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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36501. This is what it'll look like once we install the hitch. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead with installation.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Racks 15/12x55 Cargo Carrier. This can be used as a stand alone carrier or it can also easily be added on to the rear of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 part number HR1450 or the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider part number HR1400. The cargo carrier as a stand alone item is going to offer us a weight capacity of up to 220 pounds. When added to the rear of a bike rack, it's going to offer us a 90 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is HR1485. To begin our test fit we've already put our adapter that converts this from fitting into the back of the bike rack onto it, it's going to convert it into a two inch style hitch or two inch style shank which we can slide into a two inch receiver tube. We are going to slide this in until we line up the pin holes, we've got one in the shank and one in the hitch.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the Pro Series Solo. This is a 31 x 47 cargo carrier. It's designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it's going to offer a 400-pound weight capacity. The part number on it is PS1040100. As you can see, this is one of the larger cargo carriers that we offer. I'd recommend if you're going to be putting it in your vehicle, to get a helping hand. If that is not available, I have come up with a way to do it, just one person. You're basically just going to kind of place your cargo carrier on the ground.



Surco Products 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit on Surco 24x60 cargo carrier. This has been designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it offers a 500-pound weight capacity. Part number on it is 52018. To begin our test fit, we just slide the shank of carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up our pinhole with out hitch pinhole. We'll then take our standard 5/8 pin.



Rola 22x59 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the 22x59 Rola Cargo Carrier. This has been designed for use in two inch hitches. It offers a 600 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59502. now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we will line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 24 by 60 Pro Series cargo carrier. Now they've designed this for use with 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 63153. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our standard 5/8 pin, slide that through, and we'll secure it on the other side with our clip.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the 17x50 Maxxtow aluminum cargo carrier. This is going to be designed for use in two-inch hitches. It offers us a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on is MT70108. This is a nice lightweight carrier. Might be a really good choice for you if you have any kind of issues with weight or lifting heavier objects.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 17 by 50 MaxxTow cargo carrier. Now this has been designed for use in 2" hitches. Even with its compact size it's still going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is MT70107. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those appropriately aligned we can take a standard 5/8 pin.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit of the 20 by 60 Detail K2 Folding Cargo Carrier. They've designed this so we can easily use it with 2-inch hitches. Has a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is K2HCC602. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch, line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those aligned we'll take our standard 5/8 pin and we're just going to slide that through. We'll secure it on the other side with our clip.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to do a test fit on the 24 by 60 CURT folding cargo carrier. Now they've designed this for use in 2" hitches and it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18153. Now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Once we have those in line we're going to take our standard 5/8 pin and we're going to slide it through our pinholes. Now the pin and clip are sold separately.





Rola Dart Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape XLT we're going to be doing a test of the Rola Dart. This is a 23 by 56 folding cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2" hitches. It's going to offer a 450 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59550. To begin our test fit we need to slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we do want to line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole.



Curt 19x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 19 by 60 CURT aluminum folding cargo carrier. This has been designed for use with 2" hitches. It offers us an awesome 500 pound weight capacity with the construction. Its part number is C18100. This is one of the lighter-weight cargo carriers that we offer, so if weight's going to pose an issue for you this might be a really good choice. To begin our test fit we'll just slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90108. This is what it will look like once we install the hitch. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead with the installation. Here, on the inside of each frame rail, will be our attachment points for a total of four attachment points, two on each side, using these pre-drilled holes in the frame as our attachment points, using the end of the frame to install our hardware. Note we've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire to make it easier to install the new hitch. To secure our hitch, we'll be using the half-inch carriage bolt and block, along with a half-inch conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch, a half-inch nut and the half-inch pull wires provided with our install kit. To get our hardware into position, we'll first take the pull wire, feed it through the attachment point and out the end of the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number 75751 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next we'll give you some measurements that'll help you out in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. The top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16". From the center of your hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be around 1-3/4". Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First off, we'll go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up to the frame.



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.



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.



