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Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're going to be test fitting the ROLA TX102-2 bike rack, Part #59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack, lets go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the first feature I'd like to show off is it has an integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You pull it out like so, wrap it around the bikes, and attach it to this end here and lock it and that will prevent theft and tampering of your bikes. The cradles themselves are adjustable on the ends and that's going to assist with loading the bikes, and it grips your bikes at three points. We have two straps up at the top bar, and one off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike moving too far back and forth possibly hitting the bike in front of it and damaging them both. Lets go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, we can go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outer edge here, we added about 24-inches to the rear of the vehicle.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro Platform Style 2 bike rack. That part number is TH9034. We already have our bike secured down here. We're first going to show you our main feature of this rack. We're going to come back here and squeeze our handles together. It's going to allow us to tilt our back rack away from our vehicle. We'll check our hatch clearance here.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex we're doing a test fit of the CURT 20 by 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches as well as 1-1/4". It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Although it does have a pretty high weight capacity, it is lightweight so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. First thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. We're going to start off with our ground clearance.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 by 60 cargo carrier. It's designed to work with two-inch hitches and has a capacity to hold up to 500 pounds. The first thing we'll do is take a few measurements. We'll get our ground clearance first. We're going to have about 12 inches of clearance there. That's because we have those great raised shank in the back which is going to lift that carrier up even higher than the ground and give you lots of clearance.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're doing a test of the Thule Vertex hanging style 4 bike rack, designed to work with 1 1/4" and 2" hitches. The part number for that is TH9029XT. First thing we'll do is take a look at how our bike is mounted to the rack. We've got 2 cradles holding that bike in with 3 straps, 2 on the frame, and then one as your anti-sway strap in the back. It's going to keep a lot of the shake and play out of the bike as you're heading down the road, so you don't have to worry about it damaging your vehicle. To remove those, we'll first start with our frame straps, and we'll just pull down and lift up.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. It has a 500-pound weight capacity. This is designed to work with 2-inch hitches. First thing we'll do is take a few measurements here. First is going to be our ground clearance. We're going to go to the bottom of this bolt here, just under the carrier, we're going to have about 7 1/2 inches of ground clearance down there.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're going a test fit of the Lets Go Aero Gear Cage, part number HCR222. Dimensions are 48 by 32 with a 300-pound weight capacity. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance will be first. Just under, we have about 8 inches. It's going to be right under there is going to be our ground clearance from the back.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex we're doing a test fit of the Detail K2 20 by 60 cargo carrier, part number K2HCC602. It has a 500 pounds weight capacity and is designed to work with 2" hitches. The first thing we'll do is take a few measurements. Ground clearance is going to be first. Got about 9-1/2". Overall to the back of the vehicle we're adding about 36-1/4".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 by 60 folding cargo carrier, part number C18151. It has a capacity to hold up to 500 pounds, and it's designed to work with 2-inch hitches. The first thing we're doing is taking our ground clearance measurement here. The bottom of the carrier, we have about 9-3/4 inches. Overall to the back of the vehicle, we're adding about 35-1/2 inches. Our closest point is going to be about 14-3/4 inches.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex we're doing a test fit of the Curt 24x60 Folding Cargo Carrier Part Number C18153. This cargo carrier has the capacity to hold up to 500 pounds. The first thing we'll do is take a few measurements here. The ground clearance is going to be first. We've got about 11-3/4" down here. That's because we have the nice raised shank in the back which is going to lift the cargo carrier up even higher than the ground. Now we'll go ahead and check our overall.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 Ford Flex

Today on our 2014 Ford Flex, we're doing a test fit of the Carpod 23 by 47 walled cargo carrier, part number M2205. This is designed to work with 2 inch hitches and has a capacity to hold up to 450 pounds. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance will be first. To the bottom of the carrier, we have about 15 inches. It's because we've got that nice raised shank in the back, so it's going to lift that carrier up.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Flex - Curt

