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Old 11-16-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Ford Escape and Scamp 13: Is Class II hitch ok?

Hi Everyone,
I'm in the planning phases of getting a newer/used tow vehicle, and am thinking about the Ford Escape, 6 cylinder. Of the newer/used ones I've found with hitches, it's a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4" receiver opening, max tow 3500 pounds.

As far as weight is concerned, my Scamp 13 should be fine for trailer weight, but I'm not sure about the 1-14" opening. I currently tow with an S10, class III hitch. Also concerned about payload, as it will be me, dog, one or two other adults and camping gear.

I never tow above 55 to 60 mph, but am concerned as I wonder if the Class II hitch with 1-1/4" is OK? Not too knowledgeable here...just a learner. Does the 1-1/4" hitch require a special drawbar or something?

What are others' experiences with the 6 cylinder escape?

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Old 11-16-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hi Wendy!
The factory Class II hitch on the Escape will work perfectly for your needs.
The Escape is a perfect match for your Scamp13.
Good mileage, plenty of power and very comfortable with the trailer.
As you may know, I have towed my Scamp13D with an Escape 4CYL for eight years now.
The Escape has great reliability, stability, and visibility and it is down right pleasant to drive, both when towing and as a daily driver.
Your trailer weighs less than half of the tow rating of the Escape.
You will need a new drawbar. get one which puts the top of the ball at or about 18" off the ground on level ground before hook-up.
A ClassII drawbar is readily available and should cost about $20
The S10 was a good choice, but you are going to LOVE the Escape by comparison as a companion to your Scamp.
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Hi Floyd! Thanks for replying so swiftly. I see you tow with the 4 cylinder and I mentioned 6. Your thoughts on which to choose?

I will most likely have the dog and another passenger. Always seem to load my truck bed up too: cooler, camping supplies, grill and bags for clothes, chairs , etc. I don't put too much in the scamp to be honest, was always afraid to do so. Just what will fit in cupboards and closets and hatches, but not much probably in overall weight. Should I put more junk in the trailer?


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Old 11-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #4
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Hi Wendy!

We have a 2014 Ford Escape Ecoboost 2.0L 4 cyl.

With the factory tow package, it is also rated for 3500 lbs and 350 lbs tongue weight.
It is rated at 240 hp and around 273(?) ft/lbs of torque. As you probably know, it is torque
that is pretty important in towing.

With our Scamp 13 in tow, we get 21+ mpg when towing at 60 - 62 mph. We bought the
Escape new and it currently has just over 7000 miles on it.

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Thank you Ray! How is your escape for cargo space? Can you give me an idea of what kind if stuff you get in there?


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Wendy I would not be at all concerned with using a class II hitch and a 13' Scamp either. Its rated well over the trailers weight. I pulled a 16' with one with no problems. There are people here who think the 1 1/4" opening is an issue but often it is because they already have other components they use such as bike racks or receivers designed for a 2" and don't wish to buy new ones. Just watch the limits stamped on the receiver and the ball you buy to go with it as they can vary.
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I tow with a 2011 6cyl Ford Escape. I love the additional power from the 6, and yet I still get 26mpg for driving back and forth to work.
I have the 1 1/4 hitch receiver. Works fine. It is within the capacity of my trailer.
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Wow! 26 mpg in a 6! I get a lousy 17 if I'm lucky with the s10. Do you think your escape suffers a lot more gas mileage while towing your scamp? Trying to decide between the 4 or 6. The 4 is probably great for gas mileage, but I plan on camping in some more mountainous areas as I become more skilled at towing. We have campgrounds here in the Adirondacks I'd like to check out someday.


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Hi Floyd! Thanks for replying so swiftly. I see you tow with the 4 cylinder and I mentioned 6. Your thoughts on which to choose?

I will most likely have the dog and another passenger. Always seem to load my truck bed up too: cooler, camping supplies, grill and bags for clothes, chairs , etc. I don't put too much in the scamp to be honest, was always afraid to do so. Just what will fit in cupboards and closets and hatches, but not much probably in overall weight. Should I put more junk in the trailer?


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The 2009 4CYL went up to 2.5L and increased HP by 20 over my 2008.
Still if you want an automatic and/or 4WD, a 6CYL will be easier to find and the price will be about the same either way. Both are reliable, but before 2012, it is only the 6CYL which has the 3500# tow rating and can be found with the factory tow package. Even though the 6 and the 4 share an identical chassis.

Best choice for you??... 6CYL automatic 2008 to 2011. That is the sweet spot for price, mileage, reliability and choice.After that the 6CYL is no longer offered and although still a good choice, the new style will mean a higher price.


The 4WD is going to be more common where you live and likely more useful.
It is based on a limited slip system which is simple, both in design and operation. There will be a fuel penalty compared the 2WD but it will be very small and probably worth it.
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Despite great gas mileage on my commute, my Escape loses a lot of mpg when towing It drops to around 17-18 mpg.
I drive approx. 35miles each way to work, on 50% rural roads (55mpg) and the rest in light commuter traffic. This helps my mpg immensely. (Not a lot of stop/start driving).
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Wendy,

The 2014 Ford Escape is a little bigger than our 2011 Honda CRV. I have not measured the exact cargo space. So far, it has been more than adequate.

Without the Scamp, the Escape gets 30 - 34 mpg on the highway at just over 60 mph.
Combined city/highway, without the trailer, is usually 25-26 mpg.

Returning from Silver Dollar City (Branson, Mo) to the KC Metro, we got over 23 mpg towing
the Scamp. (but we did have a bit of a tailwind .... still, with all of the Ozarks hills down there,
not bad 😊 ).


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Oh .... I guess that I should add that the Escape is a FWD and not a 4WD


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Sorry, Wendy!
You asked what kind of stuff we put on the Escape.

Depending on the trip, we put a 40qt 5-day cooler to hold ice and any overflow cold stuff that won't fit in the refrigerator. We also have a couple of lounge chairs that we usually set up in the Clam 1660 screen room/tent. There is also often a folding plastic picnic table, a small table that we use in front of the Scamp sofa for eating, and a clothes drying rack. The Clam 1660 can either travel on a blanket/pad on the bottom sofa cushion of the Scamp or else it can lay diagonally (with the back seats folded down) in the cargo area of the Escape. We also usually carry at least 2 bag-chairs in the Escape for going to camp fires, etc.

Not all of that stuff goes every time. On the Silver Dollar City trip, the Clam 1660, lounge chairs, and picnic table stayed home. Ditto for the Pella (Ia) Tulip Time festival. For rallies, it all goes. It just depends on the trip.

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Thank you Ray. Sounds about like my packing. Just saw a beautiful 08 escape limited, 6 cylinder on car gurus.com, then went to dealerships website and it must have been sold. Darn! Was a great price too.

I really am starting to love these little escapes and am thinking that it will be the way to go, when I can find one with the factory tow package used. Limited amount in the 6 cylinder used market.

Thank you again for helping me Ray. Much obliged!


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