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Old 12-28-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Towing with Ford Flex

We are thinking hard about buying a newer tow vehicle to replace our aging 1996 Suburban. The Ford Flex looks good to us in many ways (4,500 lb towing capacity), but we wonder if it has enough horsepower and torque to pull the Escape 19 acceptably -- especially at high altitude around 10,000 feet. Do you have any experience with a Flex towing a 19, or an opinion regarding how successful it would be?
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:05 AM   #2
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Re: Towing with Ford Flex

A Suburban and a Flex. Do your homework first. I tow my 19 Escape with a 2007 Toyota Tundra 5.7V8. A friend tows with a Highlander V6, and another tows with a 4-Runner V8.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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You're getting close to your towing limit of 4500# with a fully loaded 19'. Our 19' is about 3800# when loaded up for a long road trip. We tow with a 2005 Tacoma without a tow package which is rated for 5000# towing capacity. I wouldn't want to tow much heavier than a 19' Escape. The truck performed wonderfully up and over the high mountain passes of Nevada, Oregon and Washington in mid summer with this combination. The newer Tacomas with a tow package are rated for 6500#, towing a rig up near that limit would be struggle. I would suggest finding a vehicle with a bit more capacity especially if you towing at altitude in the mountains.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #4
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Re: Towing with Ford Flex

Look at engine ratings like torque and horsepower to compare. I know with my Pilot it is rated at 4,500 lb towing capacity, but the GVWR is comparable to other V6's with a 5,000 lb rating. I have no issues at all except for the steepest mountain passes, and slow it down a bit so my revs drop.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:58 PM   #5
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First of all try posting on the fiberglassrv website to see if anyone is towing with the Flex, someone might have some comparable situation .. also like Jim mentioned the GVWR is important as you need to factor in the tongue weight and you & your cargo inside the Flex..it adds up. Does the Flex have an option for towing package with it, something with a transmission cooler and/or bigger radiator..

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Old 12-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #6
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Re: Towing with Ford Flex

Here, I'll help. I know Steve (who worked for Ford in R&D) tows with a Flex: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...awd-45000.html

and here's someone with an EggCamper: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...lex-45496.html

Here's another post by Steve: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...6-a-41150.html

there's probably more... but this may help.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:42 PM   #7
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Re: Towing with Ford Flex

Thanks to all for the responses. We're primarily concerned about the ability of the non-turbo Flex to pull the Escape 19 in the mountains. For example, the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado is above 11,000 feet and there isn't much oxygen available for pulling a 3,500 lb. Escape. With a 4,500 lb tow rating, the Flex should be fine in all other aspects. The tow package includes sway control and an oil cooler. There is an Ecoboost (turbocharged) engine available which would easily pull the 19, but there are quite a few more $$$$ involved.
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Re: Towing with Ford Flex

I pulled my 3000 lb 17B up to the Eisenhower tunnel with my RAV4 (V6 & tow package). Didn't break any speed limits on the way up, but I was still passing trucks. Worst case was down to 40MPH in 2nd gear for part of the haul.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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I pulled my 3000 lb 17B up to the Eisenhower tunnel with my RAV4 (V6 & tow package). Didn't break any speed limits on the way up, but I was still passing trucks. Worst case was down to 40MPH in 2nd gear for part of the haul.
Thanks for the response about the tow through the tunnel -- great data point. The non-turbo Flex has similar horsepower and torque to the RAV4, but weighs quite a bit more. Add another 500 pounds for the Escape 19 and it could be a slow go up the hill.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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I think the Flex has more room to put more stuff too. Thus, more weight.

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