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Using my Ford Escape.....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by shocker5oh, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I plan on using my ford escape to pull my 7 x 16 ft trailer...its a 6 cylinder 4x4 does anyone think this would be a horrible idea? I have plenty of time to figure out what to drive but I figure the gas will be alittle better on it
     
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Pick-ups are nice because of the storage that you have in the beds. You are able to put grass, leaves, mulch, dirt, tools, etc. in the bed. It is not uncommon to see companies using commercial vans and some SUV's to pull their trailers. Pick-ups are nice because of the storage and capacities that they have but you shouldn't have any problem by using a ford escape.
     
  3. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Thanks for the quick response...any pointers for a beginner? Will be starting up in spring 09 so I've got some time for planning and prepping...
     
  4. Shaun13

    Shaun13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Are you sure the 6 cylinder can pull a 16ft trailer loaded with equipment?
     
  5. Merlin300

    Merlin300 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 156

    I'm not sure the MPG will be much better than a truck. Reason being is, the Escape will have to work HARD to pull that weight. For a truck, the weight isnt really an issue. The extra maintence with having smaller brakes may be more dollars in the long run.

    Good luck in your endeaver.
     
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    It'll pull it, but will it stop it?
     
  7. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    So you reccomend getting a trailer with brakes???
     
  8. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    No he's telling you DONT DO IT.....

    If you check the manafacture's recomand towing weight for that car.

    it should give you all the answers you need to know....



    P.S. I hope you have GREAT insurance because YOU WILL BE SUED.....
     
  9. shocker5oh

    shocker5oh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Hey thanks pal
     
  10. railman

    railman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    its always better and easier to use the right equipment for the job.
     

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