Hitch Rack for 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited
I was wondering if anyone knew if a class 1 hitch is possible to use for a tray style bike rack. I was trying to order a 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid but the dealer said putting hitches to tow something on the new one models may void the warranty. Can anyone confirm this. There is so little info on the 2012 line. I figure I won't be taxing the transmission too much if I am just using to mount a tray rack (it is basically like putting a roof rack on the car, which doesn't void the warranty).
I just don't want to go back to roof racks or tailgate racks. Can anyone recommend a hitched mounted tray rack for a Ford Escape. Thanks.
Last edited by Inuitbiker; 08-20-2011 at 10:53 AM.
I have a 1991 Acura Integra and a 1996 Honda Accord... both with class 1s. I use a Kuat Sherpa (I think the lighter aluminum racks are worth the $$$ when dealing with lighter duty vehicles). I load up my wife's bike and my bikes (combined ~55 pounds) and have never had an issue.
As for it "voiding" your warranty, no single modification will void your warranty. I see nothing on Ford's specs for the 2012 Escape Hybrid saying it cannot tow. The specs shown on their website say you can tow up to 1500 pounds (which would mean a 150 pound "tongue" weight.... which is the max the hitch should bear on its own). Buy a good aluminum rack (I like my Sherpa) and you will be fine....
FWIW: I also tow a trailer for a part time lawn mowing gig... a 4x6 trailer with tail gate, 2 100 pound mowers, back pack blower, 2 trimmers and fuel for all of it.... it still doesn't come up to the 1000 pound limit on my car.
My wife has a 2011 CRV. I bought a Swagman XTC 4, and loaded it up with 4 bikes. From the outside you can see the additional weight on the rear tires. I'm guessing you'd see some extra tire wear from that if fed a steady diet. But for occasional use it should not be a problem. Driving you cant even really tell the rack and bikes are back there. The rack does make it difficult to get into the back hatch and of course you've got 4 or 5 feet of extra stuff hanging back there. Ground clearance is more than adequate. I ordered the hitch online from Curt and it was simple to install.
Thank you all for your input. They are all appreciate. I am between choosing a Swagman or a Sherpa.
Originally Posted by Knight511
Just for clarification there are 2 I-4 Engines available for the 2012 Escape (Duratec and the Akinson). The Akinson is the Hybrid, while Duratec is the Gas Engine. Unfortunately, the 1500lb tow capacity is for the Duratec.
Currently, I am trying get the dealer to give me something in writing on this warranty issue. I am trying to work the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to see if they can bulge on this. If not, i guess its off to car shopping again (i hate car shopping).
Any more suggestions, advice, or input would be greatly appreciated.
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