Multipurpose Ball Mount for Towing and Bike Rack

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I have a 2015 ford escape im looking for the multipurpose ball mount that will work for my suv . im pulling a 2015 popup camper 2015 Rockwood Freedom Series M-2318G im looking to carry 3- 4 bikes . which setup would work for me ?

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The best option for you is going to be the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount # D210 which has a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs and tongue weight capacity of 750 lbs. The receiver, which would carry your bike rack, has a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs, which is enough to carry a 4-bike rack and bikes unless they are very heavy e-bikes. A pin and clip is included with this ball mount though you do need a hitch ball with a 1" diameter shank such as # 63845 for a 2" ball or # 19260 for a 1-7/8" ball.

For a bike rack I recommend a hanging rack with rise in the shank like the Swagman Trailhead # S63380. This is a 4-bike carrier that uses anti-sway cradles that will secure your bike at 3 different spots and has a weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike. I do recommend using the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin for Swagman Hitch Racks # S64029 to lock the rack to the ball mount and protect your investment.

Please note that when using a hanging rack like the Swagman Trailhead, it's possible you'll need bike frame adapter bar # 64005 if your bike is dual-suspension, has a step-through frame or you want to carry a small children's bike. The bar will give those bikes a horizontal mounting point so they can be carried by the rack. I've added a link to a video review of the adapter so you can see exactly how it works as well as links to reviews of the ball mount and bike rack.

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