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MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on our 2016 Ford Escape we're going to be taking a look at the MaxxTow Cargo Carrier, 48 by 21 inches, for 2 inch hitches, Part Number MT70422. This is an aluminum cargo carrier, so it's nice and light. Since it's pretty flat, it's going to be easy to store in your garage or maybe in the trunk of your car. The raised edge that goes all the way around measures just about 2 inches and the frame of it at the widest point is about 5-1/4, so it would be pretty easy to put this up against a wall somewhere and keep it out of the way. I'll give you a few more measurements here. The closest distance to the back of our Escape is going to be just about 4-1/4 inches and the overall length that we've added to our Ford is going to be about 26-1/4.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the clip-on towing mirror from CIPA, part number 7070. Without the towing mirror addition, this is what your normal field of view would be. We'll add the towing mirror and show you how much more you can actually see. As you can see, with the addition you have a much wider field of view. With the CIPA clip-on towing mirror, it's going to be an easy mounting tool-free installation. It has adjustable arms that will fit most cars and trucks, and it increases the visibility of the road and your trailer. It measures about 7 1/2 inches long by 5 inches inaudible 00:00:34. With the mirror installed, you do still have complete and total movement of the mirror for whatever position you need.



Saris Bones Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we're doing a test fit of the Saris Bones trunk mount 3-bike rack. That part number is S8801. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. We have three straps altogether holding our bike into place, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway strap. We're going to start by releasing our two frame straps first.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima Light Rider, Two Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 zip strips up at top here and 1 off to the side, and thats going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also on the back of the mast we have an integrated cable lock which you would pull up, wrap it around the bikes and attach it to this point here at the front for additional security. We'll go ahead and put that back into place. With that put back well go ahead and take the bike off.



Inno Roof Rack Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test-fitting Inno Aero Crossbar roof rack system consisting of part numbers INXB115-2, those would be the crossbars themselves, part number INXS200, those are going to be the flush feet for the Aero crossbars, and then part number INK628, which are going to be the clamps which hold the roof rack into place on your roof. As you can see, we already have the front one installed, measured out where it needs to be. We'll go ahead and show you how the rear one gets put into place. We have it partially assembled already. We'll go ahead and show you how it actually goes in. Right now the crossbar itself is turned upside down. We're going to slide out this piece here, taking our little bracket here, put that into place.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on our 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the INNO tire hold, two bike rake, part number INH305. We already have a bike installed. Let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first thing I'd like to show you is this can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, you come to the end here, to this latch. Pull down, holding onto the bike rake.



CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the CIPA Universal Fit Towing Mirror, part number CM11980. As you could see without the mirror, you feel the view is pretty narrow, only being able to see the actual trailer itself. As you can see with the CIPA clip on towing mirror installed, you feel the view has been greatly increased. This universal towing mirror clamps on to a mirror like so, for a completely 2 free installation. You can also adjust how far you want your mirror here with this adjustment bar, which is 10 inches when it's completely retracted, and 17 inches when it's completely extended. When you're ready to go just tighten up the nut, and it will stay in place.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today, on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Transfer 3 bike rack, part number TS03G. We already have the bike attached, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first one we'd like to show is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we'll lift up these arms and then there's this latch here at the front, you can just go and take your foot, push down on it holding onto the bike rack, let it tilt away, and now we have access to our rear hatch. Now, I would like to note if you have any longer handlebars than this, you may run into some problems opening up your hatch. Go ahead and lift it back into position.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule T2 Pro 2-bike rack, part number TH9034. We already have the bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one l'd like to show off is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, you come to this gray handle at the end, holding on to the bike rack, pull in, let it tilt down. We have access now to our rear hatch.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack, Part Number TH9029XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike actually attaches to the rack: we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here, and one off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. We also have an integrated cable lock up here at the front where you would pull that out like so, wrap it around the bikes, set it in here, and lock it into place for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Softride Element-Parallelogram Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today in this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Softride Element Parallelogram Tilting 4 bike rack, part number SR 26248. We already have a bike attached to the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, one of the most important features is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached with this being a hanging bike rack that's pretty much the only one of its kind. You come to the side here with this black handle, pull it out like so, then let it tilt away, and we have full access to our rear hatch. To put it back into its original position, you just simply push it back up, align the pins and it will lock back into place. Now, how this attaches to the rack, you're going to have two points of contact with your bike's frame.



