How to Tow With a Ford Escape


The Ford Escape is capable of towing a mid-sized trailer when equipped properly. With a little knowledge and some practice, you'll be safely towing a trailer in no time.

  • Determine the hitch weight capacity. This information is found on the hitch or in the Escape owner's manual. There are four weight-capacity classifications: Class I (up to 2,000 pounds), Class II (up to 3,500 pounds), Class III (up to 5,000 pounds) and Class IV (up to 10,000 pounds).

  • Calculate the trailer's total weight by adding its weight to the weight of the cargo. The trailer's weight will be listed on a data plate as GTW (Gross Trailer Weight). You will have to make a calculated guess of your cargo's weight.

  • Determine if you can safely tow the trailer and its cargo with your Ford Escape. The 2011 Escape is rated for 1,500 pounds with the 2.5-liter engine and 3,500 pounds with the 3.0-liter engine. The trailer's weight should be less than the capacity of the vehicle and also less than the capacity of the hitch.

  • Connect the trailer's coupler to the vehicle hitch. Close the hitch latch and secure it with a hitch pin. Fasten the trailer's chains to the vehicle, crossing them under the coupler. Attach the trailer's electrical connection to the vehicle's power supply.

  • Double-check all connections and inspect the vehicle and trailer for any possible safety concerns. It is wise to test the trailer's lights before every trip.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are new to towing, practice on country roads or in an empty parking lot until you are comfortable with your vehicle's handling and braking when towing.

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