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Hollywood Racks Road Runner Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we're test-fitting the Hollywood Racks Road Runner bike rack. It is part number: HR310. As you can see, we do already have our bike strapped in, ready to go. We're going to show you how we strap in our bike to keep it secure on the rack, and also, how we load the rack onto our vehicle, and some of the extra features. First, you're going to see that we have the strap here. This is an anti-sway strap. It's going to keep your bike from hitting your vehicle at all.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test spin of the Car Pod Walled Cargo Carrier. This cargo carrier is going to be 23 inches wide by 47 inches long and with it's sturdy, steel construction, is going to offer a 450 pound weight capacity. It does have a two inch folding shank that, once it's collapsed, will tuck against the back side of your vehicle. Again, with that two inch shank, you're only going to be able to attach it to your two inch receiver. It will attach to your two inch receiver using a hitch pin and clip. A hitch pin and clip is not included.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2015 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Maxxtow wheelchair and scooter carrier. Now, this is going to be part #MT70106. It's going to be 30 inches wide, 50 inches long, and offering a 40 inch pivoting ramp. With its sturdy steel construction and its capability to plug into your 2 inch receiver, it offers a 500 pound weight capacity, as well as a folding shank that you can stow it away, and an anti-tilt/rattle device here on the back end. That's going to make it a lot more sturdy on the back side of the vehicle and not rattle around. So, let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement at about 10 and 1/8 inches.



RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape we're testing the RockyMounts brass knuckles roof mountain bike rack part number RKY1202. As you can see here we'd already had our bike on the rack. I'm just going to show you how to put the bike on and screw it, and how we put the rack on. Now back here and up front the tyres are held in by this two straps but the front tyre is also held in by this bar here. To secure the bar down you just push up to release it. Push down on this blue button and push up. It is a little stiff so it may take a minute. You want to hang on to your bike because it will wobble after that, just carry it down and just push until it stops clicking.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2015 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit of the CURT cargo carrier. This CURT cargo carrier is going to be part number C18151. It's going to measure 20 inches wide, 60 inches long, and with it's sturdy steel construction it's going to have a 500lb weight capacity. Now the nice thing about this cargo carrier is it is going to have to have that folding shank that will allow you to tuck it up against the back of the vehicle when you don't have it in use, and it's ability to plug into your 2 inch receivers using that 2 inch shank, so you can carry those higher weight capacities. All right, if you will notice down there where it is attached to our receiver, where the shank attaches to the receiver we're going to have a hitch pin and clip. Now, the hitch pin and clip is not going to be included, and if you would like to obtain one you can get it on our website, part number pc3. Let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance from the the back side of the bumper to the front side of the rack, at about 11 and five eights inches. Over all distance that we've added to the vehicle, about 32 and half inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit of the Curt Cargo Carrier. Now this cargo carrier's going to be Part #C18150, measuring 20 in. wide 50 in. long and with its sturdy steel construction is going to have a 500 pound weight capacity. It will have a fixed shank attaching to our 2 in. receiving or a fixed 2 in.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier. It will be 23 inches wide by 60 inches long. It's going to offer a sturdy steel construction with a 500 pound weight capacity and a 2 inch shank connecting to our 2 inch receiver using a hitch pin and clip. Now it's going to be our hitch pin and clip, so if you'd like to obtain one and since it doesn't come with one, you can get that on our website, part number PC3. This rack is going to be part number CC-100. Let's start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance is going to be about 4 1/8 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we're test fitting the Stromberg Carlson 23x60 cargo carrier. This is designed to work with 2-inch hitches, and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. As you can see, we do already have our carrier on here. We're first gonna take our ground clearance measurement. It's going to be at the bottom of this bolt right here. That's going to be about 13 inches there.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we're test fitting the Kuat Transfer Three Bike Platform style rack. This rack is adaptable for inch and a quarter or two inch hitches. The part number for that is TS03G. Now, as you can see, we do already have our bike mounted. We're going to show you some features of the bike rack, itself, and then also how we strap down the bike. The first thing we're going to show you is the tilting feature. Now, with this platform style we are able to tilt it away from the vehicle with the bike still on the rack itself.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we are testing fitting the CURT 20 x 60 cargo carrier. This cargo carrier has the capacity to hold up to 500 pounds, and the part number for that is C18150. Now as you can see we do already have our cargo carrier on our vehicle. We're going to go ahead and do some measurements first . Our first one's going to be ground clearance here . It's about 17.5 inches there. Over off the vehicle .. adding about 31 inches there.



