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Saris Axis 2 Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we will be test fitting the Saris Axis 2-bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2" hitches, part number SA832B. The first thing we'll do is take the shank of the rank, install it into the hitch, line up the pinholes, thread in the anti-rattle bolt from driver to passenger side, tighten it down with a wrench, and secure it with a lock on the other side. With the rack installed we have about 14" of ground clearance. The nearest part of the rack to the back of the bumper is about 8-1/2". We've added roughly 15" of overall length to the Escape. At the bottom of the mast we can go ahead and pull the t-handle, and that allows the mast to lean backwards. This will allows us to gain full access to the back of the SUV. Put the mast back in the upright position, we can go ahead and extend the arms of the rack.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a folding and tilting 4-bike rack. It's been designed for use with the 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. Its part number is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of the rack right up into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll slide it in far enough so that our threaded hole will line up with our hitch pinhole. We'll then take our anti-rattle bolt and we'll slide that in.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the Yakima HoldUp 2. This is a platform style folding and tilting 2-bike rack, they've designed it for use with 1 1/4 hitches. The part number is Y02445. To begin our test we're going to slide the shank of the rack into the receiver tube of our hitch. We want to slide it in far enough so that our threaded hole lines up with our hitch pin hole. We'll then take our standard anti-rattle bolt which is provided, we'll thread that in. This bolt's designed to draw the shank of the rack over against the receiver tube.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we are going to be test fitting the Yakima HoldUp 2-Bike platform style rack for two inch hitches, part number Y02443. We will begin our test fit by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch on our vehicle. We want to go ahead and watch for the hitch pin holes to line up. We can then take the included anti rattle hitch lock and thread it into the thin hole. For this particular rack you'll need to thread it in from passenger side to driver's side so you want to keep that in mind. Once we have it hand tight we can take our rinch and tighten it down the rest of the way. This will help take out any extra plate out of the shank of the rack and help eliminate movement overall going down the road.



Thule Sprint Roof Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Sprint Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number Th528. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape, we'll begin our test fit by placing the bike rack up onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll just position the rubber coated steel strap around the underside of the bar, and hook it into the connection point. We'll then use the speed link knobs to tighten down the straps around the bar. Moving to the back of the bike rack, I'll slide the bracket to where it's resting on the rear bar. Again, I'll bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the bar, and tighten it down with the speed link knob. Once everything is all tightened down and secure, we're ready to load up our bike.



Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test-fitting the Thule Circuit Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH526. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape, we'll begin our test-fit by placing the bike rack up onto the vehicle's crossbars. Starting at the front, I'll need to remove the skewer so that we can adjust the bracket to go around the front bar. With the skewer removed, there are three settings to adjust the L bracket. Since this vehicle is equipped with a factory roof rack and the bars are kind of thin, I'm going to put it on the tightest setting. With the L Bracket positioned around the front bar, I'll tighten down the T bolt hand-tight and slide it into the slot of the L bracket. Before clamping it down, I'm going to move to the rear and adjust the rear bracket around the rear bar. We'll need to loosen up the wing nuts and position the bolts in the front side and back side of the bar.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2005 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number C12060 from Curt. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as the ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening, down to the ground, will be about 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about one and a half inches. All right, let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we'll go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up to the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be installing Hidden Hitch 1-1/4 inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part #90108. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out our attachment points. We'll have a total of four attachment points, two on each side. These attachment points will be secured with the hardware provided with our install kit and utilizing the pre-drilled holes in the manufacturers frame. Securing each attachment point will be a 1/2 inch carriage bolt and block that will get fed through the frame, out the attachment point, through the hitch. We will secure it with a conical tooth washer and nut. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now to get our hardware in position here on the drivers side we'll need to open up the oval slotted hole here at the bottom of the frame large enough that we can fit our block and carriage bolt into the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2005 Ford Escape we're going to install part number 87626 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will about 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1 inch. Also, one thing to know is that the hitch does extend past the bumper a little bit. Let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install we'll go ahead and show where the hitch mounts up to your frame. There are two holes on the inside edge of a frame on both sides, as well as, a hole in the bottom of the frame. Next we'll go ahead and show you how the hardware works with the hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be installing a Draw-Tite hitch part number 36501. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out our attachment points. We'll have a total of four attachment points, two on each side. These attachment points will be secured with the hardware provided with our install kit and utilizing the pre-drilled holes in the manufacturer's frame. Securing each attachment point will be a half inch carriage bolt and bolt that will get that through the frame out the attachment point thought the hitch where we'll secure with a inaudible 00:00:31 washer and nut. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima FatCat 6 locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number Y03088. With a factory roof rack system on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto our front crossbar. We'll bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the bar and hook them into the connection points. Now you may need to turn the red knob on the inside of the top bracket to tighten the strap. Tighten down the black lever and clamp it down, which will secure the connection piece in place. We'll then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same process. With the front part of the carrier secured, we're ready to install the back part of the carrier. We'll just repeat the same installation process as we did with the front.



