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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-03, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hello i would like to know do u guys think a escort panel van could tow a trailer with a escort sedan on it without any dramas??

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-03, 12:29 PM
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Not any great distance. Salvage trailers are usually about 700kg for a start and Id assume the escort wouldbe 1000? Use the falcon mate

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Hell no
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Get a quote off a towing company. I've found them to be cheaper than hiring a trailer when transporting locally.

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Definitely not. Aside from being illegal because the towed weight would be more than 1.5 times the vehicle weight, it would also be very dangerous.

Stability and braking would be very poor due to the the vehicle not being heavy enough.

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The only slight possability would be a trailer with its on air assisted braking mechanism, and well as the esky wont accomodate the setup no hope, and as said before the weight alone would be a major concern.

I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think

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hmm yeah i dont think so....

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Consult your towbar rating. If the car and trailer exceed it, it is illegal.

I wouldn't recommend tow over a long distance as the panel van could over heat.

Would be even better if you had electric brakes fitted.

Take it slow it should not be a problem. As i said the only limiting factor is the T/bar rating.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-03, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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I was reading my escort manuel and it says it can tow caravans.
Maximum gross laden weight of caravan or trailer
(a) With brakes 544kg
(b)without brakes 453kg

Maximum static caravan or trailer wieght imposed on the vehicle tow bar:
(a) with brakes 54kg
(b) without brakes 36kg

max load imposed on the rear axle of the towing vehicle including static weight of the tow bar 680kg

static wieght of tow bar 13kg
what does this stuff mean
btw its gonna be towing an escort on the trailer from geelong to melbourne if i take it slow like 60 70 ks should i be alright and making sure to brake really early and keepin the car at the right gear??

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It means you'll probably rip the panel van in half, blow up your engine, void your insurance, break the law, and kill someone if you try and tow a salvage trailer with your escort, you won't be able to pull it it, it will be unstable, and you'll probably rip the towbar off the escort.

With brakes means that if the salvage trailer had its own braking system, you could tow it so long as the weight of the trailer is under 544kg - a salvage trailer weighs about 750kg on its own - so your already illegal there.

Ad the weight of another escort, lets say 900kgs and your now up to 1650kgs, which is three times the maximum weight your car can tow.
Static weight refers to the downward leveraged pressure the arm of the trailer puts down on the towbar - which may probably also be exceeded.
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