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



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 - 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





2008 Ford Escape Questions and Answers


  • Parts Recommendation to Install a 7-Way on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • To install a 7-way on your 2008 Ford Escape you will first need to start with a 4-way. For that you would want the Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 118551. Check out the install video I attached. Now if the trailer you plan on towing doesn't have trailer brakes all you would need is the adapter part # 37185. If the trailer does have brakes you would want the # ETBC7 instead of the # 37185. This comes with everything needed to install a 7-way and install a brake controller. I attached...
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  • Factory Trailer Wiring Harness Does Not Work on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • If your 2008 came with the factory tow package but not the relays then the dealer should furnish those and maybe just charge labor to install them. But that is up to the dealer. Using a replacement harness # 118251 would not help because you would still need the relays and any fuses to make it active, just like on the factory harness. The other option is to install a wiring harness for models that do not have the factory tow package, # 118551. It plugs in line with the vehicle tail...
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  • Troubleshooting Possible Ground Problem on Boat Trailer Towed By 2008 Ford Escape
  • My suspicion is that you have a poor ground connection somewhere on your trailer. The fact that everything works fine until the running lights are turned on is the dead giveaway. When the tail lights are turned on, the trailer lighting is drawing maximum amperage through the system. If there is a ground problem, this is when it will manifest itself. There are several places to look for a poor ground connection. Lets start with the trailer connector on the vehicle. Trace the white wire...
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  • Availability of Replacement Hardware for Curt Class III Hitch # 13650 on 2008 Ford Escape
  • We can provide emplacement hardware to install a Curt # 13650 Class III hitch on your 2008 Escape. You would use part # RHK. On the product pate, type the hitch part number into the provided field, choose Curt from the drop-down menu and choose a quantity of 1. I've linked you to an install video showing the hitch being installed on a 2009 Escape. The procedure on your 2008 would be identical.
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  • Will 2 Thule Glide On Kayak Carriers Fit a 2008 Ford Escape with Factory Roof Rack
  • I suspect that using 2 of the Thule Glide and Set carriers # TH883 would be a very tight fit. The carriers would be closer together than the kayaks are wide if place right next to each other. So if the free space on the crossbars on your 2008 Ford Escape is at least 48 inches then it should work for you. If less than 48 inches you will want to look at the J-Style carriers such as the Hull-A-Port Pro # TH835PRO. To make loading easier no matter which carrier you use there is a product...
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  • What are the Roll Pins Made of on the Aluminum Scissor Steps part # AS23
  • I spoke to my contact at Brophy and she informed me that the roll pins of the Aluminum Scissor Steps part # AS23 are made of galvanized steel. Although not as rust proof as aluminum, the zinc coating does resist corrosion quite well.
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The SuperJoe trunk mount bike racks will not fit the 2008 Ford Escape but I do have some great recommendations for you. The SuperJoe bike racks are similar to the Thule Passage, # TH911XT. The Passage is a fit for your Ford Escape. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. You can also use the KingJoe Pro, # Y02625. What allows this rack to fit is the design. The arms that hold the bikes move independently on the KingJoe Pro which is why it fits and the SuperJoe will not....
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  • 4-Pole Trailer Wiring Harness # C56190 Installation in 2008 Ford Escape Without Tow Package
  • There are two basic types of trailer wiring harnesses offered for the 2008 Ford Escape, the hard-wired type like Curt # C56190 that requires splicing into the vehicle's tail light wiring, and the custom-fit plug-in variety that requires only one wire to be spliced into the car's 12-volt battery for power. An example of a custom-fit harness is Tow Ready # 118551. The hard-wired type will be installed most easily if you have a circuit tester like # 40376 to help you identify the function...
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  • What Adapter is Needed to fit a 4 Pole Trailer Connector to a 5 Pole Trailer Connector
  • You will need a trailer wiring adapter that changes the 4 pole flat on your Ford Escape into a 5 pole flat. I recommend Adapter 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter # 20036. As for the wiring, the brown wire is the tail/marker, white is ground, yellow is left turn/brake lights, green is right turn/brake lights and blue is reverse electric lock-out. It will splice into the vehicle's reverse light circuit. I have included a video of the installation of an Adapter 4 Pole to 5 Pole...
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  • Need Large Roof Cargo Basket for 2008 Ford Escape With Factory Side Rails
  • Most rooftop cargo baskets, including the Pro Series Big Sky # PS63156 that you referenced, require that the vehicle have either factory-installed crossbars or an aftermarket roof rack system with crossbars that run from side-to-side. The mounting hardware on the Pro Series # PS63156 is intended to grab those crossbars. In the case of this basket the hardware can fit crossbar dimensions up to 3-1/4-inches wide x 1-1/4-inches tall. I have included a link to our page for all rooftop cargo...
