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jim harvey

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We're confused about the capability to flat tow a Ford Escape. The 2012 MH Dinghy guide advises you can flat tow a 2012. The Ford dealer checked the Ford web site for the 2013 Escape, and it advised "NO" to flat towing the 2013. I asked him to check the 2012 and it said "NO" also, contradicting the MH Dinghy guide.

Is anyone flat towing a Ford Escape, 2012 or 2013 models?


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What does the owners manual say under "Recreational Towing"?

Pretty sure both are FWD and most likely not towable 4 down.


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lets see, are you going to follow the manufacturer's advice or some third party?
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Much written on here about this car.

1. 2012 was towable then manufacturer said it was not.That is why it was in the dingy guide.
2. 2013 have to assume it is not


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According to Remco Towing, it is possible to tow a manual transmission XLS Escape 4-down. However, all other versions of the Escape have an automatic transmission which requires a Ford Motor lube pump be installed. Remco doesn't sell the pump itself. If you search on this and other RV forums you will find lots of discussion on this topic. BTW, it is possible to tow an Escape Hybrid.


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We did not see the owner's manual as the salesman logged on to the Ford web site to check it out for 2013/2012.

How much trouble is it to install a pump (can a dealer do it), does it cost much, and how would that effect the vehicle's warranty?

Sorry for all the questions.

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You might look into the 2013 Ford Edge, Chev. Equinox or GMC Terrain. We're considering one of them but not definite on which one.


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jim harvey wrote:

Too bad for Ford, but it looks like I need to look elsewhere for a new vehicle to flat-tow behind my motorhome, and I wonder if they're concerned that they might be loosing sales (probably not)?

The Honda CR-V looks interesting.
Is the 2013 CRV AWD flat towable?

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I purchased the pump from Remco for $995.00 through a local RV-Truck accessory dealer. They installed it for $450.00.

We blew a tranny with around 4800 towing miles in March of 2011. Ford replaced the transmission, but would not help me financially with the pump - I bit the bullet and footed the full cost myself. In August (travel hiatus due to car accident), I had the pump installed. We now have just over 7,000 towing miles on the Remco pump without any problems.

Ours is a 2010 model - flat towing was approved at that time. They rescinded flat towing on the Escape during the 2012 model year around Feb. 2012 - models produced after a certain date around that time frame were no longer approved for flat towing and would not be covered under warranty if problems arose from flat towing.


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Too bad for Ford, but it looks like I need to look elsewhere for a new vehicle to flat-tow behind my motorhome, and I wonder if they're concerned that they might be loosing sales (probably not)?

The Honda CR-V looks interesting.

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