We are researching which towing and braking system to add to our planned Winnebago diesel/Escape-Hybrid combo. We are considering the SMI Air Force One.
(1) Has anyone installed that braking system on their Ford Escape (Hybrid or not) and what are your thoughts?
Also when I went to get a non-chipped key for towing, the guy at Lowes said he wouldn't recommend using a non-chipped key as it would ruin the electronics/ignition. My assumption was that I would use a non-chipped key, turned only to the first click (and locked in the car), so that it would unlock the car's steering wheel but not allow my car to be stolen because there was a key in it.
(2) Is there any concern with using a non-chipped key? [i.e. -- non-chipped key, turned to first click so that the steering is unlocked but car is not "on".]
(3) Maybe the more basic question is that I am assuming the car and its electronics are not energized when the car key is in the first position and that is how I am suppose to tow it. It that correct or am I going about this all wrong?
Thank you for your expertise.