Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Dinghy Towing: 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Dinghy Towing

Open Roads Forum  >  Dinghy Towing  >  Vehicles

 > 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
k9dad

Florida

Full Member

Joined: 03/18/2013

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/10/20 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for a new toad(old one is 10 years old) and saw that the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid was listed in the FMCA magazine as being able to be flat towed. Has anyone purchased one yet for this purpose? Any info regarding this vehicle would be appreciated.

Lwiddis

Lone Pine, CA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/10/20 09:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d confirm with Ford before doing anything else.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


rjstractor

Maple Valley, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/20/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/10/20 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The older-gen Escape hybrids are towable but the new one is likely a different animal. Like was said, get the word directly from Ford. FWIW, we had an older one in the family for quite a while. Other than a couple of hybrid component cooling issues that were covered by recall it was dead reliable and my kids could not kill it. It was still running well at 175K miles with no degradation in battery performance, despite naysayers at the time who said the battery would need to be replaced at 80K miles at 7 grand a pop.

Y-Guy

Tri-Cities, WA

Moderator

Joined: 03/04/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/10/20 08:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those casually looking at what they could tow four down the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Towing Guides is a great place to start. It provide a great overview, but doesn’t get into many details.

For those that know more details; make, model, transmission, engine, etc. Then the REMOCO Towing Store is a great resource. It will tell you more details about towing; if you can, limitations, if you can’t or if a Lube Pump might solve the limitation.

But the ultimate authority is the actual Owners Manual that came with the vehicle. In most cases you can do a Google Search with the year make and model to find one online. Bu you will want to verify with the actual owners manual of that vehicle to be sure.

There are users that find out that they can tow four down just fine, going against what the manufacture states. If you go this route you’re on your own if there are any damages, this is why many won’t risk violating the warranty by towing against the owners manual recommendation.

Even vehicles that could be towed one year might not be recommended the next year, either changes to electronics, transmission, engine or the bean counters can all influence the change.


2007 Winnebago Sightseer 35J
2011 Jeep Wrangler

Home Skillet

Pearland Texas

Senior Member

Joined: 10/21/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/10/20 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ford says YES to 4 down towing.

Look on page 13


2005 Gulf Stream Conquest 31ft
BigFoot Levelers,TST in tire TPMS,Bilstein Shocks,Trans temp guage,Lowrace iWAY

belisba

Saginaw, TX

New Member

Joined: 07/26/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/26/20 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just purchased a 2020 2.5L FWD Ford Escape Hybrid SE Sport. I needed two things from my purchase. First, I must like the vehicle enough to drive everyday to work and also fit nicely in my garage. The Escape Hybrid is a nice vehicle and I'm pleased with its performance, style, and features.

The second thing for me was four-down towing. I don't have a place to store a separate toad car so having my everyday car be my toad car as well is a real must for me.

To date, I'm still reading the owners manual and haven't towed the vehicle behind my Class-C or purchased/configured the vehicle for flat towing so this forum is of great interest for me to learn from you and share my experience.

What I've learned so far:

The owners manual gives flat-towing instructions ONLY for the H4F45 (HF45) transmission.

To confirm your transmission is flat-towable, go to your vehicles Safety Compliance Label (on the driver's door frame) and look for a Transmission Code of: 5. Number 5 crosses over in the owners manual as a Automatic Transmission-Hybrid-H4F45. If it's 7 or 8, its NOT flat-towable.

Now, one somewhat confusion part is that my Escape Hybrid is FWD, not AWD. This seems to go against the orthodoxy that FWD's are not flat-towable. So, I ran through the procedure on my Escape to put it into "Neutral Tow" mode and didn't have any issues. Would appreciate anyone's feedback on this point.

A couple other points: The owners manual doesn't talk at all about strapping down the steering wheel or putting the steering wheel into an "unlocked" mode. I'll need to explore that more on my own or get someone's input in this forum as to what if any straps are needed, etc.

Brad-Texas

mike brez

Unknown

Senior Member

Joined: 09/27/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 07/26/20 08:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought only the awd was able to be towed 4 down with the 2.5 and the H4F45 trans


1998 36 foot Country Coach Magna #5499 Single slide
Gillig chassis with a series 40
02 Ford F250 7.3 with a few mods
2015 Wrangler JKU

Two Jayhawks

Lenexa Kansas

Senior Member

Joined: 03/17/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/27/20 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a lot of reading to catch up on from a few that are already towing the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid. 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid


Bill & Kelli
2015 DSDP 4366 pulling a 21 JL Unlimited Sport
2002 Safari Zanzibar 3906 gone
1995 Fleetwood Bounder 36JD gone



belisba

Saginaw, TX

New Member

Joined: 07/26/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/29/20 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike,

To your point about AWD vs.FWD. There isn't any distinction in my owners manual, the dingy tow guide, or anywhere else saying 2.5L AWD only or 2.5L FWD not four-down tow-able. Seems the only distinction I'm finding is with the transmissions between the 1.5L, 2.0L, and 2.5L. I agree, it seems contrary to orthodoxy but I think Hybrids kind of run to their own tune sometimes. I would like to here from someone who has a FWD like I do and here their experience.

Brad-Texas

belisba

Saginaw, TX

New Member

Joined: 07/26/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/29/20 08:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Two Jays!

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 

Open Roads Forum  >  Dinghy Towing  >  Vehicles

 > 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Dinghy Towing


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.