GPSman1 does tow heavier loads than expected or recommended for the FEH. He also has his trailer brakes that work in tandem with his vehicle. I believed he tapped into a "green" brake wire to make this work. It may take him a while to respond as he is on the road working.
Eric, what are you planning to put into the U-Haul and do you know how much weight this will add? Do you have experience towing loads such as this? What Interstate route(s) are you planning to utilize and what is the terrain? Would it be safer and easier to rent a U-Haul truck to carry the household stuff and pull the Escape Hybrid behind it?
2005 4WD Escape Hybrid
Best Interstatetank trip E20 MPG 34.6 for 271 miles along I-80 in Indiana and Ohio. May 2008
Best multiple road tank trip E20 MPG 36.2 for 202 miles in Southwestern Pa. July 2008.
Best multiple road tank trip E50 38.1 MG for 246 miles in Northern Wisconsin Aug 2012
I have my Q endorsement for Fire Apparatus, and experience towing boats and landscaping trailers...so I think that qualifies :-)
I am not planning on moving the whole house this trip, just a few key items such as a futon frame, futon mattress, and a fair amount of art, and random boxes with linens.
I like the covered models that U-Haul rents, as that would protect the cargo from the elements, and make it much easier when we stop to eat etc. The plan is to drive straight through as we have done in the past, takes about 23 hours. This would be using major highways, mostly 95 after we get out of New York.
30 yrs military service, 19 moves, usually a double axle 6x12 uhaul behind a Suburban. Comfortable, but upper end of capability for a Suburban (1/2 ton).
An FEH with a double axle 6x12 behind it? Like a dog that finally catches the car... what does it do now. Bad idea...
Towed a uhaul single axle 5x8 last summer w/an 06 FEH, comfortable, no sweat, even on the steep grades (like the 7% x 7 mile grade in WV on I-64). Don't push the speed or acceleration, but an 06 FEH has the gumption unless you're hauling uranium.
Watch the lights. You need a separate supply for the trailer lights. Otherwise the "smart" circuit monitors will turn off the marker lights & turn signals on you because it thinks you've got a ground.