Do I Need a Base Plate Kit on My 2002 Ford Escape for it To Be Towed Behind a Tow Vehicle
asked by: Don H
Yes, if you wanted to tow a 2002 Ford Escape with a Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar, 5,000 lbs, part # 63180, you would need a base plate like the Roadmaster Base Plates for the 2002 Escape by Ford, part # 481-3.
In order you to attach the # 63180 to the # 481-3 you would need to purchase a Roadmaster Base Plate to Tow Ready Tow Bar Adapter, part # RM-025. You may also be interested in a Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, part # RM-201, to make removal and installation a little easier. Keep in mind that this tow bar is rated for towing speeds of 45 miles per hour or less.
A better tow bar option would be the RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, which is designed for towing long distances and more frequently. With this tow bar you will need a set of Quick Disconnects, # RM-201, to easily connect and disconnect the tow bar from the base plates.
You will also need a RoadMaster 68 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs, part # RM-643.
And for tail lights you could use a Magnetic Towing Light Kit, 20 ft. Long Cord, part # C-ATL20A.
If you would like supplemental braking that would lighten the braking load of your tow vehicle I would recommend the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System, part # RM-9400.
Finally be sure to check the towability and pre-towing conditions for your vehicle in the vehicle owners manual or with the vehicle dealer.
expert reply by: Jameson C
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Removable Draw Bars
Hitch Pin Attachment
Bypasses Vehicle Wiring
Removable Tail Light Kit
Drawtite to Roadmaster
Car Side and Tow Bar Side
64 Inch Long
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