Best 2015 Ford Escape Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the 4 most popular hitches we have here available for the 2015 Ford Escape. We've got our Curt Class III. This is part number 13186. We've got the Draw-Tite Class II. This part number is 36529. We've got the Draw-Tite Class III here.



Best 2014 Ford Escape Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the 4 most popular hitches we have here at etrailer.com for the 2014 Ford Escape. We've got our Curt Class 3, this is part number 13186 we've got the Draw-Tite class 2, this part number is 36529. We've got the Draw-Tite Class 3 here, this is part number 75758. Then on the bottom we've got the Hidden hitch Class 3, this is part number 87627. Now, the only real difference we're going to notice between the Draw-Tite Class 3 and our Hidden hitch Class 3, the spacer blocks look a little bit different. So, these are pretty much going to be an identical hitch. The current hitch that we see here on the top, this one takes ...



Best 2013 Ford Escape Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the four most popular hitches we have available here at etrailer.com for the 2013 Ford Escape. We've got our Curt class three, this is part number 13186. We've got the Draw-Tite Class Two, this part number is 36529. We've got the Draw-Tite Class Three here, this is part number 75758. On the bottom, we've got the hidden hitch class three, this is part number 87627. The only real difference we're going to notice between the draw type class three and our Hidden Hitch class three, the spacer blocks look a little different. These are pretty much going to be an identical hitch. The Curt hitch we see here on the top, it takes about the longest to install out of the group.



Saris Axis Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape we are test fitting the Saris Axis 2 bike rack. This is a tilting bike rack and the product number for that is SA832B. As you can see we do already have our bike on here. I'm going to show you how we attached the bike there and then also some of the features about the rack. Now, we do have 3 straps holding the bike into place, 2 on the frame of the bike and then 1 on the seat post here, this is going to be the anti-sway strap. Make sure when you do put your bike on here that you put it all the way up against the cradle arm as close as you can to make sure that strap is actually going to do it's job. Just push down on these levers here and feed our strap through, that's going to release the bike there.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we are testing the Rola-TX-102 Bike Rack, part number 59400. As you can see, we already have our bike on the rack. I'm just going to show a couple of features: how we put the bike on there, and then some features about the rack itself. First, to take the bike off, we're going to look at these three straps here. Two on the frame, and then one on the seat post here. Just pull down, and pull up on those straps. The nice thing about this seat post strap, is that it is an anti-sway strap, so it's going to keep your bike from swaying back and forth, and possibly hitting your vehicle. So just take our bike off, and set it off to this side.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we are test fitting the Rhino Rack 4 Bike Rack part number RBC044. As you can see, we do already have our bike on here. We're going to show you how to load up the bike and secure it into place and then some features about our rack. And we do have 3 straps holding this bike down, 2 on the top post here and then one back here on the seat post. To release those, you're just going to pull down and lift up. And to put them back in, you'll just pull down and pull back up.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we are test fitting the Lets Go Aero Gear Cage. It's a cargo carrier with the dimensions of 48 by 32 with a 300-pound weight capacity. Part number for that is HCR222. Now, this cargo carrier is designed for 2-inch hitches. How we start off, we're going to just do our ground clearance here. Our lowest point is going to be right under the carrier, that's going to be about 14 inches there.



