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Old 07-14-2018, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hello, We are picking up our 2019 Winnebago Minnie Drop 1710 with off road upgrade this Thursday. We are very excited to upgrade to a travel trailer from long ago ground tent campers. We will be towing our Drop with a 2018 Ford Edge Titanium with an E2 load equalizer/sway bar system. Looking forward to hearing from other 1710 Drop owners.
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:30 PM   #2
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I have the Ford Edge Titanium 6 cylinder awd w/ towing package. Need trailer by 8/2019. Considering MiniDrop 17... Would be very interested in your experiences, positive or negative!
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I have the Ford Edge Titanium 6 cylinder awd w/ towing package. Need trailer by 8/2019. Considering MiniDrop 17... Would be very interested in your experiences, positive or negative!
You would be within your weight restrictions. Looks like the Edge is rated at at 3500lbs trailer weight. The 1710 GVWR is 3500lbs. You should be good to go up to that amount as safety standards now include the max trailer weight into them for braking. Used to there was an 80% rule, but that was not 100% accurate (don't you love percentages). Your biggest issue will be tongue weight. Your max for the vehicle is 350lbs and the 1710 starts at 290lbs, which doesn't give a lot of room for carrying. To often people don't pay enough attention to hitch weight... being more concerned with the trailer max weight and what weight the vehicle is rated to tow.
DO get a weight distributing hitch if you are going to be at much more than 75% of your max tow package weight. Generally the accepted advice is if your trailer is heavier than your tow vehicle you need a weight distribution hitch. With the 1710 you aren't quite there, but better to be safe than sorry. I would suggest one of the WD's that have sway control built in.
The Equal-i-zer is well spoken of. We currently use a Husky Centerline TS but I'm looking seriously at the Andersen No-Sway WD. It uses springs instead of a tension bar.

As for the trailers themselves - we have the 1790 and I'm really impressed with the quality of it.

Hopefully the OP will get back on the thread before your time requirement passes.
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Thanks! I do plan to do the equilizer hitch, if I go with one of these trailers (or any other brand). Also, I was hoping to get electronic trailer brakes, but didn't really research if that is an available option on the Mini Drop.
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I was hoping to get electronic trailer brakes, but didn't really research if that is an available option on the Mini Drop.
All Winnebago towables come with electric trailer brakes. You will need a brake controller installed in your tow vehicle to make them work.
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Hi wilddrbill, We finally took our Minnie Drop 1710 on its maiden voyage for 3 nights at Beaver Dam State Park, IL. The Minnie performed well with a few minor glitches because of being newbies. We tow it with a 2018 Ford Edge Titanium with an EcoBoost 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. No swaying with the E2 WD/sway bar system. We also have a Drawtite brake controller. I know we need to keep the weight down since the Edge specs are 3500 lbs. So far we have towed it 300 miles without problems. The real test will be towing it out West.
The short queen bed was adequate for us since I am 6 ft tall. The wet bath/toilet is very small, not designed for large framed people. This was our standard poodle's first
trip and he slept on the floor on his bed. He did good for his first camping outing. We are very happy with our Minnie Drop purchase. We are definitely happy campers!
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