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RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the rocky mounts tire rod roof mounted bike rack. Part number RKY1014. With our two way rapid crossroads racks are already placed, we'll grab our bike rack and place it on to the rack. Make sure when placing on the rack, make sure the two rubber T straps go around the front bar. With the rack in place, secure the T straps around the front of the head. Next you move to the rear of the rack, loosening up your bracket and sliding it into place around every bar.



Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Cargo Liner Review - 2013 Ford Escape

All right, today on this 2013 Ford Escape were going to install part number HL23741 from Husky Liners. This is the Weather Beater Custom Cargo Liner. To start off our very easy install you just want to make sure you get any pre-existing mats or liners out of the way. This design interacts straight with carpet. Well go ahead and lay our new liner in place. Go ahead and push it into corners to make sure its secure. As you can see it meets up right up against the back seat. Now out by the tailgate it actually covers up the gap between the carpet and the threshold so you dont have to worry about any dirt and debris working its way underneath.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi Stand Up Paddle Board Rack with a two-board capacity, part number TH810. With our Thule Rapid Crossroad Racks in place, we'll take our rack and set it up on the front bar. Next, we'll take your T-strap, wrap it around the bar, and place it back into the foot. Next, go around the other side of the vehicle and repeat. This time, you can tighten it on up with the wing nut. Once you have both make secure with the wing nuts, you can move to the rear bar. You can repeat this process to mount your rack as well.



Thule Sonic Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic Large rooftop cargo box with 13 cubic feet of space, part number TH634B. With our Thule Rapid Crossroads rack system already in place, we'll start our test fit by grabbing our cargo box and placing it onto our roof rack. For this application you'll find it easier to keep the box at a tilt, adjusting your feet to the correct position around your rack bars. Also for this application, we're making sure the box is at its most front position to allow access to the rear hatch. Next we'll open our box and tighten down our feet by turning the gray knobs. One of the great features of this box is that the feet actually click to let you know that they're secure and in place. It's also a great feature that the Thule Sonic also allows access from both sides of the box. With the knobs tight and the feet secure around the bars, we're good to go.



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL rooftop cargo box, part number TH626. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads rack system already in place, we'll start our test fit by placing the cargo box onto our roof rack. We found it easiest for this application to keep the box at a tilt and move our mounting hooks into position. Once the hooks are into position, you'll slide the rest of the box onto the rack. We also made sure that the box is in its most forward position to make sure we have access to the rear hatch. Now that the box is in place, we'll open it up, tighten up the gray handles on the inside to secure our feet. We will do this on both sides of the box, since both sides open. As you can see here, the rear hatch does not open completely without touching the box. That will complete today's test fit of the Thule Force, part number TH626, on our 2012 Ford Escape.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Rockymount Tierod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Rack. Part number RKY1011. With our Thule Rapid Crossroads Rock System already in place, we'll start by putting our bike rack onto the rack. You want to make sure that your 2 rubber T straps go around the front bar. Once around the front bar, you can put them into place. Next you'll move your rear bracket forward, loosen it up and make sure it mounts around the rear bar. Next you'll tighten up the front allenscrew to the front bar just to secure the rubber straps in place, then you'll tighten up your allenscrew at the rear bracket. Now that the rack is in place, make sure your front skewer is open and your rear strap is undone. Next, we'll grab out bike, place it on the rack making sure the forks are secure in the skewer first. You can then move to the rear and tighten down your rear strap. Now your bike's in place and you're good to go. And that will complete today's test fit of the Rockymount Tierod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Rack. Part number RKY1011 on our 2012 Ford Escape.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on this 2014 Ford Escape were going to install part number C56164 from Curt. This is a Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness. To start our install we need to go ahead and open the back hatch and get access to the taillights, were going to temporarily remove them. Once we get to the taillights there will be two little covers that were going to pop off thats on top of the screws. Then well go ahead and remove the screws. Then well go ahead and remove the taillight. To remove the taillight well need to pull straight back.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Curt

Today in this 2014 Ford Escape, were going to install part number C12084 from Curt. To get our car ready, we needed a lowering exhaust. Therell be two bolts on each side that go to the frame. This will connect the hanger brackets for the exhaust to the frame. Well go ahead and remove these exhaust bolts and allow the exhaust to hang down some. Well do this on both sides of the car. The next thing is a little easier.



Swagman Upright Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, were going to be test fitting the Swagman Upright Roof Bike Rack, part number S64720. With our Yakima RailGrab Roof Rack system already installed on our Escape, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Here at the front, were going to bring 2 of the metal U bolts around the underside of our crossbar, fit them through the head of our carrier and hold them in place using 2 of the wing nuts. We then tighten all 4 of them down. With our front secure, well move to the rear. This time, were going to place the U bolt through the rack, being sure that it comes out on both sides of our crossbar. Well bring the metal plate up to the U bolt, being sure that both sides of the U bolt go through it.



Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Cargo Liner Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Randy: Hi. Randy inaudible 00:00:01 here, at etrailer.com. Today, on our 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be taking a look at the Husky Liners Weatherbeater Custom Cargo Liner. This is in tan, it's part number HL23743. It's also available in black with part number HL23741. To begin our installation, we're simply going to spread our mat out here and lay it into place.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Rocketbox Pro 11, a rooftop cargo box with 11 cubic feet of storage space in black. It's part number Y07193. With our Yakima rail grab roof rack system already installed on the Escape, we're going to begin our test fit by placing our Rocketbox directly onto our crossbars. We're going to slide it back, and while we do this we'll make sure that all 4 lower halves of our clamps go around the underside of our crossbars. We'll then open the passenger side of the box. We will reach inside and tighten the 2 red T-handles located closest to us. One of the great features of the Rocketbox Pro 11 is its ability to open from the passenger and the driver side.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Rocketbox Pro 14, a rooftop cargo box with 14 cubic feet of storage space in black. It's Part Number Y07192. With our Yakima Rail Grab Roof Rack System already installed on the Escape, we're going to begin our test fit by placing our cargo box directly onto our cross bars. We'll slide it back and be sure that all four lower halves of our clamp go around the underside of our cross bars. We can now open the passenger side of our box. We'll reach in and we'll tighten the red T-handles closest to us. One of the great features of the Rocketbox Pro 14 is its ability to open from both the passenger and driver side.



Yakima RailGrab Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today, in our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be testing the Yakima RailGrab Towers with 48-inch round bars, using part number Y00408 and Y00138. With our rack assembled according to the manufacturer's instruction, we'll grab our front half and place it onto our side rails. We'll want to find a fixed point. In our case, we're going to use the point in which the side rail meets the foot of the side rail. There's a line here. From this, we'll measure back 7 inches. We'll do this measurement on both sides to be sure we have our feet in line with each other. With our feet in line, we'll open the cover located on the foot and tighten the black Allen Bolt located inside with our Allen Key. We'll now move over to the other side, double-check our measurement and repeat the same tightening process. With the front half of our rack secure, I will now grab the rear half, place it onto our side rails. This time, we're going to measure from the center of our front bar to the center of our rear bar.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, were going to be test fitting the Yakima FrontLoader. A wheel-mount, roof bike rack, with part number Y02103. With our Yakima Rail Grab Roof Rack System already on the Escape, were going to begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Here at our front crossbar, well place our clamp down around our bar. Well have the two outside legs on the front, and the one middle leg at the rear. We can then tighten the black T-handle here, to secure it to our rack. With the front secure, well move to the rear. Here were going to loosen the black T-handle, remove the T-bolt from the clamp, bring the lower-jaw of our clamp around the underside of our crossbar, reinsert our T-bolt through the slot, and tighten it down with the black T-handle. With our rack secured to our vehicle, its now time to load our bike.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, were going to be test fitting the Yakima Forklift and Fork Mount Roof Bike Rack with part number Y02098. With our Yakima rail grab roof rack system already installed on the Escape, were going to begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly on to our crossbars. Here at the front, were going to remove the securer, slide back the black plastic cover, and loosen our black T-handle. Well then remove the T-bolt from the lower half of our clamp, and bring it around our crossbar, reinsert our T-bolt to the appropriate slot, then well tighten it down with the black T-handle. Well then slide our black cover forward, reinserting the securer, then we can move to the rear. Here were going to loosen the black T-handle, remove the T-bolt from the slot, bring our clamp around our crossbar, reinsert our T-bolt and tighten it down with the black T-handle. With our rack secured, its time to load up our bike.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, well be installing the tow-ready T-One vehicle wiring harness with four-pole flat connector part number 118551. To begin our install, well first open up the rear hatch. Then, locate the two fasteners that secure the driver side taillight assembly. Well remove the fasteners and then carefully pop the taillight assembly out of its position being careful not to break the alignment tabs underneath. Next, well move over to the passenger side and repeat the same process. Next, well need to remove the rear threshold. To remove the rear threshold, well get underneath it with the interior trim panel tool or a flat blade screwdriver and gently release the fasteners underneath. Well go ahead and pull the threshold up and set aside for reinstallation later. Next, well remove the rear lower board carpeting.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box with 22 cubic feet of storage space, in metallic silver, part #TH636S. With the Thule Rapid Crossroads Rack system already in place, let's start our test fit by placing our cargo box on top of our roof rack. For this test fit we find it easiest to keep the box at a tilt. That way we can position the feet accordingly with the bars. We also want to make sure that the box is placed as far forward as possible so we can have access to our rear hatch. With our box now in place we are ready to open it up. With the box open, turn your gray knobs to secure your feet.



Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we will be test fitting the Thule Pulse XL rooftop cargo box with 16 cubic feet, part number TH615. With the Thule inaudible 00:10 cross road rack system all ready in place, we'll start our test fit by placing the cargo box on top of our roof rack. We'll open up our box, place our feet through the slots. Once the feet are in place, we're actually going to move our box as far forward as possible to make sure we have complete access to our hatch. Now that the box and the feet are in place, you'll tighten down your feet to secure the box into place. Next, we'll open up our rear hatch to make sure we have plenty of access.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Pulse large rooftop cargo box with 14 cubic feet of space, part number TH614. With our Thule Rapid Roof Rack system already in place well grab our box and place it onto the rack. Next well open up the box. Well place our feet through the slots provided and make sure that they go around the rack bars. Once the feet are in place well make a slight adjustment to make sure the box is as far forward as possible so we can have access to our hatch. Now that the box is in place well turn the knobs and tighten down all 4 of our feet.With the feet in place and the knobs tight your box is now secure. As you can see here theres plenty of room to open up the rear hatch.That will complete todays test fit of the Thule Pulse part number TH614 on our 2012 Ford Escape.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine rooftop cargo box, with 11 cubic feet of space, part number Th613. With our Thule rapid crossroads rack system already in place, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto our roof rack. With our box in place, we'll open it up, and insert the feet into the slots provided. Be sure the feet go over the bars of the rack system. For today's application, once the feet are in place, I'm going to move the box all the way forward, to allow maximum access to our rear edge. Once the box is in place, we'll tighten down the gray knobs, to secure it in place.



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we will be testing fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box with 13 cubic feet of space, part number TH624, with the Thule Rapid Crossroads Rack System already in place. Well start our test fit by placing the cargo box on top of our roof rack. For this application, we find it easiest to keep it at an angle and set our feet in place. We will also make sure that the box is as far forward as possible for the best access to our rear hatch. Next, well open up our box, tighten down the hand knob to secure the feet in place. One of the great features of the Thule Force is that you can access it from both sides. As you can see here, theres plenty of room to open the rear hatch. That will complete todays test fit of the Thule Force, part number TH624 on our 2012 Ford Escape.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule flat top ski and snowboard rack for 6 skis or 4 boards, part number TH92725. With our Thule rapid crossroad roof rack system already in place well grab our carrier, place it on the rack. You want to make sure to bring the T straps around the front bar and secure in place. Next youll move to the other side and repeat. Next well bring our second half of the rack to the rear bar, youll repeat the same process for mounting as you did on the front. Next well open up our jaws, put our snowboard in place along with our skis, pull down on the jaws until it secures in place.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the Thule rapid crossroad roof rack system, part number THARB43 and TH450R. With the roof rack assembled according to instructions, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front bar onto the front part of the roof. You'll need to find a fixed point to mount your front bar. For today's purposes, we're using 2 1/2 inches from the front of the rack. We will use this measurement on both sides to make sure both feet are in the correct place. Next you'll bring your rubber t-straps around the rack and fit them into the foot. You'll use the equipped tool to secure it in place. You'll repeat this process for the other side. Next we'll grab our rear bar and place it on the rear part of our rack.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number S64710. With the Thule rapid crossroads rack system already in place, well grab our bike rack and place it on to our roof rack. Line up the head of the bike rack with the front bar. Youll then take a U-bolt, place it through the front of the head, and secure it with two wing nuts at the top. Be sure not to tighten them down all the way because you want it a little bit loose to tighten up the rear. Youll want to repeat this process with another U-bolt on the other side of the front head.



Rola Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Rola Canyon Rooftop Bike Rack, Part Number 59404. With our Thule Rapid Crossroads Rack System already in place, we'll start by putting our bike rack onto the rack. With that in place, you'll slide the rest of the bracket onto the other side of the bar, making sure you line up your nut and bolt properly. Once you have your bolt and nut in place, keep it loose so when you move to the rear you can move your bracket into place. Now you can tighten up your bolts, securing the brackets around your roof rack. Now with the rack secure, you'll make sure your front skewer's loose and you'll undo your rear strap. You'll grab your bike, place it onto the rack, fit your forks into the skewer, tighten it down and then you will tighten up your rear wheel strap.







Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Circuit, a fork-mount, roof mounted bike rack, part #TH526. With our Thule Rapid Crossroads roof rack already assembled on our Escape, we'll begin our test fit by placing our rack directly onto our load bars. At the front we'll remove the skewer, lift the lever and remove the T-bolt from the clamp. We can then bring the clamp around our front load bar, put the T-bar back into the clamp and tighten it down using the lever. We will then want to reinsert our front skewer. With that secure we'll move to the back where we'll remove one of the wing nuts allowing the lower part of our clamp to come on around the underside of our load bar. We will then reinstall our wing nuts and tighten down to secure it. With our bike rack secured to our load bar, we're now ready to load our bike.



