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Old 11-13-2006, 07:27 PM   #1
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Towing and trailer for a 4cyl Ford escape?

I am taking a new job in Dallas, and I need to make the move from Orlando. I drive a '06 Ford Escape, with a 2.3L 4cyl engine. Is the Escape good enough to tow my 600rr that far? Any trailers/hitches you can recommend? I thought about crating the bike, but a trailer leaves me more options in the long run. So I'd rather the trailer, if it's practical. I don't want to harm myself, or my car in the process.

I was looking at this: http://www.sportutilitytrailers.com/...2TA-1TS32M.htm

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Old 11-13-2006, 07:28 PM   #2
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It should pull it. My Nephew's 4Cyl Colorodo pulls both our bikes around on a 6x10 trailer.
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You should be fine. Looking at a max of 600-700 lbs which shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:41 PM   #5
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That trailer says Max. 5 inch tire.... so the back tire might not fit in the rail... check that out first! Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:52 PM   #6
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Should be fine, my brother can pull both our bikes with his subaru legacy, no problem. As far as a trailer you could probably rent a small one from uhaul. "one way"
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:58 PM   #7
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Uhaul only allows "intown" rental of motorcylce trailers. I checked on that when I went to FL. Welcome to TX when you get here. You'll enjoy the women a lot more here.
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Thanks for the input. Anyone have a trailer they've used and can recommend? Sounds like the girlfriend is making the trip as well... so I may need a trailer for 2 bikes. ( 600rr, and a FZ6 )

http://www.sportutilitytrailers.com/...2TA-2TS76M.htm

That look better?

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Old 11-13-2006, 08:02 PM   #9
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I used to pull 2 quads on a snowmobile trailer with my 2002 4 cyl accord. You should be fine
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I think Harbor Freight had a folding 2 motorcyle trailer for under $350. Check out there website and see if they do.
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"intown" rental is silly... i'm riding it anywhere "intown". Uhaul is goofy sometimes.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:07 PM   #12
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I use to have a Tacoma with a 2.4L. It had the factory tow package which was rated a 4k pounds with a 5speed. The Toyota wasn’t overly quick but I towed various stuff with a trailer all the time. Never had a problem; in fact I’m buying another Toyota this spring.
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I know very little about bikes....but I am learning fast (thanks to all you guys)....but, I am very good with Fords (my Job). Your Zetec 4 cylinder is more then enough. The total tow capacity for your Escape (4 cyl...either Trans) is 1500lbs (verified in manuals). A class 2 hitch is the option when your Escape was new, so I would recommend using that to maintain the rated specs. Your bike weighs roughly 361lbs...allowing for a 1139 lb trailer (thats a damn hefty trailer ). My only recomendation is to make sure when you tie the bars down, you really push that front suspension down and use tie downs!

Hope it helps ease U?
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Thanks NraGed, that definatly makes me feel a bit better. My little truck isn't near as meaty as all the other trucks that I saw when I went to the Gap. So I was worried.

Would you recommend trying to get a factory hitch, or would a 3rd party one be fine?
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:17 PM   #15
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Ford doesn't make the factory hitch. I believe they are all Drawtight hitches. Ford just does the middle man thing and scoops a few bucks by putting thier name on it! So, save yourself the $$$. Just get a brand name one and make sure the wiring kit is the right one fot the vehicle.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:28 PM   #16
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Thanks again NraGed! DrawTite-Hitches.com lists only a Class III and a Class III-IV for my Escape. Is that better or worse then the Class II? I figured I can use the better one, but I'm not sure if Class I or III is better then the II you originally mentioned.
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:43 PM   #18
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class 1 is very light duty...it would probably be alright to pull your bike, but do you ever want to use it to pull anything else? Maybe a boat, maybe a small camper? A class 2 would be a little heavier duty (the small square looking hitch). It would handle any of those future ideas. A class 3 hitch would be those bigger, 2 inch or so square ones that you see on the back of most pick-ups, and suv's. The class 3 is the one you'd pull a car trtailer, large boat or even tree stump with? I think class 2 is where you want to be (It is a 4 cyl). ******goto "www.draw-tite.com" ...in the search box enter "36420" (It looks alot like the ones we sell at the dealer...hmmm?...lol)
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:43 AM   #19
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I run a class 1 hitch on my acura integra and pull the Uhaul motorcycle trailer. fine for one bike with my 4cyl.

this is the harbor freight triailer. 2 bikes wont fit well, without rubbing. been there, done that.



I bought my hitch through hitchmart.com and its a hiddenhitch brand. bolted in-took 15 minutes to install. I also bought the light wriing kit and its plug-n-play.

hitch.

you'll notice the class 1 hitch is a flat bar (bar not installed in pic) and a class 2 will be a square receiver tube.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:36 AM   #20
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Thanks guys for your help. I've ordered a hitch and trailer... and now getting ready for the move. Next question, what do I need to tie down the bike? Any recommendations for what to use?
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:24 AM   #21
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I think towing capacity has somewhat to do with the chassis, but also has a lot to do with the cooling capacity of the cooling system. I have a 2.4L Honda Element and it's rated at 1500lbs. I know others have towed heavier. Two bikes should be fine. Anything more than the recommended tow capacity, and I would keep an eye on the water temps. You're SUV will pull it. The question (if you go heavier than tow capacity) is, "Will the cooling system handle it?" I think the tow capacity of an Escape is much like my E: 1500 lbs.
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You can go to Home Depot and pick up ratcheting straps. I would recommend getting a pack of four with a 500lb load capacity per bike.
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You may want to consider a more multipurpose trailer. They do come in handy for more than just bikes.
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When I picked up my new bike from the Honda dealer.....they loaded it and everything (they were awesome). We had like a landscaping type trailer? They used ratchet straps to the handlebars, and had 2 of us crush the front suspension down. While we pushed, they tied the bike down snug plus a couple ratchets. When we let off the suspension, the pressure from the springs really tightened everything down. I was a little concerned about the front suspension being under load for a couple hours (the ride home), but they said that would be fine for that short time. Either way, everything workied out awesome, and I would recommend ratchet straps because i have seen them work fantastic! For the back of the bike...we used another ratchet strap from one back corner of the trailer, through the rim, around the rim once, and to the other back corner of the trailer...then gave it a few ratchets to keep everything in place for the trip.

Maybe this will give you an idea of what you could use?
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:23 PM   #25
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I didn't see if youd ordered a trailer or not but why not just rent a truck from uhaul and put your bikes in it along with your other stuff and tow your car?
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Because UHaul trucks don't normally have great tie down spots, plus you never want to take a UHaul on a trip because it's like .20 a mile or something like that. Might as well go rent from Enterprise. UHaul makes money on the miles, that's why you can rent a truck for $20/day.
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Uhaul wants almost $2000 for a truck one way from Orlando to Dallas. Enterprise won't rent 1 way across state lines. I figured I'd just buy a trailer and be out cheaper then Uhaul. Besides, now I can come back for BikeWeek and Biketoberfest much easier. I'm also not gonna be able to throw my bike on my buddies trailer and take it to the gap... I'll have to meet him there.

And thanks again Nra... that gives me a much better idea of how to tie it down, and what I'll need.
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You should be fine towing it like everyone said. The thing I would be on the lookout for the most is theft. If you park at a hotel, be very careful. I'm in the military and there's a lot of incidents where people were moving to a new base, and their U-Hauls and trailers got totally plundered. Their whole life gone just like that. I recommend a gun of some sort unless you plan to drive the whole way non-stop.

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you should be fine.
I have the harbor freight trailer also.
Car doing the towing is 2.0 liter 4 banger
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