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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.



Best 2015 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2015 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch part number 87571. We've got its twin, the Draw-Tite part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the CURT. This is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be class three hitches.



Best 2014 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2014 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch, part number 87571. We've got it's twin, the Draw-Tite, part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the Curt. This is part number C13110.



Best 2013 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2013 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch part number 87571. We've got its twin, the Draw-Tite part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the CURT. This is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be class three hitches.



Best 2011 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2011 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch part number 87571. We've got its twin, the Draw-Tite part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the CURT. This is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be class three hitches.



Best 2010 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2010 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch part number 87571. We've got its twin, the Draw-Tite part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the CURT. This is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be class three hitches.



Best 2009 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2009 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the hidden hitch part number 87571, we've got its twin, the Draw Tite part number is 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the curt, this is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be Class 3 hitches. They're going to offer a 2-inch by 2-inch receiver tube opening.



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.



Best 2012 Ford Flex Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2012 Ford Flex. This is going to be with or without the dual exhaust. We've got the Hidden Hitch part number 87571. We've got its twin, the Draw-Tite part number 75679. Here on the bottom we've got the CURT. This is part number C13110. As you can see, these are all going to be class three hitches.



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.





Ford Flex Questions

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When a manufacture states that you may not use tire chains on a vehicle in the manual it is for good reason. There is more than likely an important component of the vehicle too close that the chains will come into contact with and do not have the clearance for, whether it is something like the frame or strut, it is just not a good idea. If you still want to proceed with tire chains then, I have linked all the tire chains that fit your size tire. I would recommend a chain...
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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 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 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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  • You can flat tow your front wheel drive 2009 Ford Flex with your RV. Before flat towing any vehicle, you should check your owners manual for any restrictions or procedures that required to flat tow your vehicle. To flat tow your Flex, you will need 5 items, a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tail light wiring and a supplemental braking system. For a base plate kit, you can use the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 4418-1, that you referenced. This base plate kit has removable...
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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 2009 to 2013 Ford Flex is in the same generation as far as the Yakima fit guide is concerned so provided your 2009 model has the factory fixed points then you will be able to use the Yakima Control Towers, # Y00214, crossbars, # Y00409, and 2 sets of Landing Pad 11, # Y00233.
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  • Your first step when considering tire chains on any vehicle is a check of the owner's manual for any guidance or restrictions regarding their use. Many passenger cars are limited to using special low-profile S-Class chains that do not require too much wheel well clearance. Before purchasing any tire chain check your two vehicles' manuals carefully and if in doubt speak to your local dealerships. Tire chains come in a variety of types and with varying features. Some are on-road...
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  • We have a solution that would allow you to carry the tadpole and one of the beach cruisers, as long as their combined weight was under 100 lbs. I'd recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2, part # HR1450R-TRKADP2. If placing the remaining bike in the cargo area of the vehicle isn't feasible, you could carry it on the vehicle roof by installing a roof rack and a bike carrier. If your Flex has the roof rails that run fore and aft along the edge of the roof, you can install...
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  • The difference between the Blue Ox Attachment tabs part # BX62-3468 and part # BX62-3469 is the length of the portion that slides into the base plate. The # BX62-3468 is much shorter. The two are not interchangeable. Check out the picture I attached for more clarification.
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  • We have a few options to add crossbars to the side rails on your 2013 Ford Flex. I have included a link to them for you. If you like the Yakima products then you can use the RailGrabs, # Y00138, that you have referenced, and you will also need crossbars # Y00409. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. With the bars installed the spread (distance between them on center) will be 44 inches. You are able to move the bars closer or further as needed...
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  • Hidden Hitch Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 87571, fits closely to the bottom of the rear fascia. The installation instructions (see link) for the # 87545 hitch also show a drawing of how the hitch will fit once installed on the Ford Flex.
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  • We do have Class III trailer hitches for the 2010 Ford Flex, but the receiver and cross tubing of any of them will be visible below the rear fascia. The most popular hitch for the Ford Flex is the Draw Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75679. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation. If you plan to do some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone about the Coil-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F4177, and your 2010 Ford Flex. He stated that he had no notes that stated that kit could not be used on models with the Ecoboost option and that it should fit your Flex. I have included a link to the installation details below.
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