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PastorCharlie

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Posted: 08/17/20 09:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Friend couple that we convoy with across the USA left my home on one visit and I noticed two black lines out my driveway and down the highway. I chased them down and and stopped them. Sometimes people forget to move the cars out of park when they begin to tow.

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down home wrote:

Well, We are stranded. Ford took five days and they say it is ours and Sun Valley's problem. We have no receipts. Ford paid for it. Sun valley doesn't know what they are doing and we can't move the car from Ford's lot..until tires are put on..and they did not send State Farm photos requested so they will cover the tires. Then the coach,the transfer switch quit. 4 to 6 days and find someone to install it. Another 500.00+ plus. Wife is about to collapse and I may not be far behind. Never buy another Ford and that is about every auto we have bought.


Been driving Fords almost exclusively for 40 years & been very pleased. Still pull my 2014 Edge. But I won't be buying a Ford to use as a toad any time soon.


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Sorry to hear of the issues, but this is a classic case of needin to have some knowledge of what you’re operating and responsibility to check proper operation and the ability to understand and maintain, or be at the mercy of others.

Tough spot though, hope you get the best possible resolution.

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Friend couple that we convoy with across the USA left my home on one visit and I noticed two black lines out my driveway and down the highway. I chased them down and and stopped them. Sometimes people forget to move the cars out of park when they begin to tow.
And I'm sure some forget to put them in park as mine requires. [emoticon]


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What does your Ford Edge's owner's manual say about towing it 4 down?
Specifically, look for the section on recreational towing. Does it say that you need to disconnect the battery before towing it? Some Ford vehicles require that.

This sounds like you have one that requires you to disconnect the battery when flat towing, to prevent exactly what happened to you - transmission electronically shifting into gear while towing.

If that is the case (required to disconnect battery when towing and you did not), then Ford is right on here, and this is indeed your responsibility. This would not be the first time that has happened, either.

The other issues you had with brakes apparently dragging and doing some damage....Welll, that's a whol'e nother story, and shows why no matter what system you use, you need to wire in an indicator light of some kind so that you know in the Motorhome exactly when the towed vehicle's brakes are engaging or not. If you'd had that, there is a good chance you'd have known there was an issue before it did so much damage.


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I may be wrong but I don't believe the 2019 Edges and up can be towed 4 wheels down. Unless there is some kind of way around it.


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New ford edge was being towed by a friend of mine and both rear tires were flat on the tread. parking brake came on. left at a ford store and nothing was done or figured why it happened. It was a long story so he bought a car trailer and carried it back to Canada to the dealer where t was purchased. I need to find out what happened. the last time I saw them was when my wife fell out of that car and broke her leg in 2 places in January. chevman


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For 14 years I've had a cab light connected to the toad brake lights so that I know when the toad brakes are applied, no help with the ebrake of course.

I would not want a toad that required disconnecting the battery. A sitch external to the hood area might be acceptable.

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For 14 years I've had a cab light connected to the toad brake lights so that I know when the toad brakes are applied, no help with the ebrake of course.


Yep, I do the same, always have. Am a firm believer that no matter what toad braking system one uses, it is a very good idea to wire some kind of indicator to let you know any time toad vehicle's brakes are being applied. Without that, if something goes wrong and toad's brakes start dragging...By the time you realize it up in the Motorhome cab, a LOT of expensive damage may well already be done to your toad.

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I would not want a toad that required disconnecting the battery. A sitch external to the hood area might be acceptable.


Agreed, wouldn't want that, either, not even if it was via a switch. Would get very old, having to reset the clocks, etc. in the car after every trip. That, and I'd always be afraid I'd forget one time to disconnect it and would cause a bunch of damage.

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You all must have some high powered Are Vees there!
I can feel a brake hanging up a little on a trailer behind a diesel pickup, but there are folks who can drag a car down the road in park or with the brakes locked up and not notice anything is a bit off??

If that's the case, you only need to look in the mirror to assign blame or fault. Wake up!

I've said it before, driving or towing a large vehicle or trailer isnt in everyone's bag of tricks.
I'd never attempt surgery or computer programming and some people shouldn't tow things.

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