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For those that tow a 2020 hybrid behind a motorhome...

Towing update:*

We towed from Florida to North Carolina just fine, but on one of those days we did arrive with a dead car. The car had been sending messages about "shutting down remote features / battery optimization", but no amount of driving in-between towing days seem to make that go away.

(We typically tow no more than 200-250 miles per day.)

After experiencing the dead car, we installed a charging line from the motor-home to the Escape. Local Ford said battery was fine, no clue on the messages from the car.

Towing from North Carolina to Washington state, we continued to get messages from the car about battery optimization and shutting down of remote features regardless of being connected to a charging line from the motor-home or driving the car between many of the towing days.

In Montana, we got to the end of the day's travels and we had no power steering and a warning message on the dash.

We called several Ford dealers and none had any available service appointments (for weeks, due to short staffing during Covid) but all agreed we were safe to tow the car the rest of our trip. We called ahead to our destination Ford dealer and got an appointment for after we arrive. We towed the car right into their parking lot as we didn't want to try to drive it in from the campground.

They found a code ( D2016 ) in the Power Steering Control Module and the fix for that is a new computer, but that only comes with a new steering column.

A new steering column came, but it was the wrong part; another came and we were fixed. They didn't know why we get messages from the car on every shutdown, but confirmed that the car's battery charging system was fine. No indication that towing had anything to do with the error code/failure.

We have now towed from Washington to Texas, but the car was dead as we arrived into Colorado Springs. Even with the charging line and the little blue light on the charging system indicated the battery if the car was above 12 volts.

After the first dead battery we purchased a small "jump pak". It is a small (book sized) lithium car jump starter. It is amazing that they say it will start a car, but in the case of the hybrid, it just needs to provide 12 volts long enough for the computer to reboot.

After touching the jump kit to the posts under the hood, the car woke up and said "Ready to Drive". Everything back to normal... or so we thought.

After a couple short, move the car around while parking the RV, we got a "Stop Safely Now!" message and 3 errors via the Ford App.

We shutdown the car. Waited a few seconds. We turned it back on and no errors. 'Reboot' and the car works fine again and has ever since. We even had 3 whole days with no messages from the car about the battery.

We took the car to a local Ford dealer and they said they would just replace the trunk 12 volt battery because they've seen these messages a lot lately. But when we brought it back the next morning, all they did was test the battery and say the battery was fine, have a nice day, goodbye.

Since then we towed the rest of way to Texas and no towing issues, but a message from the car, after a few minutes, every time we shutdown.

Note: There have been many technical service bulletins this year. Several for the "Stop Safely Now! messages and several on power steering faults.

Total miles towed: approximately 6700 miles.

So basically we love the car. Just wish it didn't 'disable remote features' everyday, every time we drive it.
 

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Update:

We have towed (in November) to Florida without issue. Over 8000 miles towed behind motorhome.

At our first oil change, I asked about the messages and another issue that might be related to low battery. Ford replaced the trunk battery and no issues with the car since.

No more "shutting down remote features / battery optimization", messages since.

Well there is the rear camera recall, but ours is working fine so I will defer...
 

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Well presented as always by John but sadly, there is misinformation here. A cat01 ‘trailer’ Can be unbraked and have an MGW up to 750kgs, HOWEVER, if the trailer has brakes (which the towed car has) they have to be fully operational! They also need to meet the required braking efficiency laid down in 71/320EEC and later, 98/12EC.
 

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While there's been no discussion here about braking here, you are absolutely right you should always have a braking system installed in a car when towing behind a motorhome. Or if towing by dolly, a braking system in the dolly.

We DO have braking system in the car that is activated by the motorhome.

There is also a breakaway system that would activate the brakes if the car became disconnected from the motorhome.

Most, if not all, states and Canadian provinces require a breaking system on a trailer at this weight.

To do anything else would be unsafe.
 
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