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  • Looking For Yakima Bike Rack for 2015 Toyota Rav4
  • If you are looking for a Yakima 2-Bike Rack for your 2015 Toyota Rav4, I would recommend the Yakima RidgeBack 2-Bike Rack, part # Y02457. Unfortunately, the Yakima 2 Bike Carrier Y02450 as referenced in your question has been discontinued. The Yakima RidgeBack is a dual arm system compatible with both 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch trailer hitches. A great benefit of this particular bike rack is that it is able to tilt away from your vehicle after bikes are removed for easy cargo access without...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Electric Bikes with Fat Tires
  • For an electric bike with fat tires the best option is the Hollywood Rack Ebike rack part # HR1450E with the fat tire adapter part # HRSPRWH-F which allows bikes with wider tires to fit the rack.
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  • Is Softride Tilting Bike Rack SR26248 Difficult to Tilt/Slide
  • The tilting function of the Softride bike part # SR26248 that you referenced is actually pretty easy to function even though it does not have the hydraulic assist. It's not quite as easy as the hydraulic version of the bike rack but our customers who have tried the rack all like it and none have reported back any difficulty. It will take a decent amount of strength but you won't throw your back out.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation Instead of Using 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch Hitch Adapter
  • Using a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch hitch adapter isn't going to be an ideal solution for you. These types of adapters add quite a bit of movement and length (which can cause ground clearance issues), plus they reduce the hitches already lower capacity by 50 percent. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit 1-1/4 inch hitches is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed...
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation for 45 lb Bikes
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. The Swagman Dispatch part # S64684 is going to be your best...
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  • Are Included Washers with Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack Used
  • The washers aren't mentioned in the instructions (you aren't the first to notice this), but you do want to use them otherwise the rack will wobble quite a bit. We haven't really seen issues with the screws not wanting to tighten all the way. I would make sure you have everything as square as possible, that the screws aren't cross-threaded, and then gently tighten the screws. If there is resistance back the screw off after pushing past the resistance and then go further repeating that till...
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  • Recommended Method to Transport 180-lb Worksman SBST-3CB Side-by-Side 2-Person Trike
  • We do offer a hitch-mount trike carrier that fits the 2-inch hitch on your 2005 Dodge Durango. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Trike Carrier # HR1000R-TRKADP will work with trike wheelbases up to 74-inches and trikes up to 100-lbs. I checked the Worksman website's specs for your SBST-3CB. Unfortunately they do not indicate the bike weight so I contacted them. The bike weighs about 180-lbs so unfortunately it is well beyond the capacity of any rack we offer. The folks at Worksman indicated...
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  • Knob of Yakima Ridgeback Bike Rack Just Spins and Will Not Loosen
  • The knob on the Ridgeback # Y02458 turns freely when it is locked. First make sure that it is unlocked. If it is or if it still will not turn you pay have to pull back or push in on the knob while turning it at the same time so there is enough tension to engage the mechanisms inside the bike rack shank.
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  • Comparing the Thule T2 Pro And The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Black, # TH9034XT and the Thule T2 Pro 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Silver, # TH9034. are very similiar. They both have the same security, the same cradles, and the same tilting ability as well as expansion ability. They both can carry bikes with up to 5 inch wide tires. The differences are the XTB model has 1-1/2 inches more distance between bicycles with a measurement of 12-1/2 inches and weighs 2...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Subaru 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • The issue with the factory Subaru hitch on your 2017 Outback is that its pin hole is too close to the receiver opening to be able to use most bike racks safely. It isn't an issue with clearance between the bike rack and the vehicle. It is a problem with not enough of a bike rack shank fitting into the receiver because of the pin hole placement on the hitch. For a bike rack I recommend the VeeMe, # VME-V2, because its light weight (12.5 pounds) and second pin hole for more shank in the...
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  • Will the Swagman XTC-2 Work with an Adventurer Bike with a Step Through Frame
  • The Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 is designed to fit a wide variety of bike frames. The bike hooks are adjustable and can even hold kid's bike frames. With that being said, since your Adventurer bikes are step-through, I recommend using the Swagman Adapter Bar # 64005 to make sure that the bike hooks have something on the bike to secure. Even though the XTC-2 has an anti-rattle bolt pin, I also recommend getting the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable # S64031. This combination will lock your...
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  • Can an Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock be Added to Curt Platform Bike Rack C18084
  • There isn't a lock that will work in place of the thread hitch pin for Curt bike rack # C18084. What you could do is use a cable lock such as # C23666 and run it through the bikes and safety chain loops on the trailer hitch. Or you could use the similar Swagman XC # S64650 and add lock # S64029 to have a locking bike rack. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Carrying a Tandem Bike While Towing an Rpod Trailer at the Same Time
  • I do have some possible solutions for you. First take a look at the Bike Bunk, # CC-275. It mounts to the front of an A-frame trailer and will allow you to mount a bike rack such as # RKY1031. Keep in mind that although it is unlikely there would be any issues the rack is not officially approved for use on a trailer. A second option is to use multipurpose ball mount # D210. Then you could use the bike rack mentioned above in the receiver part and use the ball mount part to tow the trailer....
