Nov 14, 2013 - 03:35 PM
Thanks for the question,
The one true way to keep the trailer weight down would be to look at an open utility trailer. However I can completely understand you wanting to have your personal items secure and dry during the move.
The 6x12 Patroit models do have the 980lbs dry weight, as you stated. With an axle rating of 2990lbs, you should be able to haul your 1200lbs of household goods. This is based on taking the GVWR 2990 minus the Dry Weight 980 = MAX Payload possible 2010lbs. Although we NEVER encourage our customer to load the trailer to it's maximium load limit. Your estimate of 1200lbs would put you under the maximum load limit.
I would also encourage you to look at your owner's manual to locate the maxium towing capacity, for the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
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