I removed the slip plate on my temp trailer, there is no need at all for it with the pin coupler solidly affixed. I have had the combination you are setting up for a year now, and just love it.
I am looking forward to installing the ball funnel on my pin coupler, to give me that wee bit more allowance for lining up to the hitch, as it was not supplied when I bought mine. A local hitch shop was nice enough to just give me one.
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
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