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When you find a factory hitch information it will give the towing capacity of the vehicle. The additional equipment on factory hitches include larger radiators possibly heavier suspensions, larger brakes and different gear ratios.
This is completely wrong for the Escape.

The only extra equipment on a factory tow package escape is the hitch, wiring and sway control programming. All else is the same.

That is why there is such debate and controversy here on the site. Sway control is the only difference from an aftermarket hitch.Why Does sway control increase towing from 2000# to 3500#?
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This is completely wrong for the Escape.
The only extra equipment on a factory tow package escape is the hitch, wiring and sway control programming. All else is the same.
That is why there is such debate and controversy here on the site. Sway control is the only difference from an aftermarket hitch.Why Does sway control increase towing from 2000# to 3500#?
Really, the Physical Limits are probably as much to do with the factory hitch, which is a full square tube in the frame bumper replacement as opposed to aftermarkets which are just attached to the outside of the frame.

The sway control does significantly add to the Safety Limits when towing.

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Really, the Physical Limits are probably as much to do with the factory hitch, which is a full square tube in the frame bumper replacement as opposed to aftermarkets which are just attached to the outside of the frame.
my aftermarket hitch is advertised as a class 3 with 4500# rating.
even the class 2 hitches available advertise a 3500# rating.

to me this suggests that the metal and mounting of the hitch are sufficiently strong have little to do with Ford's decision to de-rate aftermarket hitches.

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my aftermarket hitch is advertised as a class 3 with 4500# rating.
even the class 2 hitches available advertise a 3500# rating.

to me this suggests that the metal and mounting of the hitch are sufficiently strong have little to do with Ford's decision to de-rate aftermarket hitches.
I know this has been discussed to death in other threads. However; it doesn't matter what class of hitch you put on the vehicle. You are still limited to what the vehicle is designed for. You could put a class V, but you would not be towing 12000lbs. Even with your class 3 hitch, you could not safely tow 4500 lbs. I understand from your previous posts, on this subject matter, you have strong opinions on this matter. Let's leave this argument to the thread where it has been discussed in great detail.

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Thenorm is completely accurate in that the Escape has no "extras" with the tow package. I had a 2014 Titanium with the 2.0 when I bought it the dealer added a class 2 hitch for me. I was also concerned about the tow capicity and Ford Canada would not give the dealer a straight answer in regards to tow capacity but was told by the dealer that my warranty would still be covered as long as I did not exceed the 3500 lb tow capacity. I bought a Coachmen Clipper that was approximately 2800 Lbs and towed it for 2 years without any issue, except the massive increase in gas consumption. I have since sold the trailer and am looking for something much lighter that won't increase my fuel consumption much. I would also mention that I did have a sway bar and electric brakes installed after market from the RV dealer

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Yes thanks. That is exactly right!
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As I mentioned in another thread, if you search Ford OEM parts look-up (for the 2017's at least) the radiator and cooling fans are different and note w/ trailer tow package. Also the fan/wiring is fused for 50A vs 40A to accommodate the higher wattage motors. I wouldn't be surprised if the factory tweaks ECM software programming on tow-package equipped Escapes along with trailer sway control.
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The additional equipment on factory hitches include larger radiators possibly heavier suspensions, larger brakes and different gear ratios.
Looking for a reference for this information. Is there a PDF or web link something you can share?

Thanks in advance.
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Looking for a reference for this information. Is there a PDF or web link something you can share?

Thanks in advance.
Don't worry about it. None of this pertains to the 3rd generation Escape.

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FYI. Also there are changes to various wiring harnesses, including the headlights (why, I don't know)
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