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Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2022 Ford Escape

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2022 Ford Escape

Hi everyone, Aidan here with etrailer. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Hollywood Rack's Destination 2 Bike Rack, on the back of our 2022 Ford Escape. The Destination is a platform-style bike rack that holds the bike in these trays. We've got some wheel straps down at the bottom that pull the bike down and in, and then we've got a cradle for the frame up top, with a strap run around the frame to hold it upright. Overall, we get a pretty strong hold on the bike, and for a more entry-level rack, this is one that I really like. I recommended it to my own brother and a lot of family members because I think it's a great value.

It does have a 35-pound wake capacity per bike, and because it makes frame contact, we do probably wanna avoid carbon frame bikes just because that can damage the frame. But with the way these cradles work, they slide up and down independently of each other and rotate 360 degrees to accommodate any sort of alternative frames you might have. Now with this, you don't have any ability to tilt away with bikes loaded so if we need access to the back, we're gonna have to go through the backseat or get the bike unloaded. We'll start with the wheel straps first. Pushing the gray buttons to release those ratcheting straps, and pulling them out.

And we'll do that on either side and then with a hand kind of around the bike to keep it in place, do the same thing for the strap that's going around the frame. A lot of times we find that with our bikes at least, they kind of go through the water bottle cage, which is totally fine. It fits on there just fine. And then this mast is very low to the ground and doesn't add too much height, so it's pretty easy to lift the bike up and overhead. Typically, with a center mast, they can be a bit of a nuisance and make it more difficult to load and unload your bikes.

But again, with the height of the one over here, it's not too bad. I always like to replace these straps whenever I'm done, and then fold down the mast by loosening this hand knob up top. It's a little bit backwards for me standing from right here, flipping this plate out of the way, and then tilting it to either side. Now the cradle up top, the strap is still undone because I like to use it to actually wrap around the tray of the bike rack and keep it from popping up. From here though, here's where we can get our hatch access.

So you do have to unload the bikes to do this, but if you're only using this bike rack for short distances, it's really not that big a deal in my opinion because chances are, when you get to your destination wherever you're biking, you're already gonna have the bikes unloaded, so if you need something outta the back, it's no problem. It really only comes into factor if you're taking long trips and need to make stops and check things in the back at your stops. So measurements to check out here, we're gonna start off with our ground clearance. We do have this reverse U-shaped design, which puts the lowest point at the edges of the bike rack right at 16 inches. There's a good rise from the shank here, so I don't think we're gonna have to worry about ground clearance. For our distance added to the back, it is gonna be sticking out exactly 24 inches to the outermost point. Pretty good. Overall it doesn't add too much length to the vehicle, but it is gonna add some. If we have it in the hitch with bikes unloaded, we can save some space by undoing the threaded hand knob, folding the rack upright, and reinserting that threaded hand knob through the newly aligned holes and tighten it down. I like that it's threaded because it really stabilizes this pivot point, and makes it so it doesn't shake around too much. In this state, it's only gonna be sticking out 11 1/2 inches, so it's a lot more condensed now. If you wanna leave it in the hitch between rides, it's gonna be easier to pull into parking spaces or maybe even your garage with it still in the hitch. When it's folded up, it won't block your license plate or your backup camera, or your taillights, leaving things nice and condensed. Down at the hitch, it's working with our two-inch by two-inch receiver tube using the included adapter sleeve, but it'll work with inch and a quarter as well. And it does come with a locking anti-rattle bolt that keeps things nice and solid in the hitch. I do like that it's also locking right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about that concerning point of if it can be taken. Overall, for an entry-level platform rack, this one, like I said in the beginning, is one of my favorites. Really, I'd maybe recommend looking into the Saris Freedom if you need a bit more weight capacity because that is the one limiting factor here. Otherwise, though, I think it's a really solid option for our Ford Escape. Thanks for watching..

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