Saris Thelma Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Saris Thelma 3 Bike Rack, part number SA4239B. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this is attached, there's going to be no frame contact at all. Instead, there's going to be two wheel straps up here at the front and one at the rear. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today in this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to test fitting the Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack, part number S63380. As you can see we already have the bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 4 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 3 rubber straps up at the top here, and one off to the side, and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now with the bike in this position I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. Starting from the bumper, to this edge here, we've added about 34 1/2" to the rear of the vehicle.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa 2-Bike Rack, part number S103. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to show off is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, there's this silver handle here on the passenger side. You pull that out like so holding onto the bike rack, let it come forward, and you'll have access to your hatch. Now, unfortunately, when we try to open this up, it does come into contact with the bike, so you will not be able to open this up all the way.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today in this 2016 Ford Escape we're going to test fit the Pro-Series Q-Slot platform style 2 and 4 bike rack, part number PS63138. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this attaches to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact, one is going to be the frame hook up at the top here, which is padded so we'll not scratch it once you install it. There's also two and hook-and-look straps on either wheel. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now when you remove the frame hook, you want to make sure you hang onto the bike when you do this because you don't want it falling forward into the vehicle. Raise that up and go ahead and lift it out.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Curt Premium 4-Bike Rack, part number C18064. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side, and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go take the bike off. Now, with the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Measuring from the bumper to our edge here, we've added about 34 inches to the rear of the vehicle.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

On this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be testing the Rola TX 104 4-bike rack, part number 59401. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side here and that's going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep it from going too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. We also have an integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast, which you'll put out, wrap around the bikes and connect to this point here for additional security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you some quick measurements.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway two bike rack, part number TH912XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike attaches to the rack: we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, measuring from the bumper, from this edge down we've added about 28 and a half inches to the rear of the vehicle. Now these arms do fold down in close quarter situations such as parking, to do that we'll just take the gray leaver here, push up, when you hear that click it's locked into place.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the 23 x 60 Stromberg Carlson cargo carrier, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has a carry capacity of 500 pounds. It has this mesh floor in the bottom here which makes it easy to clean. All around the cargo carrier we'll have these points here which will serve as tie down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. On either side we're going to have these smaller three holes here which you can install either a reflector or a tail light if you needed to and then there's these two holes here which in case what you're hauling blocks off your license plate you can actually transfer it down here. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Measuring from the bumper to this edge here it's going to be about 26 inches that we've added to the rear of the vehicle.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on our 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be taking at a the Curt 20x60 Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches, part number C18151. This cargo carrier has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and has an expanded steel floor to allow any dirt or debris to fall through, has a raised edge going all the way around, which makes a good attachment point for any straps or bungees to keep your cargo in place and that's going to sit up from the platform by about 5 and a half inches. The overall distance, we've added to the Escape from the back of the bumper there, is about 32 and a half inches and the closest point of the front of the carrier is going to be about 11 and a half. Although, this point in the shank would be the first thing to make contact if you we're to put that in the hitch too far. This one actually make contact with your bumper. The ground clearance at the back of our carrier, to the bottom side here, is going to be about 11 and 3 quarters of an inch off the ground. Now this Escape does have a dual exhaust which is going to come out pretty far away from this carrier. That's a nice thing about this folding style is that it sits pretty far from our vehicle but just to give you an idea of how far the exhaust actually is, it's going to be about 15 and half inches away.





