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Old 05-16-2019, 07:44 AM
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Ok don't be too hard on me. Truck is out of commission and I need to move a 27' Grady about 30' from my back yard to my driveway. Is this possible of a 2012 Ford Escape? I put weight at about 9,000Lbs with boat and trailer.
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Hell yeah.
FTR I have a 2001 282 Grady-White Sailfish . I weighed it full of fuel (less 20 gallons) and minus water ,38 gallons and it was 12,490 lbs on the scales . This was unhooked from my truck.
You are probably a little heavier than 9k. Just sayin....
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I would be deathly afraid of smoking the transmission in anything front wheel drive/transverse AWD with that kind of weight.

4x4 ranger/tacoma/etc. with 4 low, no issue.

I would think most local wrecker services would be happy to assist for a very fair price if done on a non-emergent basis.
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Here is a 2012 comparison for you
https://www.thecarconnection.com/car...yota_rav4_2012
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Thanks guys. To be clear, boat will be towed by a more than capable vehicle. I just need to move it 30-feet to my driveway. Yea, I may be off on the weight. It only has about 20-gal of fuel in the main tank.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I would be deathly afraid of smoking the transmission in anything front wheel drive/transverse AWD with that kind of weight.

4x4 ranger/tacoma/etc. with 4 low, no issue.

I would think most local wrecker services would be happy to assist for a very fair price if done on a non-emergent basis.
You realize he said 30 FEET right.
Oh wait a minute he needs an F450 with duals and overload springs, wide load placards trans cooler and the special 18 ply tires
better change out the brakes to. Friction performance carbon metallic at least with slotted rotors for heat dissipation.

Damn you guys crack me up sometimes.
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If you want to PM me, I may be able to help. I noticed you are in North East; I'm in Avondale, PA. I may be able to swing down with my truck depending on your timing.
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I moved a 7500# travel trailer at the deer lease once with a Kawasaki mule, it didn't like it but the trailer got moved and the Mule kept on being a mule....30' move? Yeah do it.
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You realize he said 30 FEET right.
Oh wait a minute he needs an F450 with duals and overload springs, wide load placards trans cooler and the special 18 ply tires
better change out the brakes to. Friction performance carbon metallic at least with slotted rotors for heat dissipation.

Damn you guys crack me up sometimes.
I absolutely understand what he's looking at doing, and have also seen the construction of the tiny transverse transmission that is in the things. Tiny converter, very little cooling capacity, and easy to overheat.

As I mentioned, a small truck, even a 4 cylinder ranger, etc. would be no issue. It's specifically the transverse transmission that is not up to the task of moving heavy stuff, even miniscule distances. They build heat almost instantly under strain. Not horrible vehicles, but no good for this task.
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It’ll be alright unless there’s already an underlying problem with the Escape, its just 30ft.
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May want to stop halfway and let the tranny fluid cool down Thanks for the laugh
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May want to stop halfway and let the tranny fluid cool down Thanks for the laugh
Good chit

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If there is any inline at all I would say no. If it is totally flat then probably OK. I damaged my tranny moving around my Proline 2810 with a small V8 Silverado. Getting up the driveway apron is what caused the damage. Rolling around on the flat area was no problem at all.
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Is the escape hitch bolted to an actual frame or unibody? If connected to a frame you'll probably be fine but I'd be careful if you are on grass to make sure there are no ruts or high junctions onto the pavement to pull over.
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Hook it up, put the Escape in the lowest gear, and see if it moves. Might be less of a problem than you think. You're barely moving it more than a boat length.
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Make sure to video the whole escapade. Maybe invest in a film crew. Per THT, you will cause the deaths of untold numbers of children, you'll blow up the tow vehicle and probably cause irreversible damage to your boat.

Wait.......is this being measured in THT feet? Cuz that would make 30' actually 3'.
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Class III hitch bolted to the frame. At about 1000lb tongue weight I'm little concerned about traction in the grass with a FWD.
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Tucker, I'm over in Elkton. Gimme a shout (PM) and I could probably stop over late Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. I've got an '07 Chevy 2500HD Classic so there's no problem with the weight. However, with all this rain, I can't make any guarantees when it comes to your yard though.
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Originally Posted by tucker99 View Post
Class III hitch bolted to the frame. At about 1000lb tongue weight I'm little concerned about traction in the grass with a FWD.
you will have zero traction unless you invest in some serious fat chicks to put on the hood!
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I'd do it.
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