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I have 2 SUVs, 2020 Subaru Ascent limited and 2014 Ford Escape(1.6T, 4WD). I will move to Texas from New York. Is it possible to tow the 2014 Ford Escape with the trailer by Ascent? You know... I do not want to run 2 times from NY to TX......................

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I would imagine there would not be a problem as long as the weight of the Ford Escape + the towing trailer weight together does not exceed the 5,000 lb towing capacity of the Ascent. @Robert.Mauro Additional note: I just did a quick check of the 2014 Ford Escort AND the UHaul car transport weights. Here are the numbers: The curb weight of the 2014 Ford Escape is 3598 lbs (That would be the car without any cargo or folks inside). The UHaul car transport, according to the page below is: 2,210 lbs which together would be (if the numbers are correct, please double check) a total of 5,808 lbs. So, since the towing capacity of the Ascent is ONLY 5,000 lbs, you COULD NOT tow the Escape with the Ascent. Sorry :( Hopefully, someone else will check me and let us know if perhaps I made a mistake. Good luck with the move. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/Auto-Transport-Rental/AT/
 

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Check out this thread for reference:

@Kevin Williams has experience towing a couple different vehicles now!
 

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Check with an auto transport service. Overall it might not cost that much more to have them move the car for you. Plus it might save you some aggravation.
 

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You'd need to wheel on the ground tow it, or empty it of fluids and some additional weight while getting a lighter trailer.

There are suitable trailers light enough, but they're expensive, so, for one time use, they don't make sense.

I am also not sure if you can even tow the Ford with all wheels on the ground. Even if you could, one of the biggest physical problems I see is that the Ford is considerably lower. Also, if this IS a possible option, you must use a brake connect to apply the brakes on the Ford.

Kevin probably has some better advice and input, considering he tows vehicles, and I don't.

But, I am pretty sure that both of us would agree to not exceed tow weight rating for any appreciable distance.
 

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I would advise against exceeding the limits for all sorts of reasons, both physical and societal. But, I would do it if I wanted to, and take it very easy keeping speed down, acceleration down, keeping extra safety margins when following and cornering, things you would do towing anyway, but even more so with heavier loads. Driving that distance under these constraints would be rather tiresome.

That said, I'd really recommend having it transported. I've had vehicles transported a number of times when relocating long distances and it's worth it, IMO. Your drive to TX will be much less stressful and more enjoyable.
 

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Yes, I only towed the Dodge Nitro for 8 miles at city street speeds < 45 mph. I was at a total of 5,500lbs or so.

Nice thing with vehicle towing, you can move the vehicle forward/backward until you get the tongue weight correct.

To stay under the weight limit you'd need a Tow Dolly instead of full trailer (assuming your escape isn't AWD). Unless you can find a place that rents the lightweight car trailers. Some of the aluminum ones are only around 1,100 lbs which would work. It looks like the UHaul tow dolly is also not an option. Weight Limit for FWD is 3,450 which is a bit below the weight of your Escape.

If you can find a combo that works, remember you are towing near the limit, so keep speeds around 55mph and be careful in the mountains and on grades. I'd keep an eye on your CVT temp too just in case.

I did tow my Mustang + trailer (4,500lbs total) over 300 miles to Chuckwall for a race event so it is doable and the Ascent can handle it.

You could even check your local craigslist and see if you can pick up a used aluminum trailer for a decent price, take it across country and then resell it. Even if you take $600 off the price to resell, it'd be about the same as renting one!

Like this one might be doable. It looks fairly lightweight. You'd have to check the weight and also the carrying weight though.

Let me know if you want any more info. I've put 3,500 miles or so of towing on my Ascent (out of 25k), with over half of that near the limit!
 

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Thank you guys. I think I will change another plan.....
I'm happy to hear that. I'm not a proponent of even towing "up to" a vehicle's limit, especially given the expectation in North America of rocketing on at the same speeds as other, non-towing vehicles. Going over a vehicle's limit is to be avoided for so many good reasons.
 
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Also, you'd take a hit on your mpg - based on a reduction of 10 mpg, a 1,500 mile journey, and $2.25 per gallon - that's almost $350 extra in gas that you could put towards using a transport service.
 
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