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  • Could Rola 3 Bike Rack be Used for Carrying 3 Cruiser Bikes
  • If the weight of the three cruising bikes is less than 80 lbs combined the Rola Bike Rack part # 59403 would work for you. At this price point this is your best option. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 1999 Airstream B190 Ford Van to Clear Spare
  • What is the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole out to the furthest point out on the spare tire? The VME-V2 has a distance of 12-5/8 inches from it's hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the rack. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down...
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  • Hitch and Trike Rack for 2015 Cadillac SRX Carrying Catrike 700
  • The Hollywood Racks Trike Rack part # HR1000R-TRKADP that you referenced would be your best option for carrying your Catrike 700 recumbent. You would need to have a 2 inch hitch installed on your vehicle as well. For that you would need the part # 75682 which I attached an install video for.
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  • Lightweight 2-Bike Hitch Rack Recommendation for 2 inch Hitch at Rear of RV
  • For a lightweight hitch mounted bike rack approved for use at the rear of an RV we have the Let's Go Aero bike rack part # VME-V2 which only weighs 16 lbs. This would be perfect for you. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. I don't care for the ladder mount bike racks so I wouldn't recommend one for you either.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2006 Honda CR-V to Clear Rear Spare
  • Our very popular Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 will fit and clear the rear spare of a 2006 Honda CR-V. If you check out the video link I attached you can see that it fits and works well.
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  • Can I Use The Saris # SA4025-FB Bike Rack For Two Sun Crushers Fat Tire Bikes 42 lbs Each?
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Platform Rack - Fat Bikes - 1-1/4", 2" Hitch - Wheel Mount, # SA4025-FB, does have the ability to carry up to 2 bikes weighing up to 60 lbs per bike. It has the ability to carry fat tire bikes with a maximum width of 5 inches as well. I've attached a video for you. Your Curt hitch has a tongue weight of 200 lbs, so this rack (which is compatible with your hitch and bikes) along with your 2 bikes loaded will be a tongue weight of about 125 lbs and...
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  • Best Bike Platform Bike Rack and Tips for Outdoor Storage
  • You can't go wrong with either bike rack but I do really like the Kuat NV 2.0 part # NV2G that you referenced as it is basically the nicest bike rack on the market with more features and flexibility than any other rack available. Since the rack has to go outside I would recommend covering it with a tarp or something to protect it from the elements and the squirrels you mentioned. Would also help as a theft deterrent if no one could see the rack.
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  • Replacement Shank Recommendation for Swagman Traveler XCS
  • Sounds like you are looking for the part # SP325 which is the replacement reciever shank for the Swagman XCS bike rack part # S64664.
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  • Recommended Inno Hitch Mount Bike Rack for Bikes with 27-1/2 Inch Tires
  • Unfortunately, the Inno Tire Hold Hitch 2 Bike Platform Rack will not fit bikes with 27-1/2 inch tires. For another option the Inno Aero Light QM # INH330 will work for you. This will still fit both a 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitch receiver, will tilt down for access to the rear of your vehicle, and since it's an Inno rack the locks are included. I've attached a review video for you to take a look at as well.
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  • How to Load a Women's Bike on a 2-Arm Hanging Bike Rack Like the Thule Hitching Post Pro
  • To carry any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would), which in this case would be your wife's bike, I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry her bike more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.
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  • Recommendations for a Bike Rack that Allows the Rear Hatch to Open on a 2016 Honda CR-V
  • The Swagman Chinook # S64683 will fit the trailer hitches available for the 2016 Honda CR-V but as far as being able to open the rear hatch with the rack tilted it depends on the bikes. We have not tested that on a 2016 Honda CR-V but there is a good chance that you would be able to open the hatch without issue. To ensure there is no issue you could use a different type of rack such as a swinging bike rack like the Vertex # TH9031XT. It can swing off to the side of the vehicle so opening...
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  • Will Cannondale Bike with Lefty Fork Fit Thule T2 Classic and Do Hooks have to Touch Forks
  • The tire clamp hooks on the Thule T2 Classis # ETTHT2C-2 need to be placed as far up on the bike tires as possible but you could back it off from the frame/forks a little if you want to avoid contact and it will be fine. The rack is not righty or lefty fork specific so it will accept both equally. It's an equal opportunity bike rack.
