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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the Ford Escape, 2004

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   90635



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - Ford Escape, 2004

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded Ford Escape trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin, and clip included.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Ford Escape
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • includes all hardware needed for installation
    • Complete installation instructions are included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin, and clip included


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

90635 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Escape

Today we are going to install part number 90635 from Hidden Hitch. And we are going to install this on a 2003 Ford Escape. First to show you where the hitch mounts up on the frame of the vehicle, where it is going to mount up is on this hole here and here. What is going to happen is we will thread our hardware from the edge of the frame through the opening back here and we will pull our hardware through from the inside out. Now some vehicles, there will be an exhaust shield on there which you will have to trim. Instructions are provided to do that but in this case there is not one existing so we do not have to worry about it. And if you do have to trim it, it is very easy. Tin snips is all you need to cut it out and make room for the hitch. And this assembly is going to be both identical on both sides.

And it is also going to use one last attachment. It is going to use a tow loop here too. We are going to start on the passenger side of the vehicle. We will start fish wiring our hardware in. Now there is going to be two bolts that go in, per side. And there is a difference in the bolts too. The one is just basically going to be longer than the other. What is going to happen is the short bolt is going to go in the rear most hole here and then the longer bolt is going to go in this hole and it is going to get a spacer put between the frame and the hitch itself. So that is why you will put the longer bolt in the back. With the fish wiring tools, we will start with the bolt in the back. We will just pull it through the hole we are going to use. Go all the way to the end of the frame and pull it out.

Okay, and it is just long enough so be careful you do not push the wiring back into the frame. Take your block and install it on there. There you go. Stay. Okay, you just take that block and just push it on in on the wire. And we are going to the back hole so we are going to use the long bolt. Thread that into place, and pull the whole assembly through and out. Do the same thing with the rear most hole here. All right, same thing again. This is a little bit easier to see. And the short bolt will go here. All right, and that is all we have to do on the passenger side. We will go over to the driver side and do the same exact thing. There we go. All right next we can go ahead and start installing the hitch on the vehicle and what we will do is we will hang the hitch by the two rear bolts first and then the four bolts we will leave alone because we will have to push them up out of the way so we can get our blocks in there. And we will just use a couple of nuts just to really hold the hitch in place for now.

And we are just going to just hang it so we can leave it loose so we can move the hitch around as we need. All right, let us go ahead and push the bolt up just a little bit, install our block, let it fall back through, then we will put our nut and washer on there so it does not come back out. Just a couple of threads because we are still going to do this on the other side. There you go. All right, next we will work on the tow loop assembly. So you loosely can move it around, we will put our spacer block between the hitch and the tow loop and then that block will go on the outside with the carriage bolt and that will run all the way through. And then we will pile it up with a lock washer and nut. Since we have got all of our hardware installed now, we will go ahead and snug down the bolts. Make sure the hitch sits where you want it. Okay. All right, once you are satisfied with that we can go ahead and torque down the bolts as specified in the instructions. And with that, that finishes our install with part number 90635 from Hidden Hitch.

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 90635

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin, and clip included.

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by: Ken D.07/12/2012

All of the products received were correct and fit the vehicle perfectly. Thanks for posting the installation videos, they were very clear and helpful. 47686

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by: Ken D.07/12/2012

All of the products received were correct and fit the vehicle perfectly. Thanks for posting the installation videos, they were very clear and helpful. 47684

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by: Bernard Perez06/27/2013

Great product. Easy install, works great. Will highly recommend. Thanks again! 86417

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by: Tom Budde06/12/2012

Very Nice. Was able to even do it myself. Got it finished fairly quickly 43904

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by: Ken D.07/12/2012

Installation was a breeze, even for a part time mechanic like me. 47685


Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
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  • What Type of Hitch Does Ford Install on a 2001 Ford Escape
  • The internal dimension is what determines the hitch opening. All of the Escapes that I have seen equipped with a factory hitch are 1-1/4 inch. In fact my brother has a 2001 with a factory 1-1/4 inch hitch. I believe they are Class II. I believe the layered portion you are referring to is the collar that is welded to the end of the tube. This added strength at the end of the tube keeps it from being bent. I have added links to a couple of Help/FAQ articles we have on our site that will...
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  • What are The Towing Capacities for Hitches for 2003 Ford Escapes
  • Part # 90635 is a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening and would not be sufficient to tow a vehicle. The Class III 2 inch hitches available for a 2003 Ford Escape have a gross towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, meaning that the trailer and everything on the trailer must weigh less than 3,500 pounds. But you also have to factor in the towing capacity of the vehicle, if it is less than the hitch capacity, you must go by the vehicle capacity. The 2 inch hitches available for...
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  • Will a Factory Trailer Hitch from a 1998 Ford Explorer Fit a 2001 Ford Escape
  • A factory trailer hitch from a 1998 Ford Explorer will not fit on a 2001 Ford Escape. Trailer hitches attach to the frame and the Explorer and the Escape are built on two different chassis. They also have different bumper designs which would interfere with the trailer hitch. If you want to add a trailer hitch to your 2001 Ford Escape, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Trailer Hitch, # 75118. This hitch was designed to fit the 2001 Escape and it has a 2 inch trailer hitch...
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Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
300 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 90635 Installation instructions 90635 Installation Instructions
No drilling required

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation , Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
wiring 119178KIT

wiring C55255
With Tow Package Use:C55255

Recommended Balls:

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256

2" hitch ball -19258

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Updated by:
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