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  • Where to Measure a Bike's Wheelbase to See if it Will Fit a Bike Carrier
  • You will need to measure the wheelbase so measure from the center of one wheel to the center of the other wheel. The included 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter is made of steel on the MaxxTow bike carrier # MT70387. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Preventing Rattle with Rola TX-102 and Draw-tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver Class I
  • It is normal to have a little play between the hitch and your bike rack, and that play is what causes the rattling you are experiencing. If you wanted to reduce that play you could use a No-Rattle Trailer Hitch Wedge for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Trailer Hitches, part # 93347. I attached a review video for this product to the right for you to check out also.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack 2011 Toyota Sienna and 1998 Toyota Rav4
  • The rack I recommend that is a confirmed fit for your 2011 Toyota Sienna and 1998 Toyota RAV4 is the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier part # TH9027. Not only does this rack have every feature on most standard racks like anti-sway cradles, arced arms, anti-rattle locking hitch pin, and integrated cable lock it also has the ability to swing away from your vehicle with bikes loaded to give you complete rear cargo access on your vehicles whenever needed. This rack will have plenty of clearance...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Toyota Highlander to Allow Rear Cargo Area Access
  • For a bike rack that would work great with your 2002 Toyota Highlander you would want the Thule Vertex Swing Bike part # TH9031XT as this rack can swing away from the rear of your vehicle with bikes loaded to give you complete rear cargo access even with bikes loaded. Check out the review vide I attached for more info. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Honda Fit Sport
  • Yes, the Hollywood Rack bike rack part # HR200 that you referenced is Class I hitch compatible so it would work well on your 2008 Honda Fit Sport as long as it has a hitch installed on it like the Draw Tite part # 24776. I attached a review video for this bike rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Storage Rack Recommendation for Hitch Bike Racks
  • For a wall mounted storage rack the Swagman X Mount part # S80940 would work well to store your Swagman XTC4 bike rack # S64665. I attached a review video an install instructions for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Locking SportRack Platform Style Bike Carrier
  • The LR was discontinued and replaced with the new SportRack Crest # SR2910 which we do carry! Or you can use # SR2901 and add a cable and hitch lock to it using # A32022.
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  • Will the Thule EasyFold Bike Rack Fit a 2012 Nissan Murano with Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, you can use Thule EasyFold bike carrier # TH9032 with the Curt Class III trailer hitch on your 2012 Nissan Murano to carry your 2 electric bikes. This carrier has a 132 pound capacity (66 pounds per bike). I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you. There are no electric connections for this carrier. You should not need to add any other parts. The arms that hold the bike frames can move so the step-through frame design should not be an issue.
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  • Swinging Bike Carrier to Clear 18 Inch Spare Tire on a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The Thule Vertex swinging bike carrier # TH9031XT would fit if your 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited had the stock small spare tire at the back, just like in the video I have linked. But since you have the larger 18 inch tire it will not fit. Even with the smaller tire it just barely works. If anything is going to work it will be the Surco swinging carrier, # 51953. It measures 10 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast. And from the top of the shank...
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  • Does the Yakima HighLite Bike Carrier Come with a Hitch Lock
  • The Yakima HighLite bike carrier # Y02439 has a lock built into the anti-rattle knob. When the knob is tightened and then locked it cannot be take out of the hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack and Cargo Basket 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • The roof rack I recommend for your 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring is the SportRack # SR1009. This economically priced roof rack clamps to your vehicle's elevated, OEM side rails. The square, steel crossbars can accommodate a variety of accessories including cargo baskets. And the included locks secure the rack to your roof. SportRack also makes some very nice cargo boxes like SportRack Horizon Rooftop Cargo Box # SR7017. This box has 17 cu ft of carrying space. The maximum crossbar spread...
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  • How to Lock MaxxTow MaxxHaul # 70387 Bike Rack to Vehicle
  • The MaxxHaul # MT70387 rack already includes an anti-rattle hitch pin, but MaxxTow doesn't offer a locking mechanism. You could use a cable lock like the DeadBolt # CAB-10 cable lock, and loop it around the bikes, the rack and the hitch or through one of the safety chain loops in the hitch to secure everything.
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  • Recommended Lightweight Platform Style Wheel Mount 2 Bike Rack for 2013 VW Golf TDI
  • If a lightweight rack is what you're looking for, you can't go wrong with the Saris Thelma, part # SA4229B. The rack weighs in at about 25 lbs, and can carry two bikes weighing up to 35 lbs apiece. The rack can be used in either 1-1/4 or 2 inch hitches, and can carry adult bikes with 700cc road bike wheels as well as 26 and 29 inch wheels. The rack is capable of folding up against the rear of the vehicle when the bikes are removed, if you have no more than 6 inches of distance between the...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack for 2014 Mazda CX5
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR would be a good choice. Although this rack is reasonably priced for a Thule rack, it includes nicely padded cradles that use sturdy rubber straps to both secure your bike to the rack but also prevent it from swaying back and forth during transport. The rack also includes an anti-rattle hitch bolt to prevent the rack from wobbling around in the hitch. A locking hitch pin, part # THSTL2 and a cable lock # TH538XT are sold separately. The Swagman...