Ford Escape Questions

  • In general, snow tire chains are generally placed on drive wheels, but they can sometimes also be used on non-powered wheels. If a vehicle is front-wheel-drive only, then generally the front tires are the priority but it is permissible to place them on the rear tires as well unless the manufacturer states otherwise. Likewise, if a vehicle is rear-wheel-drive only, then the rear wheels are the priority but you are free to put chains on the front also unless prohibited by the manufacturer. For...
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  • If both turn signals blinking at the same time is a new problem that has occurred after the harness had worked fine before, there are a couple of possibilities that may be causing the issue. First, the easiest thing to check are the trailer connectors. You will be looking for any dirt or corrosion build up in one or both connectors (vehicle and trailer side). Clean them out if you find any dirt/corrosion and see if that helps. If you still have the problem, disconnect the trailer...
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  • Since you do not have a hitch on your Ford Escape you can use a trunk bike rack. Thule and Yakima will both have two choices each that will carry two bikes and fit a Ford Escape. The Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier, # TH910XT, will fit on a Ford Escape. It has a weight capacity of 70 lbs. and attaches to the vehicle by six straps for added stability.. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would)...
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  • Your 2010 Ford Escape will have the extra fuses and relays in the fuse box if it came equipped with a factory tow package. The presence of the connector behind the bumper does not necessarily mean that you have the tow package. The connector might be there, but without the relays in the fuse box, the plug will not be active. If the relays are indeed in place, you can use the # 118251 harness that you referenced. If they are missing, take a look at the sockets where they would...
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  • In order to install the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118551, you actually have to remove the tail lights to gain access to the wiring that goes to them. The harness has connectors that plug in line with the tail light wiring. You could also use CURT trailer wiring harness, # C56160. I have included links to the installation details for both harnesses and a video showing the installation of this item on a 2011 Ford Escape. While it is not the same model as yours,...
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  • Installing any aftermarket trailer hitch on your 2013 Ford Escape will not completely eliminate the use of your Hands-Free Liftgate feature, but it will limit the sensor areas to either side of the vehicle (see photo). The Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch # 87627 that you referenced will fit all models of the 2013 Ford Escape If you were planning on doing any towing, then you will need a few more items to complete your towing set up. You will need a wiring harness to...
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  • The 4 Terminal Relay, # TR38665, will fit the 2008 and Newer Ford Escape. We have had customers state that these relays are good replacements for the ones offered from the dealer. They are designed to complete the factory tow package on several vehicles, including your Escape. However, before purchasing the relays, open the fuse box and take a close look at the sockets or landings that the relays would insert into. If the landings have the metal contacts in them, inserting...
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  • According to Roadmaster on the MX style base plates, like # 4414-3, the safety chain anchor brackets for Sterling cables will not fit. To use these base plates with the Sterling tow bar, # RM-576, the Sterling cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver portion of the bracket. You may need to use some extensions, like # RM-650646-10, and connectors, like # RM-910022, in order to attach them to the vehicle frame. If you choose to have...
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  • Thank you for providing specifics about your tow vehicle and trailer. Specs for your Lance 1575 trailer indicate a gross dry weight of 2575-lbs and a dry tongue weight of 230-lbs. Weight distribution systems should be selected based on actual fully-loaded as-towed trailer tongue weight. Also, the hitch on your vehicle must be specifically rated for use with weight distribution; this will be indicated on the safety/warning label on the hitch. The best way to accurately determine...
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  • There are many options in bike racks for your 2010 Ford Escape. Your choice depends on how many bikes you are wanting to carry and the weight of the bikes. For your vehicle, the best would be either a hitch bike rack or a trunk mounted bike rack. The roof bike rack for your Ford Escape is not the best choice, because it requires lifting the bike to the roof of the vehicle. The hitch bike rack is a excellent choice, but it does require you have a trailer hitch on the back of...
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  • Let's begin with the hitch. Due to its high tongue weight capacity, I'd recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III, part # 87641. For basic wiring, you'd start with the # 118566 which would provide basic lighting for your utility and boat trailer. For the camper that's equipped with electric brakes, you'll need a brake controller to actuate the brakes. I'd recommend a proportional controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The P2 will provide safe and predictable braking....
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  • Lets start by making sure you are looking at the right connector. The connector is located between the rear bumper and the rear of the drivers side frame member, as you can see in the photo I have provided. The connector has a protective cover, which is actually pinned to the vehicle as shown in the photo. The connector will only be active if your Escape is equipped with the factory tow prep package. If you are unsure if your Escape has the prep package, you can call your...
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  • There are a few things that could cause your battery to drain after installing a trailer wiring harness like the Curt T-Connector, # C56160. The first thing that we can test for is a bad converter box. With the fuse in place, test the 4-flat connector on the wiring harness without any vehicle lights on using a circuit tester with an incandescent bulb like part # 40376. Be sure to test each pin. If there is constant power on any of the pins with the vehicle lights off, then the...
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  • I would actually recommend Tow Ready wiring harness # 118426, as it pulls power directly from the vehicle battery instead of from the tail light circuit. This protects the wiring on your 2005 Ford Escape from overload. Since this wiring harness is custom fit for your vehicle, the installation is fairly uncomplicated. You would simply need to access the back side of your tail lights by pulling out the housing from the outside, unplug the factory connector, and plug the # 118426...
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  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1400 will accept a step-through bike frame as long as the top frame tube above the pedals is no less than 18 inches from the ground to the top of the tube. The Swagman XTC-4, # S64665, will fit if the measurement is no less than 12 inches. The Saris Freedom # SA4414B would work since the cradles that hold the frame can rotate and grip the step-through frame at an angle. All 3 of these racks will also accommodate bikes with fenders. I have...
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  • We have several hitches compatible with your 2014 Escape Titanium. There are Class III hitches with the 2 inch receiver opening, the Hidden Hitch # 87627 and the Draw-Tite # 75758 are identical in appearance, have the same capacities and would install in the same manner. These hitches will block the hands-free liftgate sensors somewhat, they will only be functional in the areas around the exhaust pipes as shown in the diagram I provided. If you decide to go with a 2 inch hitch,...
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  • Hidden Hitch offers a very similar hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver, part # 90219. Although the hitch lacks the tab for mounting a trailer connector bracket, it does include a drawbar, which would be useful if you were using the hitch for towing. If you do not need to tow, go with the identical Draw-Tite # 36524, which does not include the drawbar. If you would prefer a Class II hitch that would be less visible at the rear of the vehicle, you might be interested in the # 36529...
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  • Curt trailer hitch # C13186 will fit both a 2015 and 2016 Ford Escape. The hitch installation does require trimming of a heat shield under the vehicle. No drilling is required but an access hole may need to be enlarged. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4...
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  • The B&W Tow and Stow ball mount # BWTS10049B will have some great features. You can stow the mounting platform that has the 3 hitch balls (1-7/8, 2, and 2-5/16 inch) underneath your vehicle. This is nice because you will eliminate the possibility of hitting your shins while working around your hitch. The adjustable height will allow you the ability to tow trailers of different heights. The maximum drop is 7-inches and maximum rise is 7-1/2 inches. They are adjusted in 1-inch...
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  • In my experience, raising the trailer should be carefully considered. Usually going up an inch or two is not too problematic, but at 5 inches I would be concerned about making the trailer top-heavy. It would be best to first adjust the height of the hitch, as well as the height of the pin box to try to level the trailer with the tow vehicle. To allow for uneven terrain, a minimum of 6 inches of clearance between the top of the truck side rails and the bottom of the trailer...
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