Prorack Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, were going to be test fitting the ProRack Roof Bike Rack, part number PR8062003, with our Yakima RailGrab Towers installed on our Escape. Well begin our test fit by placing the bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Here at the front, were going to remove the 2 thumb dials. We will bring our clamp around the underside of our crossbar, fit the bolt back into the lower part of the clamp and then replace our thumb dials. Well then tighten both of these down to tighten the front of our rack to our crossbar. Well now move to the rear. Here were going to remove one of the thumb dials, bring our clamp around the underside of our bar, place the bolt through the lower half of the clamp, replace the thumb dial and tighten it down to secure it. With our rack secured to our vehicle, were now ready to load our bike.



Husky Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Randy Bilber: Hi. Randy Bilber here at e-trailer.com. Today we're going to be replacing the floor mats in our 2014 Ford Escape. We're going to be using the Husky Liners Weather Beater models. They're accustomed auto floor liner. The part number is going to be for the front and the rear. This is in tan, part number HL99743.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch - part number 87626. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is one and a quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is eighteen and three quarter inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment points. For this application, we'll be using the pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer. There will be a total of six attachment points, three on each side. Our forward attachment point will be here in the bottom of the frame, and the center and rear attachment points will be in the side of the frame. Over on the passenger's side, we'll need to lower the exhaust to make it easier to get our hitch and hardware into position. To lower the exhaust, we'll spray the rear exhaust hanger with some spray lubricant and then using our pry bar to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger. Now, we'll go ahead and start putting our hardware in place.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75751. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next we'll be giving you a couple measurements to assist you selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch -pin hole, to the outer most edge of the bumper is 1 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 18 inches. This will assist you selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. To begin our install, we'll first go in and point out the attachment points. For this application we'll be using the pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer, there'll be a total of six attachment points - three in each side.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36529. This is what our hitch would look like once installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 1/2 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with installation. now to being our install, we'll first need to lower our install, we'll first need to lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust, we'll remove the fasteners and secure both rear hangers one on each side. Once we remove the 2 fasteners for each hanger, we'll go ahead and slowly load the exhaust. Here on the driver side, we'll also remove the fastener, it secures the heat shield to the frame. Now with exhaust down another way, we'll need to trim the heat shield to allow room for the hitch.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today in our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part number 118566. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and open up the rear cargo door. We'll need to remove both rear tail lights assemblies. To remove the tail light assemblies, there are two fasteners in each. These fasteners are covered up with caps. We'll go ahead and remove the caps and then the fasteners.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2014 Ford Escape, will be installing the hidden hitch 1 inch receiver to hitch, part number 90230. This is what our hitch will look like once it is installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now, we will go ahead with the installation.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on our 2012 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector, Part Number C56160. Now we'll begin here by raising the rear hatch of the vehicle. This will give us access to the two screws on each side that hold the tail light assembly in place. We will go ahead and start here on the driver's side by removing the two Phillips-head screws. With the two screws removed we will go ahead and gently pull out on the tail light assembly, there are two additional clips on the underside of the light assembly that will come out as you gently pull outward on the light assembly. There are two plugs that we'll need to remove in order to set our light assembly aside.



Thule Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test-fitting the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack System, using part numbers THLB58, TH480, and THKIT1737. Well begin our test-fit by opening our front doors. Well grab the front bar and place it onto the front part of our roof. To ensure that we have this bar in the correct location, we need to measure twelve inches from the leading edge of the windshield to the closest point on our foot pack. Well do this measurement on both sides of the vehicle to ensure that our feet are in line with each other. Well then use the included tool to tighten down the Allen bolt on the inside of the foot pack. This will slowly start to secure our clamp around the roofline of our vehicle.



Thule Sonic Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Sonic Large Rooftop Cargo Box, measuring 13 cubic feet in glossy black, part number TH634B. With the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our box directly on to our load bars. Now with the feet hanging out at the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around each bar. Well open the passenger side of the box and use the two hand knobs on this side to secure our feet around our bars. One of the great features of the Thule Sonic is its ability to let you know when each foot is secured around the bar. Youll start to hear a clicking noise to let you know that the foot is fully secured.One other great feature is its ability to open from either side of the vehicle.



Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test-fitting the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack System, using part numbers THARB53, TH480R, and THKIT1737. With our roof rack assembled according to the instructions, well begin our test-fit by opening our front doors. Well grab our front bar and place it onto the front part of our roof. To ensure that we have this bar in the correct location, we need to measure twelve inches from the leading edge of the windshield to the closest point on our foot pack. Well do this measurement on both sides of the vehicle to ensure that our feet are in line with each other. Then well use the included tool to tighten down the Allen bolt on the inside of the foot pack to secure our clamp around the roofline of our vehicle. Well do this for both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Once we have our feet tight, we can then slide the tool into the foot pack and close the cover.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box, measuring 22 cubic feet in metallic silver, part number TH636S. With the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our box directly on to our load bars. Now with the feet hanging out at the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around each load bar. Well go ahead and set the feet back towards the box a little bit, that way our box will be secured to forward and wont interfere with our antenna or access to our rear hatch. Once we have the box in place, we can then open the passenger side of the box and tighten the two hand knobs on this side to secure our feet around our bars.One of the great features of the Thule Sonic is its ability to let you know when each foot is secured around the bar. When tightening, youll start to hear a clicking noise to let you know that its secured.



Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box, measuring 16 cubic feet in matte black, part number TH615. With the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our box directly on to our load bars. Now keep in mind this box opens from one side only, so well be setting it towards the passenger side for easier accessibility. Well move to the key to the unlock position and push up on the lid to open our box. Well place our feet through the appropriate slots making sure that they go around each load bar. Well then use the attached hand knobs to secure each foot around our bar.With all four feet tight, our box is secured, and were ready to go.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape will be tested in the Thule Pulse large roof top cargo box measuring 14 cubic feet in matte black part number Th614. Now, keep in mind that this box only opens from one side only, we want to be sure to set it towards our passenger side for easier accessibility . with the Thule rapid traverse refract system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test by placing our box directly onto our load bars. We'd move the key to the unlock position and push up on the lid to open our box. We'll grab our feet and place them to the appropriate slots making sure that they go around each load bar. Then we can use the attached hand knobs to secure the feet around our bars.







Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box, measuring 13 cubic feet in AeroSkin Black, part number TH624. With the Thule rapid-traversed roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our box directly onto our load bars. Now with the feet hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around each bar. Once we have the box situated the way we like, we'll move the key to the unlock position and push up on the lid to open the passenger side of the box. We'll use the two hand-knobs on this side of the box to tighten our two feet around our load bars. One of the great features of the Thule Force is it's ability to open from either side of the box. We'll move to the driver's side, open the box, and tighten down the two remaining feet using the hand-knobs. With all four feet tight, our box is secured and we're ready to go. Here at the rear, you can see that we have plenty of room between the back of our box and our antenna, which is also going to allow us to have full access to our rear hatch door. That concludes today test fit of the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box, part number TH624, on our 2014 Ford Escape. .







Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Rack, Part #S64710. With the Thule Rapid Reverse Roof Rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our load bars. Here at the front platform we'll take a u-bolt and bring it around on the underside of our front load bar. We'll fit the bolts up through the front platform and we'll secure it by tightening down two wing nuts. We're going to move to the other side of our front platform and repeat this process. Here at the rear we'll drop our u-bolt through the top of our bike rack making sure that we have a bolt on each side of our rear load bar. Then we'll install our black metal clamp making sure that the bolts go through our clamp. And we'll secure it by installing two wing nuts. With the front and rear secure, we can go ahead and undo the rear wheel strap and make sure our skewer at the front is loose. We'll grab our bike and place it onto our bike rack dropping our front forks down onto our skewer. We'll secure the bike first by tightening our skewer, and then move to the rear and tighten with the wheel strap. With our bike all loaded up, that'll complete today's test fit of the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Rack, Part #S64710 on our 2014 Ford Escape. .



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number RKY1011. With the Thule Rapid Traverse roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly on to our load bars. Here at the front, well bring our straps around our bar and remove our black plastic cover. Well fit the straps back into the head of the carrier and use an allen key to tighten our allen bolt which will secure our straps around our front bar. Once we have those tight, we can then replace our black plastic cover. At the rear, well loosen up one of our allen bolts to bring our rear clamp around our rear bar.Well drop the allen bolt back through and then tighten both allen bolts with an allen key.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Roof Mounted Bike Rack , Part #RKY1014. With the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack system on our vehicle we'll begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our load bars. Here at the front we'll remove our black plastic cover and bring our straps around our front bar, fitting them back into the head of the carrier. We'll then use an Allen key to tighten our Allen bolt which will tighten our straps around our front bar. Once we have those secured, we can replace our black plastic cover. At the rear we'll loosen up one of our Allen bolts to bring our real clamp around or rear bar. We'll drop the Allen bolt back through and use an Allen key to tighten both bolts down. With the front and rear secure, we'll undo our rear wheel strap and make sure our skewer at the front is loose. We'll grab our bike and place it onto our bike rack dropping our front forks down onto our skewer. We'll secure the bike first by tightening our skewer and then move to the rear and tighten with a wheel strap. With our bike all loaded up, that will complete today's test fit of the RockyMounts TieRod Roof Mounted Bike Rack, Part #RKY1014 on our 2014 Ford Escape. .



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape well be test-fitting the Rockymounts Pitchfork roof-mounted bike rack, part number RKY0438.With the Thule Crossroads roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test-fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our roof rack system. Here at the front, we need to remove our black plastic cover and our skewer to gain access to our Allen bolts. Well loosen those up using an Allen key so that we can bring our front clamp around our front bar. Well reinsert the Allen bolts through the clamp and tighten it down using an Allen key. With the front of our bike rack secured, well go ahead and reinstall our skewer and replace our black plastic cover. Here at the rear, well bring our clamp around our rear bar, drop our bolt thats attached to our bike rack through the clamp, and secure it by installing the wingnut on the bottom. With the front and rear secure, well go ahead and undo the wheel strap at the rear and make sure our skewer at the front is loose. Well grab our bike and place it onto our bike rack, dropping our front forks down onto our skewer.



Rhino-Rack Master-Fit Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2014 Ford Escape

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Rhino Rack Master Fit Rooftop Cargo Box, measuring 14 cubic feet, part number RMF400. With the Thule rapid-traversed roof rack system on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our box directly onto our load bars. One we have it situated, we'll open the passenger side of the box and place our two feet through the appropriate slots, making sure that they go around our load bars. We can then use the attached hand-knobs to secure them around our bars. One of the great features of the Maser Fit is it's ability to open from either side of the vehicle. We'll move to the driver's side, open the box, place our feet through the slots, and use the hand-knobs to secure them around our bars. With all four feet tight, our box is secured and we're ready to go. Here at the rear, you can see that we have full access to our rear hatch door and that our box does not interfere with our rear antenna. That concludes today test fit of the Rhino Rack Master Fit Rooftop Cargo Box, part number RMF400, on our 2014 Ford Escape. .



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the hidden hitch, trailer hitch receiver in a class III, with a two-inch opening on the receiver, part number 87627. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in hoping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch-pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately four inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14 and a half inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's look at the access hole that'll allow us to put our carriage bolts and spacer blocks into the frame. As you can see here, our spacer block fits in just fine, but our carriage bolt doesn't fit. We'll go ahead and take a file and file just a little bit of the edge off of the access hole to allow our carriage bolt to fit in. Now that we've opened up the access hole just enough for the carriage bolt to fit in, now let's go ahead and point out the mounting locations for our hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today, on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be installing the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver in a Class II of an 1-1/4 opening in the receiver, part number 90219. Heres what the hitch looks like and installed on our vehicle. Now well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 13-1/2 inches. Now lets go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, lets look at the access hole that allows to put our carriage bolts and spacer blocks into the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver in a Plastube with an inch and a quarter opening on the receiver, Part Number 36524. This is what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening and the receiver to the ground is approximately 13.5 inches. Now, let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's look at the access hole that allows us to put our carriage bolts and spacer blocks into the frame. You can see, here, our spacer block fits in just fine, but our carriage bolt doesn't fit.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Ford Escape, well be installing the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch in a Class III with a 2 inch opening, part number 75758. Heres what the hitch looks like and installed on our vehicle. Now well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14-1/2 inches. Now lets go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, lets look at the access hole that allows us to put our carriage bolts and spacer blocks into the frame.







Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse large rooftop cargo box, part number TH614. Now this box does open from only one side, so you'll need to position it on the passenger side of your vehicle. We'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the four slots in the bottom of the box. We'll take the clamps and slide them down through the slots, over the top of each bar, and turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly against the crossbars. Now that everything is all tightened down and secured, you can see that we can easily access the rear hatch of our Escape with the box secured.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine rooftop cargo box, part number TH613. And this box does open from one side, so we'll need to position it on the passenger side of the vehicle. We'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll unlock the box and open the lid, exposing the four slots in the bottom of the box. We'll take the clamps and slide them down through the slots, over the top of each bar. We'll then turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly against the crossbars.



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force large rooftop cargo box, in AeroSkin black, part number TH624. We'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle's crossbars, and position each clamp to fit over each bar. We'll then unlock the bock and open the lid, exposing the two closest knobs. We'll turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly against each bar. We can then move to the other side of the vehicle and repeat the same steps. Now this double-sided opening lid also enables you to easily load and unload your cargo from either side of the vehicle.



Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Apex Swing 4-bike carrier, part number TH9027. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. We'll allow the integrated hitch pin to fall into place, and we'll secure it to the vehicle by turning the black knob to engage the anti-rattle device. We'll now go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 16" of ground clearance. With the cradle arms folded down, we've added about 14" to the overall length of our vehicle.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts Tierod Stretch roof-mounted bike rack, part number RKY1011. We'll begin our test fit by placing the bike rack onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll remove the black plastic cover at the front to bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the front crossbar. We'll then hook them into the connection points. We'll then use the included Allen key to turn the silver bolt to bring the straps up around tightly against the bar. With this done, we'll replace the black plastic cover and move to the rear.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Kuat NV aluminum platform-style 2-bike rack, part number N101. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, line up the pin hole, and insert our pin and lock. Here at the rear of the shank, we'll use the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 16" of ground clearance. The closest point of the bike rack to the rear of our Escape is about 5".



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Thule Helium Aero Two Bike Rack for Inch and a Quarter and Two Inch Hitches, part number th9042. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and allow the attached pin to fall into place. We'll use the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 19 inches of ground clearance.



Softride Dura Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Soft Ride Dura Parallelogram Tilting Four Bike Rack for Inch and a Quarter and Two Inch Hitches, part number sr26247. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt tightening it with a wrench and then installing the lock on the same side. Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 15-3/4 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of our carrier to the rear of our vehicle is about two inches.