Hollywood Racks Traveler Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape, we are test fitting the Hollywood Racks Traveler. It's a 4 bike rack carrier. Our part number for that is HR8500. As you can see, we do already have our bike up here. We're going to show you how we put the bike up on the carrier and secure it and then also some features about the carrier itself. So if we look at the bike, we've got 4 different straps holding it down. I'm sorry, 3 different straps holding it down here.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we are test fitting the 20 by 60 Detail K2 Cargo Carrier. Part number for that is K2HCC602. Now this cargo carrier is designed to work with up to 500-pounds but you want to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. First, we're going to do the ground clearance measurement here. It's going to be about 15 1/4 inches there. Our overall, it's going to be about 37 inches.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we are test fitting the Curt Premium Tilting 4 Bike Rack designed for 2 inch hitches. And part number for that is going to be C18064. Now as you can see here, we do already have our bike on our rack. We're going to show you how we strap the bike down and then also some features of the rack itself. Now as you can see here, we've got two cradles holding in our bike and 3 straps, 2 on the frame here and then 1 back here. That's going to be your inaudible 00:00:33 strap and cradle. That's going to keep the bike from swaying back and forth and possibly hitting your vehicle.





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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tow packages come with additional wiring that often requires additional relays. Since your Escape did not have a hitch on it, it did not come with a tow package and the port that Hopkins part # 30445 uses will not properly function. The tail lights were changed for the 2004 model year, so part # 118343 will not work. You will need to use part # 119178KIT and this part will not require you to add a relay. It uses the existing circuits on the Escape. Included in the kit is...
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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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  • 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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  • The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW2029C, would be a good choice for occaisional use when conditions require the use of snow chains, as long as your Escape has the original tire size 235/70-16 on it. Along with these chains it would be a good idea to use the Glacier Rubber Adjusters, # PW100, to keep the chains tight on the tires. If you think you will be using the chains a bit more than you indicated, or the conditions might require a better bite than cable chains, I...
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  • According to Husky, the Leveling Scissor Jacks, # 70135, are designed for recreational vehicle leveling only and should not be used for lifting or changing tires. It sounds like you just want to get your RV level so the combined 13,000 pound capacity of each jack (6,500 pounds each) should work well for this application. Husky also states that only the included hand crank should be used to raise/lower the jacks, so I cannot recommend using any power tools to operate them. I...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha about a brake controller wiring adapter for a 2011 Ford Escape with the Trailer Tow Package. He did not have specific information regarding the 2011 models, but historically the Ford Escape has been a hardwire only model. This means that you would first need a 4-Way wiring harness. With the factory tow package, you would use the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118251. Without a tow package, you would use the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle...
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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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  • Using the Adapter 4 Way Flat to 6 Way Square for Jayco Trailers, part # 30104, will provide lighting functions only. You will have turn signals, brake lights, and running lights. To gain connections for the other features like the reverse lights, battery charge, etc, your best bet would be to remove the connector on the trailer and install a 7-way connector. For the trailer, I would recommend the 7-Way Molded Trailer Wire Connector, part # H20042. When wiring this harness...
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  • I did some checking and it looks like none of our trunk bike rack manufacturers have any fits for the Titanium model 2014 Ford Escapes. The only option I can recommend for you would be a hitch mounted bike rack. First let's start with a hitch, for that you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87627. I attached an install video for you to check out. For a 2 bike rack I would recommend the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack # TH9042. This is a super lightweight 2 bike rack with all...
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  • Depending on the hinge type that is on your vent, there could be more than one way to remove and replace it. You will need to look closely at the hinge type and compare that to the various lids we have. Take a look at lid # BV0554-01, as an example. Lower on the page there is a close up picture of the hinge. In order to separate the lid from the vent assembly, you will have to loosen and maybe remove the central control arm. Once separated from the assembly, the lid can slide...
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  • It would require a little drilling, but I would recommend you get a Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504. This kit comes with a license plate bracket also. Once you drilled holes to install the # 6504 on the Curt Cargo Carrier # C18100 it would install pretty easily and work very well. The Tow Package Wiring Harness # 118251 would also be the correct harness for your 2008 Ford Escape. I linked installation instructions and an installation video for you to check out as well.
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