So, why not use 1 of these class II setups ?? : Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch Ball Mounts | etrailer.com
Make sure it is 1 of the Class IIs, and not
1 of the Class Is.
Double check the sticker on the hitch. I should read something like "Class II, 3500 lb. maximum tow capacity, 350 lb. maximum tongue weight. Unless it is stated on the hitch, you will not be able to use a weight distributing hitch.
It is also a note on the Ford towing guide that the Escape is not wired for trailer brakes, which probably means that you have a 4 prong trailer plug. You would have to run wires for a Bargman plug which would inclued 12 volt, brakes, and backup lites (if your trailer has those), in addition to the current setup.
If Ford says that their setup will tow that much, then that should work......but barely. I am thinking on the lines of fodomke.......it is not going to be a pleasant experience.
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