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  • Flat Towing 2008 Ford Escape FWD w/ Automatic Transmission
  • According to the information I found on page 177 of an online copy of the 2008 Ford Escape owners manual, FWD models can be towed with a tow dolly only. AWD models must be trailered. Only manual transmission-equipped models can be flat towed, 4 wheels down. In your particular case, you will need to use a tow dolly to prevent damaging the transmission. We offer a Roadmaster Tow Dolly you might be interested in, part # RM-2000-1.
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  • Hopkins 4-Way Trailer Side Connector Fits Tow Ready Vehicle Side 4-Way Connector on 2008 Ford Escape
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled trailer wiring harness # 118251 and Hopkins harness # HM48240 to see if they are compatible. They do fit together just fine and will work great together. I also made a video which will appear on this page showing the 2 being used together.
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  • Can a Rigthline Sport 3 XL Roof Cargo Bag be used on a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid with an OEM Roof Rack
  • The Rightline Sport 3XL Cargo Bag # RL100S30 will work on your 2008 Ford Escape roof. The optimal way to secure this cargo bag to your roof would be to use both the crossbars and the side rails with the included cargo loops. If this cargo bag is a little too big for your existing cross bars I suggest having any overhang overlap the rear side to side cross bar. This would reduce the chance of the wind catching the underneath portion of the bag and causing damage while driving. If you...
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  • Will a Bacchetta Giro 20 Recumbent Bike Fit the Pro Series Q-Slot Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • The 47 inch wheelbase will not be a problem on your recumbent bike but that large seat could cause some issues. The hook on the Pro Series bike rack # PS63138 would have to come down right where the seat is if the bike is centered on the rack. You would have to carry the bike slightly off center for it to work. This could cause the bike to stick out too far on one side on narrow vehicles but probably would not be too bad on your Escape. I have included a link to a video review of this...
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  • Using a Battery Isolator on the 12 Volt Circuit on a 7-Way and 2011 Ford Escape
  • The issue you are describing is a common one. The best way to avoid vehicle battery drain is to install a battery isolator # TR118665, in line on the 12 volt circuit to the 7-Way. The black 12 volt wire to the 7-Way will go first to the AUX post on a 40 amp circuit breaker, # PK54540. Then attach a wire to the BAT post on the circuit breaker and attach that to the output side on the isolator. Then connect wire from the input side of the isolator to the positive battery terminal. Both...
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  • Recommendations for Tow Package for 2008 Ford Escape
  • A factory tow package can vary with different manufacturers. Based on the information you provided we would need to start by testing the connector you mentioned in the back. You will need a circuit tester like Quickee Circuit Tester, part # 3808. You indicated that there are fuses in the 31C, 31D, and 31E positions on your fuse panel. You might check your owners manual and verify that these are fuses for the left turn, right turn, and park / running lights. You will need to have someone...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The difference between wiring harness # 118551 and # 118251 is what models of the 2008 Ford Escape they fit. If your 2008 Ford Escape did NOT come with the factory tow package then you would use # 118551. If it did come with the tow package you would use # 118251. You can have a Ford dealer run the VIN of your Escape to tell you how it is equipped and then choose the correct harness. You could technically use # 118551 with or without the factory tow package. However, it would be an extra...
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Racks that Will Fit a 2008 Ford Escape
  • We only carry 2 and 3 bike trunk mount bike racks. I have not seen a single bike trunk mount but there very well could be one out there, just not from the manufacturers we carry. I have included a link to all of the trunk mounts that will fit your 2008 Ford Escape. If you are looking for an inexpensive option then I would go with the SportRack carrier # SR3161. This is a basic 2-bike rack with anti-sway cradles. I have linked a video review of the rack for you. If you will be carrying...
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  • Is a Fairing Required for a Rhino-Rack Roof Rack on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • Fairings actually are mostly for looks. They are not required and on many applications do not cut down on drag or noise. Aero bars like those on Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack # DA126B are aerodynamic enough to cut down on the noise and drag. Rhino-Rack does not offer a fairing except on their cargo basket, # RMCB.
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  • Hitch and Motorcycle Carrier Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape Carrying a 2007 Suzuki GSXR600
  • I have a hitch that could work for you as it has a tongue weight rating of 525 lbs. Check out the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87626. I attached an install video and installation instructions for this product also. I did some research and it looks like your 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 600 should weight about 420 lbs so if you were to combine that weight with the weight of the Rage PowerSport Steel Motorcycle Carrier # MX600 at 64 lbs you would be at about 484 lbs which would be under the capacity...
