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Old 01-13-2019, 09:20 AM   #1
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1998 t1850?

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I am looking at a TT that is registered as a 1998 T1850 with weight of 29xx Sunline. But looking at the file section I don't see a model T1850.... I looked at brochures for 1999, 1998 and 1997.
Looking for details, particularly floor plan and specs. From the pictures, in the sale ad, it looks like a M-17B....
The trailer was rebuilt via insurance claim so in great condition.
I drive a 2013 Ford escape with 2.0 eco boost and factory installed tow package, says can tow up to 3500lbs...
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I don't think you can tow a T1850 with an Escape. I have a T1550. I used to have an Escape and I had to upgrade because it was not enough. If you truly like the trailer, you will need to upgrade your tow vehicle. Just MHO. One of the more knowledgeable members will chime in soon.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:32 AM   #3
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Yes I am certainly on the fence about the towing capabilities. I used to have a van so towing was not an issue...plus 3500lbs towing capacity on a 2900lbs travel trailer is certainly iffy.
Certain escapes have much lower capacities, under 2000, but the eco boost 2.0 engine and factory installed towing package bump it up to 3500....in the short term it might be OK until better tow vehicle.

Thanks for your input.
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Yes, no T-1850 in 1998, that ended in '95 I believe.

A '98 T-17B has a GVWR of 4000 lbs, 500 lbs over your Escape's capacity. We generally like to recommend for travel trailers, size your trailer to be a maximum of 75-80% of the tow vehicle's towing capacity. This is because travel trailers are a big box with frontal area that extends beyond the profile of the Escape, which requires more power to tow through the wind compared to a boat, short pop up, or flat cargo trailer.

I happen to have a 2.0 Ecoboost as well and will admit it's a pretty powerful engine. Certainly more than I need for a daily driver. The most I've ever towed with it is a flat trailer with about 20 sheets of 1/2" plywood on it. I've thought about towing my 12 1/2' MC with it, but that's a much smaller trailer, and I have to worry more about frontal drag behind a CD4 car compared to an SUV.

If you do decide to attempt towing it, please make sure to get a trailer brake controller installed in the Escape. The Escape's brakes aren't designed for stopping that much additional weight, especially not in a panic stop. The good news is, with such a small trailer riding on tandem axles, you have a lot of trailer braking power available to you.
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I have a 1984 T1850, love it. My first tow vehicle was the Jeep Grand Cherokee, V8. I just bought a 2012 Ford Van as my new TV and can't wait to focus LESS on the weight in the jeep/camper.

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