Is it possible to tow any of the Tolman designs with a ford Escape. I have asked on other forums about a different boat design and there are concerns of windage and weight.
I am trying to find a lightweight design I can use as a vacation trailer/boat for use on rivers and lakes in the NW.
The correct answer is yes, you can pull any Tolman model provided boat and trailer combined weight, and all other weights on the vehicle are within the vehicle manufacturers requirements. You should have brakes on the trailer if combined boat and trailer weight exceed 2000 pounds. Most importantly, you should not drive like a typical American driver at freeway speeds.
If you don't want to consider these requirements then get a big, heavy, powerful truck and drive in any fashion you want with no concerns. That's the way most Americans go, and they tow at unsafe speeds.
I pulled my Standard with a four cylinder Ford Ranger. I pull my Widebody with a 4 cylinder Nissan Frontier. I do wish that I had gotten the 6 cylinder Frontier because I could carry more sand and gravel in it, and have more passenger room, but for local towing of the Widebody it's OK. For continual long distance towing the sx cylinder Frontier would be more suitable.