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Old 08-26-2014, 05:47 PM   #15
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OK my 2c. First off never deal with a sales person. Always deal with the manager. If he has no time than walk.
This may irritate all the Sales people on this site but that's OK. They are the biggest liars you will ever meet. I have purchased new every type of US built and some foreign built cars and I have always dealt with the owner or the manager.
They don't care about the person they are selling to. Your case is living proof of that. With that said.
Enough people have answered your question,now it is up to you.
And by the way the reason I have a strong dislike for sales man is because my wife bought a brand new Buick. The sales man promised her the world and delivered nothing. I took the issue up with general motors and after 6 months of nothing but problems we got rid of the car at a big loss. You will have to take the loss as most people do when they make a mistake.
Sorry but my blood boils when people get taken by salespeople.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #16
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I noticed you said you have no place to park a dolly or trailer. Have you thought about renting a dolly or trailer to get there and then turning it in to a drop off point? U-Haul comes to mind if this might be an option.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:18 PM   #17
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You say that your escape is a AWD vehicle. I don't know of any AWD vehicles that can be towed 4 down or even on a dolly without trashing a tranny/transfer case idling or not.
IMO, the only way you're going to be able to take that vehicle along is with it sitting all fours on a flat bed trailer.
I have been towing my Honda CRV AWD 4 down for 8 1/2 years.?
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:28 PM   #18
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I noticed you said you have no place to park a dolly or trailer. Have you thought about renting a dolly or trailer to get there and then turning it in to a drop off point? U-Haul comes to mind if this might be an option.
A couple thoughts...

1. I don't think the Explorer can be dolly towed.
2. I was investigating this a couple years ago and thought it was very expensive.
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You say that your escape is a AWD vehicle. I don't know of any AWD vehicles that can be towed 4 down or even on a dolly without trashing a tranny/transfer case idling or not.
IMO, the only way you're going to be able to take that vehicle along is with it sitting all fours on a flat bed trailer.
Then you have not read the CRV Owners Manual that describes in detail how to flat tow a Honda CRV.
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Plenty of AWD vehicles are towble. The following come to mind: Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and MKT, Cadillac SRX, Buick Enclave, GMC Terrain, Chevy Traverse, Honda CRV. These are just the ones that come to mind
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Don't forget manual tranny Subaru's
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:24 PM   #22
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I noticed you said you have no place to park a dolly or trailer. Have you thought about renting a dolly or trailer to get there and then turning it in to a drop off point? U-Haul comes to mind if this might be an option.
I was thinking the same thing. If a dolly won't do it go with a full car trailer. Might be more expedient than trying to sell a car at possibly a loss. Doesn't solve the problem forever but it might work this time.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:30 PM   #23
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A couple thoughts...

1. I don't think the Explorer can be dolly towed.
2. I was investigating this a couple years ago and thought it was very expensive.
I should have said ESCAPE...
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Your problem: You are worried if you tow with engine idling and the engine stalls or runs out of fuel the transmission will be toast.. You need a positive method for telling if engine is running.

You will need. Some fittings and a spare oil pressure switch.

Remove existing oil pressure switch and install a "T" fitting that will allow you to hook it up, along with another (Spare)

Run battery power to a light, I recommend a 1156 grade since it's kind of bright or a 10 watt "Beam" type lamp (projector lamp) you can mountsuch a lamp to the windhshield behind the Rear View Mirror where it is out of the driver's view when driving if you like

OIL pressure, Light dark

NO oil pressure LIGHT BRIGHT
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:47 PM   #25
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I occasionally towed my 2001 Civic, with the engine running, to charge the battery.
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Then you have not read the CRV Owners Manual that describes in detail how to flat tow a Honda CRV.
As I remove my foot from my mouth, sorry for the misstatement. I wasn't aware the CRV was an AWD vehicle. I currently have a MB GL-450 which is AWD and it specifically states it can only be moved on a flat bed trailer. Other AWD vehicles I've had also were not towable.
Anyway, the point is that a simple glance at the owner's manual would have saved the OP a lot of problems.
From the 2008 Ford Escape manual:

"If your vehicle is automatic transaxle equipped and 4WD (all-wheel
drive), “recreational towing” is permitted only if the vehicle is trailered
with all four (4) wheels off the ground. Otherwise, no “recreational
towing” is permitted."
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Thank you T55Watson,
We for sure would not be doing it 5 times but knowing that your friends, like many others I have read/heard of that have done it successfully reassures us.
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I have a friend who did this twice a year. From Michigan to Arizona in the fall and return in the spring. He did this for 5 years with no troubles. They have since bought a winter home in AZ so no tow needed for that. ;-)
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Thank you T55Watson,
We for sure would not be doing it 5 times but knowing that your friends, like many others I have read/heard of that have done it successfully reassures us.
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