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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack for 2-inch hitches, part number NV22G. 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, the most important feature about this rack is the fact that this can tilt away with the bike still attached. To do that, we have this latch here on the side. You want to hold onto the bike rack when you release this so it doesn't just come falling down. You pull down on that, gently let it come down like so, and now we have access to our rear hatch to get what we need without having to remove the bike. Now, I would like to point out from the center of our handlebars to this edge here, we measured it to be about 9 inches, so as you can see we have plenty of space here for a little bit longer handlebars with other bikes.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 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. The cradles themselves are adjustable along the arms here. That will accommodate different sized bikes. It will also have an integrated cable lock here at the mast that you'll pull out, wrap around the bikes, and then attach to this point here for additional security. Now how the bike attaches to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 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. Now the cradles themselves are adjustable to accommodate different size bikes. It attaches by 3 points on your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and one off to the side here.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 48 cargo carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds. Has this nice mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean. All around the border of the cargo carrier we have these points which you can utilize as tie downs for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now, give you an idea of how far this sticks out. We'll start with the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here. We've added about 26" to the rear of the vehicle.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the 20 x 60 Curt Cargo Carrier, part number C18150. This has a 500-pound carry capacity and has this nice mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean. It also has this rail all the way around the cargo carrier and that can serve as a tie-down point for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. It also has these stickers here, which are reflective, which will make it easier to see at night as well. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. From the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here, that's going to be about 27-1/2 inches we've added to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance to this bottom edge here, that's going to be about 14 inches. Our closest point will be this edge here; that's going to be about 6-3/4 inches from the bumper.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 60 Curt Cargo Carrier for 2 inch hitches, part number C18151. This has a carrying capacity of 500 pounds, has a mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean, and it also has this rail all the way around the cargo carrier. That can serve as a tie down point for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. Now with it in this position, I'd like to give you a couple measurements here real quick. From the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here, it's going to be about 33 inches we've added to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance, that's to this edge here, that's going to be about 11 and a half inches.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today, on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting a 48 x 21 max tow cargo carrier for two inch hitches, Part number MT70422. This has a carrying capacity of 500 pounds. It's made from a sturdy aluminum material. Easy to clean. It's going to have tie down points both at the front and at the rear for your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, and also has two reflectors to make it very visible at night. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first one is going to be from the edge of the bumper to the outer edge here.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the 23x60 Stromberg-Carlson Cargo Carrier for 2" hitches, part number CC-100. This has a 500-pound carrying capacity. It has a nice mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean. All around the cargo carrier, we have these larger pre-drilled holes. Those are going to serve as tie-down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. We also have 3 smaller pre-drilled holes here, which you can use for either reflectors or lights should you choose to install them. We have 2 pre-drilled holes here, just in case whatever it is you're hauling blocks off your license plate, you can transfer it down here. I'm going to go ahead and and give you some measurements now.



