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Show your Tow Rig!

Postby Rascie - April 20th, 2013, 2:19 am

Thought I'd start the thread with a picture of our 09' FE Hybrid towing our 18' boat! Just bought the boat last year. Many of you must tow with your Escape.... show us some pics of what you tow! :)

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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby tuxtanium - April 20th, 2013, 1:36 pm

My E with 2 Polaris TrailBoss 250s.

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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby Jeff88 - April 20th, 2013, 4:24 pm

How many pounds are you guys pulling?
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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby tuxtanium - April 20th, 2013, 4:44 pm

Jeff88 wrote:How many pounds are you guys pulling?


Those ATVs are about 450 lbs wet, and I think the trailer is about 600, so maybe 1500?

The trails I go to are about 25 miles (40km) away, so not enough for fuel math, but I barely feel it when it's loaded. Empty, however, that sled trailer could double as a trampoline.
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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby Rascie - April 20th, 2013, 5:28 pm

Jeff88 wrote:How many pounds are you guys pulling?


Our FEH is rated at only 1000 pounds towing capacity, because reverse is only in electric. Otherwise, it is all the same as the regular escape. Our boat and trailer weighs over 2000 pounds... and we only have to tow it to the lake twice a year, as we have our own boat lift on the water. It seems to handle it just fine, you can actually barely tell its back there!
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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby BcP28 - April 30th, 2013, 10:19 pm

I use my 2010 to pull my sleds. This is my 2004 Polaris RMK 700 VE and my buddy's 2004 Ski-Doo Summit Adrenaline, which he recently traded for a '13 Summit SP. The second picture is pulling my school's electric sled we use to compete in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.


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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby esmith2039 - May 4th, 2013, 8:59 pm

Normal.. per the weight scale the max I've had was around 2750. No trailer brakes make it bit iffy.

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I almost prefer to pull this trailer. Seems easier to pull even though heavier. The trailer brakes work like a charm. Second pic it wasn't overheating but was about 105 that day... yeah it was a bit too heavy.

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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby money_man - May 5th, 2013, 8:23 pm

BUMP!!!



im glad you guys made this thread, I've been nervous about getting a hitch and towing a 2002 Honda foreman 450, but this seems like an easy task compared to some of the stuff you guys have been towing. How big of a mpg hit did you notice?
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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby slkenda - May 6th, 2013, 10:58 pm

I was also thinking of buying a hitch for my E. Now I'm not so good with this automotive stuff so I was just wondering, did you guys put in your own or using the O.E. one? Also, if I was to tow a trailer with a quad or snowmobile which one would you recommend getting, do some hitches have different tow ratings? (is that such a thing?)
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Re: Show your Tow Rig!

Postby Rascie - May 8th, 2013, 2:08 am

money_man wrote:BUMP!!!



im glad you guys made this thread, I've been nervous about getting a hitch and towing a 2002 Honda foreman 450, but this seems like an easy task compared to some of the stuff you guys have been towing. How big of a mpg hit did you notice?


MPG definitely decreases. As to be expected in any vehicle while towing... just go slower than usual and don't try to accelerate as quickly as everyone else. It'll save you gas in the end!

slkenda wrote:I was also thinking of buying a hitch for my E. Now I'm not so good with this automotive stuff so I was just wondering, did you guys put in your own or using the O.E. one? Also, if I was to tow a trailer with a quad or snowmobile which one would you recommend getting, do some hitches have different tow ratings? (is that such a thing?)


The hitch on our E Hybrid was installed at a local hitch dealer. There is a 'Class II' and 'Class III' hitch typically. The hitch which the Escape comes with from factory, if the trailer package was opted for, is the Class II, which is a smaller diameter tubing and has essentially a lower tongue weight (the weight pushing down directly on the hitch ball). If just towing an ATV, depending on the weight, it is up to you whether you want a Class II or Class III. We paid a little extra and had a Curt (best hitch brand, by far) Class III hitch put on our E because it just made more sense. Though it wasn't technically necessary, bigger is always better. We tow a boat which weighs over 2000 lbs! If you have any questions lemme know Slkenda :peace:
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