Buying a Different TV

Tow vehicle, not television.

My 2012 Ford Escape had a towing capacity of 3500 pounds, a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs, 4 pin wiring, and a 1 1/4″ hitch.

Towing capacity is fairly self-explanatory.  If the trailer weighs more than 3500 lbs, fully loaded with gear and liquids, the Ford Escape could not safely tow.  Additionally, one has to factor in the gear and people added to the Ford Escape.  The tongue weight is the weight that is on the trailer tongue that attaches to the Ford Escape.  Four pin wiring is the kind used for small utility trailers or boats.  All of the trailers that i have looked at require 7 pin wiring, part of which is the wiring for trailer brakes and to charge the trailer’s battery. Finally, the smaller hitch receptacle size was inadequate for using a weight distribution hitch, recommended for smaller tow vehicles like the Ford Escape. Continue reading

Hiking with River Views

After another peaceful night in the Ford Escape,  I was up by 6:15 a.m. and ready to start the day.  The sunset last night overlooked  the Mississippi River.  Below, the sunrise was peeking up on the Wisconsin River. There was still a chill in the air, so I decided to delay coffee and breakfast, getting in an early morning hike. Continue reading