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Old 07-15-2019, 12:52 PM   #21
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My 2014 Explorer Sport turned 100K and my Ford extended warranty was ending, so I decided to upgrade. The Explorer gave us good service and towed very well behind the Seneca. Decided on a 2019 Ford Edge ST, picked it up last week. It has a 2.7L twin turbo V-6 Ecoboost, it motivates very well! Maybe a little quicker than the old Sport which was no slouch itself. Plus the ST has all the latest safety doodads, it practically can drive itself!

Finished installing the Blue Ox baseplate kit today, it went very smoothly Hardest part was drilling the bumper support to install a couple of 1/2" bolts. That steel is hard! All other drilling was easy comparatively. The kit is very well designed and fit like a glove.

Found an easy place in the firewall to bring in power and the breakaway wiring for the EvenBrake, have to finish that part and then wire the tail lights tomorrow. Plus I have to paint those bolts that retain the lighting receptacle, they stick out like a sore thumb!

Funniest part of it all is my wife. She has seen it before several times, but she is still amazed that I take apart a perfectly good brand new vehicle and do this to it. She periodically sticks her head out into the garage (after she gets home from work), looks at my progress, then shakes her head and goes back into house.

Congrats Rob! Looks good!!
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:55 PM   #22
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Wanted to tow my wife’s Honda. Called my dealer about Blue Ox hutch and base plate. Was quoted $7000. Talked to a local shop got entire set up installed for $1200. So shop around. Having other issues with my dealer as well.
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Wanted to tow my wife’s Honda. Called my dealer about Blue Ox hutch and base plate. Was quoted $7000. Talked to a local shop got entire set up installed for $1200. So shop around. Having other issues with my dealer as well.
A quote like that means the dealer didn't want to do it. That's just astronomical.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:31 PM   #24
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Successful towing test completed, went very well. Don't even have to adjust my hitch drop, towbar is level after installation.

Pre-towing procedure not too difficult, first run car for five minutes to circulate transmission fluid. Shut engine off, set electric parking brake, disengage transmission park mode, release parking brake, lock car, engage battery cutout switch to kill all power. Tow away! Reverse procedure at destination.
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Thank for the information. So far I've done step 1....picked up my new Edge ST yesterday.

Time to start collecting the other stuff.

Q. What do you mean by "disengage transmission park mode".
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Funniest part of it all is my wife. She has seen it before several times, but she is still amazed that I take apart a perfectly good brand new vehicle and do this to it. She periodically sticks her head out into the garage (after she gets home from work), looks at my progress, then shakes her head and goes back into house.
Should have heard my wife when I started cutting out the openings for the windows on a brand new panel van that I customized in the 70's. To this day she still talks about it.
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Thank for the information. So far I've done step 1....picked up my new Edge ST yesterday.

Time to start collecting the other stuff.

Q. What do you mean by "disengage transmission park mode".
Under the dash to the left of the steering column is a small rectangular enclosure. It has a black cover on it that you remove by first taking out a very small Phillips screw. The screw is in the side towards the passenger side of the car. Once the screw is out the cover pops off by sticking your fingernail under the edge.

Inside the enclosure is an orange tether strap hooked to a cable. You pull the tether outward (towards the rear of the car) and then the cable "locks" into a small recess in the lower right corner of the enclosure to hold the cable pulled out. That cable attaches to the transmission and disengages the internal park pawl so the vehicle can be towed. Before pulling and disengaging Park you apply the parking brake to ensure the car doesn't roll.

After towing complete you pull out again on the tether so the cable can disengage from the enclosure then release the tether so that Park is again functional. Stuff the tether back in and replace the cover. It snaps back on, I do not plan to replace the small screw since the covers stays on just fine.
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Under the dash to the left of the steering column is a small rectangular enclosure. It has a black cover on it that you remove by first taking out a very small Phillips screw. The screw is in the side towards the passenger side of the car. Once the screw is out the cover pops off by sticking your fingernail under the edge.

Inside the enclosure is an orange tether strap hooked to a cable. You pull the tether outward (towards the rear of the car) and then the cable "locks" into a small recess in the lower right corner of the enclosure to hold the cable pulled out. That cable attaches to the transmission and disengages the internal park pawl so the vehicle can be towed. Before pulling and disengaging Park you apply the parking brake to ensure the car doesn't roll.

After towing complete you pull out again on the tether so the cable can disengage from the enclosure then release the tether so that Park is again functional. Stuff the tether back in and replace the cover. It snaps back on, I do not plan to replace the small screw since the covers stays on just fine.
Thanks, I did read about the teather in the manual. I'm sure i'll pick your brain when I start my project.

What did towing the Edge do to your MPG? I know you have a diesel and i have the E-450.
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Thanks, I did read about the teather in the manual. I'm sure i'll pick your brain when I start my project.

What did towing the Edge do to your MPG? I know you have a diesel and i have the E-450.
I previously had a Chateau Class C built on a Ford E-450. Towing with my 2014 Ford Explorer Sport would knock down my mileage at least 1.5 mpg. That Explorer was what I just traded in for my Edge. Now on my Seneca (diesel) towing the Explorer maybe drops the economy 1 mpg compared to driving without it. We haven't taken any longer trips with the new Edge but it likely will be about the same as the Explorer.

Just a couple more points about the Edge ST. With its electrically-applied/released parking brake, Ford has programmed the system to apply the parking brake whenever it feels it might be necessary. That is the reason the parking brake must be released as one of the last steps before towing and then the battery must be disconnected to keep it off. When the battery is turned back on the parking brake then applies itself.

I installed the Roadmaster battery disconnect system on my Edge to make it super easy to disconnect the battery. But instead of mounting the activation switch inside like the instructions indicate, I mounted a weatherproof switch behind the front grille. That way I can prepare the car for towing, close the driver door, lock the car with the fob, then walk to the front and push the disconnect switch. Then when at destination the first thing I do is hit the switch to turn the battery on so I can use the fob to unlock the door to continue the disconnect process.

I have attached a document I put together from the sections of the Owner's Manual. I found it easier to go through it like this instead of flipping pages. At least until it becomes second nature!
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