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  • Stable Hitch Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Honda Fit
  • The more expensive bike racks are much more stable than the inexpensive ones. They will typically weigh less, provide a more solid feeling attachment, be easier to use, and last longer. The Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025 is my favorite platform bike rack to recommend as it's very lightweight, very stable, made in the USA, and fits nearly all trailer hitches. Check out the test course video I attached to see how stable it is on road bumps. You will need a hitch like the Draw...
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  • Can Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Fold Up to the Back of a Vehicle When Not in Use
  • Yes, the Swagman Chinook part # S64683 that you referenced can fold up when not in use. If you check out the picture I attached you can see it folded.
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  • Can Rear Hatch On 2014 Honda Odyssey Open Fully With Thule T2 Pro 4 Bike Platform Rack
  • The Thule T2 Pro 4 Bike Platform Rack, part # TH9034-9036 will work well on your 2014 Odyssey. When opening the rear hatch on your Honda you may find that the style bike you have in the carrier position closest to the back of your Odyssey will dictate whether you can open the rear hatch all the way. If you have a bike with straight handlebars they may interfere with the rear hatch opening. If the bike has handlebars that curve under like many bikes the rear hatch should not have a problem...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch that Only Touches Bike Tire
  • The best solution I can come up with for you is the Saris Freedom Supeclamp part # SA4025. It fits both hitch sizes, only contacts the bikes at the tire, fits wide variety of bike sizes, and has a decent distance between the hitch pin hole and wheel cradle at 12 inches. Check out the review video I attached for more info on it as well.
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  • Best Fat Tire Bike Platform Rack Recommendation
  • My favorite fat tire platform bike rack is the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025-FB. This rack is US made, can fit tires up to 5 inches wide, only grabs the bike at the tire, has a 60 lb per bike capacity, but my favorite feature is that it only weighs 30 lbs. That's incredible lightweight for a platform bike rack. Most are around 60 lbs. Plus the price is really good too.
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  • Differences Between Thule Hitching Post and Parkway Bike Racks
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR is the better deal. It also has more features so I would pick it hands-down over the Thule Parkway # TH956 that you also referenced. The Hitching Post has anti-sway cradles to prevent movement between the bikes and has the flexibility to be used on a 2 inch hitch or a 1-1/4 inch hitch. Whereas the Parkway doesn't have the anti-sway cradles and can only be used on a 2 inch hitch. I attached a review video for both racks. If you plan on...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Allowing Garage Door Closing Clearance
  • For a platform bike rack that is going to give you the best clearance for when your trying to shut your garage you would want the Thule T2 Bike Rack part # TH9044. When this rack is folded up it will add 13 inches from the hitch opening to the back of the rack. That's going to be the best option for allowing your garage door to still close.
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  • Can Bike Rack Be Carried at Same Time as Car Dolly Behind RV
  • You could use the Curt # D210 which gives you a hitch opening above a ball mount platform. Then in the hitch opening you could use the Swagman Dispatch part # S64684 which is approved for use at the back or RVs like yours.
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  • Anti-Rattle and Anti-Sway Recommendations for the Thule Parkway Bike Rack
  • If you mean an anti-rattle device to limit the movement of bike rack # TH958 in the hitch receiver then it already comes with one. It is a threaded hitch bolt that, when tight, holds the bike shank to the receiver to reduce or eliminate movement of the rack in the hitch. If you are talking about anti-sway to help prevent the bikes from swinging on the rack then you would just need 2 of anti-sway cage # 853-7758 and 2 of strap, # 853-5834.
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  • Will the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for Recumbent Bikes Work with Day 6 Dream 8 Bikes
  • I am not sure what that bar is on the blue bike in the picture. But if the frame heights of your two bikes are different then all you would have to do is position the hooks so that the shorter one is on the bottom of the upright and the taller one is on the top. The shorter hook would then hold down the bike with the lowest frame. Another option, if the distance from the seat post to the handlebar gooseneck is less that 32-3/4 inches, is to use bike adapter bar # HRBA-PRO-XL. It will...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2017 Subaru Outback with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • If the trailer hitch on your 2017 Subaru Outback is the factory hitch then that limits your bike rack options. The issue is that the hitch pin hole on the Subaru hitch is much to close to the receiver opening to use most bike racks safely; especially platform racks that are heavier than hanging racks. The best bike rack option that will work with that hitch is the VeeMe # VME-V2 which does hold the bikes by the wheels. The other option, provided the factory hitch is not welded on, is...
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  • Will Swagman G10 Bike Rack Fit Bikes with 3 inch Wide Tires
  • A 3 inch wide tire would be a bit wide to fit the wheel cradles of the Swagman G10 part # S64682 that you referenced. What you would need is the fat tire adapter part # S64679 to go with the bike rack.
