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Old 03-29-2019, 03:33 PM   #1
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will a 2" class III Ball Mount w/sway control tab work?

Just about to finalize build sheet on a 21. I currently tow a 17' Casita with a 2017 Honda Ridgeline using a "Ball Mount w/Sway Tab" for 2" hitches. Will this arrangement suffice for towing our new Escape? Honda recommends not to use a WDH. I realize the Ridgeline is not the ideal TV but that's what we have. Thanks
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:47 PM   #2
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Just about to finalize build sheet on a 21. I currently tow a 17' Casita with a 2017 Honda Ridgeline using a "Ball Mount w/Sway Tab" for 2" hitches. Will this arrangement suffice for towing our new Escape? Honda recommends not to use a WDH. I realize the Ridgeline is not the ideal TV but that's what we have. Thanks

Michael,
If you have the all-wheel drive Ridgeline, the tow rating is 5,000 lbs., and Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is almost 10,000 lbs.
Those numbers will certainly work for a 21.
The V6 is 280 HP, coupled to a 6-speed transmission, so you should not have a problem, even in our wonderful Western U.S. mountains.


If you have 2 wheel drive, you're like us (with a 2011 Honda Pilot), with a 3500 lb. tow rating. It works fine for our 17, but not for a 21.
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Old 03-29-2019, 04:42 PM   #3
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Thank you sir. I do have the all wheel drive. I'm wondering if ETI will install the "ball" receiver for the sway bar on the tongue? I plan on bringing a sway bar to orientation at ETI. My sales person didn't know.
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Hello Michael, another Escape coming to NM. Great! We tow our E21 with a GMC Canyon diesel and it makes a lovely combo. I am unfamiliar with the Ridgeline so no help there but if you have questions about your E21 build sheet or the whole process, we picked up January 14th and just got home a couple of weeks ago from a great trip.
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Hey Lorin- Going to finalize the build sheet on Mon.. Yesterday added the front window and the extra window over short dresser by foot of bed. Figured that more light is good. Our toughest call is the power awning, which I guess we'll go with despite my misgivings. Welcome back to N.M..
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I'm wondering if ETI will install the "ball" receiver for the sway bar on the tongue? I plan on bringing a sway bar to orientation at ETI. My sales person didn't know.
Typically the bracket which goes on the ball mount is just held on by the ball, so installation is trivial. Anyone with a big wrench can do it.

On the trailer tongue end, the installation is exactly the same as the sway control part of the WD hitch with add-on sway control that Escape sells as an option, so they (or the hitch shop which they use) can certainly install it. Of course, you're not buying it from Escape, so they may not include this installation service, which requires drilling multiple holes in the trailer's frame.
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I'm wondering if ETI will install the "ball" receiver for the sway bar on the tongue? I plan on bringing a sway bar to orientation at ETI. My sales person didn't know.

If your sales person doesn't know, why not return the item and get what you need ( installed ) at ETI?
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:29 PM   #8
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If your sales person doesn't know, why not return the item and get what you need ( installed ) at ETI?
I had asked my ETI salesperson about having the sway bar installed and she wasn't sure if it was possible. I called today to get some clarification and ETI's lines were down due to a small fire. So , since I plan on signing off on the final buildsheet on Monday, I thought I'd try to get that information from this forum. Just trying to get my ducks in a row before Monday.
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I think you will be happy with the Ridgeline as your tow vehicle. My plans are to have the E2 hitch installed up in Chilliwack when the time comes.
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Typically the bracket which goes on the ball mount is just held on by the ball, so installation is trivial. Anyone with a big wrench can do it.

On the trailer tongue end, the installation is exactly the same as the sway control part of the WD hitch with add-on sway control that Escape sells as an option, so they (or the hitch shop which they use) can certainly install it. Of course, you're not buying it from Escape, so they may not include this installation service, which requires drilling multiple holes in the trailer's frame.
Pardon my naiveté on this topic, I'm obviously not using the proper terminology. I have a receiver(?) on my truck with the 2" ball and the smaller ball for the sway bar.
All I want to know is if ETI will install the ball that the sway bar attaches to on the trailer tongue end. I'd be happy to buy their sway bar.
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