Rola Roof Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Rola Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number 59404. We'll begin our test fit by placing the bike rack onto the vehicle's crossbars. We'll then remove the silver bolt and nut to slide on the underside of the front and rear crossbar positioning both brackets on the front and rear part of the crossbar. With the brackets in place we'll slide the bolt through the holes and use the nut to tighten them down. We'll then use the included tightening tool to tighten down the bolt to secure the front and rear bracket to the front and rear crossbar. With everything all tightened down and secured we're ready to load up our bike.



Yakima DoubleDown Ace 2 Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Yakima DoubleDown Ace Two Bike Carrier, part number Y02450. Well begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch, installing our pin with the red knob and securing the bike rack to the vehicle by turning the black knob at the back of the shank to engage the anti-rattle device. Well now go over a few clearance of measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 19 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 7-1/2 inches away. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 13 inches to the overall length of our vehicle.



Thule Sonic Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, well be testing the Thule sonic large roof-top cargo box in black part number TH634B. Well begin our test today by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle cross bars, and position each clamp over each bar. Well then unlock the box and open the lid exposing the two closest knobs. Well turn the knobs to bring the clamps up around tightly each bar. Youll know when the clamps have been fully tightened on when the knobs start to make an inaudible 0:26 sound. Then close the box and move to the other side of the vehicle where we can open the lid exposing the two closest knobs once again.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Apex Hitch Mounted Four-Bike Rack, part number TH9025. Well begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch, allowing the integrated hitch pin to fall into place and securing it with the black knob to engage the anti-rattle device. Well now go over a few clearance of measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 17 inches of ground clearance. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 14 inches to the overall length of our vehicle. Well now pull the grey lever at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Swagman Fork Down Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number S64710. Well begin our test fit by placing the bike rack on to the vehicles crossbars. Well bring out our hardware and take the silver brackets around the underside of the front crossbar up to the predrilled holes of the front part of the bike rack and thread in our black wing nuts to secure the front part of the carrier to the front crossbar. Well then move to the rear with this time well take the silver bracket to slide down through the predrilled holes into the bike rack and bring the black plate on the underside of the rear crossbar and thread in our wing nuts to tighten down the rear part of the bike rack to the rear part of the crossbar.With everything all tighten down and secured, were ready to load up our bike. Well double check to make sure the securer is loose at the front and well undo the strap of the rear. Well place our bike on to the bike rack, slide in the forks down on to the securer.



Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima SwingDaddy Four Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack, part number y02422. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt tightening it with a wrench and installing our lock or pin on the other side.Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 19-1/2 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our Escape is about four inches. We've added about 12 inches to the overall length of our Ford Escape.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Swagman Titan Four Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitches, part number s63410. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt tightening it with a wrench. Now we'll go over some clearance measurements.We have about 18-1/2 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our vehicle is about nine and a half inches. We've added about 21 inches to the overall length of our Escape.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa Aluminum Platform-Style Hitch Mounted Two Bike Rack, part number s102. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and install our pin and lock.Here at the rear of the shank we'll tighten the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of about 19-1/2 inches. The closest point of our bike rack to the rear of our Escape is about three and a half inches.



Kuat Beta Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on our 2005 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Kuat Beta Aluminum Folding Two Bike Rack, part number b202-2. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and install our pin and lock. We'll move to the rear of the shank and use the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device.Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 14-1/2 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our vehicle is about four inches.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, will be test fitting the Thule Domestique fork mounted bike carrier part number TH513. With our Thule Arrow Blade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle will begin our test fit by placing our Domestique directly onto our load bars. For easier installation I went ahead and removed the front skewer and loosened up the front and rear brackets will bring are from bracket around our front load bar fit the bulb through and tighten with an Allen key. Then we'll go to the rear making sure our carrier is in line and bring our rear bracket around our rear bar. We'll fit the bolt through our rear bracket and tighten the two Allen bolts with our Allen key. With our bike carrier tighten secured will go ahead and install our skewer at the front leaving it loose, move to the rear and undo our rear wheel strap.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, will be test fitting the Rockymounts Tierod Stretch roof mounted bike carrier part number RKY1011. With the Thule Aero blade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle will begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars will bring the rubber coated seal straps around the front load bar fitting the back into the head of the carrier and use an Allen key to tighten the Allen bolt which will tighten our strap. We can then replace our black plastic cover and then move to the rear of the carrier. Will fit the bolt through the bracket and tighten each bolt using an Allen key. With that bracket tight, were now able to load up our bike. We just need to undo our rear wheel strap and make sure that the skewer at the front is loose.



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Rockymounts Pitchfork roof mounted bike carrier part number RKY 0438. To begin our test fit I already remove the black plastic cover at the front. I removed the skewer and I listened up the bolts for the clamp the front of the carrier. We'll begin by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. We'll fit our front bracket around our front load bar, dropping the bolt through the bracket and tightening with an Allen key. Now we can go ahead and reinstall our skewer.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 rooftop cargo box, 11 cubic feet in black, part number Y07193. With the Yakima round bar system installed on to our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our RocketBox directly under our crossbars. Once we have it sitting on our crossbars, we can adjust the feet as necessary to go around the front and rear crossbar.They Yakima RocketBox does open from both sides, you can place it on your passenger side or your driver side of the vehicle. For our test fit today we decided to place it on the passenger side of our Escape. We'll move the key to the unlock position and press the red button to open up our rocket box. Once we have the clamps around our crossbars, we can then tighten the red hand knob which will tighten the clamp around our bar.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 rooftop cargo box, 14" cubic feet, in black, part number Y07192. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our RocketBox directly onto our crossbars. Once we have it on, we can then adjust the feet to fit around our bars. We'll open up the passenger side and tighten the two clamps on this side of the box. One of the great features of the RocketBox is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle. We'll move to the driver side, push the red button to open the box, and we'll tighten the two remaining clamps by tightening the hand knobs on the inside of the box.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima round bar roof rack system using part numbers Y00409 for the 58" crossbars, Y00610, part number Y00683, and part number Y00124. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by opening the front doors of our Escape. We'll place our front bar onto the front part of our roof. To ensure that we have it in the correct location, we need to measure 7" from the leading edge of the windshield to the closest point on our foot pack. We'll do this measurement for both sides of the vehicle to make sure that our feet are in line with each other. Now we'll make our way from passenger side to driver side, tightening down each foot pack using the thumb screw on the inside, until we have each foot pack snug.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima FrontLoader wheel-mounted bike carrier, part number Y02103. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our FrontLoader directly onto our crossbars. We'll fit the front clamp around our front bar. We'll then use the T hand knob at the front of our carrier to tighten our clamp around our front crossbar. Once we have that tight, we can move to the rear, bring our rear bracket around our rear bar. We'll drop out T bolt through the appropriate slot on our clamp, and use the T handle on top of our carrier to tighten it down.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Forklift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number y02098. With a Yakima Round Bar Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Well remove our skewer at the front. Then well bring our front clamp around our front bar. Well drop our t-bolt through the slot on the clamp and then we can use the t-knob at the top to tighten it down. Well then slide the slotted bracket in place around our t-bolt and reinstall our skewer.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 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 the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing half of the carrier onto the front crossbar. We'll bring the rubber-coated straps around the crossbar, fitting them back into the foot of our carrier. We'll press firmly on the buckle and clamp it down. We'll do this for both sides of the carrier. We'll grab the second half of our carrier, and place it onto our rear bar.



Whispbar Roof Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 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 the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing half of the carrier onto the front part of our roof rack. We'll bring the rubber-coated strap around, fitting it back into the foot of the carrier, closing the buckle, and clamping it down. We can repeat that process for the other side. We'll grab the second half of our carrier and place it onto our rear bar. We'll bring the rubber-coated strap around, fit it back into the foot of the carrier, close the buckle, and clamp it down.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi standup paddleboard carrier with a 2-board capacity, part number TH810. With the Thule AeroBlade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front half of our carrier directly onto our front bar. We'll bring the rubber-coated straps around the underside of our load bar, fitting them back into the foot, and then using the hand knob to tighten them down. We'll do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Now we'll grab the second half of our carrier and place it on our rear bar. We'll go ahead and line it up with the front half of our carrier.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box, 22 cubic feet, in metallic silver, part number TH636S. With the Thule AeroBlade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin by placing our cargo box directly onto our load bars. With the feet handing out of the bottom of the box, we'll go ahead and make sure that they go around our load bars. Once we have it situated on the vehicle the way we prefer, we can then open one side of the box to tighten the two feet on that side. We'll know that the foot is tight when the hand knob starts making a clicking noise. Now we'll come over to the passenger side of the vehicle and open the box from this side, and tighten the two remaining feet.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Flat-Top Ski and Snowboard carrier with a six ski or a four board capacity. Part number TH92725. With our Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack system assembled onto our vehicle well begin our today by placing the front half of our carrier directly onto our front-load bar. Well bring our rubber coated straps around the underside of our load bar, fitting them back into the foot. Well then use the hand knob to tighten down our strap. Well do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle.



Thule Crossroad Loadbar Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Square Load Bars, 50 inches, part number THLB50 using the Thule Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing foot packs, part number TH450. We have our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions. We can begin our test fit by placing our front bar onto the front part of our factory raised side rail. To make that we have the bar situated correctly, theres a arrow indicator on each foot pack and that arrow needs to be over the center of our factory raised side rail. Well check this on both sides of the vehicle. To ensure that our foot packs are lined up with each other, well measure from a fixed point on the side rails back to the center of our foot pack.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System using the Thule Aeroblade Load Bars, part number THARB47 and the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing sub-pack, part number TH450R. With our roof rack system assembled according to our instructions, well begin our test set by placing the front load bar onto the front part of our side rails. We want to make sure that bar overhang on each side of our vehicle is even. Then we want to make sure that our arrow indicates, on our foot packs, line up of our factory raised side rails.To ensure that our foot packs are even with each other, we need to pick a fixed point on our side rail and measure to the center of our foot pack. Then we can bring our rubber-coated steel straps around our side rails, fit them back into the foot pack, and use the included tool to tighten them down. Once we have it tight, we can put our tool back into our foot pack and it also works as a cover.Now well grab our rear bar and place it on the rear part of our side rails.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System using the Thule Aeroblade Load Bard, 43 inches, part number THARB43 and also using the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing Foot Pack, part number TH450R. Our roof rack system is assembled according to the instructions. To begin our test fit, well place the front half of our roof rack onto the front half of our factory raised side rails. We want to make sure that the arrow indicators are lined up at the center of the side rails.Once we check both sides, then we want to make sure that we have even bar overhang on both sides of our vehicle. We can bring the rubber-coated steel straps around our side rails, fit them back into the foot back, and use the included Allen Key tool to tighten the strap. Once we have the strap tight, we can then fit the tool back into our foot pack and it also works as a cover.Now well grab our rear bar and place it on the rear part of our factory raised side rails.



Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Circuit Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number TH526. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. Well bring our front bracket around our front load bar and lift up our cam action lever, fit our bolt through the slot, and then hand tighten the thumb screw. Once we get that snug down, we can then close the cam action lever which tightens even more and secures the front part of our carrier to our front bar.Well go ahead and reinstall our skewer and then move to the rear and bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, fit the bolt through the slot, and use the wing nuts to tighten it down. Well make sure that our real wheel strap is undone and that our skewer at the front is loosened. Well grab our bike, place our rear wheel into the wheel tray and drop our front forks down onto our skewer.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Fork Style Roof Mounted Bike Rack from Swagman, part number S64710. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle well begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. Well two of the larger U-bolts and place them up through our bracket, making sure that each U-bolt goes around the underside of our load bar. With the bolt in through the bracket, well secure it by tightening down some wing nuts. Well do this for both sides of our bracket.Then well move to the rear and drop our U-bolt in from the top of the carrier, making sure it goes around our rear load bar and then well take our black bracket, fit it through the U-bolt and up against the underside of our rear load bar. Well tighten our U-bolts securing our bracket in place.With everything tight, were now ready to load our bike.



Prorack Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Prorack Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number PR8062003. With the Yakama Round Bar Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Well bring our clamp around the front bar, feed the bolt through, and tighten with the circular nut. Well do this for both clamps at the front of our bike rack.Once we have those tight, we can then move to the rear and bring our rear clamps around our rear bar, drop the bolt through and tighten with a circular nut. To get ready to load our bike, we need to make sure that our wheel straps are undone. Well grab our bike, place it onto our rack.



Thule Sonic Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule sonic large rooftop cargo box, measuring 13 cubic feet, in glossy black, part number TH634B. With the factory roof rack onto our vehicle, we can place our Thule Sonic directly onto our crossbars. Since the feet are hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around our crossbars as we place our box onto our roof rack. We'll open the passenger side of the box and tighten down the two hand knobs on this side. We'll know that they're tight when we hear a clicking or ratcheting sound. One of the great features of this box is its ability to open from either side of the vehicle.



Thule Pulse XL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse XL rooftop cargo box, measuring 16 cubic feet, in matte black, part number TH615. In some cases, depending on where you place your cargo box, you may need to remove your rear antenna. We'll begin our test fit by placing our cargo box directly onto our crossbars. Since the box opens from one side only, we'll want to scoot it as close to the passenger side as possible for easier loading and unloading. We'll open the box by moving the key to the unlock position and pushing up, and on the inside, we'll take our clamps, fit them through the appropriate slots at the bottom of the box, making sure that the feet of the clamps go around our crossbars. Once those are in place, we can tighten the hand knobs to secure our box.



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Force XXL rooftop cargo box, measuring 21 cubic feet, in AeroSkin black, part number TH626. In order to get the box to fit onto our vehicle, we did have to remove the rear antenna. With the factory roof rack on our vehicle, we can begin our test fit by placing our Thule Force directly onto our crossbars. With the feet hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around our crossbars while placing our box onto our roof rack. We can open the passenger side of the box by moving the key to the unlock position and pushing up on the lid. On the inside, you'll see four hand knobs.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 22 cubic ft in metallic silver part number TH636S. In order to get this box to fit, we did have to remove the rear antenna. With the factory roof rack system on our vehicle we can begin our test fit by placing the Thule Sonic directly onto our crossbars. Since the feet are already hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as needed to fit around our crossbars while we placing the box onto our roof rack. Well open the passengers side of the box and tighten the hand knobs on the inside. This tightens our clamps around our crossbars.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 11 cubic ft in matt black part number TH613. In order to get the box to fit onto our vehicle we had to remove the rear antenna. To begin our test fit well place our cargo box directly onto our crossbars. Since this box opens from one side, well scoot it as close to the passengers side as we can for easier loading and unloading. Well open our box and place our feet through the appropriate slots making sure that they go around our crossbars. Once we have the feet in place, we can then tighten down the hand knob to tighten our feet around our bars.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box 14 cubic ft in matt black part number TH614. In some cases, depending on where you place your cargo box, you may need to remove your rear antenna. With the factory roof rack system onto our vehicle, we can begin our test fit by placing the Thule Pulse directly onto our crossbars. Please keep in mind that this box only opens from one side. We need to set it to where its easily accessible for loading and unloading. Once we have it situated we can open the box and place our feet through the appropriate spot making sure that our feet go around our crossbars.



