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Old 04-24-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Towing a Ford Escape

Does anyone tow a Ford Escape with all 4 wheels on the ground? I was first thinking of a jeep wrangler but now considering a ford escape.

Does it require a drive line disconnect or some kind of pump for the....whatever fluids?

it is a 2010 XLT FWD

any advice would be appreciated. We have a Jayco Melbourne class C motorhome.
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What year is the Escape?
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its a 2010 xlt fwd
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Check out REMCO at this link
Recommended Vehicles : Remco

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been there with a 2010 escape. 1 transmission and to Ford/Remco lube pumps that failed. Sold the escape 1 month ago and bought a jeep wrangler after ford said no to the warranty. I have been a ford guy for 30 plus years and I think it will be a long time before I own 1 again
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I have a 2011 AWD Limited Escape. The Ford owner's manual says ok to 4-down tow--place transmission in neutral, acc to on, and keep vent closed. It also says to start it and with foot on break, place it in Drive then Reverse, then neutral first thing in morning and after every six hours of towing.

Have any of you tried this?! Is the trans pump unique to earlier year Escapes??
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Also, what type bar do you recommend? This is new to me.
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I used a blue ox tow bar and base plate
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Ford has yanked its approval to tow Ford Escapes built after a certain date.

Reading between the lines, there have been no mechanical changes to the transmission in the last several years on the Escapes. They are standing behind their warranty for those manufactured before some date (?) in 2012, not sure of what this date is.

Here's the HOWEVER: Folks have repeatedly reported on transmission failures in Escapes being towed 4-down for several years. Ford might warrant it, but who wants the hassle of having your tranny burn up hundreds of miles away from home? Not worth it to me.

I own a 2012 Ford Escape. It is rated to be flat-towed 4-down, and I have never received a notice from Ford that they have rescinded this approval. No way I will tow this vehicle. Otherwise, it's a nice ride.

If you're starting out considering towing an Escape, my recommendation would be to DON'T.

See signature line for what we tow.
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We have friends who were towing a 2010 Escape ... replaced 3 transmissions in 18 months. Finally gave up and traded to a Ford Edge which has been fine.
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The FMCA web site has a comprehensive review of cars and how they can be towed along with any restrictions they have.
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I appreciate the advice, of course Camping World is ok with selling/installing a roadmaster setup for my 2011. 3k for the works....not sure what I'll do.
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