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for Rear of RV
  • I have a solution for you, but you can't use the XTC4 at the rear of an RV. At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Front Hitch of Truck with Camper
  • For carrying a single bike rack on the front hitch of a truck the Let's Go Aero VeeMe part # VME-V2 would be a great option that for the hitch. No bike rack is realistically going to fit behind your camper due to it's longer distance between the hitch pin and the rear of it.
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  • Swagman Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Rear of RV
  • I have a solution for you but the Chinook is not designed for use at the rear of an RV. At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough...
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  • Recommended 3-Bike Rack to be Used on a Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • A Class III hitch mount bike rack will fit a 2 inch Class IV trailer hitch receiver. Our most popular 3-bike rack is the Thule Helium Aero # TH9043. This rack will fit your 2 inch hitch receiver and only weight 19-1/2 pounds. The Helium Aero uses two layers of cushioning to prevent vibration while traveling and No-Sway cages to prevent your bikes from making contact with each other or your vehicle. It also includes locks for securing the bikes to the rack and the rack to your hitch. For...
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  • Why is Hollywood Racks Bike Rack HR1400 Not to Be Used at Rear of RV
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. The best 4 bike RV approved bike rack we have is the Swagman...
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  • Recommendation on a Platform Bike Rack That Will Carry Both Adult And Kids Bikes
  • The Swagman Semi 2.0 Platform Bike Rack, # S64686, would work well with your carbon fiber framed bike. The bike rack uses a wheel hook arm design to secure the bikes to the rack. These hook arms will not be in contact of the frame of your bike. The Swagman Semi 2.0 can carry a bike with a wheelbase as large as 50 inches and as small as 37 inches. So, if the wheelbase of the kids bike falls in between these numbers, then the bike can be secured to the bike rack. If the wheelbase...
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  • Recommended Trailer To Carry Beach Cruiser Bikes Behind 2013 Honda Accord
  • I did some research and found that the towing capacity for your Accord is 1,000-lbs and the tongue weight capacity is 100-lbs. We do not have a hitch mounted bike carrier that would allow you to carry the weight of two beach cruisers added to the weight of the bike carrier. I may have a solution for you though. I recommend using a trailer like the yakima Rack Rack and Roll Trailer, part # Y08106. Although this is a more costly option, it would allow you to tow behind your Accord and...
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  • Swinging 4 Bike Rack Recommendation that Allow Access to Rear Cargo Area
  • My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down when not in use so that the bike rack doesn't take up much space as well. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this rack as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes...
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  • Best Lightweight Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2 Bikes
  • For what you are looking for I would recommend the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025. It's a platform style bike rack that will fit your 2 inch hitch, it's super lightweight for a platform rack at 30 lbs, and it will only contact your bikes by grabbing them at the tires. Check out the review video for this rack I attached as well.
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  • Recommended Swing-Away Hitch Bike Rack for Family Biking Trips on 2016 Honda Pilot
  • For an active biking family, with all the gear that goes along with that activity, the best type of hitch-mounted bike rack is a swing-away type that lets you keep easy access to the vehicle's rear cargo area. For the 2-inch Class III hitch on your 2016 Honda Pilot I recommend the 4-bike Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 or the Thule Apex Swing # TH9027. Swing-away racks beat the tilting variety hands-down when it comes to vehicle access. Although you have only 3 bikes to load, the extra room...
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  • Can Python Adjustable Cable Lock Be Used On Let's Go Aero VeeMe V2 2-Bike Rack
  • The Python Adjustable Cable Lock, part # 8428DPS is a bit too large to fit through the holes on the # VME-V2 bike rack as you mentioned. I called my contact at Let's Go Aero and they told me if the holes are enlarged it will void the warranty. if you are planning on using a cable lock like part # 8428DPS, I recommend looping it arounf the bike frame and then attach it through the safety chain loops on the trailer hitch.
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  • Could Curt Clamp On Bike Rack C18013 Work on 2011 Ford F-250 with Front Hitch
  • There's no reason the Curt Clamp-On 3 Bike Rack # C18013 that you referenced wouldn't work in a front hitch like what you plan to install on your 2011 Ford F-250 like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 65049. You would need to be aware of the bikes blocking headlights, air flow and/or license plate visibility though.
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  • Recommended Hitch and Bike Rack For 2016 Hyundai Tucson
  • I do have some insight for your bike rack questions, but since your hitch will be the first thing that you install on your 2016 Hyundai Tucson let's talk about that first. For your Hyundai, I recommend using the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver # C13240. This hitch has a Gross Trailer Weight of 3,500 lbs and a Max Tongue Weight of 525 lbs, but keep in mind that you need to go by your Hyundai's max tongue weight. I am including a video of this hitch being installed on a 2016 Hyundai...
