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Old 12-18-2015, 01:13 PM   #15
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Thanks! I'm looking at a FWD Edge Limited - Keyless. Only difference is it's a 2014. Think I should be OK with that.

If you don't mind me asking, what did you do for a baseplate and brakes? So many options out there.
2013 Edge Limited with AWD. No miles accumulate while towing.

Blue Ox baseplate and Ready Brake. The only way to go!

(With the Edge, I had to put in a 4 inch RISE to get level. Beats the heck out of needing to lower it and drag every time I go through a driveway.)
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:50 AM   #16
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Hello,

For those towing a vehicle (in my particular interest it would be a 2011-2014 Ford Edge), that has a push button start, instead of a key, does your toad accumulate miles while being pulled?

I've seen people with Ford Edges say yes, and a couple say No. So, I'm wondering what the difference is. Could it be the method they use to put the vehicle in accessory/towing mode? Could it be a different specification of transmission from the factory (like a mid-year change)? Could it be the alignment of Venus and Neptune? I don't know, but I'd love to hear other's experiences.

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We have a 2011 Edge Limited and it does not register miles while towing.

We have a Roadmaster setup for towing.

One word of warning is that if you do not remove fuses or have a way to charge your Edge while towing your battery will go dead in 4 to 5 hours. We found this out the hard way. We added a Toad Charge and problem solved.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:35 PM   #17
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Just had a thought earlier, maybe the fact that some report miles racking up and some don't is a difference between FWD and AWD. Here again, that shouldn't change things, but maybe it does. For those that tow an Edge, which version are you towing and are you accumulating miles?

Thanks in advance guys!
AWD and no miles accumulate.
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2014 Ford Edge as a Toad - Update with photos

Hey Guys, just realized I never posted an end result to all my questions. I find it helps to know what people actually did with the advice and how it worked out for them.

We did end up purchasing a 2014 Ford Edge LTD with only 19,000 miles on it. Had to drive a couple hours to get one in red with panoramic roof, navigation, etc. etc. But, we stopped at Whataburger going and coming so it was a fun road trip.

First, a nod to my 2011 Kia Sorento. That was great car and trading it in was a very difficult thing to do. If only it could be flat towed, I never would have done this. But, the Edge has turned out great. With the exception of a terrible MyFordTouch system and a thin steering wheel that is sometimes a little painful on my arthritic joints, we love it.

I bought a Roadmaster Falcon II tow bar, the all terrain kind and it's been flawless. I went with a Roadmaster base because I didn't like the way the Blue Ox came out the grill. One of my priorities with this project is to make the toad look less "toadish" when not being towed. And I think we did a good job of that. To do that, we hid the electrical and breakaway connections behind the license plate. And got the small inserts to give the base plate a finished look. With all of that being black on black, it's not too noticeable.

A couple notes, I was concerned because I'd heard about miles being counted on keyless Fords while being towed. No issues there as others have reported. Also, Because of the height of the Country Coach hitch and the Roadmaster base plate, I did get an 8" drop. Works perfectly and is just the right height.

The good part, the photos...

This is the Edge the day we bought it. Right before ordering a #1 with no pickles.


This is a test fit of the base plate. My good friend Brian was invaluable in getting this installed. Couldn't have done it without him.


This is the box we made out of Kydex (plastic) to hold the electronics and breakaway switch inside the license plate frame. Without it things would have flopped around and wires would have been chaffed. If I hadn't been in a rush, I could have made the cuts cleaner, but we were running behind and the bit was wandering while cutting the plastic. Oh well...



Finished product! This is the Edge in non-toad mode and hooked up and ready for travel. Thanks to all who gave great advice!


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Good job, what braking system did you go with, we have the Roadmaster BP and BlackHawk 10k tow bar. I have had no problems with mine.
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I wish I would have seen those pictures yesterday. The license plate thing looks really good. Took 2016 Edge to have everything on it today,
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Good job, what braking system did you go with...
Hey, forgot to mention, we went with the RVi brake. I also got the RVi Brake charger thingie for keeping the battery charged. So far both systems have been flawless.

To be honest, with a coach the size of the Country Coach and a small ford Edge being towed, brakes don't seem to make much difference. Then again, safety first is a good rule.
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I wish I would have seen those pictures yesterday. The license plate thing looks really good. Took 2016 Edge to have everything on it today,
Thanks! I'm sure yours will come out great. What tow bar and base plate did you go with?
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Hey, forgot to mention, we went with the RVi brake. I also got the RVi Brake charger thingie for keeping the battery charged. So far both systems have been flawless.

To be honest, with a coach the size of the Country Coach and a small ford Edge being towed, brakes don't seem to make much difference. Then again, safety first is a good rule.
I use a brake buddy and it's only been activated a couple of times during sudden quick stops...you are correct that most of the time the brake system wont get used...the main benefit IMHO is the break-a-way if/when the toad breaks loose.
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Thank you for the update they are important for those who may do a search of the subject in the future.
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I think it is safe to say that no modern (electronic speedo) vehicle will accumulate miles when towing IF the instructions in the owner manual are followed. The ignition will be off and that means no mileage on the odo/speedo.

If you know somebody whose car is recording miles, tell them they haven't followed the directions properly.
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