Today on our 2012 ford flex we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the curt custom fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2 inch opening, it's part number C13110. Here's what their hitch looks like installed on the vehicle. As you can see we can get a visual on it from about here over to here. It's not quite symmetrical but in order to get up over our exhaust and stuff that's what's going to be required. We've got a smaller diameter tube here, I like that it's not quite as large as what you get on some of the class 3 hitches. It's going to give us good support. 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, of course.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Flex

Today on our 2013 Ford Flex we're going to be doing a test for the Swagman Original-3 bike rack, part number S64152-2. It's for 2-inch hitches. I've already got a load into the receiver so you can get a good idea what it's going to look like in the back of your Flex. Let's go ahead and tighten it up with our included anti-rattle bolt. You want to make sure and line up your pinholes. This is going to be inserted from the passenger side, here.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Flex

Today on our 2012 Ford Flex we got the Strong bird Carlson twenty three by sixty cargo carrier. That we're doing a test fit on. This has been designed for use with 500lbs or for use up to 500lbs. They've made it so it goes right into a two inch receiver with no problem. Part number on it is CC-100. Now I like this carrier cause it has a really nice wide holes there on the floor.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Flex

Today on our 2012 Ford Flex we're test fitting the Curt 20x60 folding cargo carrier. They've designed this for 2 inch hitches and it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18151. As you can see we've got a nice heavy duty carrier here, it's got the expanded steel type platform in it, or base in it. It gives us plenty of room for that water, dirt, debris and stuff like that to fall right down and out. We've also got a raised edge of about 5-1/2 inches that's going to go all the way around the outside. Not only will that give us good front to back and side to side load stability, but it's also going to offer us some good connection points all the way around there so we can get that load secure. We're going to have about 12-1/4 inches worth of ground clearance there at the very rear.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Flex

Today on our 2012 Ford Flex. We got the Curt 20X60 folding cargo carrier that we're going to test fit. This has been designed for using 2 inch hitches, offers a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number C18150. As you can see we've got the expanded steel type floor here, plenty of room for that dirt and debris and stuff like that to fold down. Raise the edge here on the side, that's about 5 and a half inches, that's going to give us good load stability. Also the connection points here, all throw a lots of spots first to hook our straps on and make a nice sturdy load or make our load nice and sturdy and secure.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Flex

Today on our 2012 Ford Flex, we're test fitting the Lets Go Aero GearCage. This is a 32 by 48 cargo carrier. They've designed it for use in 2 inch hitches, and it offers us a 300 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is HCR222. You can see the GearCage, kind of opposed to some of the other carriers, is going to have a nice solid floor, so even real small things, we're not going to have to worry about those passing down and through. We're going to have about a 7 inch raised rail that's going to go all the way around.



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

Today on our 2012 Ford Flex we've got the Detail K2 Folding Cargo Carrier that we're test fitting. This is a 20x60 by carrier that's been designed for use in 2" hitches, and it has a 500-pound weight capacity. The part number on it is K2HCC602. Like a lot of carriers, we're going to have that expanded, steel mesh floor here on the bottom, let's all that dirt, debris, water, moisture, stuff like that fall down and out. It's going to give us a nice platform for all of our goods and stuff to ride on. We've got about 5-1/2" worth of ground clearance on our rail that's going to run all the way around that gives us good front-to-back and side-to-side load stability and also offers quite a few connection points around here for our bungees or straps or whatever we plan on securing our load with. You'll notice little movement and a little play in the carrier.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liner Review - 2012 Ford Flex

Today on this 2012 Ford Flex we will be taking a look at the weather tech front auto floor mats in tan part number WT452081. These are also available in black as part number WT442081, and in grey as part number WT462081. All right now this is what the floor mat looks like on the drivers side. As you can see it has full coverage from the edge of the threshold right here all the way across to the center console. It also has a ridge with coverage up to the edge of your front seat and all the way back behind the break pedal. Now it does have a small ridge that goes around the gas pedal right here. It also has some coverage on the foot rest up in the corner here as well.



Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Ford Flex

Today on our 2013 Ford Flex, we will be doing a test fit of the Yakima Ridgeback Four Bike Rack. That is Part Number Y02458. I have already got it put into the receiver there so you get a good idea what it looks like in the back of the Flex. I will go ahead and show you how to tighten that down. It can be used for either 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. As you can see, we have got the adapter on there so it can be used by our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver. Let's just go ahead and line up our pin holes.





Ford Flex Questions

  • The tongue weight of a trailer is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. But then you have to add to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle. At the very least, if your trailer was loaded to the max of 6,000 pounds, the tongue weight would be 600 to 900 pounds. A system rated for 200 to 600 pounds like # RP66151, would not be sufficient with this much tongue weight. I recommend going with either an 800 pound system, like...
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  • We have a few options for crossbars for a 2013 Ford Flex with factory side rails that run front to back. I have included a link to them for you. Since you came from a Yakima product the Yakima rack that fits is comprised of 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, and RailGrab towers, # Y00138, that you referenced. I have included a link showing a typical installation on a similar vehicle. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for the weight carrying capacity of the side rails and roof.
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  • To actuate the brakes on your Trailmanor camper, you would indeed need to install a brake controller. If the factory tow package on your Flex includes the OEM 7-way on the back bumper, the install would be plug-and-play, using the # 22292 Brake Controller Wiring Adapter. The wiring adapter would plug into the connector located under the dash pretty much directly below the steering column as shown in the photos I have edited for you. You can't go wrong with the Tekonsha Prodigy...
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  • The Thule T2 Pro # TH9034-9036 is an excellent rack; no doubt about it. But like you said there are a lot of options available. If you like the design of the T2 then take a look at the Swagman Semi # S64698-99. It also holds the bikes at the wheels and since it is a platform rack it is easier to load bikes than a hanging rack. It also includes built-in cable locks. Another option is the Thule T2 Classic, # ETTHT2C-4. It is more like the previous generation T2 bike racks so...
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  • We offer two hitches for the 2010 Ford Flex equipped with the Ecoboost engine. The Hidden Hitch Class III receiver, part # 87571 and the Draw-Tite Class III, part # 75679. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are sister companies, so the two hitches are essentially identical. The only hitches available that use the cutout in the rear fascia are the factory installed ones. The Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch models would be partially visible under the rear bumper. These hitches are pretty...
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  • For a bike rack that's easily convertible between a 2 and a 3 bike rack I recommend the # HR1400 from Hollywood Racks. The rack includes a hitch lock and a cable lock to secure the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the bike rack. If you click the provided link you can see a product demonstration video featuring the Hollywood Racks # HR1400. Pro Series offers the Q-Slot, part # PS63138, that's also convertible between a 2 and a 4 bike rack. The Q-Slot is at a less expensive...
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  • The Hidden Hitch # 87571 would be great choice. For the trailer wiring harness, I'd recommend the # 118472 T-1 connector. I have two suggestions for how to attach the 4-pole connector to the vehicle. You'll need a long no-drill bracket, part # 18136, as well as the # 18144 mounting bracket. The 4-pole will push into the mounting bracket from behind. Your other option would be to use the same # 18136 bracket, along with the # 118137 bracket. You'd then use a # 30601 knockout...
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  • The Replacement Square End Cap # 853-5826 should work perfectly for you. I went out and measured one and found that it's overall diameter is 2 inch by 2 inch and the inner tube piece measures a tiny bit over 1.75 inches by 1.75 inches.
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  • Yes, the Curt trailer hitch # C13110 will fit all models of the 2013 Ford Flex including models with dual exhaust. I have linked the isntallation instructions and a video showing installation for you. You originally mentioned wanting to use the hitch with a cargo carrier. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver so there are many options for you. I have included a link to the cargo carriers that fit 2 inch trailer hitches for you.
