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#1 OFFLINE   elrey

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:23 AM

My wife has a 2016 platinum with all the bells and whistles. She wants to get a trailer hitch for a bike rack. Dealer told me I'd have to buy a new cover with the cut out for the hitch. Dealer wants $200+ for the cover, I can get it online for $75. Wondering if it is hard to change myself. Her truck has the foot swipe thing and park assist. Thanks







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#2 OFFLINE   Pioneer

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:43 AM

From the factory you can't get the trailer hitch and still have the hands free liftgate. You might run into a problem there. Maybe the hitch interferes with the sensors that sense your foot.

Anyway, maybe look into aftermarket that protrudes under the bumper. Then you won't need new bumper trim.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:01 AM

You can add an aftermarket hitch very easily without interfering with the bumper cover.  It will block part of the sensor but not all of it.  I put one on a 2014 Titanium and you could still activate it by kicking right next to the exhaust tip.

 

Can't remember if it was a Curt or Hidden Hitch but etrailer.com has all the details.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

You can add an aftermarket hitch very easily without interfering with the bumper cover.  It will block part of the sensor but not all of it.  I put one on a 2014 Titanium and you could still activate it by kicking right next to the exhaust tip.

 

Can't remember if it was a Curt or Hidden Hitch but etrailer.com has all the details.

 

How hard was doing the trailer wiring?  I have a 2013 and have contemplated putting a hitch on.  I won't give up my kick sensor though.

 

BTW, I think it was Job 2 of the 2014 that Ford changed the sensor so you can start getting both the liftgate sensor and hitch.  So they've been doing it a few years now.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:57 AM

BTW, I think it was Job 2 of the 2014 that Ford changed the sensor so you can start getting both the liftgate sensor and hitch.  So they've been doing it a few years now.


Didn't know that. I thought they still weren't compatible. Maybe the wife will get the tow package on her 2017 after all.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:48 AM

Yeah, I did a build and price on a 2017 for the hell of it when it first came online.  It let me do both the liftgate and tow options.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:38 PM

 

How hard was doing the trailer wiring?  I have a 2013 and have contemplated putting a hitch on.  I won't give up my kick sensor though.

 

BTW, I think it was Job 2 of the 2014 that Ford changed the sensor so you can start getting both the liftgate sensor and hitch.  So they've been doing it a few years now.

 

It was only for carrying bicycles so I didn't do the wiring, but I probably will on the MKX to use a utility trailer.   Basically you just pull off the rear bumper (2 screws believe it or not) - I did this to install the hitch on the MKX and it was really easy once I found the 2 screws) and maybe remove the taillamps and the wiring plugs in.   Doesn't look too hard.   Etrailer.com has the instructions if you want to check it.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 01:31 PM

Doesn't look too hard.   Etrailer.com has the instructions if you want to check it.

 

I've seen the instructions before.  Just was hoping to hear from someone with some first hand experience.

 

I still have a 2003 SCrew I'm using for any towing.  But thought it might be nice to use the Escape once in awhile.



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 10:14 AM

Can I put just a ball on The bumper of my 2010? AND HOW DOES THE PLASTIC COVER COME OFF, IS THERE A REAL BUMPER UNDER IT?

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 10:21 AM

No and no. Add an aftermarket hitch.

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