Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Ford Escape

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Ford Escape

Colin: Hey, everyone. Colin here at eTrailer. Today, we have in here a 2019 Ford Escape. We've been test fitting some bike racks. Right now, on here, with have the Swagman Current. This is a two bike platform rack.

It's going to allow you to get two bikes, in order to get them to and from your destination.Really cool thing about this bike rack is that it is going to be E-bike approved, as well as fat tire bike approved, so it's going to be able to carry E-bikes or fat tire bikes up to 60 pounds, and it's also going to fit those fat tires up to five inches wide, so you can carry a wide variety of bikes on here.You don't necessarily have to use it for those bikes. If you've got any road bikes, or those nice carbon fiber bikes, or even mountain bikes, you can also use those on here as well, so that's a pretty cool feature about it.Now, we can also tilt it away from the vehicle so we gain access to the trunk. How we do that, there's a green lever in here. What we're going to do is pull that and tilt it away like so.Now, we'll come open up the trunk and you can see there's plenty of clearance between our hatch and our E-bike. Now I can slide in and grab whatever gear that I might need out of my trunk.To tilt it back up, we're just going to grab ahold of the bike rack at the center mast.

Push up until it locks into place. Each bike's going to be secured at three different points. We're going to have a strap on each wheel, so those are two of the points.Just a strap coming around securing each wheel into the wheel tray. Up top, we're going to have the third point. It's going to be a rubber coated frame hook that's putting downward force on top of our frame, and forcing it down into the cradles.Let's go ahead and unload our bike.

We're going to start with the straps. Pretty easy to operate. Just push in the tab and push the strap out. Now, when it comes to our frame hook, I'm going to show you guys a bit of a trick.We're going to take off the hook right there, and we're going to do the same for the hook holding onto our E-bike. Now from here, you can see, I have a hand on it.

You want to make sure you have a grip on it at all times.Now, what we're going to do is fold down this arm, and that's going to prevent us from having to maneuver around it to unload our bike. From here, we don't have to come around the hooks, or risk damaging our vehicle at all.We can just get it up and off, and especially with these bigger E-bikes that could weigh up to 60 pounds, it's going to be nice having that feature.And when you're done, it's always a good idea to go ahead and replace the cradles. And then when the bike rack's not in use, just go ahead and keep that arm down. It locks into place like that.We're also going to replace our strap just because they're pretty long. We don't want them touching the ground at all, or dragging.Now, with any hitch mounted accessory you're going to have added length to your vehicle. In the case of our Escape, we'll measure from the bumper to the outermost point. It's about 25 inches added onto the back of our vehicle. We can cut down on that space by folding this up towards our Escape.Same lever we used to tilt it away. Just pull that and fold it up, until it locks into place. Now, again, from the bumper to the outermost point it's going to be 14 inches.So, you take away a good amount of space. You want to keep this in mind for any close quarter situations, like if you want to park in your garage. I also want to point out that our cradles do sit pretty close.We're about an inch away on these two top cradles. However, you can see when I push up on the bike rack, it's not really budging, so you're not going to have to worry about it making contact with your vehicle.Now, let's come down and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're going to have a two inch by two inch hitch retriever on our Escape. You can see, we have a sleeve on the inside of receiver. We can actually take that off, and that'll convert the shank to be compatible with inch and a quarter hitches.If you have multiple vehicles in your household with those two sized hitches, you'll be able to use this bike rack with both of them. We do have an anti-rattle hitch pin that goes all the way through and tightens down.Takes away the shake in play from our bike rack, even when we're traveling at high speeds, and we do have a lock on the other side as well, which is going to be a nice step to turn it.Well, thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our test fit of the Swagman Current two bike rack on our 2019 Ford Escape.Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slow one. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering.Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.

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