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  • Bike Adapter Bar Recommendation for Pro Series Eclipse Bike Carrier
  • Yes, there is an adapter that you can use to fit your bike on the Eclipse bike carrier # 63124. I recommend bike adapter bar # 64005. I have linked a video showing how it works. Basically, one end clamps around the handle bar gooseneck and the other end around the seat post. This creates an artificial top frame tube to fit the cradles on the carrier.
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  • Cargo Bag and Bike Rack Cover Recommendation for the Hollywood Racks SE2 Bike Rack w/Cargo Carrier
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform 2 Bike Rack w/Cargo Carrier # HR1450-85 that you referenced comes with a hitch lock to secure the rack to your vehicle, and then a cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack. For a weather resistant bag you could use for the cargo carrier portion of the carrier the # 59102 would be about right in size for the carrier. It would be about 4 inches wider than the carrier. There is no great way to lock the bag to the carrier though. For a cover...
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  • Swing Away Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Honda Pilot
  • As long as you have a 2 inch hitch on your 2015 Honda Pilot the Yakima SwingDaddy bike rack part # Y02464 that you referenced would fit and work well. This rack has a 40 lb capacity so as long as your bikes weigh less than that this rack would work well. The top tube of your bikes will most likely be at a curved angle so you will also need the adapter bar part # 64005 so that the rack can attach to the bikes.
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 4 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier # HR1400-85 Fit on 2015 Toyota Sienna
  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Platform 4 Bike Rack with Cargo Carrier, # HR1400-85, will fit on your 2015 Toyota Sienna as long as it is equipped with a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. Please keep in mind that you will be bound by the component with the least weight capacity so before loading up and getting ready to go, we will want to determine each component's capacities. Bike Rack = 45 lbs per bike. Cargo Basket = 220 lbs when used alone or 90 lbs with bike rack. Hitch...
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  • Platform 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for Use at Back of RV
  • We have exactly what you need. Check out the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style Bike Rack part # PS63138. This is a platform bike rack that can carry up to 4-bikes that has a rise in the shank for additional ground clearance that carries the rear bikes higher than the front and is rated for use behind and RV so it should work perfectly for you. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. Not all bike racks are designed for the rougher ride quality at the rear...
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2004 Subaru Forester
  • Since your hitch is recessed about 5-6 inches under the bumper of your 2004 Subaru Forester the SoftRide Element bike rack part # SR26248 wouldn't work for you but I do have a similar bike rack I can recommend for you. The most popular bike rack we have that would fit your hitch is the Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR. This 4 bike rack would work well and has plenty of clearance from the pin hole to the upright portion of the rack. This rack has 13-1/2 inches from the pin hole to...
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  • Lock Recommendations for a Pro Series Bike Rack 63124
  • For a locking hitch pin to use with the Pro Series Bike Rack part # 63124 that you referenced the # 5200 would fit and work well. The best way to secure the top portion of the rack and your bikes would be to use a cable lock like part # CAB-10. I attached a review video for this lock as well.
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  • 2015 Toyota Highlander Hitch and 4 Bike Rack Recommendation
  • To use the Thule Parkway bike rack # TH956 you would need to have a hitch installed first. For your 2015 Toyota Highlander you would want the # 75896 which has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide...
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  • Bike Rack that Allows Rear Door to Open on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport
  • On the Thule Vertex swinging bike carrier # TH9031XT it measures 14 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back up the upright mast. But to the foot of the carrier it is 8-1/2 inches. It does not appear to be a problem on the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we installed it on, see video. The only other issue is that bike rack manufacturers say not to use bike carriers on a vehicle that is being flat towed because it can change the way the suspension on the vehicle behaves and...
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  • Platform Style Bike Carrier for a 2010 Toyota Prius with Class I Trailer Hitch
  • I have a solution for you but the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24847 is a Class I trailer hitch so you would not be able to use the MaxxTow bike carrier # MT70387 since it will only fit Class II hitches. The most similar and cost effective bike carrier that is compatible is the Pro Series Q-Slot, # PS63134. I have linked a video review for you.
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  • Need Bike Rack That Will Fit 2015 Subaru Outback as Well as Truck and Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • It sounds like you are looking for a bike rack that is versatile and will not only mount in the 1-1/4 inch hitch on the 2015 Subaru Outback, but also in the 2 inch hitch on the truck and on the back of your fifth wheel. Let's start out with the most restrictive which would be the fifth wheel. Only certain bike racks are approved for use on the back of a trailer/fifth wheel so in this case I only have one option for a platform carrier and that is the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2...
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  • How to Carry Bikes and Tow an R-Pod Camper Trailer
  • Your best option is going to be to carry 2 bikes using the ball mount # D210 with a bike rack that can carry up to 4 bikes like the Thule Vertex # TH9029XT. Then not using the trailer you could use the bike rack in the hitch of your Pathfinder to carry all 4 bikes. I attached review videos for both products for your to check out.