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 13 cubic ft in aero skin black part number TH624. Well begin our test fit by placing our cargo box directly onto our crossbars. With the feet already hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to fit around our crossbars while we place it onto our roof rack. Well open the passengers side of the box by moving the key to the unlock position and pulling up on the lid. Well tighten the two hand knobs on this side of the box which tighten our feet around our crossbars. One of the great features of this box is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle.



Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Circuit Roof Mounted Bike Carrier part number TH526. With the factory roof rack system on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the Thule Circuit directly onto our crossbars. Here at the front, well lift up the cam action lever and bring our front clamp around our front bar. Well fit the bolt through the slot of the clamp, tighten it with our hands and close the cam action lever to finish securing the front clamp. Moving to the rear, under the wing nuts and bring our clamp around our rear bar. Well fit the bolts back through the clamp and tighten the wing nuts.



Thule CS10 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule self-tensioning snow tire chains for passenger vehicles, part number TH00204104. We'll be test fitting them on tire size 235/55/17. This vehicle is all wheel drive, so we'll be putting them on the rear tires. To begin our test fit, we'll lay the chains flat on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. We'll then start with the cable with the yellow end and slide it to the back side of the tire. We'll then bring the two ends of the tire chain up on the inside of the tire and connect them together.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Glacier cable snow tire chains for light trucks, part number PW2029C. We'll be test fitting the tire chains on tire size 235/55/17. Now this vehicle is equipped with all wheel drive, so we'll be putting the tire chains on the rear tires. Now to begin our test fit, we'll lay the chains flat out on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. Notice the yellow indicator tag on the tire chain, which lets us know what side of the vehicle the tire chain should be installed on. We'll now begin our test fit and drape the tire chains over the tire.



Thule CG9 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Self-Tensioning Low Profile Snow Tire Chains for passenger vehicles, part number th00023104 on tire size 235/55-17. Now this vehicle is all-wheel drive, but we will be installing the tire chains on the rear tires. Before we begin our test fit, well lay the chains flat on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. Well then start with the yellow end of the cable, and slide it on the back side of the tire. Well then bring the two ends of the tire chain up to the top of the tire and then connect them at the inside. Well then drape the tire chains over the tire getting them as centered as possible.



Yakima DoubleDown Ace Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Yakima Doubledown Ace Four Bike Carrier, part number y02451. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes and inserting the pin with the red knob into the pin hole. We'll finally turn the black knob at the back of the shank to engage the anti-rattle device securing our Doubledown Ace to our Ford Escape.We'll now go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 17 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier. The closest part of the carrier to the closest part of our Escape is here at the rear bumper about eight inches away. With the cradle arms folded down we've added about 14 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.We'll now pull the red lever at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out and with the cradle arms out we've added about 36 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa platform style aluminum two bike carrier, part #S102. Well begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, lining up the pin holes, inserting the pin to the pin holes and secure the lock on the side. Well then turn the black T-handle at the back of the shank to engage the anti-rattle device. Now that our Kuat Sherpa is secured to our Ford Escape well go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 21 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier with the platform folded up. Closest part of the carrier to the closest part of our Escape is here at the rear bumper about five inches away. Weve added about 16 inches to the overall length to the vehicle. To lower the platform well flip out the gold lever at the base of the carrier to tilt the platform down. With the platform folded down we have about 27 inches of ground clearance to the rear of the carrier.



Yakima StickUp 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima StickUp Platform Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number Y02420. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch. Line up our pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolt to the pin holes, and tighten with a wrench. A quick tech tip: You will need to push the rear bumper in a little bit as when using a wrench and threading your bolt in, the bolt and the plastic of the rear bumper do come in contact. Now that our Yakima StickUp is secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 19 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier.



Yakima HighLite 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima HighLite Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier, part number Y02438. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes, inserting our pin with the red knob into the pin holes, and turning the black knob at the back of the shank to engage the anti-rattle device. Now that our Yakima HighLite is secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 17 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the carrier to the closest part of our Escape is here at the rear bumper about 8-1/2 inches away. With the cradle arms folded down, we've added about 14 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Thule T2 Platform Style Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule T2 platform style two bike carrier, part number TH916XTR. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes, and secure the locking of the sides. We can then tighten down with a wrench to prevent any wobble in the hitch. When tightening down with a wrench, you may need to push back the plastic of the bumper so that the wrench and the rear bumper don't come in contact. Also, if you do have the lock on the other side, the lock will rest up against the rear bumper. Now with our Thule T2 secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over some clearance measurements to see how the two fit together.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule hitching post pro, part number TH934XTR. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes, threading our anti-(inaudible) bolt through the pinholes and tightening with a wrench. Quick tech tip: you will need to push back on the plastic rear bumper to prevent the bumper and the wrench coming in contact. Now with our hitching post pro secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 20 inches of ground clearance to the rear of the carrier. Closet part of the carrier to the closest part of our Escape is here at the rear bumper, about 9 inches away.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting a Thule helium aero two bike carrier, part number TH9042. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, allowing our integrated hitch pin to fall into place and turn the block knob to engage the anti-rile device, securing our Thule helium to our Ford Escape. We'll now go over two clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 23 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier. Closet part of the carrier to the closest part of our Escape is here at the rear bumper, about 4 inches away. And we've added about 21 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Prorack 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Prorack Hitch-Mounted Hanging two bike carrier, part number PR8062403. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Quick note, that when using a wrench to tighten on your anti-rattle bolt, you will need a hold one hand and push back the plastic bumper as the bumper and the wrench will come in contact. We'll now go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together.'We have about 17 inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the carrier to the closest part of our vehicle is here at the rear bumper about 7 inches away and we've added about 26 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. To access the cargo area, we'll pull the silver pin at the base of the carrier and tilt the mass down. This will allow us to have access to our Escapes rear hatch. To load the bike, we'll make sure the mast is in its upright position. We'll undo the cradle straps, place the bike into the frame cradles and secure with the straps. That completes today's test fit for the Prorack Hitch-Mounted Hanging two bike carrier, part number PR8062403 on our 2011 Ford Escape.



Kuat Beta Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Kuat Beta hitch mounted, aluminum two bike carrier part number B202-114. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes, inserting the pin through the pin holes and securing it with a clip on the other side. We'll then turn the black T-handle at the back of the shank to engage the anti-rattle device. We'll now go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 20 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier. Closest part of our Beta to the closest part of our Escape as here at the rear bumper about seven inches away and we've added about 15 inches to the overall length of our Escape. We'll now pull the silver pin at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms our and with the cradle arms our, we've added about 27 inches to the overall length of our Escape. To access the cargo area, we'll pull the silver pin at the base of the carrier to tilt the mast down. As you can see, we can easily access the rear hatch of our escape. To load the bike, we'll make sure the mast of our Beta is in its upright position. We'll undo the cradle straps, place the bike into the frame cradles and secure with the straps. That completes today's test fit for the Kuat Beta hitch mounted, aluminum two bike carrier, part number B202-114 on our 2011 Ford Escape.



Hollywood Racks Traveler Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Traveler four bike carrier part number HR8500. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier and to the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and tighten with a wrench. Be careful when tightening with the wrench as you will need to push back on the plastic bumper to prevent the bumper from coming in contact with your wrench. Now that our Hollywood Racks Traveler is secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two would fit together. We have about 17 and a half inches of ground clearance. We've added about 12 inches to the over length of the vehicle. We'll now pull the black pin at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms our and with the cradle arms out, we've added about 35 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. To access the cargo area, we'll pull the pin at the base of the carrier to tilt the mast down. This will allow us to have access to our vehicles rear hatch. To load the bike, well make sure that mast is in its upright position.



Hollywood Racks Road Runner Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Road Runner three bike carrier part number HR310. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the carrier and to the opening of the hitch, lining up our pin holes, inserting the pin through the pin holes and securing with a lock on the other side. Note, the lock, when it's secured to the pin will be touching the plastic part of the rear bumper. Now that our road runner, secured to our Ford Escape, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two would fit together. We have about 18 inches of ground clearance. We've added about 13 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. We'll now pull the pin at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out and with the cradle arms out, we've added about 31 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. To access the cargo area, we'll pull the pin at the base of the carrier to tilt the mast down.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape well be installing hinge hitch, part number 87626. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed.Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 1 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 12inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. To begin our install well first go ahead and point out the attachment points.



Surco Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Surco 24" x 60" cargo carrier, part number 52018. To mount this carrier to our vehicle, we'll insert the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up the hitch pin holes and secure the carrier with the standard 5/8" pin and clip. Now we'll go ahead and go over some clearance measurements. We've got about 10" of ground clearance here at the rear of our carrier. The closest point of our carrier to the closest point of our vehicle is about 1-1/2".



Prorack 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Prorack 2-bike carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" inch hitches, part number PR8062403. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up the hitch pin hole and then thread in our anti-rattle bolt, tightening with a wrench, and securing with a clip on the other side. Now we'll go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of about 10-1/2". The nearest point of the carrier to the nearest point of the rear of our vehicle is about 2".



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV aluminum 2-bike carrier, part number N101. To begin our test fit, we'll take the shank of the bike carrier and slide it into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up the hitch pin hole and then we can put in our pin and clip. Once we have our pin and clip in, we'll move to the back of the bike carrier and tighten the black knob. This engages the anti-rattle device. Now we'll go ahead and go over some clearance measurements.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape, we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY1014. To mount our carrier up on top of our roof rack, place it on top of our load bars. We'll fit the rubber coated steel straps at the front of the carrier around our front load bar, threading them back into the head of the carrier, and use an Allen key to tighten them down. Once we have those straps tightened down, we can reinstall our front cover. We also want to make sure that our skewer is open in preparation for loading our bike. At the rear of the carrier, we'll fit the clamp around our rear load bar and use the Allen key to tighten it down as well.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Forklift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number y02098. Our Escape is equipped with a full factory roof rack so we're going to mount our Forklift directly to the factory crossbars. To do this we'll remove the skewer from the head of the bike rack first.We'll open up the clamp at the head of the bike rack and fit it around our crossbar then we'll tighten it down with the T-bolt and wing nut. Next we'll slide the cover back into place and then we can reinstall our skewer. At the back we'll need to slide the clamp over our rear crossbar and again we'll tighten it down with a T-bolt and wing nut. Now we're ready to load our bike.We'll pick our bike up and place the wheel into the wheel tray and place the front fork down into our skewer.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape we're going to be test fitting the Thule Domestique Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number th513. To mount the carrier to our roof rack we'll set it up on top of our load bars. We'll fit the head of the bike rack over our front load bar. We'll fit the bottom clamp around the bottom of our load bar and use the included Allen key to tighten down the Allen head bolts.At the rear of the carrier we'll fit the clamp around our rear load bar and use the Allen key to tighten it down as well. Once we've done that we can take our skewer and reinstall it. Now our bike rack is loaded and we're ready to load.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liners Review - 2010 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2010 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Weathertech Floor Mats for the front seat, Part Number WT443031. We are working with the black color today, but these are also available in tan as Part Number WT453031 and as gray as Part Number WT463031. To start off, well remove our old or factory mats and then simply lay the Weathertech floor mats in place.Weathertech floor mats have a rigid plastic core for durability and a unique rubberized outer shell, grips the carpet while it channels and traps water and debris. The mats are custom-molded. It fits your specific vehicle protecting the threshold and partially covering the floor board. That completes our test fit for the Weathertech floor mats for the front seat, Part Number WT443031 on our 2010 Ford Escape..



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2002 Ford Escape

Today we have a 2002 Ford Escape and we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Fork Style Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number s64710. Our Escape is already equipped with the full factory roof rack so we're going to go ahead and attach our fork down directly to our factory crossbars. We'll place the bike rack up on top of our crossbars. At the front we'll fit our two U-bolts around our crossbars and use the wing nuts to secure the front of the bike rack.Next we'll move to the back of the bike carrier, fitting the U-bolt through the carrier from the top. We'll take the clamp and the two wing nuts to clamp around the bar from the bottom. With that done our bike rack is secured and we're ready to load up our bike.



Husky Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, well be test fitting the Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Auto Floor Liners, part number HL99743, on our 2013 Ford Escape. The specific liners we'll be testing today are in color tan. These liners are also available in black with the part number HL99741. To begin our view, we'll go ahead and remove the old mats in the second row. Now, we'll take our Husky liner and put it in the second row. As you can see, the second row liner is one piece.



Husky Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Auto Floor Liners for the front and rear, part number HL99741. The floor mat is also available on tan, part number HL99743. Now before we begin, we'll first need to remove the factory or previously installed floor mats. To do this, we'll simply pull out the floor mat and replace it with the new Husky Liners WeatherBeater. We'll start with the driver's side for this installation. We'll place the floor mat onto where the existing floor mat was.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be installing the Curt hitch, part number c13129. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Alright today, in this 2010 Ford Escape, were going to install part number 87626 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on a vehicle. Next, well 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 be around 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pen hole to the edge of the bumper will be around one inch. Now, well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.



Hidden Hitch Ball Mount with 6 Inch Drop Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Hidden Hitch ball mount 4-3/4 rise or a 6 drop at 6,000 pounds, part number 80240. To begin our test fit we need to measure our hitch height, this is from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube, we have about 13-1/2. Now well go ahead and install our ball mount, well do this in the drop position first. Well go ahead and take the shank of our ball mount and put it into the receiver tube of our hitch. Well line up the hitch pin hole and then thread in the 5/8 hitch, pin and clip.With the ball mount in the dropped position, we get a measurement of 7 and this is from the ground to the top of the ball platform. Make sure were measuring your trailer height, you so when your trailer is level, measure from the ground to the bottom of the coupler, if your measurement matches ours than this will be a great fit for you.Now we can take our ball mount out, flip it over to the rise position, in this position well get a measurement of 18.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

All right, today is 2010 Ford Escape. We're going to install part number 36501 from Draw-Tite. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on a vehicle. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of receiver opening down to the ground, will be about 17 1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to edge of bumper will be around 1 inch.



Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Rola 23 inch by 56 inch Railed Cargo Carrier, part number 59502. To mount our Carrier to the vehicle, we'll insert the shank of the Carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up the hitch pin hole and secure the Carrier with the standard 5/8 inch pin and clip. Next, we'll go over a few clearance measurements. At the rear of the Carrier, we've got about 13 inches of ground clearance. From the closest point of the Carrier to the closest point of the rear of our vehicle is about 7 1/2 inches.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 70636. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is five and a half inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier.



Husky Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape, well be installing the Husky Liner Classic Custom Cargo Liner, part number HL23152 grey in color. First step of our install, well first go ahead and open up the rear cargo door and sit it into place. As you can see Husky Cargo Liners are custom molded precisely to fit the vehicle and stay in place. The shape, channels and moldings all work to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner and off of the carpeting. With its raised outer edge and custom molding to the floorboard and interior trim panels, it provides complete coverage from side-to-side and from threshold to second row seating. One more great feature about the Husky Cargo Liner is its easy to install and can also be easily removed and cleaned and washed with soap and water.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape, well be installing a Draw Tite Hitch, part number 75118. This is what our hitch will look like once it is installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now well go ahead with the installation.



Rain-X Latitude Wiper Blades Installation - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape, well be installing the Rain-X Latitude Windshield Wiper Blades, part number RX5079276 19 inches in length. The Rain-X Latitude Windshield Wiper Blade is a perfect replacement for the all-weather windshield wiper blade that provides superior visibility in rain, snow and sleet. The contoured bean style frame appeals uniform pressure along the entire length of the blade creating streak free wiping. With a heavy-duty graphite coated rubber edge, it delivers a smooth noisily wiping action even in freezing conditions. The aerodynamic design reduces wind drag, noise and lift at high speeds. The sturdy stainless steel blade encased in rubber is rust proof and long lasting.



Rain-X Weatherbeater Wiper Blades Installation - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape well be installing the Rain-X Weather Beater Windshield Wiper blades, part number rx30219, the 19 inch wiper blade. First well go ahead and remove the older manufacturers wiper blades by raising up on the wiper arm rotating the wiper blade so that we can see the locking tab. Then well press on the locking tab and pull down on the wiper blade unlocking it from the j-hook of the wiper arm. Well go ahead and take the new one, line it up with the j-hook of the wiper arm, firmly press it into place locking it in position. Then well give it a couple quick tugs to make sure it locked in and then well return the wiper arm to the windshield. Now with the drivers side done well go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2002 Ford Escape

Today on our 2002 Ford Escape well be installing the Tow Ready T1 Connector, part number 118343. To begin our install, well first go ahead and open up the rear cargo door. This will allow us to see the fasteners to remove the rear taillight housing on both sides. Starting here on the drivers side well go ahead and remove the two fasteners and then pop the taillight out of position. Note: To pop the taillight out of position were going to be using a small plastic pry bar, but you can also use a flat bladed screwdriver just be careful not to chip the paint. Now, once youve popped the taillight out, be careful not to break the alignment tabs underneath.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2009 Ford Escape were going to install part number 87626 from Hidden Hitch. All right, this is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next, well give you some measurements to help you out when 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 be about 17 inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1 inches. All right, now well go ahead and show you how this hitch is installed. First thing well do is go ahead and show the attachment points on the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Curt

All right, today on this 2009 Ford Escape, were going to install part number 13650 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements thatll 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 be 17 inches and from the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1 inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing were going to do is go ahead and show you how the hardware attaches to the vehicle and the hitch. From the inside of the frame the carriage bolt and the block we ran together through the frame and then through the hitch.



Husky Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we arere going to do a test for the part number HL23223 Husky Liner. This is our floor liner for the cargo area on our 2009 Ford Escape. Today we are working with the tan color. This is available in black as part number HL23221 and gray as part number HL23222. We are going to start out with the factory mat removed from the vehicle. We will go ahead and lay the new liner in place.



Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on a 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Glacier Square-link Snow Tire Chains, Part Number PWPLC1142. We'll be test fitting the tire chains on tire size 235/55-17. And this vehicle is all-wheel drive, but we'll be putting on the tire chains on the rear tires. To begin our test fit, we'll lay the chains flat on the ground to undo any chains for tangles. We'll then drag the tire chains are centered to ensure a good fit and notice the hooks are facing outward so that we don't damage the tire. We'll then move to the inside of the tire, where we will connect the hook and link of the chain.



Husky Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on this 2012 Ford Escape, were going to do a test fit of part number HL23141 from Husky Liners. This is our floor liner for the rear cargo area. Well be working with the black color today and this is also available as grey as part number HL23142 and tan as part number HL23143. Now well go ahead with our test fit and lay it into the cargo area and you can see how it meets up against the edge of the backseat and it also follows the contour of the wall panels on the inside. A couple of things to know about this floor liner is, its designed to match the interior of the vehicle, the shape, the channels and moldings all help to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner and not in your carpet and it can easily be removed and cleaned with just soap and water. With that, thatll finish it for our test fit of part number HL23141 from Husky Liners on our 2012 Ford Escape.



Yakima KingJoe Pro Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima King Joe Pro II trunk mounted carrier, part number Y02624. To begin our test fit well set the carrier onto the vehicle with the bottom pad just below the license plate. Well put the top hooks to the top part of the cargo door, the side hooks to the side part of the cargo door, and the bottom hook to the bottom part of the cargo door. We can then tighten down the straps to secure the carrier to the vehicle. We will then use Yakimas included strap loop to secure the excess strap. Now with the carrier secured to the vehicle were ready to load our bike.



Yakima StickUp 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Stickup two bike carrier, part number Y02420. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up the hitch pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and tighten with a wrench. With our bike carrier secure to the vehicle well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. Theres about 12 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about two and a half inches from the vehicle at the rear bumper. With the platform folded up weve added about 15 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Yakima QuickBack 2 Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Quickback II trunk mounted carrier, part number Y02621. To begin our test fit well set the carrier onto the vehicle just below the license plate. Well put the top hook to the top part of the cargo door, the side hooks to the side part of the cargo door just below the taillights and the bottom hooks to the bottom part of the cargo door. You may have to open your cargo door to get the bottom hooks in. Well then tighten down the straps to secure the carrier to the vehicle. We can then secure the excess slack with the included tie down points.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Q Tower roof rack system using part numbers Y00409, Y00639, Y00699 and Y00124. Weve already gone ahead and assembled our crossbars according to the instructions found within the fit kit, so were ready to fit it to the vehicle. Well begin with our crossbars already on top of the roof. Well need to take a measurement for our front crossbar first. Well measure from the top of the windshield edge back on our roofline 10 inches. This will be the location of the leading edge of the crossbar towers.



Yakima HighLite 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Highlite hitch mounted two bike carrier, part number Y02438. To begin our test fit well slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole and install the attached hitch pin. With the hitch pin in well then move to the back of the shank and tighten the knob down, securing the anti-rattle device as well as the bike rack to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 11 inches, and from the closest point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle measures three and a half inches. Well now pull the pin here at the bottom of the mast which will allow us to tilt the mast down.



Thule Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule square bar roof rack system, part numbers THLB58, TH480 and THKIT1671. Now with our roof rack system already assembled according to Thules fit guide or the included instructions well open the front passenger and drivers side doors of the vehicle and set the front crossbar onto the roof. It is important to have your feet brackets loosened all the way to ensure the correct fit onto the roof of the vehicle. We will then measure from the glass to the first part of the foot 11 inches. Well do this for both the drivers side and passengers side of the vehicle, making sure that the crossbar is perpendicular to the vehicle. Once we have established this position onto the vehicle well go ahead and tighten down the brackets using Thules included Allen key to secure the crossbar to the vehicle.



Draw-Tite Ball Mount Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Draw Tite ball mount with three quarter inch rise or two inch drop, rated at 6,000 pounds, part number 2923. Before fitting our ball mount to the vehicle well need to get our hitch height measurement. To do this well measure from the inside top edge of the hitch receiver tube to the ground. On this vehicle, that measurement is 14 inches. Keep in mind that measurement can change due to hitch style, tire size or any other accessory that may change your vehicles ride height, so its a good idea to measure yours. Well now go ahead and slide the ball mount shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole and install a hitch pin and clip.



Convert-A-Ball Ball Mount with 2 Inch Drop Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the cushioned ball mount for two inch hitches with three quarter rise or two inch drop from Convert-A-Ball. This is part number AMSC2. Before fitting our ball mount to the vehicle well first need to get our hitch height measurement. To do this well measure from the inside top edge of the hitch receiver tube to the ground. On this vehicle, that measurement is 14 inches. Keep in mind that measurement can change due to hitch style, tire size or any other accessory that may change your vehicles ride height, so its a good idea to measure yours.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Yakima Forklift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number y02098. Now to begin our test fit well place the bike carrier on top of our crossbars, making sure that the head of the bike rack is over our front crossbar. Well take our rear mounting point, make sure that the plastic clamp goes underneath the rear crossbar, bring it around, put the T-bolt through the clamp, and secure it with the wing nut. With that, well move back to the head of the bike rack where well put the clamp underneath the crossbar, bring it up and using the T-bolt well secure the front clamp to the front crossbar. After making sure everythings tight well slide the plastic cover forward and run our skewer through. Well then attach the screw on the other side of the skewer in preparation for loading our bike.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the Yakima FatCat 6 Locking Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carrier, part number Y03088. Now, to begin our test fit, we'll take the front carrier, place it over the top of the front crossbar, and bring the rubber-coated steel straps around underneath the crossbar, and latch them back to the carrier attachment point. Once they're locked in place on either side, we can then open up the carrier, tighten down the wingnut, and clamp it into place. With that, our carrier on the front crossbar is secured. We'll move on to the rear crossbar. We'll now place the rear carrier on top of the rear crossbar, and repeating the same procedure, clamping it down, we'll secure the rear carrier to the rear crossbar.



Yakima DoubleDown Ace Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Yakima Doubledown Ace Four Bike Carrier for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number y02451. Now to begin our test fit, weve already gone ahead and installed the two inch adapter included with the bike rack, so well slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install the attached hitch pin. We can then move to the back of the shank and tighten down the knob securing the anti-rattle device as well as the bike rack to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements, our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 11-1/4 inches and from the closest point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle is four and a quarter inches. Well now pull the pin here at the back of the mask which will allow us to tilt the mask down and open the cargo door. As you can see with this bike rack secured to the vehicle we can still gain access to our cargo area.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Vertex Four Bike Carrier, part number th9029. Now to begin our test fit using the included adapter for the two inch hitch, well slide the shank of the bike rack into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install and tighten down our anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements; our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 12 inches and from the closet point of the bike rack here at the mask to the back of the vehicle measures three inches. Well now pull the hitch switch at the bottom of the mask and tilt the mask down out of the way where we can open our cargo door. As you can see with this bike rack secured to the vehicle we can still gain access to the cargo area.



Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Aero Blade roof rack system using part numbers tharb53, th4abr, and thkit1671. Now to begin our test fit weve already assembled our crossbars according to the instructions found in the fit kit, so with that done were ready to place it on top of our roof. Well begin by placing the front crossbar onto the roof where well need to do a measurement. Well measure from the top edge of the windshield back on the root 11-1/2 inches, this will be the location of the leading edge of our cross bar feed, well need to do this on both sides of the vehicle to ensure that the crossbar is perfectly fit to the vehicle. Well then use the included Accu-Torq tool found within each foot to tighten it down working our way back and forth on the vehicle making sure that we tighten them evenly. With both feet tight our front crossbars secured to the vehicle and were ready to move on to the rear crossbar.



Thule T2 Platform Style Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 20113 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH916XTR. Now to begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 12 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier here at the rear bumper is about one and half inches. With the platform folded up weve added about 13 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. Now well go ahead and lift up the grey handle on the back of the platform to tilt the platform down and well measure from the cargo door to the end of the platform and well get a measurement of 31 inches. Now to load the bike, well unfold the mast, put the frame hook to the top of the mast and well undo the tray strap.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddle Board Carrier, part number TH810. Now with our roof rack system already assembled to the vehicle, well go ahead and set the carrier onto the front crossbar, swing the rubber coated steel straps on the underside of the crossbar, bring them up, snap them into position and turn the grey knobs to tighten them down and secure the carrier to the crossbar. We can then repeat this process for the rear crossbar. It is important to get the paddle board carriers perpendicular to each other to ensure that your paddle boards are secured down correctly. To load our cargo, well undo the grey plate at the face of the carrier; this will allow us to bring out the slack of the rope. That completes todays test fit for the Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddle Board Carrier with a two board capacity, part number TH810 on our 2013 Ford Escape.



Thule MOAB Roof Top Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule MOAB Rooftop Cargo Carrier or also known as, The Mother of All Baskets, part number TH690. Now with our roof rack system already assembled onto the vehicle, well set our roof top basket onto the crossbars making sure that our brackets line up evenly with our crossbars. Now with the basket positioned onto the crossbars, well swing the brackets on the underneath side of the crossbars and tighten them down using the included wing nuts. We will repeat these steps for all the other brackets. Once the basket is tightened down and secured to the crossbars, were ready to load our cargo. That completes todays test fit for the Thule MOAB Rooftop Cargo Carrier, part number TH690 on our 2013 Ford Escape.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro Folding and Tilting 4 Bike Carrier with Anti-Sway Cradles, part number TH934XTR. Now to being our test fit, using the included two inch adapter for the two inch hitch, well slide the shank of the bike rack into the hitch, line up the hitch pinhole and install and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well not go ahead and give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 11 inches and from the closest point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle measures 6 and a half inches. Well now pull the pin and lanyard from the base of the mast where we can then tilt the mast down and open our cargo door. As you can see with this bike rack secured to the vehicle, you can still gain access to the cargo area.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier, part number Th92725. Now with our Thule Roof Rack System already assembled onto our vehicle, well go ahead and set the carrier onto the vehicle. Well set the front part of the carrier onto the front crossbar and bring up the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the crossbar. Well then hook them into position and turn the grey knobs to tighten it down and secure it to the crossbar. It is important that the carrier is perfectly vertical to ensure a good fit for your cargo. Once that is tightened down well go ahead and set the second part of the carrier on the rear crossbar and again bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the crossbar, hook them into position and turn the grey knobs to tighten it down and secure it to the vehicle.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Double Track Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH990XT. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now with the carrier attached to the vehicle, well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There are about 11 and a half inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier here at the vehicles rear bumper is about 3 inches. With the platform folded up, weve added about 13 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Domestique Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number TH513. Now with our Thule Roof Rack System already assembled onto our vehicle, well set the carrier onto the crossbars now we can use the Allen key to tighten them both down. Note that, in order to tighten down the front part of the carrier you must remove the skewer first. It is important that the carrier is perpendicular to the crossbars and parallel to the vehicle to insure that the brackets have the proper fit onto the crossbars. Once the brackets are tightened down and secure to the vehicle, we are ready to load our bike. We will undo the cradle strap at the rear and insert the skewer into the front of our bike rack.



