This is an option that very few people would really need. I have not had in on either Escape in over 11 years now, and even with a really steep driveway have never needed it.
Like many options, a lot of folks get it just in case.
For me, it came down to a few reasons not to get it.
- Escape trailers are designed with a raised rear on the frame and offer good clearance
- Keeping the profile of the trailer just that wee bit out of the wind while towing
- I like the look better without
- That 2 5/8" higher first step could be bothersome. I really, really do not want two steps
- I travel lots of dirt and gravel roads and clearance is no issue
- Save the money though not a huge cost
- Easy to do later if desired the need arose.
Reasons I have considered the need to add it.
- by installing my custom rear cargo box and making the decision to keep the weight forward, I moved the spare under the front of the unit. It has been over 2 years now, and with observing clearance in undulating off road situation, it has amazingly stayed well clear of the ground.
But, as with all the options, some may feel different, and many get lots of them just in case.Both options are great for getting out and making memories.