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  • Comparing Kuat NV and Kuat Sherpa Bike Racks
  • The rack with the most features is the # N102. This rack has wheel mounts, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and built-in bike repair stand. I like this rack the best because of all its features. I attached a review video for you to check out. The # S103 is similar to the NV except it is basically more of a stripped down rack. It doesn't have the repair stand and has different wheel cradles. This rack is about 10 lbs lighter than the other racks. Video attached. Both racks are designed...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 65 lb Electric Fat Bike
  • Basically the only bike rack we offer that is going to accommodate your 65 lb fat bike is going to be the Thule Easy Fold part # TH9032 that is designed for heavier electric bikes. Since this rack comes with very long wheel straps they would fit around your fat tires as well. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • 5-Bike Carrier with Best Ground Clearance for a 2006 Honda Odyssey
  • If your primary concern is the bikes making contact with the ground then I do have one 5-bike option that could work. You could use the SoftRide Hang 5, # SR26496. It carriers the bikes vertically and so they would not stick out as far from the vehicle which would diminish the chances of the carrier or bikes making contact with the ground. The only issue is this is a heavy carrier at 100 pounds (you install it as 2 pieces so as not to have to lift 100 pounds every time) and the combined...
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  • What Holds the Frame Cradles of the Swagman XP to the Rack
  • Actually there are two nuts that secure the frame cradles of the Swagman XP part # S64910-2 that you referenced. If you check out the picture I attached you will see them. I can assure you that as long as you properly use this bike rack the cradles would not move on the rack. We have sold a bunch of this bike rack and have not had any issues at all with that.
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  • Comparison of Swagman XC and XTC Bike Racks
  • The main difference between the Swagman XC, part # S64650, and the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, is that the XTC-2 is capable of handling bikes with longer wheelbases, up to 66 inches, while the XC can handle bikes with a wheelbase up to 51-1/2 inches. The XC has a shank rise of 4 inches, where the XTC-2 has a shank rise of 3 inches, which helps a bit when unloading and loading bikes. The XC can accommodate wheels up to 3-1/2 inches wide, while the XTC-2 can accommodate wheels up...
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  • Why Would a Yakima SwingDaddy Bike Rack Wobble and Be Loose in a Hitch After Install
  • Sounds like you need to tighten the anti-rattle wedge of your Yakima SwingDaddy part # Y02464 so that you can take all of the play out between the rack and the hitch. The red triangular knob under the base of the rack is how you would tighten it up and remove the play. I attached a review video for you to check out as well that demonstrates how to do that.
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  • Is the Thule Vertex Available in a 2 Bike Version
  • The non-swinging Thule Vertex is available in just a two bike version, part # TH9028XT. But if you really want the swing away option the part # TH9031XT is your only option. All of the swing away racks are for 4 bike setups. You can just as easily only carry 2 bikes with this rack though.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
  • As far as platform bike racks go the Sportrack part # SR2901 would work great as it has a rise built into the shank of 3 inches. That means that from the top of the hitch opening to the bottom of the bike rack hoops this rack measures 3 inches. I attached a review video for you to check out. You would need a hitch first so that the rack can install on your vehicle. For that you would want the part # 24866.
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  • Platform Style Bike Carrier that Can Hold at Least 3 Bikes for the Back of an RV
  • Thee are only certain bike carriers that can be used at the back of an RV. And since you are looking for a platform style and want to carry at least 3 bikes there is only 1 option, the Q-Slot, # PS63138. It does fit a 2 inch receiver though you can remove the second half and use it independently in a 1-1/4 inch hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier For 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited With Rear Mounted Spare Tire
  • The best way to choose a hitch-mounted bike rack that will be sure to clear your rear-mounted spare tire on your Wrangler unlimited is to take a quick measurement. You will need a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire, letting it extend below the trailer hitch receiver opening. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin to the straight edge. This will give you the distance you need to clear...
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  • Recommended Lightweight Bike Rack for Honda Fit 2015
  • If you want access to your Honda Fit's hatchback trunk with your bikes loaded on your bike rack you will have to tilt away your bike rack or remove it entirely. There are no swingaway bike racks available for your vehicle at this time and using an adapter or extender to gain additional clearance would reduce the carrying capacity of the rack. However, with a lightweight tilt-away rack like The Kuat Beta, # B202-114, which you referenced, this should not be difficult at all. The Beta...
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  • Differences Between Swagman XC2 and XTC2 Bike Racks
  • The main difference between the Swagman XC, part # S64650, and the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, is that the XTC-2 is capable of handling bikes with longer wheelbases, up to 66 inches, while the XC can handle bikes with a wheelbase up to 51-1/2 inches. The XC has a shank rise of 4 inches, where the XTC-2 has a shank rise of 3 inches, which helps a bit when unloading and loading bikes. The XC can accommodate wheels up to 3-1/2 inches wide, while the XTC-2 can accommodate wheels up...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Hitch of Ram 1500
  • Yes, the Yakima KingPin bike rack part # Y02441 that you referenced is designed to fit vehicles with 2 inch hitches so it would work well on your Ram 1500 that has a 2 inch hitch. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video...
