Rack for 1.25" hitch - Rad rover and Rad Mini

AOuellet

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I have a Ford Fusion Hybrid and can only find Class 2 hitches with 1.25" receivers that will fit it. It seems most of the Bike racks to carry e-bikes require a 2" hitch . Does anyone successfully use an adapter if the tongue weight is over 350lbs?
 

harryS

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I'm sure people have done it, but in the long run, you can't beat the laws of physics. My next vehicle will have a 2" receiver.
 

mrgold35

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The only issue you have to worry about with 1.25" to 2" adapters is long is it and how far the rack+ebikds will stick out away from the bumper. That will reduce the tongue weight you can have hanging off the rear if the extension is too long. Too much weight on the rear can droop the rear too much and raise the front end (headlights too high and might blind on coming traffic and possible reduced handling/steering/braking feel).

Usually; but, not always, tongue weight limits is about 10% of the towing capacity. Having almost +120-150 lbs of ebikes PLUS the weight of the bike rack might already be at the limits or exceeds your tongue weight for the hybrid? It might be an option to hang the rover off the rear on a rack and put the folded mini in the rear seat?

I'm pushing the limits with my two rovers+rack that comes in at 200 lbs for my smaller SUV with 1500lbs tow rating (150lbs tongue weight). I switch to my larger SUV with 500lbs tongue weight if I have to add a 3rd or 4th bike to the rack.
 

mrgold35

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I have a 7 passenger 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and that is rated for zero towing because of the powertrain. There is a chance Acura might void the 100,000 mile hybrid powertrain warranty with a 2" tow hitch on the rear (even if it is just for bikes). It would suck if a Ford Fusion can tow more than my full size SUV. 🥵
 

harryS

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350 lbs is good, but the ebike rated (60 pounds) racks I've seen require 2" receivers. As MrGold implies, an adapter makes it pretty long, probably too long.
 
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mrgold35

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sorry, but it is true.. the Fusion is Mighty! and gets 45 mpg!
I can only do 26- 27 city and up to 27-30 mpg hwy if if take it easy with my hybrid. Considerable step up from 17-20 mpg average in my SUV the hybrid replaced.
 

J.R.

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HarryS, Why would it be too long??? What would happen?

"Expert Reply:
I would discourage the use of an adapter for use of 2 inch accessories in 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receivers. The reason is that the adapter places the carrier farther away from the rear of the vehicle and hitch, creating additional torque that 1-1/4 inch hitches, especially Class I hitches, are not designed to handle.

For this reason all 1-1/4 to 2 inch hitch adapters decrease the hitch or vehicle tongue weight capacity, whichever is lowest, by 50 percent, making a class one hitch only capable of 100 pounds, or less, tongue weight.

Another problem is that the extension can cause the carrier to drag when navigating into steep drives or through deep dips, which could cause damage to the carrier, contents, hitch or vehicle frame. We have an informative article on hitch adapters for you to review, see link."
 

mrgold35

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hybrid has a 350lb toungue weight capacity, so It seems we would be ok?
Is that tongue weight the limit of the hitch or vehicle? Is the hitch aftermarket or from Ford? Sometimes the hitch might be rated for 350lbs tongue weight while the car is much less.

I see a lot of hybrids have smaller and/or lower hp/tq engines and CVT or DCT transmission for efficiency to go with the electric powertrain. Having a 350 lbs tongue weight seems very high for a car the size of a Ford Fusion? I would guess-i-mate between 1000-2000 lbs towing with 100-200 tongue weight for something in the Fusion size with the non-hybrid regular gas engine?

I think I would double-check on the Ford Fusion Hybrid forums on hitches and bike racks used to see if there are issues or solutions to doing up to 150lbs of ebikes+rack hanging off the rear of your car just to be safe.
 

AOuellet

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Etrailer lists it as 350 lb tongue capacity. I am getting a CURT 12091 Class 2 Trailer Hitch

Guess I will have to see what happens. Worse case scenario I can put the Mini in the RV. Trying to avoid putting bike rack on rv as we are already a tad overweight.
 

mrgold35

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Etrailer lists it as 350 lb tongue capacity. I am getting a CURT 12091 Class 2 Trailer Hitch

Guess I will have to see what happens. Worse case scenario I can put the Mini in the RV. Trying to avoid putting bike rack on rv as we are already a tad overweight.
I did the aftermarket Class III 2" etrailer hidden hitch (350 tongue/3500 max tow) for my 08 Acura RDX awd instead of the factory 1.25" hitch version. My bike rack was 2" and I didn't want to worry about using a 1.25" to 2" converter (my other SUV has a 2" hitch). I still had to stick with the vehicle specs of 150-200lbs tongue and 1500 lbs max towing.
 

AOuellet

New Member
I have not been able to find a class III that says it fits the fusion! I also bought some clamps to secure the adapter to reduce shake.. I will let you all know how it turns out.