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  • Is The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Compatible With 4.8 Tires Using The Kuat Phat Bike Adapter Kit?
  • I reached out to my contact at Kuat and the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Pearl, # SH22P, will fit tires only up to 3 inches with the additional strap. The bike carriers they have that will fit the 4.8 inch tires are the Kuat NV 2.0 Base Rack # BA22B, the Kuat NV 2.0 for 2 Inch Hitches # NV22G, and the Kuat Transfer # TS02G. With these options, you would still need the Phat Bike Adapter Kit for Kuat Transfer Platform Bike Racks, # APBK.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to Allow Bike Rack to Clear
  • The hitch you would want on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the Draw Tite part # 75515. If you check out the picture I attached you will see that it sticks out pretty far to allow your Kuat NV part # NV22G to fit and clear the spare.
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  • RockyMounts SplitRail Hitch Mount Bike Rack to Fit 2012 Prius V with Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • The RockyMounts SplitRail # RKY1130 is the rack you will want for your 2012 Toyota Prius V. This rack fits a Class I, 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receiver which is what you'll have on your vehicle. It has a maximum capacity of 60 pounds per bike so it will be great for your electric bikes. It also includes a cable lock to lock the bikes to the rack and a locking hitch pin to secure the rack to your Prius. The RockyMounts SplitRail # RKY1140 will not work because it fits a Class III trailer...
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  • 2-Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for 2017 Kia Sorento with Access To Rear Cargo
  • To meet all of the featurs you're looking for a hitch mount bike rack is going to be the best option. A trunk mount isn't something you'll likely want to leave on your 2017 Kia Sorento all of the time and it isn't going to give you the access in the rear hatch very easily. To access your rear hatch you will need a rack that either tilts away or swings away which many bike racks do. Also, since you said the rack will be permenantly on the vehicle, I would think a rack that locks to the...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack For 2 Beach Cuiser Bikes On 2004 Ford Focus C-Max Hatchback
  • For your 2014 Ford C-Max hatch back, I recommend getting a trailer hitch mounted bike rack due to the weight of your bikes. The trunk mounted racks are rated for 35 lb bikes, so unfortunately that will only leave you with hitch or roof mounted options. For your application, I recommend the 2014 Ford C-Max Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class II - 1-1/4", # C12092. This installation will also require use of the stabilization strap # 18050. For your bike rack, I recommend the Swagman...
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  • How Is Wheel Base Measured For The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style?
  • The wheel base of the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches # S64650 is a maximum of 51-1/2" long. This is measured from the center of wheel loop to center of wheel loop so that you can measure the wheel base of your bike from the center of your front tire to the center of your rear tire and know if it will fit in this particular rack. The measurement from the ground to the bottom of the rack is the ground clearance, but we can't measure the ground clearance...
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  • Recommendation for Hitches and Bike Racks for a 2011 Infiniti FX35 and 1998 Toyota 4Runner
  • Between the bike racks that you mentioned,Thule T2 Pro # TH9034, the Kuat NV 2.0 # NV22G, and the Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack # Y02443, I recommend the Yakima HoldUp rack because it fits you application the best. The Yakima bike rack can carry a wheel diameter between 14-29 inches. Being able to carry a tire as low as 14 inches will allow to carry the smaller child's bikes. Kuat and Thule have a 20 inch minimum on their wheel diameter. Also, the when folded up the Yakima rack measures 7...
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  • How to Transport 5 Bikes on Vehicle Towed Behind Motorhome
  • When selecting a hitch bike rack the "host" vehicle matters a lot. Most bike racks made for use on passenger cars cannot be used on RVs. Why? On most RVs and trailers the rear hitch will be much further away from the rear axle than on a car. This longer axle-to-hitch distance means more leverage will be applied to the hitch tube from the motion of the rack. Think of the example of adding a cheater bar to a tire iron to gain more leverage to loosen a lug nut. We do offer 5-bike hitch...
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  • Can Smaller Frame Bikes Fit on Yakima Ridgeback Bike Rack
  • The arms of the Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02458 that you referenced they measure 13-1/2 inches apart measured from outside to outside. This rack typically works well with smaller bike frames but in some cases the easiest solution is to use a bike frame adapter bar like part # UB01 which attaches to the steering stem and seat post to provide a wider, level attachment point. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • How Many Wheel Trays Does the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025-FB Come With
  • The Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025-FB that you referenced does come with 4 wheel trays that are wider to allow fat tires to fit on the rack. I attached a picture to this page where you can see all 4 of them mounted to the bike rack. The max tire width this rack can accommodate is 5 inches also.