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  • Are the Cradles of the Yakima Ridgeback 5 # Y02458 Removable
  • Yes, the cradles of the Yakima Ridgeback 5 # Y02458 that you referenced are movable. If you wanted to remove a set so that you could transport 4 bikes with more room that would be totally possible. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Bike Rack to Carry Trike and Two Wheel Bike
  • The only bike rack we have that will accommodate a trike as well as a two wheeled bike is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450R-TRKADP2. This hitch mount bike rack will hold one trike and one two wheel bike. The maximum trike track width this carrier will hold is 36 inches. The weight capacity of this bike rack is 100 pounds. It has a built-in anti-rattle device, with an easy-to-access handle on the front of the carrier. This rack also comes with an 8 foot cable lock to secure bikes...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Adapter To Give More Ground Clearance On Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • You might be able to use a hitch adapter to provide more clearance for your bike rack in your 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch on your Jetta. I recommend part # 59519. This provides an additional 6 inches of rise. If you do use an adapter in your hitch it will reduce the load-carrying capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. So if your hitch tongue weight capacity is 200 lbs, it would reduce the capacity to 100 lbs. That would include the weight of the bikes and carrier combined. If you find...
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  • Hitch Mounted Platform Bike Rack That Can Be Stored in the Hatch of 2013 Volkswagen Golf
  • My personal recommendation would be for the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack, # S64670, because it is compact and it is easy to use. This rack measures 42 inches high and 26 inches wide when folded down and laying on it's side so you shouldn't have any problems loaded this into the hatch of your 2013 Volkwagen Golf when it is not in use. I have included a picture illustrating the measurements for you.
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  • Replacement Strap for Thule 943 Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack
  • The replacement strap for the T-3 cradle on your Hitching Post Pro is part # 753-3535. I've confirmed this with Thule. (You were pretty close with the number!)
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  • Recommended Hitch Bike Rack for Recumbent Trike on 2006 Toyota Sequoia
  • Recumbent trikes can be fairly heavy so as you consider a bike rack for use on your 2006 Toyota Sequoia you'll want to know your bike's actual weight. Most bike racks have a 35-lb weight capacity for each bike although some do offer a higher weight rating. For example, the Softride Dura # SR26247 has a 40-lbs-per-bike weight capacity. We do offer 2-inch hitch racks intended for trikes, such as the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Trike Carrier # HR1000R-TRKADP. This rack offers 100-lbs weight...
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  • Troubleshooting Swagman Bike Rack 64095 Knob that Keeps Spinning
  • If the knob on the top of the 2 Bike Rack # S64095 is just spinning freely that means it is locked. You will need to use the included key to unlock the knob so that it will engage the threads and actually remove from the rack.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2015 Chevy Camaro
  • The Thule T2 # TH917XTR that you referenced is an excellent bike rack that would work well for you. This is one of the nicest platform bike racks we offer that only touches the bikes at the tires when loaded with bikes. For a more economical option we another bike rack to consider. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for RV Flat Towing a Vehicle
  • The Swagman XCS Traveler # S64664 would be perfect for you. Not only is it designed to attach to a shank of either a ball mount or tow bar, but it is also rated for use behind an RV. Most racks aren't rated for the rougher ride quality at the back of an RV. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler to Clear Rear Spare
  • You are going to need to go with a bike rack that has a decent amount of clearance between the hitch pin hole and the upright arm of the rack. For that the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT would be a great option. This rack has a distance of 14 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the rack. That should be more than enough clearance but you can verify this by measuring from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the spare tire....
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  • Replacement 2 inch Hitch Adapter for a Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack
  • To replace the 2 inch adapter of your Swagman XTC-2 bike rack you would want the part # SP323. This comes with both L brackets and a new screw to attach it to your rack.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon With 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • When using any hitch mounted accessory one of the most important things to know is whether the hitch mounted item will clear the back of the vehicle. You can take a simple measurement to find out. You will need a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick or a dowel. Place the straight edge vertically against the back of the spare tire, letting it extend below the trailer hitch receiver opening. Then measure from the center of the hitch pin to the straight edge. This will give you...
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  • Would the Thule Apex Swing part # TH9027 Clear Rear Spare of a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • The bike rack would fit your vehicle without needing an extender. The distance from the hitch pin hole to the upright mast of the Thule Apex part # TH9027 that you referenced is 13-1/4 inches. Since the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole to the outside of the spare tire is 12 inches you would have an inch and a quarter of clearance.
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  • Replacement Strap Recommendation for a Swagman Titan Bike Rack
  • We carry the Swagman Titan part # S63400 and the # P482 is the correct replacement strap as long as the bike was made after 2009. This is the only strap available for the Titan that we offer.