SportRack Escape 3 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Sport Rack Escape Three Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Bike Rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number a30403. Now to begin our test fit using the included adapter for the two inch hitch, well slide the shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt, with the bolt tight our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the back of the bike rack measures 11-3/4 inches and from the closet point of the bike rack here at the mask to the back of the vehicle measures eight inches. We can now pull the pin here at the bottom of the mask which will allow us to bring the mask down. We can then open up our cargo door and as you can see we can still gain access to the cargo area even with this bike rack secured to the vehicle.



Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Apex Swing Four Bike Carrier, part number th9027. Well begin by sliding the bike rack shank into the hitch and allowing the integrated locking hitch pin to fall into the hitch pin hole. We can then move to the anti-rattle knob where well tighten the knob down securing our bike rack to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements, our ground clearance measures 11-1/2 inches and from the closest point of the bike rack here at the anti-rattle knob to the back of the vehicle measures one and half inches. Well now go ahead and pull the hitch switch at the top of the mask and bring out our dual arms where well undo the straps to expose our cradles. Well place the bike into the cradles and bring the straps around securing the bike to the bike rack.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Apex Four Bike Carrier, part number th9025. Now with the included two inch adapter already installed on our bike rack shank, well slide the shank into the hitch and allow the integrated locking hitch pin to fall into the hitch pin hole. We can then move to the anti-rattle knob where well tighten it down securing our bike rack to the vehicle. Now with our bike rack secured well go ahead and give you a few measurements, our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 12-1/2 inches and from the closet point of the bike rack here at the anti-rattle knob to the back of vehicle is one and half inches. Well now go ahead and pull the hitch switch here at the bottom of the bike rack mask to allow us to tilt the mask down and open the cargo door. As you can see with the mask down and the cargo door open we can still gain access to the cargo area with this bike rack secured to the vehicle.



Swagman XTC2 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Swagman XTC2 Two Bike Platform Style Carrier, part number s64670. Now to begin our test fit well need to use the included two inch adapter for our hitch, so with that installed well slide the shank of the bike rack into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install our anti-rattle bolt. With our bolt tight our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements, our ground clearance here at the back of the bike rack is 15 inches and from the closet point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle is about five inches. Well now go ahead and unfold the bike rack platform and open our cargo door. As you can see we can gain full access to the cargo area with this bike rack secured to the vehicle.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Swagman Titan Four Bike Carrier for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number s63410. Now to begin our test fit using the included two inch adapter well slide the shank of the bike rack into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements, our ground clearance here at the back of the bike rack measures 14-1/4 inches and from the closet point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle here at the mask measures eight and a quarter inches. Well now go ahead and pull the switch here at the base of the mask which will allow us to bring the mask down, where we can then open our cargo door. As you can see we can gain access to the cargo area with this bike rack secured to the vehicle.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Swagman Fork-Down roof mounted bike carrier, part number S64710. With a roof rack system already assembled and installed on the vehicle, we'll set the carrier onto the crossbars. It is important that the carrier is perpendicular to the crossbars, and parallel to the vehicle, to insure that the brackets have a proper fit onto the crossbars. We'll then start with the front of the carrier. We'll bring the brackets underneath the crossbar and use the included wing nuts to tighten it down and secure the front of the carrier to the vehicle. We will then move to the rear of the carrier, where we will, again, bring the bracket underneath the rear crossbar, and use the included wing nuts to tighten it down and secure it to the vehicle. Now with our carrier secured to the vehicle, we are ready to load our bike. To load our bike, we'll undo the rear strap and loosen up the skewer if necessary. We'll set our bike into the tray, slide the forks onto the skewer, tighten down the skewer to secure the front of the bike to the carrier, and then move to the rear of the carrier, where we will tighten down thewheel strap. That completes today's test fit for the Swagman Fork-Down roof mounted bike carrier, part number S64710, on our 2013 Ford Escape.



Softride Dura Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the Softride Dura Parallelogram Tilting Four-Bike Rack for inch-and-a-quarter and two-inch hitches, part number sr26247. With our two-inch shank already installed on the bike rack, we'll slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight, our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. We'll now go ahead and give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the bike rack measures 11 and a quarter inches. From the closest point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle, here at the mast, measures four and three quarters inches.



Rola Dart Folding Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the 23 x 56 Rola Dart Cargo Carrier with two-inch hitches, part number 59550. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank up the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now, we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the cargo carrier and this vehicle will fit together. With the cargo carrier folded up, we have about 12 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the carrier to the closest part of the vehicle here at the rear bumper is about three and a half inches. Now, we'll go ahead and pull the red handle at the top of the carrier and tilt the carrier down.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the Rocky Mounts Tie Rod Stretch Roof-Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY1011. Now, with our roof rack system already assembled and installed on the vehicle, we'll set the carrier onto the crossbars. It is important that the carrier is perpendicular to the crossbars and parallel to the vehicle, to ensure that the brackets have a proper fit onto the crossbars. We'll bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the front crossbar, and hook them into position. We'll then move to the rear of the carrier, where we will loosen up the bracket, swing it around the underside of the rear crossbar, and use the included Allen key to tighten it down. We'll then move back to the front, where we will again use the included Allen key to tighten down the straps and secure the bike carrier to the vehicle.



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be test-fitting the Rocky Mounts Pitchfork Roof-Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY0438. Now, with our roof rack system already installed onto the vehicle, we'll set the carrier onto the crossbars. We'll take the front black cap off the front of the carrier, and loosen up the Allen bolts with the included Allen key. Note that you can not loosen up the Allen bolts without taking out the skewer. We'll loosen up the bracket, then swing it onto the crossbars and tighten it down. We can then put the black cap back in place, and move to the rear of the carrier, where we will loosen up the bracket, swing it around the rear crossbar, and tighten it down.



Pro Series Eclipse 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Pro Series Eclipse four-bike hitch-mounted folding bike rack for two-inch hitches, part number 63124. Now to begin our test fit, well slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole, and install and tighten down our anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight, our bike rack is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the back of the bike rack measures 11-1/2 inches, and from the closest point of the bike rack here at the mast to the back of the vehicle is four inches. Well now go ahead and pull the pin here at the base of the mast which will allow us to tilt the mast down and open the cargo door.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Pro Series 24 x 60 railed cargo carrier for two-inch hitches, part number 63153. Now to begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pin holes, insert our pin through our pin holes and secure with the clip on the other side. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the cargo carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 15 inches of ground clearance from the rear of the carrier, closest part of the carrier to the closest part of the vehicle here at the rear bumper is about 8-1/2 inches. We have added a total of 34 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with dual exhaust, and so while the both the passenger and drivers side of the vehicle it is about 12 inches from the closest part of the cargo carrier to the closest part of the vehicles exhaust tip.



Kuat Beta Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Kuat Beta aluminum folding two-bike hitch-mounted bike carrier for two-inch hitches, part number B202-2. Now to begin our test fit, well slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin holes, and install the included hitch pin. Well put the clip on the other side of the pin where well move back to the back of the shank and tighten the knob down securing the anti-rattle device and the bike rack to the vehicle. At this point, well give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance at the bike rack is 10 inches, and from the closest point of the bike rack here to mast to the back of the vehicle measure four inches. Well now go ahead and pull the pin and lanyard here at the base of the mast and tilt the mast down.



Hollywood Racks Traveler 5 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Traveler five-bike carrier, part number HR9200. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up pin holes, thread our anti-rattle knob through the pin holes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over a few a clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle with fit together. There is about 12 inches of ground clearance, closets part of the vehicle to the closets part of the carrier is about 11 inches here at the rear bumper. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 15 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. Now well go ahead and unscrew the knobs on the left and right side of the carrier to swing the cradle arms out.



Hollywood Racks Traveler Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Traveler four bike carrier, part number HR8500. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolts through the pin holes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 12 inches of ground clearance. From the closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier here at the rear bumper is about five inches. With the cradle arms folded down weve added about 10 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 two-bike carrier for two-inch hitches, part number HR1450. Now to being our test fit, well slide our bike rack into the hitch and allow it to bottom out. We can then take the hitch pin, slide it through the hitch pin hole and lock it on the other side. Well move to the back of the shank where well tighten the knob down, securing our bike rack to the vehicle. At this point, well give you a few measurements. Our ground clearance here at the back of the bike rack measures 11-1/4 inches, and from the closest point of the bike rack to the back of the vehicle measure 5-3/4 inches.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Recumbent Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider two bike carrier for recumbents, part number HR1000R-1G. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pin holes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 12 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about two and a half inches. We have added about 27 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Hollywood Racks Expedition Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Expedition two bike carrier trunk mount, part number HRF6-2. To begin our test fit well set the carrier onto the vehicle using the top set of levers on the left and right hand side of the carrier we will use to adjust the carrier to the vehicle. Well take the top straps, hook them to the top part of the cargo door, the side straps to the side part of the cargo door just below the taillights and the bottom straps to the bottom part of the cargo door. Well then tighten down the straps to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Now tha the carrier is secured to the vehicle were ready to load our bike. Well use the second set of levers on the left and right hand side of the carrier to swing out the cradle arms.



Hollywood Racks Baja 3 Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Baja three bike carrier trunk mount, part number HRB3. To begin our test fit well set the carrier onto the vehicle and use the levers on the left and right side of the carrier to adjust the size of the carrier to fit the cargo door accordingly. You will need to adjust the carrier to make sure that the cradle arms are level or slightly angled up. Once we have determined this position onto the vehicle well clamp down the levers and put the top strap to the top part of the trunk, the side straps to the side part of the trunk below the taillights and the bottom straps to the bottom part of the trunk. Well then tighten it down to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Now with the carrier secured to the vehicle were ready to load our bike.



Hollywood Racks Baja 2 Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Baja two bike carrier trunk mount, part number HRB2. To begin our test fit well set the carrier onto the vehicle and use the levers on the left and right side of the carrier to adjust the arms. The cradle arms will need to be level or slightly angled up. Once weve established this position well go ahead and lock the arms in place. Well put the top straps to the top part of the cargo door and the bottom straps to the bottom part of the cargo door. Well then tighten down the straps to secure the carrier to the vehicle.



Curt 20x60 Folding Aluminum Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Curt 20 by 60 folding aluminum cargo carrier, part number C18100. To begin our test fit well slide the cargo carrier shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole and install our hitch pin and clip. That will secure our cargo carrier to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements. With the carrier in the stored position from the closest point on the carrier to the back of the vehicle measures three inches. Our ground clearance is 10 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Curt 20 by 48 cargo carrier for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number C18145. Well slide the cargo carrier shank into the hitch, line up the hitch pin hole and install and tighten down our anti-rattle bolt. With the bolt tight, our cargo carrier is secured to the vehicle. Well now go ahead and give you a few measurements. From the closest part of the carrier to the back of the vehicle measures two inches, and the cargo carrier will add an additional 21 inches of overall length to the vehicle. Our ground clearance here at the back of the carrier measures 11 inches, and the exhaust on this vehicle does exit both the passenger as well as the drivers side here at the rear bumper.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87627. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist you when selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be installing the CURT Hitch, part number C13131. This is what tour hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is four and three quarter inches. From the top of the inside opening of the receiver tube to the ground is 13 and three quarter inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90093. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is three and three quarter inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 and three quarter inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, well be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87622. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is five inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 and three quarter inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be installing the Draw Tite hitch, part number 75758. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is five inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be installing the Draw Tite hitch, part number 75746. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is five inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be installing the Draw Tite hitch, part number 36518. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is three and three-quarter inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, Part number 36524. This is what our hitch to look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 12-1/2 inches, which will assist you in selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now, let's go ahead with the installation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Ford Escape well be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90219. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is three and a half inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 12 inches, which will assist you in selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now lets go ahead with installation.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liners Review - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on this 2012 Ford Escape were going to test fit part number WT443541 from Weathertech. This is our floor liners for the front row. Were working with the black color today. This is also available as tan, as part number WT453541 and grey, as part number WT463541. One thing to know about this floor liner is that this is designed for models with two posts on the drivers side floor. Well go ahead and start off our test fit by removing the original floor mats.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2007 Ford Escape, were going to do install part number 13650 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements thatll help you out when 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 be 17 inches. From center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will one and a quarter inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First well point out the mounting locations for our hitch, which will be here and theyre identical on both sides of the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2007 Ford Escape, were going to install part number 12060 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements thatll help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 17 inches. From center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be one and a quarter inches. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First Ill point out the mounting locations for our hitch, which will be here and theyre identical on both sides of the vehicle. Our first step is to go ahead and install the hardware in the frame.



Rain-X Latitude Wiper Blades Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape, we're going to test fit of Part Number RX5079277 from Rain-X, this is the latitude windshield wiper blades. There are two things to know about this part is that it's designed to be a replacement all-weather windshield wiper blade. It has contoured bean-style frame that applies pressure evenly across the windshield and the rubber squeegee has built-in UV inhibitors to help protect it from the sunlight. First thing we'll do on our test fit is go ahead and remove the original blades. With the two tabs located on the arm that we have to squeeze together, they will push up and away from the arm. The hinge on the Rain-X Wiper Blade is actually the wrong style, but it does come with the correct adapter.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number C56160 from Curt. First thing we want to do is open up the hatch and remove the two tail light assemblies. To remove the tail light assembly from the wiring harness there will be a small tab that we push and then we can pull the connectors apart. Now I have the drivers side tail light removed well repeat the same process over on the passengers side. Well go ahead and take the four pole wire and run that between the bumper cover and the body and out below it. Well also do the same thing with the T connector with the green wire.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number 12060 from Curt. Now this is what the hitch looks like when its installed on a vehicle. Next well give you some measurements thatll help you out when selecting some accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 16 1/4 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1 inches. Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number 90108 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on vehicle. Next well go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 17 inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be one inch. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. The first thing were going to do is go ahead and install our hardware into the frame of the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number 36501 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next well go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out when selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be 1 inch. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.





Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Ford Escape

Today on our Ford Escape, we will be installing the Tow Ready T-One connector, part #118566. First, were going to begin by opening up the rear cargo access door. Then, well will remove the two fastener covers that attach to the tail light assembly on the drivers side. Once we remove the covers, we can then remove the four fastening screws here on the drivers side. Now, with the screws removed, we can go ahead and remove the drivers side tail light assembly. To do this, well gently pull and pry out this tail light assembly until it pops free.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today were going to be test fitting the Glacier snow tire chains, part number PW2029C. Well be mounting them on 235 7016 tires on a 2008 Ford Escape. Our Escape is front wheel drive so well be mounting them on the front tires only. Be sure to check your owners manual for more information on the use of tire chains with your vehicle. To mount the chains first well turn our wheel all the way out. Well lay out our chains on the ground to make sure there are no kinks in them and to position the chain in the proper orientation.





Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard carrier, part number TH92725. Now with our vehicle already equipped with a factory roof rack system well simply take our front carrier, place it on top directly over the front crossbar and make sure that the rubber coated steel straps run underneath the crossbar. Well then hook the strap to the other side of the foot and tighten it down using the grey knob here on the front of the foot. Well do that on both sides of the carrier. With our front carrier secured to the vehicle were ready to load the rear carrier. Well again place the carrier here on top of the rear crossbar making sure that it is in line with the front crossbar.



Husky Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today in our 2009 Ford Escape we'll be test-fitting the Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Auto Floor Liners, part number HL98351, black in color. This set will come with the driver and passenger side floor liners along with a one piece second row floor liner extending all the way from the driver to the passenger side. Some of the great features about these Husky floor liners is that they're custom-molded to precisely stay in place. The shape, channels and moldings all work to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner and off of the carpeting. And, additionally, they have the special spikes on the bottom of the liner to really help it keep its place. As you can see here on the driver's floor liner has a raised outer edge and custom molding over the manufacturers hook.



WeatherTech Rear Floor Liner Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Weathertech floor liner in the second row, part number WT441192 black in color. First, well go ahead and remove the old or manufacturers floor mat and now were ready to install the Weathertech floor liner. Weathertech liners are custom mold to precisely stay in place. The shape, channels, and moldings all work to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner and off of the carpeting. As you can see here, this is a one piece liner. It extends all the way from the drivers side to the passengers side and has a raised outer lip to really contain that dirt and debris.



WeatherTech Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape well be test fitting the rear cargo mat part number WT41197 tan in color. For this application there is no old cargo liner to remove. We can go ahead and set our new WeatherTech Cargo Liner directly into place. WeatherTech liners are custom molded to precisely fit the vehicle. The shape, channels and moldings all work to keep dirt and debris contained in the liner and off of the carpeting. One more great feature about the WeatherTech Cargo Liner is its easy to install and can also easily be removed and cleaned and washed with soap and water.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, well be installing Hidden Hitch part number 90108. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you at selecting accessories for your new hitch. Form the center of the hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of the bumper is at a 1/2 inch. Form the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16-3/4 inches. This will assist you at selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape, well be installing the Draw-Tite hitch part number 36501. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is at a 1/2 inch. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.



Thule MOAB Roof Top Cargo Basket Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we have with us a 2009 For Escape and were going to be test fitting the Thule Moab Roof Mounted Cargo Basket part number TH690. Weve already got our cargo basket assembled and were ready to go ahead and mount it up on our vehicle. To do this well place the basket up on top of the factory crossbars. Well make sure that we have it placed evenly on the roof from left to right. Once we have done that well take the hardware and fit the clamps around our crossbars and well use the included wing nuts to tighten the clamps at all four locations. With all the clamps tightened down we can reinstall our covers and our basket is installed and ready to load up.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we have a 2009 Ford Escape and were going to be test fitting the RockyMounts Tie Rod Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY1014. Now our escape is equipped with a fold roof rack from the factory so were going to mount our tie rod directly to the factory crossbars. Well set the tie rods into place up on top of the crossbars. At the front of the bike rack, well take our rubber coated steel straps and feed them around the front crossbar securing them back into the head of the bike carrier. Well take an Allen wrench and tighten down the straps. With the straps in the front secure we can reinstall our cover and well also make sure that our skewer is unlocked and open.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape well be installing the Curt hitch part #: C13651. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 1 inch. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape well be installing the Curt hitch part #: 12060. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches, from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now lets go ahead with installation.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

All right today, on this 2011 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number 118551. First thing we need to do is to go ahead and open up the back hatch and remove the two taillights. After the two taillights are removed, we'll go ahead and unseat the grommets for the wiring that goes inside. Okay, now to remove the taillights from the wire harness, we'll push down the tabs on top of the connector and then pull them back apart. All right, our driver's side is done, let's go out and repeat the same process on the passenger's side. At this point, we'll go ahead and unseat the grommets for the wiring harness that goes into the vehicle.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to do a test fit of part #: S63410 from Swagman, the Titan 4 bike carrier. A few things to know about this bike rack that it will work with inch and a quarter receiver hitches both class 1 and class 2. This will also work with 2 inch receiver hitches with the included spacer and thats what well be working with today. Well start off our test fit by installing the bike rack into the hitch, then well go ahead and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt and put the safety clip on the other side. Following that well go ahead and get some clearance measurements. From the bumper to the bike rack our clearance is going to be 10 inches.



Thule Parkway 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

All right, today on this 2011 Ford Escape, were going to do a test fit of part number TH958 from Thule, the Parkway 2 Bike Carrier. One thing to know about this bicycle rack is that it is designed for 2-inch receiver hitches only. Now, well start off our test fit by installing the bike rack into the hitch and then well go ahead and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt and then get a couple of clearance measurements. Our clearance from the security cable loop to the bumper is going to be 4 inches. Ground clearance is going to be 14-1/2 inches. Now well go ahead and tilt the bicycle rack out of the way and check the access to the back of the vehicle.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

All right, today on this 2011 Ford Escape, were going to do a test fit of part number TH990XT from Thule. This is the Doubletrack Bicycle Rack. A few features about this bike rack that it is designed for 1-1/4-inch receiver hitches, both class I and class II and this will also work with a 2-inch receiver hitch with the included spacer. Thats what well be working with today. Now, well start off our test fit by installing the bike rack into the hitch and then well go ahead and tighten down the anti-rattle bolt and install the lock on the other side. After that, well get a couple of clearance measurements.



WeatherTech Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Alright, today on this 2011 Ford Escape, were going to test fit of part number WT41197 from WeatherTech. This is a tan floor liner for the cargo area. This is also available as black as part number WT40197 and gray as part number WT42197. It is custom fit floor cargo area. The shape, channels and the moldings all work to keep dirt and debris contained on the liner and not in your carpet. And this liner can be easily removed and cleaned with just soap and water.



WeatherTech Rear Floor Liner Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, were gonna be test fitting the WeatherTech second row floor liner part number WT441192. This liner is also available in tan, part number WT451192 and as well as gray, part number WT461192. Before were ready to drop in our liner, we to remove the factory or previously installed floor mats. Once theyre out of the way, we can drop in our WeatherTech Liner. The WeatherTech liner is custom molded to fit our vehicle. Its contoured to fit around our seat mounts for the front seats as well as the center console.



Husky Front and Rear Floor Liners Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, were gonna be test fitting the Husky Liners Weather Beater custom floor liner set for the front and rear part number HL98351. This kit is also available in gray, part number HL98352 as well as tan, part number HL 98353. The Husky Liners Weather Beater floor liners are custom molded to fit the vehicle. The stay-put nibs on the back of the liner will help keep in place. Its custom shape is contoured to the floor board of the vehicle. In certain applications it even provides a spot to go over the factory floor mat hook to help secure the liner.



Husky Cargo Liner Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape, were gonna be test fitting the Husky Liners Classic custom cargo liner part number HL23141. This liner is also available in gray part number HL23162 and tan part number HL23163. All you have to do to install the Husky Liners Classic custom liner is fit it into place on top of the carpet in the cargo area of your Escape. The liners built with a lip all the way around that will help contain dirt and debris on the liner. Its custom-built to the vehicle and will fit right up against the seat backs of the rear seat. Its also molded to fit over our rear wheel wells.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we have a 2009 Ford Escape and well be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier, part number TH9029. To mount the bike carrier on our hitch, well fit the shank in the reciever tube and well line up the hitch pinholes. Then well take our anti-rattle bolt, thread it through our hitch into the shank of our bike rack and tighten it down. With the bike rack secured in the vehicle, well grab the latch at the bottom of the upright mast, tilt the bike rack down so that we can check for rear vehicle access. With the bike rack down, we can easily access the cargo area of our Escape. Well pull it back up and well grab the latch at the top of the upright mast to open up the bike arms.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we have a 2009 Ford Escape and were going to be test fitting the Thule Apex 4 Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, part number TH9025. To mount the bike rack, well fit the shank into the receiver tube on our hitch. Well open the built-in hitch pin and snap it into place. Once weve done that, we can go ahead and tighten our hand knob which will secure the anti-rattle device inside the hitch. Next well grab the latch at the bottom of the upright mast, release it so that we can lay the bike rack down and check for rear vehicle access. With the bike rack tilted down, we can easily access the cargo area of our Escape.



SportRack EZ Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2009 Ford Escape

Today we have a 2009 Ford Escape, and well be test fitting the Sport Rack Two Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, part number A30901. To mount the bike rack, well insert the shank with our 2 adapter sleeve into the receiver tube on our hitch. Well line up the hitch pinholes and well thread in our anti-rattle bolt and follow that by tightening it down with a wrench. With the bike rack secure, well fold down the platform legs and the upright mast to check for rear vehicle access. With the bike rack laid down flat, we can easily get to the cargo carrier of our Escape. Well put the mast back up into position and now were ready to load our bike.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part #: 56067 from Curt. First thing we need to do is open up the back hatch and remove the two taillight assemblies. And to remove the harness were going to push down this tab right here, helps a little bit to push in first and then push the button, it comes right apart. Do the same thing for the lower socket here. Okay, thats it for the driver side, well do one more time on the passenger side. Well take our 4 pole wire harness, well drop it down behind the bumper and out the bottom.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on a 2011 Ford Escape were going start our part number 87585 from Hidden Hitch. This is what hitch looks like once installed on the vehicle. Next, well give you some measurements to help you out selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of a hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper is going to be 1 inch and from the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 15 . Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Well show where the hitch installs is we are going to use this hole right here and these two on the side of the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today is 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number 75-693 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next, well give you measurements to help you out selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper is going to be 1 inch and from the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 15 . Now we will go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Im gonna show you where the hitch installed is you are going to use the hole right here and these two on the side of the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape, were going to start part number 13650 from Curt.This is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next, well 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 center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper is going to be 1 inch and from the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will 15 . Now we will go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Here where the hitch installs is where you use this hole right here and these two on the side of the frame. To install our hardware, we gonna use a bolt leader that comes with the kit.



SportRack EZ Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Sport Rack 2 wheel mount bike carrier part #: a30901. This bike rack will work with either inch and a quarter or 2 inch hitches, and with our vehicle equipped with the 2 inch hitch, were ready to go ahead and fit it to the vehicle. Well simply slide the bike rack shank into the hitch, well line up the hitch pinholes and insert our Inaudible bolt and tighten it down. With our bike rack secured to the vehicle, well now go ahead and fold the platform down to gain access to the cargo area. As you can see, we can gain full access to the rear cargo area. Well now give you a few measurements.



Swagman XTC2 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we'll be test fiting the Swagman XTC-2 platform style bike rack part number S64670. Quick note about this bike rack,it will fit 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. With our bike rack preassembled we're ready to go ahead and fit it to the vehicle, we'll need only two slidy bike rack shank to the hitch, line the hitch pin hole and insert our and insert our anti-rattle bolt. We'll then tighten it down with a wrench. With our bike rack secured to the vehicle, we can now unfold the platform to gain cargo access. As you can see, we can gain full access to the cargo area with this bike rack.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we will be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH9029. A quick note about this bike rack, it will fit in either 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitches. With our vehicle equipped with a 2-inch hitch and our bike rack pre-assembled, were ready to go ahead and fit it to the vehicle. Well simply slide the bike rack shank into the hitch. Well line up the hitch pinhole and insert our anti-rattle bolt. Well then tighten it down using our 3/4-inch wrench.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Apex 4 Bike Carrier, part number TH9025. A quick note about this bike rack, it will fit either 1-1/4 inch through 2-inch hitches class I through class III. However, when using on a class I hitch, you are limited to two bikes. Our bike rack is already pre-assembled so were ready to go ahead and fit it to the vehicle. Well simply insert the bike rack shank into the hitch. Well go ahead and pull the integrated locking hitch pin.



Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Cargo Basket Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket, part number Y07070. With our vehicle equipped with the factory roof rack system and our cargo basket preassembled, were ready to go ahead and fit it to the vehicle. Well need to simply set the cargo basket on top of the crossbars. Well center it from left to right with the vehicle. Well then secure it using the included hardware with the basket. With our basket secured, well go ahead and give you a height measurement added to the vehicle, and this basket will add approximately 10 inches to the overall height of the vehicle.



Rola Roof Cargo Basket Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape we'll be test fitting the Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket part number 59504. With our Escape already equipped with the factory roof rack system and the crossbar set at 30", we're now ready to go ahead and fit our basket to the vehicle. We need only to simply set the basket on top of the crossbars, we'll set the basket with the vehicle from left to right, we'll then clamp it down using the included hardware with the basket. With our cargo basket secured to the top of the vehicle, we'll go ahead and give you an overall height added to the vehicle and the cargo basket adds an additional 9" of height. And with our cargo basket secured to the vehicle, we're ready to go ahead and loaded up. And that does it for our test fit of the Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket part number 59504 on our 2011 Ford Escape..



