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Old 08-05-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Towing with a Ford Escape

Hello, I'm a new member preparing to take delivery of my new 17B. My question to all you experienced RV'ers is this: Can my Ford Escape (automatic with overdrive) do the job? I don't really want to change my tow vehicle, as I just love the Ford Escape and would like to hear from other people who use it for towing. Supposedly it can tow up to 3500 pounds, but surely a fully loaded 17B must be getting close to the Ford Escape's towing limit. Is an equlizer hitch a must, and is a sway-bar a must have item for safety? I would really appreciate any tips or opinions. Thanks you.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: Towing with a Ford Escape

Questions that will help us provide you with an answer:

What year is your Ford? Was it originally bouight in Canada or the US? What engine does it have? Is it all-wheel-drive?
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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My Ford Escape is a 2002, with a six cylinder engine, automatic transmission with overdrive, and was bought in Canada. I have been towing a 13' Casita Deluxe with it, but I always felt that maybe it was "pushed around" a bit by the Casita which weighed 2200 pounds dry. I did not have an equalizer hitch but I did have a sway-bar. Maybe I'm just being a bit too cautious, I don't know. I am grateful for any advice I can get. Thanks. Gabe
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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Re: Towing with a Ford Escape

Welcome gabe and congratulations.
My Sienna has a 3500 # towing capacity and though I have to put it in a lower gear up the steeper inclines, we seem to do well. I have a WDH, but have no need for a sway bar. The "Suite Escape" (also a 17B) tracks beautifully even when big rigs zoom by.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:55 PM   #5
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Sorry, I forgot to answer your last question. It is a 4X4 which seems to have some kind of automatic mechanism for going into 4X4, though it can be locked into permanent 4X4. I'm not sure whether it is normally an all wheel drive or not, but there is a switch on the dash labelled "automatic" and "lock" for the 4X4. Is that helpful information? Gabe
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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Thank you Sandra. What is a Sienna? Is it a truck or an SUV or what? gabe
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:04 PM   #7
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Re: Towing with a Ford Escape

"Pushed around" seems like your brake controller is not set right. Your brakes should be set so that the trailer stops the trailer and the SUV stops the SUV.

(I find that my answers tend to be curt - don't take that personally.)

A Sienna is a Toyota minivan.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:17 PM   #8
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Re: Towing with a Ford Escape

Anna-Marie, who goes by amirie here, uses an Escape to haul her Escape. (I don't know whether she does the driving). I am sure that you will get an answer from her when she next logs in. In the meantime, you might search her posts.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:21 PM   #9
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Re: Towing with a Ford Escape

Thanks, Ron. By 'pushed around" I mean not necessarily when I brake, just when I hit a bump in the road or take a fairly sharp corner. Maybe that is natural, I haven't been towing long enough to know that, and I don't tow past 100kph. Actually, the brakes seem to work very nicely, but going around some bends and hitting some bumps can be scarey for me. That is why I was questioning whether the Ford Escape is really up to the job or not. Thanks again. gabe
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Hi: gabe... I have not tugged with a Ford Escape but I did pull a 13' Boler with a V6 Taurus Wagon. What I think some overlook with regard to towing spec's. is wheelbase!!! If it were me, I think the Escape 4X4 would benefit from the EQ. hitch and Sway bars due to its short wheelbase. Just my $0.02 worth. Alf
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