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Old 04-17-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Towing with a 2008 Ford Sport Trac

I have a 2008 ford sport trac with the 4.6 V8 has any one pulled a 21 foot with one. Thanks
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:18 PM   #2
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My son had a Sport track with the V-8 (according to the tow rating I've found it's rated at 3,500 lbs) and he was disappointed at the tow capabilities. A 21' with passengers and camping equipment will be easily up to 5,000 lbs. At that point you could be unsafe both to yourself and to others.
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I tow and live in your back yard. Half ton truck with 8k towing a ~4200lb classic 21. It's a comfortable tow, except in heavy cross winds.

My 2 cents is update the vehicle or look at small tear drop trailers or fabled Escape 15 or 13, if the tow rating is indeed 3500lb for your vehicle.
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:09 PM   #4
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My son had a Sport track with the V-8 (according to the tow rating I've found it's rated at 3,500 lbs) and he was disappointed at the tow capabilities. A 21' with passengers and camping equipment will be easily up to 5,000 lbs. At that point you could be unsafe both to yourself and to others.
According to Ford (and no one else's numbers matter), a 2008 Sport Trac is rated for up to 7,160 pounds of trailer (depending of course on option and equipment choices). As the manual explains, this vehicle comes in two levels of towing capability with the same engine: 3,500 pounds or 7,160 pounds with 2WD; 3,500 pounds or 7,000 pounds with 4WD. As I recall, the hitch receiver is integrated with the rear bumper support, and is a 1.25" Class 2 hitch for the lower capacity, and a 2" Class 4 hitch for the higher capacity.

Hitch load limits from the manual:
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Class II receiver: 350 lb. (159 kg)
Class III/IV receiver: 500 lb. (227 kg) (weight carrying); 740 lb. (336 kg) (weight distributing)
The Class II hitch is not sufficient for an Escape 21' (or for most Escape 19's, or even most Escape 17's). Norm (campingrus), I hope you have the 2"-size, Class 4 version.

Just to be clear, any danger would result from towing above the rating provided by Ford, potentially resulting in a lack of sufficient control... not from a lack of performance. In this case, since the capacity is related to the hitch (and possibly powertrain changes such a fluid coolers), the risk of exceeding capacity with the 3,500 pound version would be hitch failure (very bad) or loss of reliability (expensive but typically not dangerous).

The perceived lack of performance (in the opinion of one owner) is not a danger - any loaded heavy transport truck hauling 40 tons with less than 600 hp accelerates much more slowly and climbs grades much more slowly than a Sport Trac with a 292 hp engine and even a 5,000 pound trailer.

The second-generation Explorer Sport Trac has longer wheelbase than any SUV, and both more power and higher tow rating than most SUVs used to tow Escapes. It seems like a pretty reasonable match to any Escape (other than the 5.0 or 5.0TA) to me.
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:16 PM   #5
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The second-generation Sport Trac is a "half-ton" truck. It is narrower than a "full-size", and similar to the current Colorado/Canyon.

I agree that a Sport Trac without the higher towing rating is not for any current Escape, although it could certainly handle much more than a typical teardrop; it would be very capable for a 13' or 15' Escape, for instance. On the other hand, if owning and liking a Sport Trac and wanting to tow a travel trailer, I think it would make sense to trade it for another Sport Trac which is more appropriately equipped, rather than severely limit the trailer choice.
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Thanks for taking time out to research that info Brian.
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:24 PM   #7
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In a quick search of the forum, I found that most discussions of towing with a Sport Trac were about towing the fifth-wheel Escapes - it's not suitable for that.

The one discussion that I found about towing a non-fifth-wheel with a Sport Trac was this one:
Buying a new Escape 19
This forum member had a Sport Trac with the proper towing package, but the smaller engine, and was buying a 19'. That seems like a good match, but there wasn't any follow-up, and the member has not been back for the forum for over four years... but might still be reachable by email.
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Thanks for taking time out to research that info Brian.
Some research, some from memory. I have always found the Sport Trac to be an interesting and misunderstood vehicle.
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I was actually looking at buying a used one a few years back, but bought something else.
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the sport trac is a AWD rated for 7000 lbs and has a class111 hitch factor installed.
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