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  • Yuba Mundo Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Honda Oddessy
  • The recommended bike rack for the Yuba Mundo cargo bikes is the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider for Recumbent bikes part # HR1000R. This will accommodate the longer wheelbase of the bike well. The # HR1450E would work as well, but since your bike weighs less than 45 lbs the # HR1000R would work just as well. You will need a bike rack first to install this rack. For that you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87479. With this setup you would be able to carry the Mundo plus one additional...
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  • Swagman XC Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit for 2015 Acura MDX
  • If you have a trailer hitch on your 2015 Acura MDX, like the Hidden Hitch # 87649, the Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack # S64650 will work well for you. I have attached a review video of this bike rack for you. This bike rack will work with 2 inch hitches or 1-1/4 inch hitches. If you would like a locking device, I recommend the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks # S64031. I have also attached a review video of this lock and cable system for you.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Swinging 4-Bike Carrier For 2006 Toyota RAV4
  • If you have a rear-mounted spare tire on your RAV4, the clearance at the back of your vehicle may not be enough for the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02465. From the installation videos we have for a RAV4, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear-mounted spare is 6 or 7 inches depending on the hitch. You can take a quick measurement to see what the clearance is behind your RAV4. You will need a tape measure and a straight edge like a yardstick...
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  • Prorack Platform Bike Rack Fit for 2012 Toyota Prius.
  • The Prorack 2 Bike Carrier # PR8062400 will work well for your 2012 Toyota Prius. This bike rack will fit the 1-1/4 inch receiver on your vehicle and comes with an anti-rattle hitch pin. When there are no bikes on the rack, and the upright mast is leaned away, this rack will allow you full access to your rear cargo hatch. I have attached a review video of this bike rack on a 2013 Prius for you. To keep your bikes and bike rack secure, the Yakima LockUp Hitch and Cable Lock # Y07238...
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  • Will a Trailer Hitch By Itself Set Off Backup Sensors on a 2009 Acura MDX
  • The backup sensors on your 2009 Acura MDX would not be able to detect Curt trailer hitch # 13354 once it is installed. The face of the receiver will be slightly recessed from the furthest part of the back bumper as shown in the picture I have included. The sensors are more rear facing than downward facing so it will not be a problem. You can test it if you want by placing something in the approximate area the receiver will be and then placing the vehicle in reverse. Be sure nothing...
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  • Recommended Platform-Style Bike Carrier For Two Electric Pedego Bikes
  • The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style, part # S64650 has a weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike and would not work for your electric bikes but I do have a solution that will work for you. I recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles, part # HR1450E. This is a hitch-mounted carrier that can handle electric bikes with a wheelbase up to 58 inches, tires up to 3 inches wide and that weigh up to 80 lbs per bike. This bike rack also has a hitch lock...
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes with a 2013 Toyota Prius V
  • Since the vehicle you have that has the 1-1/4 inch hitch on it is a Prius the hitch will be a Class I hitch and that means it can only carry up to 2 bikes. You can still carry your third bike on your roof, but at the hitch you can only carry 2. The Kuat Sherpa part # S101 is compatible with Class I hitches so it would be a great option for you. It attaches at only the wheels like you are interested in as well. For a roof rack you would then want the Rhino Rack part numbers # DS126B...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Highlander with Factory Hitch
  • The Yakima bike racks are designed now to fit hitches that have a very short distance from the pin hole to the hitch opening. The Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02458 would work well for you since it has been confirmed to fit the shallow hitch pin hole hitches like what Subaru puts on their vehicles. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter...
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  • Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Toyota Sienna
  • To install a bike rack on your 2014 Toyota Sienna, you'd first need to install a trailer hitch, if you don't have one already. The Curt Class III trailer hitch, part # C13105 would be an excellent choice. The Class III hitch uses the more common 2 inch receiver opening, which would give you a better selection of hitch mounted accessories like a bike rack like the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR or a cargo carrier like the Curt # C18153. For carrying 4 bikes, you cannot go wrong with...
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  • Comparing Yakima FourTimer # YO2469 and Hollywood SportRider SE # HR1400 4-Bike Hitch Racks
  • The Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Rack # Y02469 and the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Rack # HR1400, both of which fit your 2-inch hitch, have a few differences that may matter for you. First, the Sport Rider gives you the option to use half the rack at a time, or to use half in each of two vehicles, while the Yakima is strictly a 4-bike rack. Second, the full SE weighs 74-lbs, as compared to 66-lbs for the Yakima; its only 8-lbs difference but that might matter...
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  • Recommended Inexpensive 4 Bike Rack for 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • There are some inexpensive entry-level bike racks out there that are just the thing for infrequent use. However, since you will be traveling a few hours away, I'd recommend going with a rack that's a little more substantial that the entry-level offerings. I'd recommend avoiding any of the racks that use hook and loop straps to secure the bikes to the rack, as well as those that don't offer anti-sway cradles that prevent the bikes from swaying back and forth during travel. Swagman...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • The hitch part # 9883544 has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Jeep Wrangler and would work well, but in order for a bike rack to fit and clear your rear spare you will need it to have a distance of over 10-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar of the rack. The Pro Series bike rack part # 63124 that you referenced would not clear so I would not recommend it for you as the measurement on this rack is 8 inches. For a similar rack with more than enough clearance...
