

We'll be picking up our Scamp 13 next month, and we're looking for a towing vehicle. For environmental and economic reasons, we want a used vehicle that's adequate for towing, including in mountain country, but no bigger than necessary. We're wondering if anyone has experience towing a Scamp 13 with a Ford Escape or similar small SUV with a 4-cylinder turbo engine. (I understand that the Hyundai Santa Fe, among others, also is available with a 4-cylinder turbo engine.) There's a 2015 Escape that has such an engine with 245 horsepower. The towing capacity is rated at 2,000 lb, which may be kind of borderline. I'd appreciate any observations about towing a Scamp 13 with one of these small SUVs. (If a small SUV won't work, our likely alternative would be the Honda Pilot, which has a V-6 engine and plenty of towing capacity, but it's a tight fit in our garage.)

Anthony Memoli
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Towing with turbo four

When we visited Backus, a couple pulled in with a 13 footer being towed with a Ford Escape turbo 4 cylinder. He said he doesn't even know the camper is behind him when being towed. We pull our 13 with a Subaru Forester 4 cylinder. Not a turbo! It does a good job, but I do know it is behind the vehicle.

Anthony Memoli

rjroos
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Towing with a 4-cylinder

Anthony, thanks for your helpful comments. It sounds like the Ford Escape with a turbo 4 works well. If you don't mind my asking, how does your Subaru do when towing your trailer uphill? 

Robert

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Towing with a Ford Escape

We have a Ford Escape Titanium 2.0 turbo with the factory towing package. We just bought a Scamp 13 and had no trouble towing it home over some mildly hilly country - the turbo does a great job. The factory towing package increases the towing capacity to 3500 lbs, mainly because it includes a transmission cooler as part of the package, Self installed towing packages, even those installed by the dealers, don't have the additional transmission cooler, so, if you're interested in the Escape, I would recommend looking for a Titanium 2.0 with the factory installed package. You can tell if you look in front of the normal radiator, on the bottom you'll see an additional radiator for the transmission fluid.

If you're in mountain country, you have to reduce the towing load by 2% for every 1000 ft altitude above 1000 Ft, so going over a 11,000 ft pass will reduce the towing capacity by 20%, knocking it down to 2800 lbs. This still should easily handle the 13 ft. Check the owner's manual of the tow vehicle you're thinking of buying for any similar altitude restrictions.

Bob