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Will There be an Issue with Steering when Flat Towing a 2016 Ford Edge

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This vehicle has electric steering, will we have a problem with the death wobble due to no power going to steering control when dingy towing. If so how would we fix this.

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I looked up an online version of the owner's manual for your 2016 Ford Edge and it didn't say anything about a concern with the steering. I recommend checking your copy of the owner's manual and then, if you still have questions, a Ford dealer who would know more details about that end of the flat towing process.

For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter.

If you let me know what submodel you have of the Edge (SE, SEL, Sport, or Titanium) and if it has Active Cruise Control I can recommend a specific base plate kit for you. For example, the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-524444-5 fits all 4 models (excluding the 2.0L EcoBoost) as long as they don't have Active Cruise Control.

A compatible tow bar is the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain # RM-522 which pairs well with the Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643.

For wiring the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # HM56011 is a great option that tees into your connectors behind your tail lights and provides a 4-Way at the front of your Edge. An adapter like part # HM47065 allows you to then connect to your RV. You do have to disconnect your battery for flat towing. The Automatic Battery Disconnect # RM-766 makes disconnecting and connecting your battery much easier and helps prevent damage to your battery terminals.

As for a braking system, the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251 is one of the best out there. After the initial installation you won't even notice it is there. To get your Edge ready for towing you simply need to connect the breakaway switch and then flip the unit on.

Most flat towing setups require a high-low adapter for the tow bar to remain level while towing. I have linked our selection of adapters for you to check out as well as an article that will help you determine which is the best one for your application.

I have also attached some videos and articles that you can check out but you need to check your owner's manual for any specific instructions.

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