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  • Fit of Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1450-85 Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier on 2008 Honda Element
  • Whether or not the bike rack/cargo carrier is compatible will depend on the which hitch you had installed. The rack/carrier is only compatible with a Class III hitch with the 2 inch receiver opening. If the hitch you had installed is a Class III with a 2 inch receiver opening, the Hollywood Racks # HR1450-85 would work just fine for you. The rack combines a 2 bike carrier and a cargo tray. The cargo tray is removable, and with an optional 2 bike add on, part # HR1475 you can carry a...
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  • Can a Different Cargo Carrier be Used at the Back of Hollywood Sport Rider Bike Carrier 1450
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider bike carrier # HR1450 is designed specifically for use with cargo carrier # HR1485. While it is possible, even likely, that another carrier would fit at the back of the bike carrier I cannot recommend it because doing so could void the warranty on the bike carrier and could result in unwanted performance or even damage is the carrier shank is too long or the carrier you have is too heavy.
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  • Recommended Bike Frame Adapter Bar for Thule # TH990XT Doubletrack Bike Rack
  • The frame adapter bar we recommend most often is the Swagman # 64005. It's the easiest to use and one of the more reasonably priced adapter bars we offer. The adapter bar would work just fine with your Thule # TH990XT Double Track.
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  • Recommended Hitch Pin Lock For Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack
  • If you are looking for just the locking hitch pin for your XTC-2, part # S64670, I recommend the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin, part # S64029. This hitch pin secures both 1-1/4 and 2 inch Swagman carriers. This pin has triple chrome plating and includes 2 keys. If you need the hitch pin lock and the added security of a cable lock to secure the bike to the carrier I recommend part # S64031. This set includes the hitch pin lock and a 10 mm steel cable that threads through the...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch And Platform-Style Bike Carrier For 2013 Toyota Corolla
  • The Saris Thelma 2 Bike Platform Rack, part # SA4229B will work with your Corolla. Since you said you know you need a trailer hitch, that is a good place to start. I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 24814. This is a Class l hitch and it has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2013 Corolla. As the video shows, there is a distance of 3-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper....
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Attaches to Bike Frame Recommendation
  • If the frame of the bike was low enough the wheel mount of the # N102 could most likely be ran to the frame of the bike. Since this rack wasn't designed to attach to bikes in this fashion I can't really recommend you use this bike rack like that. Instead I would recommend the Thule DoubleTrack part # TH990XT as this rack attaches to bike racks in the way you are interested in. Check out the review video I attached for more info.
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  • 2015 Forester with OEM Hitch Bike Rack Recomendation
  • If the OEM hitch on your 2015 Subaru Forester is the 1-1/4 inch size the # TH934XTR would not fit. If it is the 2 inch size it would. The OEM Subaru 1-1/4 inch hitch was made with a very shallow hitch pin hole so the only available racks that would fit them would be the Yakima racks. The Yakima KingPin part # Y02441 is a similar rack that would work for you if you have the 1-1/4 inch hitch.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a Bike with Fenders and Cargo Rack
  • Since your bikes have fenders and cargo racks on them a wheel mounted bike rack like the NV2 part # N105 would not be your best option since racks like this could damage the fender or rack. A better option would be a rack that attaches at the bike frame like the Thule DoubleTrack part # TH990XT as it would not interfere with the fenders or the rack. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Swagman Original Three Bike Carrier Work With Nikishi Alamosa Bike Frame
  • I was unable to find out what the diameter of your Nikishi bike frame is but I did call Swagman and asked about the frame capacity for the Swagman Original 3 Bike Rack, part # S64152-2. My contact said the Swagman carrier can hold bikes with frames up to 2 inches diameter. The carrier fits 2 inch receiver openings and has a distance of 14 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar of the carrier.
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  • Availability of Cable and Hitch Lock for Kuat Transfer 2-Bike Rack
  • There is indeed an add-on cable/hitch lock for the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack, part # TS02G. You'll want part # PTSCLK12, which includes the cable lock and the locking piece that goes on the existing threaded hitch pin.
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  • Best Choice for Lightweight Folding Platform Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Forester
  • The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is a high quality bike rack, but it wouldn't be able to fold up flat against the rear of the vehicle. The wheel cradles of the XTC2 fold up to the mast, but this won't place the rack closer to the rear of the vehicle. As for the Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT, you'll need to take a quick measurement on the back of your vehicle to see if there will be enough clearance in order to use the folding feature (see link for how to take measurement). If the hitch...
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  • Comparison Between MaxxTow # MT70387 and Pro Series Q-Slot # PS63134 Platform Bike Racks
  • Both the bike racks you mentioned are very similar, almost identical. The Pro Series rack is a bit heavier than the MaxxTow rack, and feels more substantial, like it's better put together. The Q-Slot can be used in Class I and II 1-1/4 inch receivers or 2 inch receiver. The MaxxTow rack works in Class II 1-1/4 inch receivers and 2 inch receivers. Both racks are pretty highly rated by our customers. Both racks are what I would consider entry level racks that are best for occasional use for...
