I am no expert. The following is just what I’d do:
- Your payload listed on the sticker is 1357 lbs. But, there might have been modifications since leaving the factor. To get the correct payload, you will need to weigh the truck on a scale (just the truck, no driver but a full tank of gas). Subtract that weight from the GCWR - and you have the payload. This assumes there are no significant modifications, including change in tire size.
- That is a limit on how much load you can put into the truck. That includes driver, passenger, animals, cargo, hitch, tongue weight of the trailer. See if it all works with what you have in mind.
- Then comes the unknown. There is a Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating - GCVWR - for your truck. It’s not on your sticker. You need some other way of obtaining that. I am sure a Ford dealer could look it up with your VIN number. Owner’s manual might have the answers but I am doubtful.
So, you do need to find that rating. Given that Escapes are fairly light, you will probably be OK but you should know that.