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  • What Does Wheel Mount Only Mean for Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack
  • Sorry for the confusion! By wheel mount for the Kuat NV part # NV22G we are referring to how the rack attaches to the bikes. Not how the rack mounts to the vehicle. Wheel mount only means that the rack only touches the bikes at the tire/wheel to secure it. This is the preferred method as it means the rack will not come into contact with any painted surfaces. Carbon frame bikes have to use this style since they have a much more delicate construction and you don't want any pressure on the...
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  • Difference Between Thule T2 Pro Bike Racks # ETTHT2P-2 and # TH9034
  • The only difference between the two versions of the Thule T2 that you referenced part # TH9034 and # ETTHT2P-2 is the warranty like you mentioned. It really is a no-brainer in my opinion to go with the # ETTHT2P-2 as it costs the same and has a much nicer warranty. Here's a bit more info on the warranty: etrailer.com will replace the serviceable parts of your bike rack for free for 10 years from the date of purchase. The non-transferable warranty can be used for up to $100 worth of...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Hitch Mount Bike Rack on a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country
  • For starters the trailer hitch receiver I suggest for your 2014 Chrysler Town and Country is the Draw-Tite Max Frame # 75579. This is a Class III hitch receiver with a maximum tongue weight capacity of 400 pounds. I've attached an installation video for you to take a look at. It's recommended on your van to use an accessory with a longer shank becuase of the amount of clearance. The Hollywood Racks Road Runner # HR320 has a 20 inch shank so it will have plenty of space. This rack...
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  • Comparison of Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook Bike Racks
  • The only main difference between the Swagman G10 # S64682 and the Chinook # S64683 bike racks are the design of the crossbars that the wheel cradles are attached to at the base of the bike rack. The Swagman G10 uses two crossbars in which the wheel cradles are attached directly on top of the bars.The Chinook model use one crossbar that the wheel cradles attach to and sit off the side of the bar. The only difference between the two racks, other than the design, is the Chinook rack...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for Two E-Bikes
  • For your two e-bikes, we have two bike racks I recommend. The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting, # TH9032, lets you carry 2 e-bikes or other heavy bikes. The padded clamps on adjustable arms hold the bikes on the rack. A foot pedal allows the rack to tilt back with bikes loaded for cargo area access. It folds up for easy storage and includes all the locks to secure the rack to your receiver and your bikes to the rack. This rack...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Thule Hitch Rack
  • Thule does not offer a separate 4-bike cradle assembly to allow conversion of their 2-bike Parkway Rack # TH958 to the 4-bike capacity of their Parkway 4 rack # TH956. But we can certainly help you choose a 4-bike rack that will give you the capacity and features you need. The Parkway 4 # TH956 fits 2-inch hitches, tilts for better vehicle access and features closely-spaced arms that often eliminate the need for bike adapter bars like # UB01. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension...
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 2 Bikes
  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. I personally like platform bike racks as they are easier to...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 3 Bikes on a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The best trailer hitch receiver for your 2014 Honda CR-V is the Draw-Tite Max Frame # 75742. It have the highest togue weight capacty, at 675 pounds, and bolts right onto the Honda. I've attached an install video for you. The Swagman Trailhead # S63365 you referenced is a great rack for you. It will hold your three bikes and fit into the Draw-Tite hitch receiver. It also tilts to give you more access into the rear of your CR-V without having to remove the rack. It does not include...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack For Class 1 Hitch
  • My recommendation for a Class 1 bike rack is the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Gunmetal Gray # NV12G. This versitile design fits most bikes regardless of size, weight, frame design, susension, or brake style. It has racheting hooks that firmly grip your bikes by the front wheels so there is no frame contact and the TPE coating prevents hooks from scratching and scuffing your bike paint. This rack includes a hitch lock and retractable cable lock...
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  • Can Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier Adapter Work With Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Carrier
  • The Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier Adapter, part # TH9033 will work great with the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR. The # TH9033 secures to the Hitching Post with the cradles and straps and the nice thing is it comes with two One-key locks to keep the skis and boards secure in the rack. This carrier will hold uup to 6-pairs of skis or 4 snowboards.
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  • Bike Rack to Fit Spare Tire of 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • Your spare is going to stick out too far for a hitch bike rack to be able to clear but I do have a solution that would work well. The Yakima Spare Ride part # Y02599 will fit your spare and allow you to carry 2 bikes and would be an excellent option.
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  • RV-Rated Hitch Bike Rack for Use with 60-lb Electric Fat Bike That Has 4-Inch-Wide Tires
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack for Electric Fat Tire Bicycles, part # HR1455E, will fit your electric Fat Bike that has 4-inch-wide tires, however this rack is NOT rated for use on the back of an RV. Bike racks made for use on an RV are specifically designed and rated for that application. This rack is intended for use on a passenger car, which will have a shorter rear-axle-to-hitch distance than a class B motorhome. The longer rear-axle-to-hitch distance on the RV means...