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  • Rhino Rack Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • What you have on the roof of your 2008 Ford Escape is similar to a rain gutter in that it will direct water as it flows on the roof of your vehicle, but it is not the kind of rain gutter that would prevent you from installing a Rhino Rack roof rack. To see a picture of a traditional rain gutter with a Rhino Rack rain gutter mount # RL110S2 attached to it check out the picture I attached. To complete the install of a Rhino Rack roof rack for your vehicle you would want the Custom DK...
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  • How to Install the Tow Ready 4-Terminal Relays # TR38665 on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The 4-Terminal Relays, # TR38665, will install with the flat part of the terminals facing the larger relays in spots # 30B and # 30D. Check out the video that I have attached showing where and how to install these relays. You will notice that the vehicle in the video is a 2008 Mercury Mariner, but the installation will be the exact same with your 2008 Ford Escape. You can see the relay installation starting at the 1 minute and 15 second mark. You will need three of these relays. They...
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  • Custom Molded Floor Mat Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The molded floor mats like the WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats # WT461191 that you referenced do offer more protection than the traditional mats because they completely line the interior carpet and seal it from water and dirt. Whereas it is much easier for dirt and water to get around the traditional flat style mats. The Husky Liners Mats like the part # HL33172 are good liners and would be a step up from the traditional flat mats, but they do not have the channel system that diverts...
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  • Crossbar Recommendation for Use with the Yakima DryDock Trailer Hitch Mount Boat Support
  • There are a few different single Yakima bars you could use with the DryDock, # Y02589. For a 58 inch bar use # Y8810023. For a 66 inch bar use # Y8810025. And for a 78 inch bar use # Y8810027. For a similar product that comes with a crossbar and load stops, take a look at the Thule GoalPost, # TH997.
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  • Does the Power Wire from a Tow Ready Wiring Harness Need to be Ran to the Vehicle Battery
  • You absolutely need to run the power wire of the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118551 to the battery of your 2008 Ford Escape. The voltage on a D battery is no where near what would be needed and would not work. If you are concerned about routing the power wire to the front of your car check out the FAQ article I attached that explains how to route the power wire up to the battery.
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  • Dimensions of the Replacement Pin and Clip for the Thule Goalpost Load Bar
  • The replacement snapper pin for the Thule Goalpost does have a 3/8 inch diameter. This snapper pin was designed for use with the Thule Goalpost Load Bar. We do have other 3/8 inch diameter snapper pins like part # 38-200, which is 2 inches long and part # 38-212TR, which is 2-1/2 inches long.
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2008 Ford Escape with Factory Roof Rack
  • Yakima does not have fit information if the vehicle already has crossbars but Thule does. You can add a Crossroads system, # TH45050, to add some crossbars. Then you can use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997. On the Crossroads load bars, you can use # TH830 to hold the 2 kayaks. I have linked a video showing a typical Crossroads installation for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch to Fit Under the OEM Hitch on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • We do have trailer hitches that will fit a 2008 Ford Escape with a factory hitch installed, but Curt hitch # 13650 is not one of them. The most popular hitch that will fit is # 87626. I have included a link to the installation instructions. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring if the vehicle has a tow package and you want a 4-Way, use # 118251....
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  • Trailer Turn Signals Do Not Work With Draw-Tite Wiring Harness # 118251 on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The first step I would take is testing the 4-way connector from the Wiring Harness, # 118251, using a circuit tester like part # 3808 without the trailer connected. I have attached a video that shows how you can use the circuit tester to test the connector at the 2 minute and 42 second mark. If you have a signal at the connector, then that will tell you there is a short somewhere in the trailer wiring. You will want to make sure you have good ground connections and check the turn signal...
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  • Will a Yamaha Zuma and Honda Metropolitan Fit on the Rage Motorcycle Carrier # AMC6002
  • On the Rage motorcycle carrier, # AMC6002, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the first platform is 18 inches. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on your vehicle out 18 inches, then subtract half the total width of a scooter at its widest point. If this measurement does not clear the rear of the vehicle you cannot use the carrier. The distance between platform centers is 17-3/4 inches. If you measured half the width of one scooter and half the width of...
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