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Old 01-09-2015, 01:11 PM   #71
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Have thought about what you said though and wondered with the vans 4894 pound curb weight if it won't run like a dog with the 4.3. Edmunds says if you're gonna haul heavy loads or tow, then choose the 8 cylinder. I'm only towing a scamp 13 std with probably 2 other people for cargo and all camping gear. Keep in mind the wheelchair ramp adds to the payload. Such a nice van though. I always drive 55-60 when towing on thruway and have never been a speed demon. Should I be ok? Your thoughts?


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Old 01-09-2015, 04:34 PM   #72
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It will be fine, We had a hundred 3/4 ton Chevy trucks in feet service. They performed well.
Actually, I preferred them over the V8s...You'll love it
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:49 PM   #73
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We as well tow with the Ford Escape Eco Boost 2.0 L 4 cyl - we tow the 13' Trillium trailer and had great success with it this past summer. We take along our two kayak and bikes as well. With just the two of us we find we have tons of room for storage in the trailer and Escape - couldn't be happier with the two together!
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At 55 or 60 mph, it will do well enough.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:50 AM   #75
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Ford Escape and Scamp 13: Is Class II hitch ok?

Looking at the specs, you should have 195 hp @ 4600 rpm and 260 ft/lbs of torque @ 2800 rpm (and it is torque that moves a TV+FGRV rig.)

By comparison, our CRV has 180 hp @ 7000 rpm and only about 170 ft/lbs of torque.
The 2014 Ford Escape 2.0L Ecoboost FWD has 240 hp and 270 ft/lbs of torque.
I didn't look at the overall weight comparisons ..... Sorry.

Your Scamp 13 may also shadow in behind your van a little better and reduce the
frontal area drag that the Scamp would otherwise have behind a shorter car/SUV?

I too am guessing that you will probably do OK.
Of course, that is only my guess and ..... wait for it .... YMMV 😉

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Old 01-10-2015, 02:39 PM   #76
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I love the van! My mechanic checked it out today and it is cherry! Guess what? It has a power bench seat in the rear that folds down to a bed. Now I can take my brother who is traumatically brain injured with me for the day to camp! Hoist him up on the lift, lay him down in bed to pee, and take him back outside under my shademaker awning for an na beer! I'm so excited I could cry, in fact I have. Thank you Lord!


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I'll post pics when I get the van. Excited!


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He is good.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:04 PM   #79
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Update. Found a 2007 chevy express 1500 van with 4.3 vortech, which is same motor as my s10. Has tow package brake controller and ricon lift. I like the lift as it's a fold out which makes the folded in height much shorter when in the van.

Is a cargo but PO put in a turning driver seat, power fold out bed/bench seat in rear, DVD player and mid top for height. Has rear side windows installed too and only 39000 miles! Want 16000 for it, kbb says 13,800 without the add-ons I've mentioned (except tow pkg and hydraulic lift). My mechanic is checking it out tomorrow. At 39,000 miles, this vortech is barely broken in yet!


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That sounds like real low mileage for it's age. Be sure to get a CarFax run to verify the mileage.
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I did get the carfax. All checks out legit!


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.....today we spent the better part of the day in the process of buying a new (0 miles) 2014 Ford Escape with a trailer tow package on it.

The salesman told (warned) us that this package would DECREASE the cars towing capacity by a coupla hundred pounds!!! Our Trillium probably weighs in around 1500 lbs with all the junk we pack. Wondering now (and you know what 'they' say about hind sight...) did we do the right thing???

We needed a tow vehicle that would 'fit' in our garage and, and, and.....
Car FITS and has the trailer tow package and all, but.....????
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Doug,

Is it a "factory tow package" and the 2.0L Ecoboost engine?
If so, your ratings are 3500 lbs tow and 350 lbs tongue weight.

Earlier in this thread, I mentioned that page 197 of your owners manual
gives a "Ford" limit of 2000 lbs with an add-on aftermarket hitch, etc.
IIRC, 4WD vs FWD might influence your tow weight slightly.

Ford has both the owner's manual and a towing document on their web site in .pdf
form.

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In lieu of having my own photos at this juncture, I'm going to "try" to insert the link here for Buffalo Craigslist where the posting appears for the 2007 Chevy Express 1500 I plan on buying. If the link works, what appears as "cracks" or scratches on the van are actually those 'swoop" decals or paintings you see on vans. Hope this works, please let me know your thoughts!2007 chevy van handicapped equipped
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I'm thinking you could look for a year and a day and not do much better for the price. Simple and old-school. The Scamp should draft well behind it, but I wouldn't look for great fuel mileage, with or without.
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