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towing a sxs

I have a 13 titanium with the tow package and I have 6x12 trailer. I can't find the actual weight of my trailer but similar ones are around 1000lbs.

I'm looking at buying a new Rzr, dry weight is 1369, add another 100 for fuel, oil to be safe.

So I'm looking 2469 lbs, most riding parks are 1-3 hour hauls.

Anyone haul side by sides or anything in that weight range and un-aerodynamic?
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I have a 13 titanium with the tow package and I have 6x12 trailer. I can't find the actual weight of my trailer but similar ones are around 1000lbs.

I'm looking at buying a new Rzr, dry weight is 1369, add another 100 for fuel, oil to be safe.

So I'm looking 2469 lbs, most riding parks are 1-3 hour hauls.

Anyone haul side by sides or anything in that weight range and un-aerodynamic?
If your 13 Ti has the *factory* tow package and is equipped with the 2.0EB, then it's rated to tow 3500 lbs. However, if you have a bunch of stuff in your Escape along with the trailer that takes you over the GCWR, then you might have some problems.... you can't have both the Escape filled to capacity (weight-wise) AND tow the trailer that's loaded heavy.

If all you're hauling is the trailer and SXS, you should be good to go.
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yes I have factory tow package and the 2 ltr.

By the numbers I'm ok but what I'm really interested in is how well it pulls such a load. what kind of MPG are you seeing while towing (I know towing is not a MPG adder, but it will kinda show how much a vehicle is laboring to pull it, plus its good to know) am I going to be replacing brakes every year etc...

I don't want to go drop a the money down on a new toy and find out I have my hands full with my escape
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yes I have factory tow package and the 2 ltr.

By the numbers I'm ok but what I'm really interested in is how well it pulls such a load. what kind of MPG are you seeing while towing (I know towing is not a MPG adder, but it will kinda show how much a vehicle is laboring to pull it, plus its good to know) am I going to be replacing brakes every year etc...

I don't want to go drop a the money down on a new toy and find out I have my hands full with my escape
I pulled a 2400-ish lb popup trailer behind my 2017 Escape for about an hour and it didn't really struggle, per se, but I could definitely tell it was there when I was accelerating and braking. I think my mileage was running around 17 or so with that thing behind me. I wasn't pulling it up and down hills, thankfully, because otherwise I would have wanted a trailer-brake setup like I have in the van for pulling the pop-up. The popup sticks out quite a bit as it's wider than the Escape, so I know it's got a LOT of wind resistance to it. Regarding braking, it honestly wasn't too bad as the Escape has pretty good brakes on it, but if I was going to use it as the primary tow vehicle for our camper instead of the Transit, I would definitely install a brake controller so I can deal with the Rockies.

Just make sure you run 91 (at least) when towing, and if I were you I'd run it down to as dry as you can before you fill up with 91 for towing the trailer/SXS.
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open or enclosed trailer?

many people use and ODB bluetooth dongle and Torque app to monitor transmission temperatures.
https://www.fordescape.org/forum/eng...mperature.html

also, most use sport mode on the transmission.
Some also talk bout keeping it in 5th gear. something about, the torque converter might lockup in 5th, but the load is too high to lock in 6th, hence more temperatures.

personally I feel if you monitor the temperatures, keeping below 100 deg science, or 212 deg freedom. then try to keep in 6th as much as possible, as it improves mileage when towing (or at least it does in my Silverado).

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Thank you for everyone's experiences. The trailer will be open.
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Regarding braking, it honestly wasn't too bad as the Escape has pretty good brakes on it, but if I was going to use it as the primary tow vehicle for our camper instead of the Transit, I would definitely install a brake controller so I can deal with the Rockies.

Just make sure you run 91 (at least) when towing, and if I were you I'd run it down to as dry as you can before you fill up with 91 for towing the trailer/SXS.
The premium fuel is important for preventing pre-ignition or "pinging-knocking" under constant heavy load. This can lead to overheating and possibly engine damage. 10-20˘/gal. more for gasoline is cheap insurance. Use the Select Shift for engine braking to augment the regular brakes.
Be mindful that towing in too high a gear (numerically lower ratio) for extended periods can raise turbo exhaust temperatures quite a bit, which could lead to less longevity and possibly overheating.

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I just ran it in Sport mode and it did a lot of engine braking for me automagically, as well as holding the lower gear for longer when accelerating. It'll still shift into 6th, but if it starts lugging the motor at all it'll downshift to 5th or lower if needed. 275 ft/lbs of torque is what ~5 liter older v8s used to have, so our Escapes have plenty of torque for towing within that 3500 lb limit.

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