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Old 07-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #169
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I understand most people have the tow package from reading through these pages. I didn't plan to tow with this vehicle which was my mistake. Trying to do math at this point and figure out what t i can handle with class 3 , wdh, sway, and trailer brake. I see oneford is doing it successfuly which is good to see.
I'd talk to the service manager and parts department and find out what really is in the tow package. They may be able to activate the antisway - certainly worth asking.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #170
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Tow package includes,

1)Bumper cut out for hitch,
2)electronic trailer sway control , This feature automatically determines from the motion of the vehicle if the trailer is swaying and takes measures - such as applying precise braking or reduced engine torque - to help keep both the vehicle and the trailer under control.
3) Class II Hitch
4) pre wired 4-pin trailer conector

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anti sway feature can not be activated if ordered without tow package.
Dealer will not install items that are included with "tow package" if originaly ordered with out "tow package".

My escape is a whare of the trailer when hooked up and will display if any where they are located lights burned out. This may also be a feature of tow package?
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #171
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Just so y'all know, we bought one today. Ruby Red, 2.0 Ecoboost with the factory tow package. will take delivery probably Monday.

Now, on to the ParkLiner (after selling a few other toys)...

By the way, my thanks to Daniel (OneFord) for all the help and advice. For good gas mileage combined with tow capacity, drivability and a few other things, this vehicle is the way to go compared to anything else we looked at.

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:59 PM   #172
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but others have reported choosing to skip the tow package (on various vehicles) even though they intended to tow. I don't get that...
I thought the same as you and was going to get the $600 package on my truck…but it came with electric mirrors only, which required a $1800 package…but that package wasn't available on a base model, which required jumping up another $2000 to the next model. So a tow package was basically $4400 more. I figured I could put a hitch and tranny cooler/gauge in and save a bit of coin for that price.

I would like to talk to the idiot that came up with that. To me, the stripped truck is the one most likely to be used for work.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:34 PM   #173
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I thought the same as you and was going to get the $600 package on my truck; but it came with electric mirrors only, which required a $1800 package; but that package wasn't available on a base model, which required jumping up another $2000 to the next model. So a tow package was basically $4400 more...

I would like to talk to the idiot that came up with that. To me, the stripped truck is the one most likely to be used for work.
Yes, in some cases option bundling and dependencies make the $600 towing package not a $600 choice, and I can see skipping it. The "idiot" may be a genius, if enough people are manipulated into upgrading!
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:30 AM   #174
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Frank, you don't mention a weight-distributing hitch (WDH) but Daniel is using one (an Anderson No-Sway). Any commercially available WDH will require a 2" hitch receiver, which is usually a Class 3 (or higher) product. If the Escape only comes from the factory with a 1.25" receiver (which is likely) and a WDH is used, an aftermarket 2" receiver would be required.
Ford's tow package for the 2013 Escape includes a Class II hitch with a 2" receiver opening. Never heard of this before, as I thought all Class II hitches were 1-1/4". Not in this case.

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Old 07-26-2013, 07:41 AM   #175
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Receiver style hitch :Any hitch with a receptacle (typically 1-1/4" or 2") which accommodates inserts such as drawbars, ball mounts, or bike racks.

Class 1 (Class I) trailer hitch :Trailer hitch with capacity of up to 2,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 200 lbs tongue weight. Class 2 (Class II) trailer hitch :Trailer hitch with weight-carrying rating of up to 3,500 lbs gross trailer weight and 300/350 lbs tongue weight. Class 3 (Class III) trailer hitch :Trailer hitch with weight carrying rating of up to 5,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 500 lbs tongue weight. Also sometimes used to refer to a hitch with any 2" receiver, regardless of rating.
Weight carrying hitch "Any hitch used without a weight-distributing system. Some hitches are designed and clearly marked "weight carrying only". Some hitches are weight carrying with weight distributing ability and will have a dual rating – "weight carrying (WC) 5000 / weight distributing (WD) 10,000", for example. To use a hitch at the higher rating (WD), a weight distribution system must be added.
Weight distribution system :A hitch system built around a receiver hitch, which includes supplemental equipment such as spring bars that work to distribute trailer tongue loads to the trailer axle(s) and the tow vehicle front axle. Use of weight distribution system enhances handling and braking and increases trailer towing capacity beyond what is recommended when a weight-carrying hitch is used.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:00 AM   #176
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In my case I am only redistibuting a 100lbs to 200lbs at the most.
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Ford's tow package for the 2013 Escape includes a Class II hitch with a 2" receiver opening. Never heard of this before, as I thought all Class II hitches were 1-1/4". Not in this case.
As Daniel's definitions explain, the class and size are unrelated so it's a perfectly valid combination (Class 2 and 2"), but I agree that it is unusual for OEM hitches. Aftermarket hitches for Class 2-rated vehicles are commonly 2", and although those hitches are typically Class 3 rated, their extra capacity beyond 3500 pounds is not safely usable.

I think this follows the spirit of earlier Ford precedents in the Explorer and Sport Trac of providing a more functional 2" receiver in combination with the towing package, but only a 1.25" receiver otherwise, perhaps to discourage towing excessive loads.

The factory receiver setup looks like a very good choice by Ford.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #178
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This isn't a Geico commercial, but trust me, that 2" receiver is gonna same me a barrel of bucks, as I have a slew of ball mounts for 2" receivers. Everything I have is 2". Well, except for my hot rod. When I built that car, I built a little class I hitch for it to tow a small (4X4) utility trailer. No room in the hot rod really for lawn chairs, easy-ups, etc.

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Old 07-26-2013, 09:33 AM   #179
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As Daniel's definitions explain, the class and size are unrelated so it's a perfectly valid combination (Class 2 and 2"), but I agree that it is unusual for OEM hitches. Aftermarket hitches for Class 2-rated vehicles are commonly 2", and although those hitches are typically Class 3 rated, their extra capacity beyond 3500 pounds is not safely usable.

I think this follows the spirit of earlier Ford precedents in the Explorer and Sport Trac of providing a more functional 2" receiver in combination with the towing package, but only a 1.25" receiver otherwise, perhaps to discourage towing excessive loads.

The factory receiver setup looks like a very good choice by Ford.
I wish Ford would have a option for 7-pin on every SUV that is able to tow over 1500lbs . But maybe that would cut into F-series sales then. I see so many people buying trucks that dont need them but dont know that these small suv's can tow so much.
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I think it would make perfect sense for Ford to offer a 7 pin connector on anything 3500#s and above Daniel. Some executive may worry it would cut into F-150 sales, but I can't imagine something so minor would make any difference in F-150 sales.

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Old 07-26-2013, 01:23 PM   #181
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I think it would make perfect sense for Ford to offer a 7 pin connector on anything 3500#s and above Daniel. Some executive may worry it would cut into F-150 sales, but I can't imagine something so minor would make any difference in F-150 sales.

Frank
If gass prices go over $4 and maybe up to $5 it will. All thoes people that never put anything more than a ocasional bag of mulch in the bed will switch. Who would tow 3500#'s with a Escape without trailer brakes?
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Exactly Daniel. I wouldn't tow anything over 1500#s without trailer brakes. In NYS trailers weighing over 1,000 pounds unladen, and trailers having a maximum gross weight in excess of 3,000 pounds, must be equipped with brakes. So this is a perfect example. Ford offers a vehicle that can tow over what my state says brakes are required for. It really doesn't make any kind of sense to me! Plus it's means more work for me, and expense!

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