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  • Total Weight of Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Platform Rack/Cargo Carrier HR1450-85
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Platform Rack/Cargo Carrier # HR1450-85 has a total shipping weight of 108-lbs. This includes the weight of the substantial packing materials that protect the rack while in transit. Just the complete rack itself, with both the bike and cargo portions connected together, weighs right around 102-lbs. The cargo carrier portion alone weighs in at approximately 44-lbs; the bike rack part alone weighs approximately 58-lbs. These weights reflect the...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Fat Bikes and Cargo Carrier
  • The Hollywood Rack Bike Rack/Cargo Carrier part # HR1450-85 what be exactly what you need. But since you have fat tires you would need the adapters part # HRSPRWH-F as well for each of the bikes.
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  • Can Swagman Dispatch Bike Rack be Used at Rear of Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The Swagman Dispatch part # S64684 is a confirmed fit for use at the rear of an RV so as long as you have a 2 inch hitch at the rear of your 5th wheel this bike rack would be an excellent choice. For more info on the rack check out the link I attached.
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  • Which Bike Rack Carries Bikes Furthest From Rear of Vehicle Yakima Holdup, Thule T2 Pro or Classic
  • By far the bike rack that holds the bikes the furthest away from the rear of the vehicle is the Thule T2 Classic part # TH9044 which has a distance of 19 inches from the hitch pin hole to the nearest wheel hoop rail. It can fold down pretty far as well too. If you fast forward to the 19 second mark of the video link I attached you can see it folded down.
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  • Does Pro Series Bike Rack 63123 Allow Bikes to Swing Forward and Back
  • The likelihood that the bikes on the Pro Series Bike Rack part # 63123 can swing forward and back is one of the disadvantages of the way the bike cradles are set up. For a similarly priced 3 bike rack that has features built into the rack that prevent the forward and back movement check out the Rola TX-103 # 59403 which has anti-sway cradles build into them which holds the bikes in place. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well. If you plan on carrying any womens...
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  • Platform-Style Thule Bike Carrier For 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • There is no difference between the Thule T2 Classic, part # TH9045, and the T2 Classic with the etrailer.com warranty, part # ETTHT2C-1. This bike carrier is designed to fit trailer receivers with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. The carrier has a weight capacity for 2 bikes or 50-lbs per bike and will work with wheels from 20 to 29 inch diameter. A really nice feature with this carrier is that it can be tilted away fromt he vehicle with or without the bikes loaded for rear cargo access.
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  • 5 Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The 5 bike rack that I would recommend is the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack part # TH9030XT. This rack holds the bikes by attaching to the top tube of the bikes. The arced arms makes loading bikes easier since they will all be at differing heights. I attached a review video for this rack 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...
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  • Will the Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack Be Far Enough From My Exhaust To Protect The Bike Tire?
  • This is the first I've heard of a tire popping first hand. The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches, # S64650, has a distance of 10-1/2 inches from the hitch pin hole to the edge of the first wheel hoop. It also has a 4 inch rise in the shank, so you should have no issues with the exhaust and the tire of your bike. I've attached a review video as well as an installation for you.
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  • 5-Bike Hitch Rack with Capacity for More Than 150-lbs
  • The Yakima FullTilt 5 Bike Rack # Y02463 does have a 150-lb total bike weight limit which is not quite enough for your 5 bikes' combined weight of about 167-lbs. Most hitch racks top out at this same 150-lbs. But the Curt Premium 5 Bike Rack # C18065 stands apart with its 225-lb total weight capacity. The Curt Premium 5 features dual folding arms that taper, which lets them fit more types and sizes of bike frames, reducing the need for adapter bars like # UB01. And the mast tilts for...
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  • Hitch Mount Bike Rack Comparison Between Thule Helium and Swagman Trailhead
  • The Swagman Trailhead # S63360 and the Thule Helium # TH9042 serve the same purpose. They'll both mount to the trailer hitch receiver on the back of your vehicle and carry your bikes. And depeding on how often and how far you're going to be traveling that may be all you need. But there is a price difference for a reason. The amount of cushioning is very noticable compared to the Trailhead to reduce the amount of roadshock the bike will feel. This is definitely something to take into...
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  • Recommended Platform-Style Bike Carrier For Fat Bike With 4.8-Inch Wide Tires
  • The 4.8-inch tires on your fat bike are too wide for the cradles on the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Carrier, part # NV22G, but i do have a solution for you. I recommend the Thule T2 Pro 2 Bike Platform Rack, part # TH9034. This carrier can handle bike tires up to 5-inches wide and has ratcheting hooks that hold the bike by the tires and not by the frame, similar to the Kuat carrier. The nice feature for this rack is that it can be tilted for rear cargo access with or without the bikes loaded....