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  • We have lots of 3-bike trunk mount bike racks that will fit your 2015 Ford Flex. Since you have a nice newer vehicle I recommend a bike rack that attaches to the vehicle in just 4 places rather than 6 so it is easier to install and so that it limits contact with the vehicle. In this category my top pick is the Raceway, # TH9002PRO. I have an older version of this rack and it is by far the easiest trunk mount rack I have ever used. What makes it so easy are the retractable cables...
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  • For your 2011 Ford Flex without roof rails and extended moon roof, I would recommend installing a roof rack system to carry your skis. For carrying your luggage, I would recommend installing a hitch mounted cargo carrier, for which you would need to install a trailer hitch on your Ford Flex. For a roof rack, I would recommend Thule Roof Rack For Ford Flex, part # TH480R, THARB60, THKIT1518, which includes everything needed to mount to the roof of your 2011 Ford Flex. To...
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  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, and the Plug-In Adapter, part # 22292, is an excellent choice for your 2012 Ford Flex, with the factory tow package. The factory tow package will include a factory 4-Way and 7-Way connector at the rear of the vehicle. This is a proportional brake controller which means it applies power to the trailers brakes in proportion to the vehicles braking action. It is our best selling controller, and is easy to use and set up....
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  • The Tow Ready 24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier, part # 63153, has an angled shank which will raise the carrier 2-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch receiver opening. This distance will help the cargo carrier clear the area where the exhaust gases would exit from the tailpipes. You can measure up 2-1/2 inches from the center of your hitch receiver on your 2010 Ford Flex and see where the cargo carrier would be located on your vehicle in relation to the tailpipes. I am including...
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  • To use straps like the part # EM34415 on the 48" x 21" MaxxTow Cargo Carrier # MT70422 you would need to route them over the edges of the carrier and then attach them to the bottom of the platform of the carrier.
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  • The motor that fits Bulldog jack # BD182701 is powered drive kit # BD1824200100. The shaft on the jack is 1 inch in diameter and the pin hole for the crank is approximately 5/16 of an inch. The motor mounts to the side of the jack as you can see in the picture I included. Adding the motor limits the jack capacity to 12,000 pounds. I have linked a video review of the powered drive kit for you.
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  • The 58 inch bars are required because the included Crossroad adapters in the Thule Custom Fit Roof Rack, # TH45058, extend out a little beyond the factory rails on your 2010 Ford Flex. They require that extra few inches in order to fit properly. The 50 inch bars would be too short for the width of your rails. I have included a link to the installation details below for this roof rack system below. You will also need to make sure that your roof carrier is compatible with the...
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  • For a 2012 Ford Flex without Ecoboost the correct Curt hitch is # 13551. Curt hitch C13110 that you referenced is designed to fit the following models: 2009 - 2009 Ford Flex All Models 2010 - 2013 Ford Flex with EcoBoost 2010 - 2013 Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost There are other hitch options available for your 2012 Flex without Ecoboost. I have included a link to them for you. The most popular option is Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87571. With it, less of the cross tube is...
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  • Tongue weight will depend on how you load it. I would check the Flex owners manual to see what the weight distribution capacity of the vehicle is. Some vehicles cannot use weight distribution systems. I am not sure on the Flex, but to be safe, I would strongly recommend checking the owners manual. Some of the aftermarket hitches we have do allow use of weight distribution system and some do not. The ones that do, do not allow an increase in tow capacity. So I would imagine...
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  • To use weight distribution on a boat trailer with a pole tongue you will need to use a pole tongue adapter like # RP58393 or # RP3280. The lighter duty RP3280 cannot be used with Reese SC systems or dual-cam sway control. The higher capacity RP58393 can be used with Reese SC systems but not dual-cam sway control. In order to mount the adapter you will need to square off the tongue where the adapter will need to mount, making it a box frame in that area. This requires a qualified...
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  • The Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Sway Control, # RP66151, can have the hangar brackets mounted anywhere between 20 inches and 27 inches from the center of the hitch ball, which would allow you to use the weight distribution without having to modify to propane tanks or the tongue of your trailer. Before you purchase a weight distribution system, you should verify the tongue weight of your trailer when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. Our weight distribution...
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