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Old 05-05-2014, 05:32 PM
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I have a 2013 Ford Escape SE, front wheel drive, EcoBoost Engine with tow package. the vehicle states a 3500 lb towing capacity. I have a 5*8 enclosed v nose trailer that I regularly pull for work, and the vehicle does fine. I am a bit concerned about pushing the limits with a trailered boat. I am looking to purchase a 20' CC .

Should I be looking for a different vehicle before getting serious about the boat, or am I ok with the Escape?

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I suggest you start looking for a different tow vehicle.
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I agree about going for something different for towing a boat. FWD's are not designed for towing, and very short wheelbase SUV's don't handle weights well.

When people are going to be towing fiberglass bass boats or larger boats, there's just no substitution for a full size pickup truck or SUV. They have been designed to handle heavier trailers--both in stopping and braking.
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As long as the boat you get is less than 3500 lbs for boat motor and trailer you should not have any problems.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
As long as the boat you get is less than 3500 lbs for boat motor and trailer you should not have any problems.
Also subtract from the boat, motor and trailer weight, the weight of any additional passenger's and gear you intend to bring with you.
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My wife has a 2014 same Escape. I'd not dunk a 16' tin boat with it ~~ on a steep ramp it is going to be wet. That's why I have a Ram 4X4 with a Hemi...
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I wouldn't tow anything other than a single jet ski with an Escape. My company car is an Escape, while it's fun to drive for a little SUV and it gets great gas mileage, it's not meant to tow much.
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Thanks for the feedback. Looks like i'll be buying an old truck, or upgrading my wife's vehicle. The Escape is a company car, so i'm stuck with it for now...
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Don't you know you can't tow anything unless its a 4x4 Diesel Dually.!?

My buddy tows a 15' whaler with an acura sedan and has no issue pulling it out of a ramp ever.

That being said a 20' boat would push the limits but you could be fine with something smaller.
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Using THT logic, you're going to need a F550 and a tri axle trailer with kodiak brakes on all the axles. Also dont forget your trailer safety kit, 6 spares, jack, infrared temperature gauge and onboard air compressor. This will work around town. Once you get on the highway its a whole different set of equipment.
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Originally Posted by pfifla1 View Post
Don't you know you can't tow anything unless its a 4x4 Diesel Dually.!?

My buddy tows a 15' whaler with an acura sedan and has no issue pulling it out of a ramp ever.

That being said a 20' boat would push the limits but you could be fine with something smaller.
A 15' Whaler with the engine is around 1200lbs without a trailer, your typical 20' CC is going to be around 3,000lbs without a trailer. Big difference.

Also, depending on the Acura Sedan, it actually may be better at towing than an Escape. An Escape is basically a raised up Focus.

He could get away with something along the lines of a Ford Explorer, but I'd stay away from towing much with a compact SUV
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I have one for a company car and I can't imagine pulling a 20' boat with it. . .and I've been known to push the limits of ny tow vehicles
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Apparently on this forum the towing capacity of the vehicle means nothing. Just make sure you know the TRUE weight of your setup and all the gear you're carrying because fuel, extra passengers, coolers, etc can put you over the limit. If you stay within the capacities you'll be legal and safe. There are dudes here that think you need a diesel to tow a jon boat but I think that's crazy. If the manufacturer says its safe to tow 3500 pounds then I don't see why you can't do it. Our tow capacities are VERY conservative here in the US.
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Apparently on this forum the towing capacity of the vehicle means nothing. Just make sure you know the TRUE weight of your setup and all the gear you're carrying because fuel, extra passengers, coolers, etc can put you over the limit. If you stay within the capacities you'll be legal and safe. There are dudes here that think you need a diesel to tow a jon boat but I think that's crazy. If the manufacturer says its safe to tow 3500 pounds then I don't see why you can't do it. Our tow capacities are VERY conservative here in the US.
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Originally Posted by vertigo View Post
I suggest you start looking for a different tow vehicle.
maybe a Rav4
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
A 15' Whaler with the engine is around 1200lbs without a trailer, your typical 20' CC is going to be around 3,000lbs without a trailer. Big difference.

Also, depending on the Acura Sedan, it actually may be better at towing than an Escape. An Escape is basically a raised up Focus.

He could get away with something along the lines of a Ford Explorer, but I'd stay away from towing much with a compact SUV
What he said.
Thats a 1.6 4cyl I beleive on a focus chassis. Can't be very comfortable at highway speeds with a 20' CC.
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
A 15' Whaler with the engine is around 1200lbs without a trailer, your typical 20' CC is going to be around 3,000lbs without a trailer. Big difference.

Also, depending on the Acura Sedan, it actually may be better at towing than an Escape. An Escape is basically a raised up Focus.

He could get away with something along the lines of a Ford Explorer, but I'd stay away from towing much with a compact SUV
Thanks for the clarification... since i said "a 20' would push the limits of the vehicle"

the acura has a lower towing capacity than the escape. 2500 lbs....
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I'm opening up myself for massive flames here, but I launch my 20' cc with the exact drivetrain as your Escape almost daily in the summer.

I have a Ford Edge with the 2.0 ecoboost engine (240HP/270FT-LB), in a front wheel drive. It is rated at 3500lbs. My boat with engine, gas and trailer is right at 3500 lbs, certified scale weighed. I keep my boat on a trailer at the marina, so I tow it 100 feet to the ramp every day and it a great launch vehicle. Front wheel drive is actually an advantage on a slick ramp vs. RWD. My front tires stay on dry pavement and the torque of the turbo pulls the boat out with authority.

That said, I would NOT use this set up to tow regularly more than a mile or two, and certainly never at high speed. If I have to go somewhere with my boat further than a mile or two, I borrow a truck. The rear suspension is the limiting factor, not the engine/transmission. These cars just don't have the suspension to handle this much weight comfortably. If you are near your ramp, you'll be fine. Have to pull it over the road or at speed and I wouldn't feel safe with this chassis.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
maybe a Rav4
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I am looking to get a 2014 Escape with the 2.0L to pull my 15' 1969 Crestliner with a total weight around 1100 lbs. Wouldn't this crossover do the job?

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