Whispbar Roof Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Whispbar locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number WB-300. With a factory roof rack on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto our front crossbar. We'll swing the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the bar and hook them into the connection points. With it in place, we'll need to open up the jaws of the carrier by pushing into the black over-sized button. We'll need to make sure the lever is up and loose. We will then tighten down the black lever and clamp it down, which will secure that connection piece. After repeating the same process for the other side we'll place the rear part of the carrier onto the rear bar and repeat the same installation process. Now that both pieces of the carrier are installed, we're ready to load up our skis and our snowboard. We'll need to push in the black over-sized button at the end of the carrier and open up the jaws.



Thule Hyper XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Hyper XL rooftop cargo box with 17 cubic feet of space in two-tone black and silver, part number TH612. With the factory roof rack on our Escape we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box up onto the vehicle's crossbars. After positioning the clamps to fit over the bars, I'm going to move to the back of the vehicle and push the box as far forward as possible. Then I can unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. I'll then turn the knobs, which will tighten down the clamps around the bars. Now this box does feature the AcuTight mounting hardware, which will notify you when the clamps have been fully tightened when the knob starts to click.



Yakima HighLite 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima HighLite aluminum 2-bike rack for 1-1/4 and 2" hitches, part number Y02438. We will start by inserting the shank of the bike rack into the trailer hitch. We'll line up the pinholes, insert the included pin, and tighten the rack into place with the knob at the bottom of the mast. With the rack installed on our Escape we have about 14" of ground clearance. The nearest point from the rack to our car is about 7". We've added about 13" in overall length. Near the bottom of the mast we'll go ahead and pull up on this knob. That will allow the mast to lean backwards and we can gain full access to the back of our Escape.



Surco Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we will be test fitting the 24 by 60 Surco Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches with a 500 pound capacity part number 52018. To install the cargo carrier, we'll go ahead and take the shank and insert it into the trailer hitch. We'll line up the pin holes, slide in the pin and secure it with a clip on the other side. With the rack installed, we have about 16 inches of ground clearance. Nearest point of the basket to the rear bumper is about 4 1/2 inches and we've added roughly 30 inches to the overall length of the Escape. With the basket installed, we're ready to go. That concludes today's test fit of the 24 by 60 Surco Cargo Carrier part number 52018 on our 2005 Ford Escape.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the 31 x 47 Pro Series Solo Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches with a 400 pound capacity part number PS1040100. We will start by inserting the shank of the rack into the hitch. We'll line up the pin holes, insert the pin and secure it with a clip on the other side. With the rack installed we have about 18 inches of ground clearance. Roughly 10 1/2 inches from the nearest point of the car to the basket and we've added about 43 inches of overall length to our Escape. Now it is worth mentioning that the exhaust exits on the passenger side of this vehicles, and the exhaust sits about 17 1/2 inches away from the basket. When opening the rear door of our Escape it breaks about 20 inches above the basket. That concludes today's test fit of the 31 x 47 Pro Series Solo Cargo Carrier part number PS1040100 on a 2005 Ford Escape. .



