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Old 05-22-2013, 08:29 AM   #99
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The 2013 Escape has a un-used 2in x 2in removeable plastic cover in the fire wall right where you want it for the install. Someone at Ford must have been thinking about this.
I better go look at one of these Escapes! Thanks!

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #100
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Yes, I installed myself. Yes, the escape has a better power to weight ratio. I dont think they have a specific video on their site yet but you will have no problem wiring it. if I had a second time to do it, would take less than a hour to do.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:37 AM   #101
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I better go look at one of these Escapes! Thanks!

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Make sure to Get "tow package" and 2.0 ecoboost. I also have 4WD but dont think this is necassary. I tow in northern MI so needed it.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:37 AM   #102
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Yes, I installed myself. Yes, the escape has a better power to weight ratio. I dont think they have a specific video on their site yet but you will have no problem wiring it. if I had a second time to do it, would take less than a hour to do.
I have a 2007 Escape, but it was not hard to wire a 7 pin connector myself. In fact, I preferred it, as I was able to use extra heavy wire for the trailer charge circuit.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:44 AM   #103
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Make sure to Get "tow package" and 2.0 ecoboost. I also have 4WD but dont think this is necassary. I tow in northern MI so needed it.
I know what to look for, as I was waiting for these 3500# tow capacity Escapes to come out. When they did, I was put off by the 4 pin connector, but you have changed my mind! With an access right in the firewall, this would be easy for me to do. I bet I have all the wire in my shop to do it without even running out!

I avoided drilling hole in my GMC by running my rear view camera wiring up through my standard shift boot. Otherwise it would have been difficult to do, i.e., I would have had to drill some holes, which I do NOT like to do on vehicles unless there is no choice.

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #104
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I ran the wiring for my trailer lights, brake controller, charge line & a back up camera monitor in a 2010 RAV4 (269hp, 246 torque). Took the better part of a day, and the removal of almost all the driver's side trip. Still, it was do able.

As to towing, the RAV4 does fine with a 3000 lb (loaded) Escape 17B. 15MPG towing, 25MPG highway unhooked.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #105
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I know it's an older post but we are towing with a Escape SEL 2013 and that car is great! Its like there is nothing back there! We also Love the gasmileage, we drive it on hwy's 32/33 and with the trailer still with 24/25! Towing capacity is 2000 pounds, the big one with heavy towing package is able to tow 3500 pounds...
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:50 PM   #106
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Hi Christin. So you have the 1.6L is yours a FWD or 4WD? Got to wait another 1000KM before I can start towing, want the engine broken in nice before I start towing my 13' Boler.

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I know it's an older post but we are towing with a Escape SEL 2013 and that car is great! Its like there is nothing back there! We also Love the gasmileage, we drive it on hwy's 32/33 and with the trailer still with 24/25! Towing capacity is 2000 pounds, the big one with heavy towing package is able to tow 3500 pounds...
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #107
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Christin,

Just curious, what trailer are you towing? Mpg sounds great!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #108
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Towing a 13' Scamp with some modification from the PO who sure ad up a few hundred pounds. Our Escape is a Fwd, i wanted to keep the gasmileage as low as possible. We had a Ford F 250 Superduty Diesel before, could tow everything but was so inefficent *juk*
I thought about a VW Diesel because of the torque but the Ford is so nice inside!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:31 PM   #109
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Rick, how much Kilometers do you have right now? We just reached the 2000 Miles, that about 3500 Kilomters i think...

Since my new Scamp is so beat down, the car has time to break in. (if not years)
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As of last night I am at 960KM, they say I can start towing at 1500km. But I will be waiting till after the 2000km mark just to be safe. I got the Tuxedo Black SE 2.0 4WD with tow package so good for 3500#, but don't think I will ever tow anything that heavy with it. Now I am ready to paint my 13' Boler Will be black on the bottom with gravel guard to match the lower part of my Ford Escape and will do the top half silver. Should look good when I am done.

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Rick, how much Kilometers do you have right now? We just reached the 2000 Miles, that about 3500 Kilomters i think...

Since my new Scamp is so beat down, the car has time to break in. (if not years)
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I had a 2008 Escape 3-spd AWD with a 3.0-liter engine and touted 200HP@4000RPM. That thing was rated for 3500 lbs and barely pulled the Bigfoot (2700 lbs read on scale, empty) from BC to AB. We spent 19 hours on a trip that should've lasted 12, just because I did not want to shoot the transmission in the middle of nowhere. Solution: upgraded to a 5.3 V8 Chev rated for 7500 lbs.
Not sure how much your trailer weighs, and I saw the tread probably bit too late. However from experience and professional advice (that I got, didn't believe and ended up verifying on my own) I won't tow anything that weighs more than 1/2 of the tug rating. Just to be on the safe side...
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I had a 2008 Escape 3-spd AWD with a 3.0-liter engine and touted 200HP@4000RPM. That thing was rated for 3500 lbs and barely pulled the Bigfoot (2700 lbs read on scale, empty) from BC to AB. We spent 19 hours on a trip that should've lasted 12, just because I did not want to shoot the transmission in the middle of nowhere. Solution: upgraded to a 5.3 V8 Chev rated for 7500 lbs.
Not sure how much your trailer weighs, and I saw the tread probably bit too late. However from experience and professional advice (that I got, didn't believe and ended up verifying on my own) I won't tow anything that weighs more than 1/2 of the tug rating. Just to be on the safe side...
The trailer we hope to buy is rated at just under 2500#s dry. We've dropped the Escape, dropped the Traverse, and are looking now at 4Runners That may very well change once we actually head out to buy something. The 4wd drive 4Runner is built on a truck chassis, has a 4 liter V-6, and a capacity of 4700#s. We're probably not gonna pull a switch on a more capable tow vehicle this year. We're in a planning mode, and gathering info.

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