Blue Ox Tow Bar Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on this 2011 Ford Escape, we're going to install the Blue Ox Aventa LX Tow Bar, part number BX7445. With our base plate already mounted on the Escape and the tabs installed, we're ready to go ahead and install the tow bar onto the RV and then connect it to the Escape. Ideally, we'll be doing this on solid-level ground, but unfortunately, the bad weather today doesnt permit us to do that. We got the RV inside installed and pinned in to the hitch. We can now go ahead and connect the arms to the Escape. We'll then remove my pins that come pre-installed and you can see.



Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape we're going to install the Blue Ox Patriot Brake System, part number BRK2010. Our first step is unwrapping our box out of the package and installing the feet. We're going to go ahead and run these in about halfway 'til we get in the vehicle and we can set our feet height to our brake pedal. Let's go ahead and set it in the vehicle. Before setting your box into the vehicle, you want to make sure you move the driver's seat all the way back. Alright, in order to attach the arm we're going to need to jog the brake pedal clamp out so that the box does not hit the deck.



Blue Ox Base Plate Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we're going to install the Blue Ox Base Plate, part number BX2605. Our first step is to remove the two upper fasteners from the front grill, then locate it on either corner of the front grill of both driver and passenger's side. After we remove those two fasteners, we'll move over to the wheel wells and we have three pushpin fasteners on both sides to remove. This is just pushpin fasteners. You can pry this in or out and then remove the fastener assembly. There are the three fasteners here on the passenger's side.



Base Plate Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, we're going to install the Tail Light Diode Kit, part number 38955. First of my install, we had a small bracket here to the base plate so that we can catch our four-pole connector. Next, we need to go ahead and run our wiring. When running your wiring, you want to make sure you stay with the moving components such as the suspension or steering, or excessively, such as exhaust. We'll just use a black zip tight to secure our wire for our front bracket. Now, we're going to go to our white wire with the ring terminal.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liner Review - 2011 Ford Escape

Today on our 2011 Ford Escape, well be installing the weather tech front row floor mat, part number wt453541 in tan; these mats also do come in gray part number wt463541, and black part number wt443541. Well begin by simply removing the factory or old floor mats; youll notice on the driver side when we remove the floor mat, there are some clips there that hold it in place. The new weather tech floor mat well use those same clips to hold it in place. Youll notice the weather tech liners are custom molded to precisely fit the vehicle and stay in place. The shape, channels, and moldings will all work together to keep dirt, debride, and fluids in the liner and off of the carpet. Another great feature of the weather tech floor liners is that they can be easily removed from the vehicle washed and cleaned with soap and water.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Escape

Today on this 2012 Ford escape, were going to install a Curt hitch, part number 13650. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper is one inch. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15 and 5/8 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now lets go ahead with the installation.Before we install our hitch, were going to take our pull wire or bolt leader supplied with our install kit, to fish wire, our hardware into the frame and into our fastening points. This will be our forward fastening point on the drivers side.



Thule Tracker Roof Rack Foot Pack Installation - 2001 Ford Escape

Today on this 2001 Ford Escape we are going to install a Thule AeroBlade and Rapid Tracker 2 roof rack system. First we are going to install our Tracker fit kit into the factory side rails of our Escape. We will measure from the front of the track to the front edge of our fit kit on both the driver and passenger side to make sure they are even with each other and then tighten them down. Next we will put the rear fit kits into place but we are going to leave these loose. 0:32



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today we will be working on a 2008 Ford Escape. We will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87585. This will also be comparable to the Draw-Tite part number 75693. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you with ing accessories for your new hitch such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost point of the bumper is about 1-1/2 inches. And from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15-1/4 inches. Now let us go ahead with the installation. 0:30



Thule Atlantis 1200 XT Roof Rack Cargo Box Review

Today we are going to show you the Thule Atlantis 1200 XT roof rack cargo box in black, part number TH685BXT. The Atlantis 1200 XT features 12 cubic feet of storage space. The aerodynamic design minimizes wind resistance and drag to help keep gas mileage up. The dual-sided opening lid allows easy access from both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. The reinforced lid makes for a stronger box and easier operation thanks to the lid not flexing. Thules integrated QuickGrip mounts make attaching the box to your roof rack quick and easy, with no tools required. As you can see, we have mounted our cargo box and we can still open the rear hatch. There are two built-in secure locks, one on each side of the box. The locks help secure the contents of your box and they ensure proper closing. If the box is not closed properly, the keys cannot be removed. The Thule Atlantis line of boxes is made in the USA and is covered with a lifetime warranty.



Thule Frontier Roof Mounted Cargo Box with U-bolt Mounts Review

Today we are going to show you the Thule Frontier Roof Mounted Cargo Box with Easy Snap U-bolt Mounts part number TH668ES. The box features impact-resistant, UV-protective, vacuum-molded ABS plastic construction. The Thule Frontier features 11 cubic feet of storage space and opens from the passenger side. The quick release hardware will allow you to quickly mount the box to your roof racks crossbars and easily remove it when not in use. The Thule Frontier is designed to fit Thule load bars, round crossbars, and most factory installed crossbars. The quick mount system consists of a U-bolt and the clamp. There is also rubber gasket pads that go on the underside of the clamp inside the box to seal out moisture. 00:43



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on this 2010 Ford Escape we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 13650. Before we get started with the installation of the trailer hitch we are going to show you a couple of the final installed dimensions which will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little bit easier. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 16 inches and from the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to be approximately one inch. 00:22



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on this 2010 Ford Escape we will be installing wiring harness part number 118551. We are going to start off at the rear of the vehicle and the first thing we are going to do is locate the ports that we are going to be plugging our wiring harness into. These ports are located directly behind the tail light assembly on both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. The first thing we need to do is remove each one of the tail lights. To do that as you can see I have already opened the cargo door that exposes the two inboard side screws that are holding each one of the tail lights on. With the two screws removed we can take and gently rock the tail light assembly back and forth because there are two push pin type connectors still inside there holding the tail light into place. 00:45



Thule Excursion Roof Mounted Cargo Box Review

Today we are going to show you the Thule Excursion Roof Mounted Cargo Box with EasySnap U-bolt mounts part number TH667ES. The Thule Excursion is a rear opening roof cargo box to allow loading from all three sides. On the rear of the box is a lockable latching mechanism that allows you to protect your cargo loaded inside the box. The cargo box features impact resistant, UV-protective, vacuum-molded ABS construction. The EasySnap mount system allows you to quickly and easily attach it to your vehicles crossbars. It is designed to fit Thule load bars, round crossbars, and most OEM style crossbars. 00:36



Yakima RocketBox Cargo Box Review

Today we are going to take a look at the Yakima RocketBox 16 with hand knob mounts part number Y07148. The RocketBox features slick, aerodynamic styling that cuts down on wind noise and helps to keep the drag down. The roof boxes are a great way to add extra storage space to your vehicle and are perfect for soft luggage like duffel bags. The RocketBox ships completely assembled ready for quick installation. The RocketBox opens from the passenger side and it features the Yakima SKS locking system. The SKS locks are interchangeable so that you can match all of your locks on all of your Yakima accessories. The lock on the RocketBox also prevents the key from being removed unless the box is locked properly. This is to help ensure that you do not accidentally lock the keys inside the box. 00:49



Thule Tracker II Roof Rack with Kit Review

Today we are going to install a Thule Tracker II Roof Rack on this 2006 Ford Escape. Using the Thule Tracker II Foot Pack part number TH430R, the fit kit part number THTK1, and the Thule Rapid Air Load Bars part number THRB43. The first step in preparing the roof rack is to loosely assemble the hardware with the bases. Depending on your vehicle application not all of the hardware is going to be used. However on the Escape we are going to need all of them. Through the top of the base we are going to our bolt with the thread locker on it as well as the washers. They do go in a certain order. The yellow zinc coated washers go in first, then the thinner black washer, and then we will in the bolt. 00:43



Thule Boxter Roof Rack Cargo Box Review

Today we are going to review the Thule Boxter Premium Roof Rack cargo box part number TH611. The Boxter has a reenforced lid with a great looking high gloss two tone finish. The box is designed to fit Thule square load bars, round bars, and most OEM roof styled bars. The lid stiffeners and struts make opening and closing the lid easy. The dual side opening hinge allows you to open the lid from the passenger or driver side of the vehicle. :27



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape

Today on this 2005 Ford Escape we are going to install part number 87585. This will also apply to part number 75693. First we will show you where the hitch is going to mount up to the vehicle. It is going to use this existing hole right here and these two holes in the side of the frame. We are looking at the driver side of the vehicle and it is going to be identical on the passenger side of the vehicle. Lets start installing the hardware, install it to this part of the frame right here and we will use this as our access hole and we are going to use this wire pull to pull the bolt through and this does come with the kit, it is pretty simple to use. Run it through the hole we are going to use and then out the access hole. We have got the wire pull and we are going to slide our block into the frame on the wire and then thread in the bolt. Then put it head first, a little easier to work into the frame to pull it out the hole. Then we will do the same thing back over on the passenger side. 01:09



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on this 2009 Ford Escape we will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87585 This installation will also apply for Draw-Tite part number 75693. We are underneath the vehicle. For clarity purposes I went ahead and lowered the spare tire and got it out of the way. Starting over here on the passenger side of the vehicle, we want to go ahead and point out the mounting holes that we are going to be using to install our trailer hitch. :22



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape with tow package we will be installing wiring harness part number 118251. We are underneath the vehicle just on the driver side right behind the bumper. The plug in we are looking for to plug our wiring harness into is located right here. Most Escapes will have this plug here but if you do not have a tow package it likely will not be active. All we need to do is take and press the button on the top and that will allow us to unplug the harness away from the cap. We can then take our wiring harness and plug them together. 00:29



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation- 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid we are going to install part number 118426 from Tow Ready. This is a T-One wiring harness. First thing we need to do is open up the trunk area to get to the tail lights to get to the connections that we need to make. We need to remove these two screws right here and take off the tail light assembly. We are going to do this on both sides of the vehicle. Now we will go ahead and pop off the tail light. :25



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid we are going to install part number 13650 from Curt. First step is to lower the exhaust so we have a little more access. Basically, there is going to be one bolt that the exhaust covers up. We are going to lower it right now and get it out of the way, so we will not have any problems when we need to tighten it up. We are going to spray the hangers down with some lubricant and pry them off. :26



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on this 2010 Ford Escape we are going to install part number 87585 from Hidden Hitch. This will also apply to part number 75693 from Draw-Tite. We will start off by showing you where the hitch mounts up on the frame of the vehicle. First off we are going to look at the driver side frame rails. You have got these two holes in the side of the frame. We will be using those two attaching points and also farther up towards the front of the vehicle there will be another attachment hole. This is going to be identical on both sides of the vehicle. To start off we are going to fish wire this thin block and this bolt and we are going to pull it through the end of the frame right through here and we are going to exit out this hole here and we are going to use a fish wire tool to do that and that comes with the kit. Just make sure you do not pull the whole wire out. We will push the block on to the wire and push it up in the frame. 00:47



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2007 Ford Escape

Today on this 2007 Ford Escape we are going to install part number 118426 from Tow Ready. The first step involved is to open up the tail gate latch and get behind the tail lights. Take off these two screws here for the tail light and then we will remove the tail light. The tail light pops off these two pins right here. We have got our tail light off. We are going to leave it connected for now. We are going to take our 4-pole and our modulite and we are going to that through the opening behind the bumper and out the bottom. We are also going to take the T-One connector with the green wire, that is going to go below too. Eventually this will go to the passenger side of the vehicle. 00:46



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation- 2008 Ford Escape

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape we are going to install part number 118551 from Tow Ready. This is our T-One wiring harness connector that is also a power converter. The first steps involved is opening the hatch of the vehicle and removing the two tail lights to get to our access points for our wiring connections. First we will take off the drivers side tail light. Just for now we are going to disconnect from the wire harness right here, this will actually be our connection points we are going to make. Then we will go over to the passenger side. :32



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

Today on this 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid we are going to install part number V82211 from Valley. First off we will show you were the attachment points are going to be. These three holes will be used, and this is on the drivers side frame rail. It is going to be identical on the passenger side frame rail, except the exhaust will be hanging down below, but it should not pose a problem, we should not have to deal with that at all. :25



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Escape

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



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Ford Escape

Today on this 2009 Ford Escape, we are going to be installing wiring harness part number 118551. We are at the rear of the vehicle with the rear cargo door open. The connection points for our wiring harness are going to be located directly behind the tail light assemblies on both sides. So we are going to start by removing both tail light assemblies. We can do that by removing the two Phillips head screws on the inboard side. We are going to gently pry back the the tail light assembly until the two outboard clips release. And with the tail light removed you can see the main black plug here on the back. That is the part we are going to be hooking our harness into.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2003 Ford Escape

Today we are going to install part number 118343 from Tow Ready, and we are going to install this T-1 connector on a 2003 Ford Escape. First we will show you where the tail light connections are going to be. The connections are actually going to be physically on the back side of the tail light itself, and you are going to have to make connections on both sides of the vehicle. And what happens is that the wire harness is going to below a tail light, underneath the bumper, and out to the center of the hitch. So let us go ahead and get started.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Ford Escape

Today we are going to install part number 40455 from Hoppe. We are going to install this on a 2005 Ford Escape. This particular vehicle has a tow package. Not all vehicles come with a tow package but this one does so we will show you what to look for if yours does. To find the Tow Package port it is on this bracket facing the inside of the bumper. It is a pain to see so you have to kinda feel around for it while looking for it. You pull it loose then remove this little cap here. Then our part comes with a little bit of dielectric grease. Go ahead and squirt some of that on the plug. It will not take much just put a little bit on. Then you can press it back together. Then the rest of this will go out to your hitch. At that point take your excess wire and zip tie it to whatever you can behind the bumper. Leave what you need out for your trailer hitch. I like to leave it right by the chain here and zip tie it behind this bracket here. That way if you ever need excess it will be easy to get too.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Escape

Today we are going to install part number V82211 from Valley on our 2005 Ford Escape. To install our hardware the bolts get pulled from the inside out. The hardware ends up being pull through here to all 3 of these holes. You can use a wire pull to get the wire inside and out. You do the same thing on the other side but it is a little bit different. On this model here we have this tie down bracket which gets bolted to this side of the frame here. Also it gets bolted between the frame and the bumper. So we really can not take this down because it is trapped by a bumper. So we are going to have to enlarge a hole back here. Basically what we want to do is enlarge this hole here with a small hole saw. Then we will pull the hardware from one hole to the other.





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