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Should the hitch access cover panel be included if you have the factory installed hitch?

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I don't think anyone would know the answer to this but I'm hoping someone at Ford will see this and take it into consideration.

In pictures of vehicles NOT equipped with a receiver hitch, there is a cover that appears to snap into place to cover the hole where the receiver and wiring access would otherwise be. It is a fairly large area. On those vehicles shown WITH a receiver, there is a lot of empty space around the receiver and wiring access and it looks really ugly and unfinished to me.
I suspect that all bumper covers are manufactured with the cover in place and if a hitch is installed the cover is popped out and discarded. My build includes the hitch. Is there any way Ford can simply include the cover so that I can trim it up myself and improve the appearance of that area or at least make it available for a minimum cost? It would also be nice to have if the hitch were removed for any reason.
 

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Sorry if everyone is misunderstanding what I'm saying here.
I simply want the cover that exists for vehicles NOT equipped with a hitch to be included or made available for vehicles with a hitch. That way, if the hitch is removed it can be installed, or the owner can modify it to clean up the large hole where the hitch components reside.

I'll try to find some pics to modify and post.
 

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I think the hitch for most trucks come the factory are really reasonable and would normally add this option although I don’t plan on towing. With that said I will not order the hitch because I think it looks horrible the way they opened up rear bumper. No hitch for me.
 

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That does look better. I wonder if you can buy that piece and modify it. Once I get my truck in June I might have to do that.
Since this post was resurrected somehow, let me add: Since I've had my truck for a while now, the open space by the hitch doesn't bother me nearly as much as I thought it would. I probably won't do anything about it.
 

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To RaggDaddy or anyone else thinking of forgoing the hitch...

One ought consider that getting the ford hitch installed after the fact will cost you something like 5-10x more than factory installed option at $100.

If you never - NEVER - plan to tow then I suppose it's no big deal... but if you even once think about getting a u-haul you'll regret it. Same if you ever sell your truck. The absence of a trailer hitch will decrease the value by far more than $100
 
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