Osco

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Marty
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Location
North Carolina
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2021 Ford Bronco Sport and 2004 Ford Escape AWD
I live in a hilly/mountainous area and I have towed near the edge regarding capacity. The issue of primary concern is braking rather than uphill. I've seen a lot of jackknifed boat trailers behind Tacomas and like, and some compact SUVs, usually on a downhill curve with a decreasing radius. They go into the curve too fast, brake hard, resulting in weight transfer forward. The trailer lifts and pushes the rear of the vehicle off the road, resulting in a jackknife.
This can be avoided with technique, primarily not driving down twisty mountain roads too aggressively and braking hard in the corners, opting to brake prior to entering the corner, and accelerate out of the corner. That helps greatly with weight distribution and control.
Then there is the option of electric trailer brakes with hitch pressure control...
 

Siciliano

Big Bend
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Dave
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Location
Dallas
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2014 Ford Mustang Convertible; 1986 Suzuki Jimny
Thought I'd share my Badlands with a Draw Tite tow bar. The trailer weighs around 1600 lbs. Been using a 4-pin connector and things have been good. Going to upgrade to a 7-pin with a Curt wireless brake controller.

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I just want to tow a mountain bike, are there any options that don't require cutting it up?
 

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