Kuat Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on this 2013 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Rack, part number SK01. This measures 82 inches long by 23 inches wide and has 160 pound carrying capacity, although you'd want to double check with your manufacturer just to make sure that your roof can handle that weight. We have the skewers up at the front here and that's how you're going to attach your bike to this as well as an integrated lock towards the rear here that you can use for additional security for your bike rack or your cargo. Now how this attaches to your roof rack we have a locking top portion here . Get that out of the way. Then we have this metal bracket and plastic piece here where a u bolt will come up underneath and tighten down with these thumb screws. Once those are tightened down you take the lock inaudible 00:00:55 put that in, lock it into place and it's going to be secure to your roof rack and this is going to be the same for all 4 sheet. There you have it for the Kuat Skinny Roof Cargo Basket, part number SK01 on our 2013 Ford Escape. Here it is on our test course.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on this 2013 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the rhino racks mountain trail roof top bike carrier. Part number RBC035. 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, there's going to be 2 points of contact with no frame contact at all. We're going to have a wheel strap here in the back and towards the front it's going to grip it by the fork mounts of your wheel. This is lockable for additional security as well as this is lockable at the top here so it will secure your bike rack as well as your bike to the roof rack.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, we're going to be taking a look at the Draw-Tite two package wiring harness. This is part number 118251. As you can see, a really basic kit here. We're going to have a plug. This is going to go right into the factory plug under the rear of our Escape. That's going to give us the signal we need to power a trailer or maybe a cargo carrier or something along those lines.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-pole flat trailer connector. Part number is C56160. The first thing we're going to do is remove our taillight housings here and we'll set them aside. We'll need a Phillips screwdriver and we're going to remove the screw here and here. We'll just kind of pull out and rearward at the same time. There's going to be two pressure tabs, you can see one here and here, that just kind of slide into those holes. Now let's remove our two plugs here.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford Excape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, 1 to 4 axles, proportional. It is Part #90195, and we'll also be using the ETBC7 Connector to ease our installation. The ETBC7 kit comes with this nice bracket here, to mount the 7-pole round connector that our trailer brake controller will be using. As you can see on our hitch right here, there's a nice mounting point for it, so I'm going to go ahead and star the installation by securing it with the included screw and washer on the bottom. Then we'll use the star lock washer, and the nut. Screw it on around.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on our 2016 Ford Escape we're going to be taking a look at the CURT 20 by 48 cargo carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. Part number is C18110. This CURT cargo carrier has a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. We're going to start off by taking a few measurements just to give you an idea how it works with the Escape. The closest distance to the back of the vehicle is going to be . let's get it from the furthest point of the vehicle .. going to be about 6-1/2".



WeatherTech Rear Floor Liner Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be doing a test fit of the WeatherTech second row rear auto floor mats in black, part number WT441192. It's also available in tan, part number WT451192 and in grey, part number WT461192. Now the first step to our test fit, let's go ahead and remove our old factory mats. Then we can grab our new WeatherTech floor mat. You can see right away it's going to be a one-piece design. We'll slide in the front first.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on this 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima FullBack 3-Bike Rack, part number Y02633. 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 with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 ZipStrips 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. It also has an integrated cable lock here at the end. You'll wrap it around the bike in the front and attach it to this point here, and that's for a little bit of added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Ford Escape

Today on the 2016 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat Envy Four Bike Platform Rack, part number N105-107. 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 feature I like to show off is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with a bike still installed. To do that, there's a silver handle on the side here. Taking one hand and gripping on the bike rack, we'll pull this out, let it come forward. We'll have access to our rear hatch to get what we need.



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.





Ford Escape Questions

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Curt hitch part # 13241 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Nissan Frontier so I would recommend it for you. If you wanted to do 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 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Of the different hitches available for your 2009 Escape, I would recommend the Curt Class III # 13650 or the Hidden Hitch Class III # 87626. Both require no drilling or welding and include the compete hardware along with installation instructions. In the installation instructions, Curt recommends using a drill or Dremel tool to enlarge an access hole in the frame. This hole is used to fish a bolt and block washer into the interior of the frame member. However, since your...
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  • Attachment of the fenders to your trailer will depend on your trailer construction. We have several styles of galvanized brackets that you can use to attach fenders to a trailer frame. We have L brackets like the Galvanized Steel, L-Shaped, Bolt-On Brackets for Plastic, Single-Axle Fender, item # PF775-BKT-2, and we have galvanized U-brackets like the Galvanized Steel, U-Shaped, Bolt-On Brackets for Plastic, Single-Axle Fender, item # PF1135-BKT-2. One of these styles should...
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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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  • I walked out to our warehouse and pulled the Ventline Ventadome Trailer Roof Vent, part # V2110SP-24, from our inventory to measure. The outside edge of the vent flange measured approximately 16-1/2 inches square. The actual opening of the vent measured approximately 14-1/2 inches square. The depth of the vent from the inside flange to the outside flange measured approximately 2 inches tall. I took a picture of Roof Vent # V2110SP-24 and used Photoshop to illustrate 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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