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  • Choosing Between Yakima FullTilt or Thule Apex Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Racks for 2013 Honda Odyssey
  • I'd highly recommend frame adapters for the women's/girls bikes. This allows for a level attachment point to the bike rack, which will maximize your ground clearance. We really like the Swagman # 64005 frame adapter bar. It's one of the least expensive models, but it's really easy to use. If I had to choose between the # TH9026 Thule Apex or the # Y02463 Yakima FullTilt, I'd lean slightly toward the Apex due to its arched arms. The arched arms put the cradles at slightly different heights,...
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  • How Does Yakima RidgeBack Bike Carrier Attach To 1-1/4 Inch Receiver Hitch
  • If you look at page 3 of the attached installation instructions for the Yakima RidgeBack Bike Rack, part # Y02458, you can see a drawing that has a box with 1-1/4 inch in it. This bike rack is designed to fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch if it is a Class ll only. The bike rack will fit Class lll hitches with a 2 inch receiver opening. You would use the included Allen wrenches to remove the small clip and the larger red adapter on the end of the shank that attaches to the hitch of your vehicle....
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  • Lightweight Platform Hitch Bike Recommendation for 2008 Acura TL
  • Based on what you said you want in a bike rack the Saris Thelma part # SA4229B would be perfect for you. It is super lightweight at 29 lbs (shipping weight), is compatible with a Class I hitch and has enough clearance to clear the bumper of your 2008 Acura TL that has the Hidden Hitch part # 60814 installed on it. The Sherpa # S101 is a great rack, but it weighs a bit more and wouldn't clear your bumper.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2001 Honda CRV for Rear Cargo Area Access
  • Since rear cargo area access is a priority for you a spare tire mounted bike rack would not be your best option since you aren't supposed to open the trunks with the rack installed. A swinging hitch mounted bike rack would be your best option. First you would need to start with a hitch though. For that I would recommend the Curt Class III hitch part # 13314. For a bike rack I would recommend the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This rack can swing with bikes loaded out and away...
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  • Is MaxxHaul Platform-Style Bike Carrier Available for Class I Trailer Hitch
  • The MaxxHaul Platform-Style Bike Carrier # MT70387 is going to be restricted to Class II or III hitches. I can recommend a similar hitch that is rated for Class I hitches. Check out the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670. This is a great rack that has lots of positive review from our customers who have bought it. Check out the review video I attached.
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  • Best Platform Hitch Rack Recommendation for a 2004 Nissan Murano
  • As long as you have a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening on it like the Draw Tite hitch part # 75148 installed on your 2004 Nissan Murano the Kuat NV 4 Bike Platform Rack # N101-103 that you referenced would be a great bike rack for you to use. This might be the nicest bike rack on the market so I would highly recommend it for you. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Tandem Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation
  • We have tandem bike racks that I could recommend for you, but the Rola NV2 part # 59508 that you referenced would not be a rack for a tandem bike. For a somewhat similar bike rack that would work well you would want the RockyMounts Tandem TailPipe bike rack part # RKY1031. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Swing Away Bike Rack Recommendation for a Chevy Traverse
  • We have swinging bike racks that would work well on your 2015 Chevy Traverse to allow rear cargo access, but none of our swinging bike racks can be used at the back of a trailer. My favorite swinging rack is the Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. This rack works extremely well and isn't as expensive as some of the others. I attached a review video. This rack actually swings out and away unlike the Softride and doesn't have easy to lose frame cradle straps like the Yakima. To see all of...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for Clearing Rear Spare of a Travel Trailer
  • For a bike rack you are going to need one that has a decent amount of clearance from the center of it's hitch pin hole to the upright mast of the bike rack like the Swagman XP part # S64910-2 which has a distance of 13-1/2 inches measured there. This will get the rack out pretty far so that it can clear the rear spare which you probably will need to move to the side.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying Fat Bikes, 4.6 inch Wide Tires
  • We have exactly what you would need, but there isn't a way to carry a fat bike with the # INH305. Instead for a similar rack that would work well with your wheels that are 4.6 inches in width you would want the Thule T2 part # TH917XTR-FB for if you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch on your vehicle or part # TH916XTR-FB for if you have a 2 inch hitch.
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  • Recommended RV Bike Racks to Transport 5 Bikes on 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Any bike rack (or other accessory) installed on the rear of a trailer will be subjected to severe up-and-down and side-to-side forces. Bike racks designed for trailer use are built specifically to handle those stresses but there are no 5-bike racks suitable for use on the back of a 5th wheel trailer. The maximum capacity for a trailer-rated bike rack is 4 bikes. I do have a way for you to load 5 bikes but it will require you to use 2 racks, and one of those will have to be a ladder-mount...
