Hi Geoff, welcome to the site, and congrats on your purchase. Lots of fun times ahead of you now.
Not sure what reading you have done here, but there is an invaluable resource in the past threads. It is worth searching through and reading a bunch.
Your tow vehicle is more than adequate. I would not think you would need a Weight Distribution Hitch, but it would never hurt,.
Not having towed before, it is a good idea to get lots, and lots, of practice. Some have gone to a local driving school in Chilliwack to get a start once they pick up their trailers, and I think this is a fantastic idea. After that spend a bunch of time practising reversing in an empty parking lot. You will catch on.
2017 Escape 5.0 TA (someday soon, I hope
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
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