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the 20 x 47 Maxxtow Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches with a 500 pound capacity part number MT70108. To install the rack we'll go ahead and insert the shank of the rack into the trailer hitch. We'll line up the pin holes, slide in the pin and secure it with a clip on the other side. With the rack installed we have about 14 inches of ground clearance. The nearest point of the rack to the bumper is about 7 inches and we've added about 29 inches of overall length to the Escape. Now it is worth mentioning that the exhaust exits on the passenger side of this vehicles, and is about 14 inches away from the basket. When opening the rear door of the Escape it breaks about 21 inches above the basket. That'll conclude today's test of the 20 x 47 Maxxtow Cargo Carrier part number MT70108 on our 2005 Ford Escape. .



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36501. This is what it'll look like once we install the hitch. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead with installation.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape, we will be test fitting the 17x50 Maxxtow Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches, with the 500 pound capacity, part number MT70107. Well start by inserting the shank of the cargo rack into the hitch. Well then line up the pin holes, insert the pin and secure it with the clip on the other side. Now with the rack installed, we have about 14 inches of ground clearance. The nearest point from the rack to the bumper is about 6 inches. Weve added roughly 25-1/2 inches of additional length to our Escape.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Racks 15/12x55 Cargo Carrier. This can be used as a stand alone carrier or it can also easily be added on to the rear of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 part number HR1450 or the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider part number HR1400. The cargo carrier as a stand alone item is going to offer us a weight capacity of up to 220 pounds. When added to the rear of a bike rack, it's going to offer us a 90 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is HR1485. To begin our test fit we've already put our adapter that converts this from fitting into the back of the bike rack onto it, it's going to convert it into a two inch style hitch or two inch style shank which we can slide into a two inch receiver tube. We are going to slide this in until we line up the pin holes, we've got one in the shank and one in the hitch.





Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, were going to do a test fit of the Thule Hitching Post Pro. This is a tilting and folding 4-bike rack. Its been designed for either the inch and a half or 2 inch hitches, part number on it is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit, we need to slide the shank of the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do, well align our threaded hole up with our hitch pinhole. Then well take the anti-rattle bolt and thread that in.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the Thule Helium Aero. This is a folding and tilting 2-bike rack. They've designed it for use with 1 1/4 inch like we're using today or 2-inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9042. Now, this will also come in a 3-bike configuration. That part number is TH9043.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the Pro Series Solo. This is a 31 x 47 cargo carrier. It's designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it's going to offer a 400-pound weight capacity. The part number on it is PS1040100. As you can see, this is one of the larger cargo carriers that we offer. I'd recommend if you're going to be putting it in your vehicle, to get a helping hand. If that is not available, I have come up with a way to do it, just one person. You're basically just going to kind of place your cargo carrier on the ground.



Surco Products 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit on Surco 24x60 cargo carrier. This has been designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it offers a 500-pound weight capacity. Part number on it is 52018. To begin our test fit, we just slide the shank of carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up our pinhole with out hitch pinhole. We'll then take our standard 5/8 pin.



Rola 22x59 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the 22x59 Rola Cargo Carrier. This has been designed for use in two inch hitches. It offers a 600 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59502. now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we will line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 24 by 60 Pro Series cargo carrier. Now they've designed this for use with 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 63153. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our standard 5/8 pin, slide that through, and we'll secure it on the other side with our clip.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the 17x50 Maxxtow aluminum cargo carrier. This is going to be designed for use in two-inch hitches. It offers us a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on is MT70108. This is a nice lightweight carrier. Might be a really good choice for you if you have any kind of issues with weight or lifting heavier objects.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 17 by 50 MaxxTow cargo carrier. Now this has been designed for use in 2" hitches. Even with its compact size it's still going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is MT70107. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those appropriately aligned we can take a standard 5/8 pin.





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