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Old 06-28-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Towing with a Ford SportTrac

Does anyone tow their Escape with a Ford SportTrac? I am considering the 5th wheel and wondering how it will tow?
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

I think the box will be too small for the hitch..but I could be wrong.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

Doesn't that truck have a really short box. I do know that gm doesn't recomend a 5th wheel hitch in the 1/2 ton with a 5ft 6 box due to turning radius. I am pretty sure the explorer sport trac is significantly shorter than 5ft 6".
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #4
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

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Does anyone tow their Escape with a Ford SportTrac? I am considering the 5th wheel and wondering how it will tow?
Hi: Happy Camper...IMHO the Honda Ridgeline and Ford SportTrac are out . The hitch for a 5.0 needs to be located over or slightly ahead of the rear axle. The hitch tie downs have to be bolted thru the box and into the frame. This makes special requirements needed for a composit box truck like the Toyota Tacos.
The 6'1" bed on our long wheel base Crew Cab Frontier seems full of hitch. There's just enough space for a small- to med. sized tool box, or a few large plastic totes. Next time I hitch up I will take some pic's.
Check with Reace at Escape for his thoughts. Regards Alf
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

They have sliding 5th hitch's for short box trucks. You can see them in action on youtube.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:42 AM   #6
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

Hi: gocamp... There's a difference between a shortbox pickup and a really short box pickup though. I have a Husky 16K EZroller slider hitch which we took out of our (6'6") shortbox GMC Sierra and reset into our (6'1") Long bed Frontier. We really didn't need the slider...but I already owned it.
The big issue is with the axle placement and the rear of the cab. Far be it for me to say someone can't have an Escape 5.0. I think everyone should have one!!! Alf
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #7
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

Hammy camper,
Superglide makes an automatic slider for the 5-1/2 ft bed, and so do a couple other hitch mfgrs. It can do 90 degree turns.
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Old 06-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
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Re: Towing with a Ford SportTrac

The issue is getting the center of pressure of the king pin over, or in front of, the rear axle. If you can achieve that and the slider allows you to make tight turns, you're golden. If you can't center the hitch over the rear axle, you're probably out of luck.

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