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Roof Rack / Crossbar Options For 2020 Ford Escape With Or Without Existing Rails

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Hi I am looking to put a roof rack on a 2020 ford escape. I think I have the crossbars Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Roof Rack Crossbars - Silver - 54 Long - Qty 2 - RB1375 but not sure what else I need. It appears I need a footpack and fit kit. Is this something you can help me out with? Please confirm

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I have a solution for you, however, my contact at Rhino-Rack confirmed that the Rhino-Rack Heavy-Duty Roof Rack Crossbar # RB1375 is not compatible with your 2020 Ford Escape. It looks like you have a naked/bare roof, in which case you will want to use Rhino-Rack # RR86TB. This kit comes with everything necessary for installation and is going to be your best option for your vehicle with the naked roof and no factory rails of any kind. This setup has a weight capacity of 165lbs and comes with locking endcaps to keep your track-mounted accessories locked and secured.

If you do have factory flush rails on your roof, go with Thule Wing Bar Evo 135 Aluminum Cross Bars # TH711400. You will also need # TH710601 rail feet and # TH96RV fit kit. This setup has a weight capacity of 220lbs. I recommend adding lock cores # TH450400 to your endcaps to keep track-mounted accessories secured. I have attached an installation video for this kit.

Remember to check the owner's manual to determine the weight capacity of your 2020 Ford Escape.
I have attached a photo to show the difference between a vehicle with flush mounted rails and a vehicle with no existing rails.

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