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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Ford Escape

Today on our 2015 Ford Escape we'll be doing a review and install of the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75758. Here is the rear sensor for the hands-free lift gate device. With our hitch in place, it does obstruct some of the sensor view but still leaves enough here that we can still use the hands-free lift gate. Now with our hitch installed you can see our rear hands-free lift gate option is still functioning. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. As you can see, we've got a round crosstube design that's offset, so while it does hang down below the exhaust, it sits far enough forward that it's not a real distraction from the look of our vehicle. Here at the center we've got easy access to our 2" by 2" receiver tube and the pre-drilled 5/8 pinholes.

On either side of the receiver tube is our chain hold down. We have a pre-installed welded bracket to the crosstube of our hitch for securing our trailer wiring, too. This hitch is capable of up to 525 pounds of tongue weight, with 3,500 pounds of tow capacity. Next I'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting access for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-3/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14-1/4".

This will assist you with selecting access such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and with the installation. To begin our install we're first going to go ahead and point out the attachment points. There's a total of four attachment points, two on each side. Now here in the side of the frame are our pre-drilled holes that we'll be using to attach the hitch. Keep in mind, each process we do here on the driver side is going to get repeated identically on the passenger side.

Now to get our hardware into the frame we'll go through the access hole here in the bottom of the frame. We'll use the pull wire provided with our install kit to get our hardware pulled through the pre-drilled hole and then through the hitch. To secure our hitch, on the inside of the frame we'll have a 7/16 carriage bolt and spacer block. Carriage bolt will fit through the spacer block, then come through the frame, through the hitch, where we'll install a 7/16 split lock washer and nut. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Before your carriage bolt will go through the access slot we'll need to open it up a little bit by removing some of the material.

Now to open it up you could use a hand file, round file, or we've got a file that goes on the end of our drill. We'll take out just enough material that we can get our carriage bolt up into the frame. Now with our access hole opened up, we'll go ahead and take the bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point, and out the access hole. We'll then slide on the block and thread on our carriage bolt. We'll go ahead and feed the block and carriage bolt into the frame separately and then you can use the pull wire to pull them into position. Now we're going to go ahead and pull them out the frame to engage the block and bolt. Then I'm just going to gently slide them back into the frame so that our hitch will be able to slide up into position. Now with the forward attachment hardware in place we'll move to the rear attachment point, getting our pull wire in place, sliding the block on, threading on the carriage bolt, and pull them into position. Again, I'll slide it back into the frame just enough so that I can get my hitch in place. Now with the driver side done I'll move over to the passenger side and repeat the same process. Now with all our hardware in place, we're ready to put our hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you put it up into place. We'll take our pull wires, feed them through the attachment points, addition then pull them into position as we raise the hitch up into place. Now note, if the hitch is too tight to the frame, it may pinch the wire, so we're just going to use a pry bar to gently pull out on the side of the hitch to make it free enough to get our pull wire pulled through. Now once we have the carriage bolts pulled out, we'll go ahead and remove the pull wire and install the conical tooth washer and nut. Again, the teeth of our washer will face the hitch. We'll just install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all our hardware installed we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now once we have the hardware tightened down we can go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Just like that we've completed our install and we're ready to hit the road. There you have it for the install of the Draw-Tite class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 75758, on our 2015 Ford Escape. .

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