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Old 11-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #1
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Towing with Ford Flex?

Is anyone using a Ford Flex as a tow vehicle? I am looking at one with factory tow pkg. Rated to tow 4500#.
to tow my soon to be acquired Casita 17'. If you have any thoughts, pros and cons, please let me know.

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Old 11-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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2010 Ford Flex, Ecoboost engine, Casita 16 (3,000 lb in typical travel trim, single arm weight distributing hitch and friction anti-sway bar. You'll need some sort of WDH per Ford towing requirements for anything over 2,000 lb and/or 200 lb tongue weight.

The normal V-6 is about 260 hp with the Ecoboost engine about 360 hp.

Over three years (33k miles)I'm averaging about 17.5 mpg. About 10k of that mileage is towing and I'm getting 14-15 mpg towing. 18-19 normal day-to-day.

The Ecoboost engine is a beast. I can flog the 4,600 lb box 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds when not towing.

I have the factory tow package which include anti-sway software for towing which apparently applies brakes in side to side pairs when it senses sway but I have the anti-sway bar so I use it.

I'm not exactly a neutral observer but I've towed this trailer with 2 and 4 door Explorers and a couple V8 F150's and the Flex is the best thing yet in my experience.

I don't know how much pep the unaspirated V6 motor would have but I have acceleration to spare while towing so I expect the normal v6 would do just fine.

(revised to correct the sway control description.)
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Steve. That sounds like it would do the job pulling the 17' with the Ecoboost engine. I want something for a day to day driving car and have tow capabilities when pulling the trailer. Thanks for your input.
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