I have an '03 Ford Escape with a Class 3 hitch & trailer brakes. The manufacturer's recommended towing capacity is 3500 lbs, with 350lbs tongue weight. I'm considering purchasing a 24' camper trailer that weights 3800 lbs, full.

My question is this: Has anyone else taken their towing capacity to the max, and if so, what were the results? I'm always game for trying stupid things, and I've towed lots of huge things, but never with my wife's car. Am I going to break it?