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  • Replacement Towing Receiver For Swagman Traveler XCS Platfor-Style Bike Rack
  • Sounds like you need the Replacement Bent Towing Receiver, part # SP325 for your Swagman Traveler XCS, part # S64664. The # SP325 fits over 2 inch square ball mounts and includes the mounting hardware.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2009 Mazda CX-7 for Using Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027
  • Thule's outstanding Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027 requires a 2-inch Class III hitch and we offer several choices for your 2009 Mazda CX-7 that can be seen on the included link. I suggest the most cost-effective option, Curt # 13593, but if you prefer a more discrete appearance with no visible cross tube under the bumper you can instead use Hidden Hitch # 87421. Both bolt on with included hardware as shown in the linked video. A helpful article on hitch installation is also provided. If...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Hitch Rack for 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to Allow Rear Hatch Opening
  • We do offer 4-bike hitch racks that swing out away from a vehicle to provide better cargo area access and these can be seen on the linked page. Thule's Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9027 is a great example of such a rack and it can be swung away from the Jeep toward the passenger side even when loaded up with bikes. Please refer to the linked photo showing the rack's shank and base and also to the linked article on hitch racks - together these will show you how to measure your hitch pin hole...
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  • Will Rear Hatch Open On 2012 Honda Odyssey With Bikes Loaded On Kuat Transfer 3-Bike Carrier
  • The Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack, part # TS03G is designed to allow you to do just what you said you need. The Transfer is designed to allow you to tilt the rack away from the back of your Odyssey for rear cargo area access, even with the bikes loaded. One concern is the clearance at the back of your Odyssey for the rack. When it is folded down the distance from the center of the hitch pin hold to the pivot on the rack is 7-1/2 inches. When folded up the distance from the hitch...
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  • Trunk and Roof Mount Bike Racks and Roof Rack for a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon
  • Both trailer hitch manufacturers and bike rack manufacturers agree that you can only carry 2 bikes maximum on a Class I trailer hitch. The issue isn't the weight of the bikes, it is how far that weight is from the trailer hitch receiver. The more weight placed further away from the receiver, the more leverage it produces and it can damage the hitch and the vehicle. To carry more than 2 bikes you would need to also use a roof rack. What I recommend is to carry 3 bikes using a trunk mount...
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  • How Many Bikes Can a Class I Hitch Carry
  • Class I hitches can only carry up to 2 bikes. Even if the bikes are kids bikes that would be lighter than adult bikes I can't recommend you carry more than 2 bikes on a Class I hitch. The problem is the additional weight of the bikes and the distance away from the hitch where the weight is placed. It ends up putting a lot of leverage on the hitch. Most likely if you carried 4 bikes on a Class I hitch the hitch or the attachment points for the hitch would become damaged. A lot of Class...
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  • Best Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Mazda 3 Sedan
  • Since you normally can't install a hitch on a leased vehicle your best option would be a trunk mounted bike rack for your 2015 Mazda 3 Sedan. The nicest rack we carry that has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle is the Thule Raceway part # TH9001PRO. What makes this rack far superior to the others is the attachment system. It uses 4 retractable coated steel cables to attach to the vehicle rather than 6 nylon straps like other racks. This makes installation quick and easy and...
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  • Bike Rack to Carry a Carbon Frame Bike and a Bike with Fenders
  • Normally when someone has a carbon bike frame we strongly recommend they go with a bike rack like the Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Rack # S103 as it only touches the tires, and not the delicate frame. Also, normally when recommending a bike rack for a bike with fenders we recommend going with a frame mount rack since wheel mounts aren't recommended for bikes with fenders. Basically what I am trying to say is that you are in a bit of a predicament since you are trying to carry a bike with a...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Mercedes E-Class
  • A Class I hitch can only carry up to 2 bikes. Any more than that and the weight of the bikes plus the added leverage of carrying bikes that far away from the hitch would damage it. There are some 4 bike racks that are compatible with Class I hitches, but in those applications you would only want to carry up to two bikes. So you could use the Curt Hitch part # C11701 to carry the Apex part # TH9025 but you could only carry 2 bikes. Also, with this Curt hitch you have to use the stabilizer...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester with Factory Hitch
  • The factory hitches of the 2015 Subaru Forester do have a very close distance between the pin hole and the hitch opening. The Yakima racks are the only racks available that will fit the new hitch design. The Subaru bike racks are just rebranded Yakima racks so that is how you know they will also fit. The # Y02445 or the # Y02462 would fit and work well for your vehicle.
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  • Swinging Bike Rack Comparison Thule, Yakima, and Heininger
  • The bike rack I would recommend for giving you the best possible rear cargo area access with bikes loaded is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT. I like this one over the Yakima SwingDaddy part # Y02464 that you referenced because I like the frame cradles better. The straps of the Yakima could be lost pretty easily. I like the Vertex over the Heininger part # HE2110 because the Vertex swings out to the side to give you better access whereas the Heininger only swings straight towards...
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  • Bike Rack and Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg
  • As long as you have a 2 inch hitch installed on your 2015 Volkswagen Touareg like the Hidden Hitch part # 87676 the Kuat Beta part # B202-2 would fit and work well for you. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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