I don't think the brand of hitch matters much, since it is a competitive market and most companies' products are similar. There are differences in head design and especially jaw design, but I'm not sure they're of much significance with such a light trailer, that will likely weigh about a quarter of the hitch capacity.
I think what likely matters more to the owner are:
- slider or not (and manual slider, or automatic slider such as the SuperGlide)
- mounting system.
I don't know if anyone buying an Escape would install a fixed mount
hitch in their pickup truck, and be stuck with it (or at least the mounting frame) all of the time - I certainly wouldn't.
The most common mounting system involves two rails
which run across the truck bed, supported by brackets under the box. These rails remain in the box when the hitch is removed, which may or may not be an annoyance for the owner - I wouldn't want them, but perhaps could work around them. This system is so common that they are interchangeable between some manufacturers, such as Reese (15/16K models
) and Husky (and even one system from B&W - Patriot
The other system which is gaining popularity is the "puck
" setup introduced by Reese and now available from Ford as a factory option in SuperDuty pickups. Hitches are available from at least Reese (Elite series
) and B&W (Companion OEM
). The four pucks are mounting pads which don't stick up like the rails.
There are also fifth-wheel hitches that sit on the bed floor and anchor to a recessed point in the floor which is normally used for a ball
. The most common example is probably the B&W's Companion
for the Turnoverball
I mentioned the B&W product line a few times in this because they accommodate a range of mounting systems, but in each case the same fifth-wheel hitch head is used.
I would decide whether sliding was needed or not, and then
the mounting system, and only then