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Old 02-07-2017, 06:48 AM   #1
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Towing a 17B with a 2012 Ford Escape V6 Tow Package

I have been researching weight distribution hitches, sway bars, trailer weights, hitch weights, etc., and have worked myself into a worl.d of doubt with regard to getting a 17B.

The Ford Escape with the V6 and tow package is rated at 3500 lbs. The hitch receiver is 1 1/4", not 2". I learned yesterday that WDHs are only for Class 3 Hitches and not 1 1/4" receivers (Etrailer).

Is the 17B feasible for me without the WDH? I do have all-wheel drive. One of the things I read on the Escape trailer site is that WDH's are necessary with front wheel drive vehicles.

I probably can't talk my wife into both a new vehicle and a new trailer for the next few years.

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Old 02-07-2017, 06:53 AM   #2
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The 4000# rating for the trailer exceeds your 3500# vehicle rating. You can tow, with the correct hitch but you may not enjoy the experience even you keep your weight under 3500# when loaded. What does your owner manual say?
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:19 AM   #3
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John,
Go take a look at Jon Vermilye's spread sheet of owners' actual weights submitted by owners. It shows 8 17Bs ranging from 2660 to 3340 with an average weight of 2974. From what we keep reading the new 17s will weigh a tad more. http://lakeshoreimages.com/spreadsheets/Weight.xls

I wouldn't tow much at all with an inch and a quarter receiver, so at a minimum, plan on a new hitch.

Bear in mind that I'm not advocating that you tow with your current vehicle, just giving you access to numbers.

There have been forum members who have towed Escape trailers with Escape vehicles, but I don't recall what size trailers. If you don't get enough responses, try a search on this site.

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Old 02-07-2017, 08:25 AM   #4
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I completely agree with Bill that you will need a 2" replacement hitch. Baglo and others tow 17B with a 3500# rated Rav4 with a V6. I don't know how your Ford compares, but Glenn has put a lot of miles under his belt with his configuration. In my opinion a WDH would be a must, but you will get others opinions on their use. Loaded weight of our 17B was about 2710# if I recall correctly.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:48 AM   #5
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The 4000# rating for the trailer exceeds your 3500# vehicle rating. You can tow, with the correct hitch but you may not enjoy the experience even you keep your weight under 3500# when loaded. What does your owner manual say?
The owners' manual provides the following for 4wd 3.0L powertrain. Maximum GCWR 7300, maximum trailer weight 3500. The 1 1/4" hitch receiver is the factory installed receiver for 2012 Escapes.

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Old 02-07-2017, 10:07 AM   #6
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On your car door jamb is a yellow sticker which shows your vehicle weight, subtract that from the 7300 to arrive at the trailer weight allowable.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:09 AM   #7
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The factory hitch receiver for my RAV4 at the time I bought it was Class 2.
So, as part of the deal, I specified a Class 3 hitch receiver for weight distribution. The Toyota dealer had it installed, in house, by an aftermarket supplier.
I asked that it be inspected recently during a service and they reported all was good.
I would talk to etrailer.com or search their site for a suitable replacement hitch receiver.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:11 AM   #8
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Size of receiver

From what I'm reading, Class 2 hitches are usually 1 1/4" and have ratings up to 3500 lbs. I'm interested if the people who have towed 17Bs with ratings at 3500 lbs had the bigger hitch receiver.

A scamp 13 may be in my immediate future instead, but not very excited about rivets and build quality compared to escapes.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:42 AM   #9
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The factory hitch receiver for my RAV4 at the time I bought it was Class 2.
So, as part of the deal, I specified a Class 3 hitch receiver for weight distribution. The Toyota dealer had it installed, in house, by an aftermarket supplier.
I asked that it be inspected recently during a service and they reported all was good.
I would talk to etrailer.com or search their site for a suitable replacement hitch receiver.
Thanks for that. That answers one question I had. I talked to Etrailer, and they recommended part 75751 to replace the factory hitch. With replacement, switch to 7 pin connector, and a brake controller, the estimate is $750 installed by a specialty hitch place that was recommended to me. Will think on it some more.
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A scamp 13 may be in my immediate future instead, but not very excited about rivets and build quality compared to escapes.
Speaking from experience with a Scamp 16 and an Escape 17 - the quality difference is very large. I wish I had known about Escape's when we bought the Scamp....

The have been a couple of used Escape 15 for sale here, but they are probably gone already.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f1...tion-9486.html
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