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    the 95 ZJ has a 4,950 lbs. GVWR so it is over 5000 lbs when I get in it so the escape and dolly are still lighter together than the ZJ and I did have a 7 pin trailer connector and electric brake controller but they stole the 7 pin connector when they stole the jeep but they left the $150.00 brake controller behind sitting on the seat unhooked and I had to do was clip it back in and plug it back in. But I haven't had a chance to put the new 7 Pin connector back on right now it only has the 4 pin connector ( reason why? ) when they installed the brake controller they didn't bother matching up the wire colour so I have to figure out where the extra 3 wires go on the 7 Pin connector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratexpress1369a View Post
    pull the driveshaft out when you get it on the dolly
    hey why don't you come do that for me and have fun trying LOL it is a FWD so no shaft to pull

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferretman View Post
    the 95 ZJ has a 4,950 lbs. GVWR so it is over 5000 lbs when I get in it
    I don't think you understand what the GVWR. That is the maximum weight the vehicle is allowed to weigh according to the manufacture. The GVWR in no way is a reflection of what the vehicle actually weighs. A bone stock ZJ is more like 4000 LBS empty.


    Quote Originally Posted by ferretman View Post
    But I haven't had a chance to put the new 7 Pin connector back on right now it only has the 4 pin connector ( reason why? ) when they installed the brake controller they didn't bother matching up the wire colour so I have to figure out where the extra 3 wires go on the 7 Pin connector.
    The extra 3 circuits on a 7 pin connector are for battery positive power, trailer brake signal from the brake controller and the last circuit is an auxiliary circuit most commonly used for reverse lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferretman View Post
    anyone see any problems towing the escape with the 02 Montana that I should watch out for??
    I honestly can't tell if this is a serious question or not....
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    fastest tow truck i have seen and so simple to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTD NUT View Post
    I don't think you understand what the GVWR. That is the maximum weight the vehicle is allowed to weigh according to the manufacture. The GVWR in no way is a reflection of what the vehicle actually weighs. A bone stock ZJ is more like 4000 LBS empty.

    Well yes I admit that i am still learning things and this is the first time I am towing in this configuration and that is why i was asking


    The extra 3 circuits on a 7 pin connector are for battery positive power, trailer brake signal from the brake controller and the last circuit is an auxiliary circuit most commonly used for reverse lights.
    Thank you that will be very helpful when i get home as well.

    As for this trip not bad so far but hit snow north end of Toronto last night but today got the escape loaded and parked at a friend's place for the night. So we are just having a relaxing night before picking up my son tomorrow and the escape. Then off we go home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer Joe View Post
    I honestly can't tell if this is a serious question or not....
    Ummm ya it is a real question because they rented the dolly with no problem using that configuration but was a dead no for using the jeep. Idk but that's why i asked.

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    I have seen a few posts of people doing this but never thought it was a good idea so didn't both reading further on it. I don't think i would try it myself.

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    Great just what i need to wake-up to. Everything is covered in a couple inches of snow just great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferretman View Post
    Ummm ya it is a real question because they rented the dolly with no problem using that configuration but was a dead no for using the jeep. Idk but that's why i asked.
    Very well. I see plenty of obvious problems with towing a Ford Escape with a Pontiac Montana. The combined weight of the towed components (3,100lb vehicle + 750lb trailer) exceeds the rated towing capacity of your 12+ year-old minivan.

    IMO, this is a bad idea and you should not do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer Joe View Post
    Very well. I see plenty of obvious problems with towing a Ford Escape with a Pontiac Montana. The combined weight of the towed components (3,100lb vehicle + 750lb trailer) exceeds the rated towing capacity of your 12+ year-old minivan.

    IMO, this is a bad idea and you should not do it.


    well a little late now but I did it with no problems except I think the exhaust didn't like the trip. noisy as hell now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferretman View Post
    well a little late now but I did it with no problems except I think the exhaust didn't like the trip. noisy as hell now.
    I'm glad your poor decision did not result in anyone getting harmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer Joe View Post
    I'm glad your poor decision did not result in anyone getting harmed.
    hey I wanted to at least use the jeep but they would only let me use the van but I was smart enough to take the back roads over the top of Toronto and stick to 80 or less all the way. I didn't want anything to go wrong myself. But as for the trip down it was a pain in the ass because the empty dolly liked to bounce a bit. On the way back on the other hand the van and dolly with the Escape on it handled great at some points it was like it was almost not there. I gave y self a lot of time to slow down and turn as well and if traffic built up behind me every now and then I would pull over if I could and let them go by and it gave me a reason to stop and stretch my legs.

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