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Old 10-20-2018, 04:52 PM   #1
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Ford Edge as a Toad?

As I am getting closer to retirement (4 1/2 months!) we are starting to look into cars to tow behind our I 5 30FW for when we take off on some longer trips. I currently have a Subaru, no way to tow it, besides, its 10 yrs old and has 105k miles on it. I read an article in Motorhome Mag that lists all the manufacturers and all the flat towable cars they make, 2018 models. DH is partial to Ford. I don't want a Jeep for sure. Anyone with any experience with the Ford Edge as a tow car? I want a cross over so it needs to be about that big. Another must have for me is heated seats. Any other recommendations?
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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A couple of questions......

Does your tow vehicle HAVE to be new?
Other years offer more choice.
Other years offer smaller choices.

Just asking.
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A couple of questions......

Does your tow vehicle HAVE to be new?
Other years offer more choice.
Other years offer smaller choices.

Just asking.
Doesn't have to be new, but want low miles as I tend to keep my cars a looong time, not sure I want a smaller choice, I take my dogs a lot and need to have room for them. And they are not small, 40lbs each. And a 3rd on the way.
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:13 PM   #4
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just a quick note. When you say no Jeep, I presume you are referring to the Wrangler. I tow a 2006 Jeep Commander with about 130000 miles and it's a jewel. And, its got heated seats! BTW, I like Fords also.
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:38 PM   #5
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We have towed a 2016 Edge for the last two years about 25,000 now.

Have had no problems. Use a Roadmaster bar and plate.

BTW, not all Edge's can be towed four down, we have the AWD 2.0L Sport.

Make sure you read the Ford Owner Manual. Any other questions/concerns

would be glad to share.
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just a quick note. When you say no Jeep, I presume you are referring to the Wrangler. I tow a 2006 Jeep Commander with about 130000 miles and it's a jewel. And, its got heated seats! BTW, I like Fords also.
They stopped making it after 2010. Carmax has a bunch of them but they all have over 100k miles. Oh well.
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We have towed a 2016 Edge for the last two years about 25,000 now.

Have had no problems. Use a Roadmaster bar and plate.

BTW, not all Edge's can be towed four down, we have the AWD 2.0L Sport.

Make sure you read the Ford Owner Manual. Any other questions/concerns

would be glad to share.
Thanks, Joe!
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2016 Ford Edge as Toad

I have a 2016 Ford Edge - AWD, V6 engine, automatic transmission. Have towed it 18,000 miles behind a Class C and a Class A (gas) including Rockie Mtns.

As previously stated, you must verify with Ford which engines are flat towable for the year you look at. In 2016, the standard 4 cylinder engine was NOT flat towable.

I use a Blue Ox Tow bar, 10,000 lb 4" drop down adapter (do NOT use the smaller 5,000 lb drop down adapter even though it appears to be enough. I am using the Blue Ox Patriot 2 portable brake system. I like it and set up is not a problem. Some people want a permanently installed system.

I recommend using an experienced installer for the lights, break away switch, and 12V power to the brake. We had problems with the Hopkins wiring harness (back in 2017) and the installer ended up using diodes and the Ford lights. I elected to have a remote battery disconnect switch installed. There is a small switch in the driver's kick panel connected to a solendoid which disconnects the battery (as Ford requires). Only downside of the disconnect is the clock loses its DST setting and must be reset and the last radio station used is lost - not much of an issue.

I have found that after a long tow the check engine light comes on and then goes off after several starts. I have had a Ford dealer check the codes when the light is on and they could not find anything and there has not been an issue with anything.

Note that Ford says to not exceed 65 MPH when towing and to stop after 6 hours and run the engine for 5 minutes. I believe this is to circulate transmission fluid. There is a brief procedure each morning, after 6 hours, and after towing for the day to run the engine for 5 minutes and move the gear shift through Drive, Reverse, and Neutral to circulate transmission fluid.

The 65 MPH limit is not an issue for me since my comfort level goes down rapidly at higher speeds.

On another note - we love the Edge. Drives great, well built, and holds a lot of stuff for daily use.

Lastly, depending on how it is optioned and what is stored inside, the Edge can weigh over 4,000 lbs. Make sure that your motor home has enough GCWR capacity and a strong enough hitch to pull it. I am just under my 30,000 GCWR when towing which does impact acceleration with my F53 chassis. Not an issue for us, but it is noticably slower than without the toad.

You can PM me if you have other questions I can help with.
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We don't need a TOAD with our 5er and truck but, I thought Id chime in because we have and have owned two Ford Edge vehicles.

We have loved them both. Comfortable, roomy, good visibility and peppy.

One suggestion get the rear pull shade to block anyone from seeing what is stored back there. It is not expensive and just is a snap in add, too convenient to do without.
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We have towed a 2012 Edge for three years now and are 100% happy. It's also our everyday driver when home. Just be sure to get the correct engine and tranny as you can't tow the small one. Enjoy
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