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post #11 of 21 Old 08-09-2016, 03:23 PM
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No, its not just the sway control and wiring harness that is different nor does it add 1500lbs more towing. As I mentioned there are more features that factor into the extra tow capabilty.

No, there aren't. Read my post I originally quoted you on.

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This has all been discussed in this thread here:Adding tow package?

The same argument is there on whether or not the Escape comes with a tranny and oil cooler. Have a look through the thread, most of this starts on page 3. Not sure if there was a final answer to what comes with the factory tow package

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The towing package does not include any additional oil or transmission coolers, or bigger radiator. Per the official Ford Towing Guide: http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...e_r3_Nov12.pdf See page 14 for the details.

The bottom line is that mechanically the 2.0 Escape with or without the Tow Package is identical, except the obvious receiver and wiring. The only real addition that you can't add on later is the software for sway control. Somehow Ford's engineering/legal team has determined that equates to an additional 1500 lbs of towing capacity. Can you tow more than 2000 lbs with an aftermarket receiver? Yes. Should you legally? No.

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The towing package does not include any additional oil or transmission coolers, or bigger radiator. Per the official Ford Towing Guide: http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...e_r3_Nov12.pdf See page 14 for the details.

The bottom line is that mechanically the 2.0 Escape with or without the Tow Package is identical, except the obvious receiver and wiring. The only real addition that you can't add on later is the software for sway control. Somehow Ford's engineering/legal team has determined that equates to an additional 1500 lbs of towing capacity. Can you tow more than 2000 lbs with an aftermarket receiver? Yes. Should you legally? No.

There are mechanical antisway linkages that you can put on your hitch to minimize the potential for swaying.
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I have a class 3 aftermarket hidden hitch on my 2013 Ford Escape Titanium AWD and I pulled 2 snowmobiles on my trailer 500 miles round trip to Grand Marias this winter and back with no problems what so ever. I don't avocate breaking Fords recomendation on towing capacity but in leu of not having a Factory hitch with electronic sway control on my AWD Escape Titanium it is a good compromise and I for one am not worried about towing my Boat and Personal Watercraft and Snowmobiles.


Here is an electronic sway control that you can add to your trailer if it is equiped with electronic brakes.
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OK thanks for info. If I have class 3 hitch and electric brakes and add the Dexter sway control will I be legal to pull more than the 2000 lbs. These 3 options should let me pull 3500 lbs or am I wrong. Read the full thread on towing and at the end I was non the wiser.
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Per Ford's specifications your FR can town 2,000 lb. Can it tow 3500, I am sure it would be able to. What are you going to tow, what distance, what roads, how long?

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OK thanks for info. If I have class 3 hitch and electric brakes and add the Dexter sway control will I be legal to pull more than the 2000 lbs. These 3 options should let me pull 3500 lbs or am I wrong. Read the full thread on towing and at the end I was non the wiser.


There are other towing threads here that might maker it clearer for you. Basically if you don't have the Ford factory tow package, the maximum is 2000lbs. Is the FE capable of towing more than that? Yes it is. I guess it is up to you if you want to go past Ford's maximum towing capacity. Not sure how the warranty would work if something should fail when towing past 2000lbs.

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I'll admit when I'm wrong and I was when it comes to what the factory tow package from Ford includes. Also apologize for the 'edge' in my replies as well. The anti-sway system basically applies brakes independently when sway is detected. Between that and the high quality hitch Ford includes as a $500 (CDN) tow pack option is a no-brainer.

When I filled out my survey that Ford sends you after the purchase I included a question about towing with a 3rd part hitch. Ford's reply is in the image I photographed below.
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I'll admit when I'm wrong and I was when it comes to what the factory tow package from Ford includes. Also apologize for the 'edge' in my replies as well. The anti-sway system basically applies brakes independently when sway is detected. Between that and the high quality hitch Ford includes as a $500 (CDN) tow pack option is a no-brainer.

When I filled out my survey that Ford sends you after the purchase I included a question about towing with a 3rd part hitch. Ford's reply is in the image I photographed below.
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OK I have read all the posts and just purchased a Prolite Camper Trailer that has a dry weight of 1490 lbs.Picked it up 800 miles from my home. Trailer has electric brakes so I had a 7 prong plug and brake controller installed. Escape had no problem pulling. Drove around 100km per hour and got 17-20 miles per Canadian Gallons. No sway problems and a pleasure to drive. Thanks for the input and I believe going with the light weight trailer was the safest decision.
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