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2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby matt_m - October 14th, 2018, 10:23 pm

Just traded in the 2012 2WD Limited we bought nearly new (9K miles a year old) for a 2018 SEL 4WD.

I ordered the Husky Liners which I assume will be as great as the ones I've had in an F150, a Milan, our previous Escape, and our current Fusion. And if anyone in SE MI/NW OH with a 20??-2012 needs them, I have a decent set of used ones that will be going on Craigslist as will a number of factory premium sound parts from the 2012.

I ordered an aftermarket cargo cover--seems like they get good reviews for 1/3-1/2 the price and we rarely use it. Was this a mistake?

I ordered the Reese hitch and the Curt wiring harness. Again, we rarely use it but when we need it, we need it. Any install tips? Looks like battery access is going to be fun.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby Charles - October 15th, 2018, 7:54 am

It has been awhile since I had this generation Escape. I had a hitch put on the 2014 Escape and it wasn't that easy.

etrailer rates the installation difficulty at a 9 out of 10. Also according to etrailer, you will more than likely have to do the following to allow the hitch to be installed:

Access holes may need to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or rotary tool
Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation
Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation


If you have the "Hands Free" tailgate access, your "batting average" for getting it to work will be diminished. My "batting average" was only .300 - .400 anyway, so that didn't matter to me. :lol:

The battery access isn't going to be easy either and I have no tips to give. :worry:
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby matt_m - October 15th, 2018, 9:38 am

I misspoke, I ordered the Drawtite hitch which is supposed to take about 15 minutes.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby bangster - October 15th, 2018, 9:51 am

matt_m wrote:Just traded in the 2012 2WD Limited we bought nearly new (9K miles a year old) for a 2018 SEL 4WD.

I ordered the Reese hitch and the Curt wiring harness. Again, we rarely use it but when we need it, we need it. Any install tips? Looks like battery access is going to be fun.


Congrats on the new E! Since the SEL isn't available with the hands free liftgate (just power), you are fine there.

I don't know how the Reese mounts, I think it is similar to the Curt that Installed on my 2017. I went with it because the crossbar is hidden behind the bumper cover, and went with class II for the smaller profile, but it sticks down and I find myself wishing I went with the class III for using it with accessories. The one I installed required slight heat shield cutting and dropping of the exhaust, it took maybe an hour to do by myself with the rear of the vehicle up on ramps.

All you see the the receiver tube on this one, not the crossbar:
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I used the Curt wiring harness, and tapped into a fuse in the rear cargo compartment fuse box! 3 feet of wire instead of 20 under the vehicle. I got an add a fuse tap and the wires never leave the cargo area (unless I am towing and take it out of the spare tire area where it is coiled up). I picked an unused circuit, I used a VOM to find one with constant power (the black square with the red fuse at a 90 degrees is the add a fuse tap).
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I left the wiring inside instead of routing it to the outside and mounting it. I tow infrequently (so far only 5 times), so it makes sense for me:
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby bangster - October 15th, 2018, 9:55 am

That one is simpler to install, yes. With most of them you have to enlarge to hole to get the hardware into the sub frame, depending on where you live be sure to paint it so it isn't raw steel rusting.

I wanted to not see the crossbar so I didn't go with that hitch, even the hidden hitch hung down below the bumper, but it is personal preference more than anything.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby matt_m - October 15th, 2018, 9:55 am

I like that idea. I hated routing that power wire safely to the front on the 2012. The DrawTite has a mounting tab for the harness but if we use it once a year for towing I'll be surprised. Even bikes, maybe a few times a year tops. But as my wife and I discussed if/when we need it, we need it so just get it on there now.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby bangster - October 15th, 2018, 10:47 am

I also want to find out if I tap into the tow circuit in the cargo area fuse box, and enable sway control will it turn on when I have a trailer plugged in, but with the 1.5l and the limit of can tow I don't see me needing it, but a poorly loaded trailer might make me change my mind.

With the 1 1/4 receiver I can actually keep it along with a ball attached in the foam spacer around the spare tire, I have done 1 "emergency" tow and am glad I had it (and another ball) with me and a four flat to 4 round adapter.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby matt_m - October 16th, 2018, 11:24 am

What have you guys found works well for drop/raise on the ball mount? Since I have Class II from the previous escape I need to buy everything new. Considering just getting one of those dual- or tri-ball deals and being done with it if that works.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby bangster - October 16th, 2018, 4:04 pm

For my Horrible Freight folding trailer and a small landscaping trailer with 12 inch wheels I use my receiver with the 1 1/4 drop, and for the UHaul 4x8 and 5x8 I flip it over for 3/4 rise.

Yeah, this is not very precise but the top of my receiver is nearly exactly 14 inches off the ground:
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This is one thing I like about having the 1 1/4 receiver:
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This is with 3/4 rise, the 5x8 UHaul trailer, the front of the trailer was barely an inch higher than the rear. I will likely buy another ball mount with a little more drop.
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Re: 2012 to 2018, Couple Questions

Postby Escapeism - October 17th, 2018, 6:51 am

Somebody rear ended me. Only bent my OEM hitch so I took the insurance money, found a new OEM hitch on ebay and installed it myself. Wasn't that bad.
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