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Old 05-31-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Anyone using a Ford Edge as Toad?

Is anyone using a 2011, 12, or 13 Ford Edge AWD as a Toad? Any issues or concerns? I am thinking about purchasing one.

Thanks for your inputs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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Make sure it's 4 wheel towable. I have a 2013 Explorer that I'm setting up to be towed.

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Is anyone using a 2011, 12, or 13 Ford Edge AWD as a Toad? Any issues or concerns? I am thinking about purchasing one.

Thanks for your inputs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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We were considering an Edge or Explorer. You might want to consider the height of the tab heights. Ford's are usually 8" taller than most everybody else. We saw a new Edge and the placement of the base plate / tabs thru the Grille doesn't look good. JMO

Blue OX base plate tab height for an Edge is 26 1/2".
Blue OX base plate tab height for a Acadia is 17"
(I'm just comparing equivelient size vehicles)

Blue Ox has pics of the various vehicles with the installed base plates.

If I understand correct (we're buying our first toad / system) that the tow bar must be parallel to the ground. Am I correct?

I need to measure my reciever on the DP and then determine how tall of a hitch I'll need to make the tow bar level. Ideally, I want to keep the hitch offset minimal to reduce the bending movement of the offset.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:24 PM   #4
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We tow a 2012 Ford Edge Limited AWD and at this point in time have had no major issues. This past Fall we towed it 5,557 miles and drove it almost that far. It was new, 600 miles on the odometer when we left South Texas and headed towards New England. Just be sure you follow the procedure in the Owners Manual for towing four-down and you should be OK.

As far as the backing plate height we use a Roadmaster backing plate and Falcon 2 tow bar. The backing plate pin center is higher than most so I built a hitch adapter that raised the towbar center height (5") to match the backing plate height, now they are within 1/4".
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If I understand correct (we're buying our first toad / system) that the tow bar must be parallel to the ground. Am I correct?
Basically yes. The toad should never be higher than the tow bar level position but can be up to about 3 degrees lower.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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We just towed our 2012 Edge 6000 miles, with no problems. It is a 2 wheel drive, it also had around 600 miles when we started, and we drove it a little over 5000 miles. It is hard to believe how many changes between our 2003 Explorer and our new one. The first thing I drove was a 1952 International moving van in 1959 when I was 14 years old. It is really hard to believe how things have changed since then.
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I bought a 2012 Focus hatchback specifically to tow, but I haven't gotten around to installing the base plate (or having it installed) yet. Last tank of gas I got 35.9mpg! Great little car.
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I got a 2011 edge pulls great. Had to get a 6" off set to get the correct height using a blue ox base plate. The odometer don't change when pulled. Got blue ox patriot brake and it pulls down the battery so I'm running a wire with an in line fuse to the battery on the edge to keep it charged. Have fun.
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Make sure it's 4 wheel towable. I have a 2013 Explorer that I'm setting up to be towed.

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I believe both front wheel drive and AWD Ford Edge can be flat-towed.
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Thanks all for your input. We have purchased a 2013 Edge and will be setting it up as a Toad. Not sure I like the idea of cutting the facia, but it seems I have not choice. Yikes.
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Thanks all for your input. We have purchased a 2013 Edge and will be setting it up as a Toad. Not sure I like the idea of cutting the facia, but it seems I have not choice. Yikes.

I was the same way about cutting the facia, after it's done it looked ok. Hard to spend that kind of money then start cutting on it.
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Only issue at the time we bought our 2012 was something about the Eco boost model not being towed four down. Don't recall the issues.
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Ford edge as toad

Purchased a new 2011 Edge FWD. Have towed over 12,000 miles. Only problem was dead battery when arriving at campgrounds. Installed a "toad charger" works great, never a problem since.
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To wire the Edge for lights I bought the “universal wiring kit “ from Roadmaster which includes four heavy duty diodes, plenty of cable,.
The part number is 154. No sockets were included to connect at front of engine area. Purchase that separately.
I bought a Demco Base Plate part number 9518210. I bought from Adventure RV. The site says not for vehicle with front collision warning system because the radar module would be blocked. I bought it anyway and dealt with moving the radar a few inches. The tow bar is barely visible.

I believe you may be able to buy a wiring harness with built in diodes and that would be a great idea.

As for a towing brake at this time I would recommend using the ready brake system. Wiring a different system was a pain and I had to put the box next to the spare tire which was ok but the ready brake system does not involve a bunch of wiring.

I do have pictures of the front end off the Edge if you need them.
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