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towing a bass boat

Postby hot66rod - August 10th, 2014, 10:40 pm

I've got a 2008 Escape V6 Limited w/a class 3 curt hitch. Does anyone pull a bass boat with there's. I've got a small stick steer boat and it pulls it fine but its only a 14' boat. I'm wanting to get a 17 to 19' boat. Just trying to see how other people's Escape does. Thanks guys.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby onthelam - August 11th, 2014, 8:14 pm

should be no prob. I have the factory class II and have towed a 19' boat. The thing to check is the weight. If your boat and trailer weigh up to 3,500 lb, you can tow it (with a reduction of in-car cargo capacity). At that weight you would want brakes on the trailer.

More likely your rig is 2,000 lb or less, you won't need brakes, and you'll have capacity for passengers and gear.

Unless you are sure the trailer lights are waterproof, you might want to unplug before backing in.

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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby Charles - August 11th, 2014, 9:43 pm

I hauled a 5 x 8 UHaul trailer which weighs a lot more than a bass boat with my 2003 V6 XLT without issue.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby ski4life2008 - August 12th, 2014, 8:28 pm

I tow a Bass Tracker 175 with mine and it tows with no issues. 11 Escape, v6, with a class 3 curt hitch.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby hot66rod - August 12th, 2014, 11:47 pm

thats the boat that i actually am wanting to get...so it pulls it pretty good then.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby ski4life2008 - August 13th, 2014, 8:49 pm

It does. The trailers the same width as the escape and on the highway it's very stable. The only time you know it is behind you is on hills but it's not bad at all. Pulls very nice!
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby tugboat95 - August 20th, 2014, 11:27 pm

I have an 09 Escape with the v6. I have always towed a work trailer weighing up to 2000lbs with it with no problems. I recently bought a camper that fully loaded weighs 3100#. The escape pulls it fine up to about 60mpg. After that the tranny wants to hunt gears if overdrive is left on. I also have a class III and WD hitch. No sway and pulls it great. Only issue is with the short wheel base you will feel every bump on the highway

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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby Heywood_F - August 21st, 2014, 1:42 am

I've got an '08 (V6) with the factory tow package. Also added is a Class-3 hitch mounted below the factory Class-2.
I regularly tow a 2200lb trailer (along with 4 passengers) and the Escape handles it just fine.
I leave the O/D disabled while towing, although you really notice the reduction in fuel economy.
I've not noticed any sway except when passed by large trucks (sway control wasn't an option on the '08s).
Two things that definitely help heavier trailers are electric brakes along with a proportional controller. When adjusted correctly the load on the E's brakes is greatly reduced, especially when going downhill or in emergency situations.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby hot66rod - August 25th, 2014, 12:47 am

thanks guys.
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Re: towing a bass boat

Postby Marrybutt5 - June 1st, 2021, 3:07 pm

I am also owner of bass Boat and for my boat towing i chose reliable Boat transporting Company. This option is simple and save lots of time.
It also ensure safety of your boat.
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