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Old 01-24-2022, 10:29 AM   #15
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Yea itís a little frustrating. But it uses the engine for braking, for heating or cooling the battery. So just cause itís on doesnít mean itís doing a lot of work. I just drove 13 miles and engine never turned on. 999 mpg is the max my display goes to.

I think I am going to ordering the 2021 base plate from Roadmaster and give it a try on our 2022.

We also ruled out using the ready Brute at the alignment of the cable coming in through the fire wall was problematic. With a pully it could be made to work.
I would love to hear how things work out with the roadmaster and what your entire setup consists of for towing. Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2022, 02:11 PM   #16
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Tons of folks towing the Trailhawk. I believe it's been in the ten most popular list of toads for years. It will also be more expensive than the Escape, maybe 500 lbs heavier, and mpg's are modest to below average. Trailhawks target audience are folks that will utilize it's very capable off road chops. If that's your bag it would be a great toad. But if you want high mpg's and have no intention to go off road the Escape might be a better fit.
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Old 01-24-2022, 02:27 PM   #17
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Tons of folks towing the Trailhawk. I believe it's been in the ten most popular list of toads for years. It will also be more expensive than the Escape, maybe 500 lbs heavier, and mpg's are modest to below average. Trailhawks target audience are folks that will utilize it's very capable off road chops. If that's your bag it would be a great toad. But if you want high mpg's and have no intention to go off road the Escape might be a better fit.
As much as I like to think I need the capable offroad chops I'm pretty sure I would do fine with a FWD Escape PHEV. Getting up my driveway when it is snowing is about as difficult as it gets for my vehicles
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As much as I like to think I need the capable offroad chops I'm pretty sure I would do fine with a FWD Escape PHEV. Getting up my driveway when it is snowing is about as difficult as it gets for my vehicles


To that end we have a long steep drive way that gets icy. I got Toyo with studs and have no issues so far. We almost never sand it.
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I ended up purchasing a 2021 Cherokee Trailhawk over the weekend. I tried to find an Escape Hybrid anywhere in a 50 mile radius and none were available. I didnít want to special order.

I went to a Jeep dealer and they offered me 4k more than I paid for my Ram 3500 when I bough it new in 2019. So i couldnít turn it down. Have had it for about 5 days now and I am really liking it so far. The vehicle weighs around 4600 pounds but i did the math and will sill be under 5000 after installing a hitch, getting base plates put on it, and getting an aluminum tow bar, and loading up with 3 bikes.

I am looking at the Roadmaster setup, is that a good one or is there a reason to choose another brand?
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I have used RM in two different Jeeps. Many will recommend BO but Iíve read of too many issues over the years. Besides, Roadmaster invented the tow bar system. Everyone else is just a copy.
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I ended up with a Blue Ox and a Roadmaster Invisibrake brake actuator on my Escape. This was mainly because my installation shop primarily uses BO tow bars. I didn't (and don't) have a strong preference to one or the other. I requested the Invisibrake because I wanted a permanent installation and the reviews/success of the Invisibrake were good.
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We just got the escape PHEV with hope to tow. Roadmaster just now has a baseplate for 2021 and are deciding if it will work with the 2022. There is one part with different part number they are concerned about. We like the car. On a 30 mile trip the other day we got 300mpg. Itís not end of the world but the EV only mode does not completely lock out the ICE it will still come on if the car thinks it needs it. But you can learn how to reduce the likelihood.

There is no spare tire so lots of room for a brake system in back where the tire would be. Does have a 12volt inflator sealer system.

I can try to keep you posted on progress.



Looks like Roadmaster has a Escape PHEV base plate now... Their product search website now says this: "Comments: Fits all hybrid and hybrid plug-in models. Date code on box must be 1/10/22 and newer to fit the plug-in models and 2022 Escape hybrid."


Blue Ox doesn't seem to list anything yet.



Interested if anybody has done an install yet...


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Old 02-15-2022, 01:48 AM   #23
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Looks like Roadmaster has a Escape PHEV base plate now... Their product search website now says this: "Comments: Fits all hybrid and hybrid plug-in models. Date code on box must be 1/10/22 and newer to fit the plug-in models and 2022 Escape hybrid."


Blue Ox doesn't seem to list anything yet.



Interested if anybody has done an install yet...


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Yes I have the base plate ready to install in a 2022 PHEV. Check back in a week or so. Doing the install myself.

Also have run test on how to charge up house batteries from the escapes 14KW battery. Thatís 1,400 amph
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I ended up purchasing a 2021 Cherokee Trailhawk over the weekend. I tried to find an Escape Hybrid anywhere in a 50 mile radius and none were available. I didnít want to special order.

I went to a Jeep dealer and they offered me 4k more than I paid for my Ram 3500 when I bough it new in 2019. So i couldnít turn it down. Have had it for about 5 days now and I am really liking it so far. The vehicle weighs around 4600 pounds but i did the math and will sill be under 5000 after installing a hitch, getting base plates put on it, and getting an aluminum tow bar, and loading up with 3 bikes.

I am looking at the Roadmaster setup, is that a good one or is there a reason to choose another brand?
This is just from memory so you'll want to confirm. I saw a post a while back and someone used the BO base and it looks to replace the red tow hooks. He had someone weld the tow hooks to a spare set of the BO tabs so the tow hooks are in the base kit when not towing. I thought it was a great set up! I really like the red tow hooks & I would want to retain them also.
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