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Does The Draw-Tite Hitch Receiver Prevent Use of The Hands Free Liftgate on a 2022 Ford Escape?

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Will I still be able to use my hands free rear door on my 2022 Ford Escape with a receiver installed?

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Yes, you will still be able to use the hands free lift gate on your 2022 Ford Escape with a Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT95MR installed. The receiver will not prevent the operation of the lift gate but it is possible that you may be more limited on the area that you have to kick your foot. This receiver is a 2" class III receiver that is rated for a maximum tongue weight of 675lbs and a maximum trailer capacity of 4,500lbs. Be sure to verify your maximum weight capacities on your Escape from Ford and do not exceed the lowest of the ratings.

The Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # TE54FR will give you a 4-way connector that you may need for pulling small trailers or using Auxiliary Lights # C53201 with a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier that impairs the clear view of your tail lights on your Escape. The Curt Easy Mount Bracket # C58001 will secure the 4-way to the end of the receiver protecting it from dragging as well securing it in an easily accessible location.

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