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  • Hitch Bike Rack for Electric Bikes
  • Your bikes weigh right at 61 lbs. That means you would have to use an E-bike rack designed for heavier bikes like the Hollywood Racks E-Bike Rack # HR1450E. This rack will only fit 2 inch hitches though. There are no bike racks with a high enough capacity for the hitch you have on the A3. Due to the lack of a cross tube on your bike you will need to use the adapter bar part # UB01.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2015 Honda Pilot
  • The 2015 Honda Pilot came standard with a Class III trailer hitch receiver, which is a 2 inch hitch. For a hitch mount bike rack that holds more than two bikes I would look at the Rola TX # 59401. This carries up to 4 bikes and will tilt away from you Pilot to give you more access to the rear hatch. The Rola TX includes anti-sway cradles and a cable lock that stores inside the upright support arm. A second option with a bit more features is the Thule Apex 4 # TH9025. The Apex also...
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  • What Is The Weight Capacity Of Swagman Traveler XCS Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack S64664
  • The Swagman Traveler XCS Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part # S64664, has a weight capacity of 80-lbs total, or 40-lbs per bike. This bike carrier is designed to fit over a 2-inch square ball mount.
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  • Will The Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Rack Fit A Jeep Wrangler With A Large Spare Tire On The Rear Bumper
  • The Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches, # S64684, will most likely fit on your Jeep Wrangler with a large spare on the bumper. The only way to confirm that is to do some measuring. From the center of the hitch pin hole, measure to the furthest point of your spare. This will give you the measurement you need for clearance. I've attached an article to help. There are some important measurements of the Swagman rack you will want to compare your vehicle measurements...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Jeep with 6 inch Lift Kit and 38 inch Tires
  • We do sell a Hitch Extender # HE06 that will provide an extra 7 inches of length for you to install the Hitching Post Pro Rack # TH934XTR, however, by using this extension you will be reducing the hitch's overall capacity by 50%. I recommend using our Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack # TH9031XT as an alternative. Once installed, it has a distance of 14 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar of the carrier. If you are worried about being able to get into the back...
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  • Will the Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack Fit My 2016 Honda Pilot
  • As long as the receiver for your hitch on your 2016 Honda Pilot is 2 inches, the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044-TH9046 or The Thule Pro # TH9034-9036 will fit. If you are not sure the size of your hitch it is very simple to find out. All you have to do is measure the height and width of the receiver's opening (the inside) and see if it measures 2 inches X 2 inches. I will attach a help article on hitch sizes for you. The only other thing that I recommend using with the T2 Classic is the Thule...
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  • Hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2017 Jeep Wrangler that is Being Towed Behind a Truck
  • Like you said the bike racks you mentioned are not rated for use on the back of a vehicle that is being flat towed. I am not sure why that is, since all 4 wheels are on the ground, but it would void the warranty on those racks. There is no restriction like that for the Swagman Dispatch # S64684 which is similar to the bike racks you mentioned so I recommend it. You will need to make sure the rack will clear the spare tire on your 2017 Jeep Wrangler. The distance from the center of the...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for Toyota Tacoma that Allows Tailgate to Fold Down with Bikes Loaded
  • We don't have a review video for every one of our bike racks on every vehicle (yet!) so while we don't have a video of the Swagman Quad 2+2 on a Tacoma I do have another option that will work that you will like. My favorite bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The arms of the rack can also fold down...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Use of RV Similar to Sportrack SR2704
  • The ride quality at the rear of a trailer is significantly rougher than at the rear of a passenger vehicle. This is due to the less sophisticated suspension that trailer have as well as the longer distance between the rear of the vehicle and the rear axle. For a similar bike rack that would work at the back of an RV we have the Pro Series part # 63124 which is a confirmed fit for RVs. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may...
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  • Comparison of Hanging Hitch Mount Bike Racks that Fold Up for Storage on 2015 Ford Transit Connect
  • There are a number of options that will work great on your 2015 Ford Transit Connect. The Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458 is an example however the Kuat Alpha is no longer available. Here is are a few options for you to consider that meet your criteria (Except they're not aluminum, unfortunately all of our 4-bike hanging racks are made of steel): The RidgeBack carries up to 4 bikes and fits on a Class II or Class III trailer hitch receiver. It folds down flat with arms and shank folding...
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  • Can the Yakima FullSwing Be Used on the Back of a Trailer
  • Only certain bike racks are rated for use on a trailer or RV and none of the Yakima or any of the other swinging bike racks are rated for this application. I have no doubt it would swing out far enough but I can't recommend it for this application. There are other options though. Instead of carrying the bikes on the back of the trailer you could use a towing bike rack such as # S63390 or # S64675. Or you could use the multipurpose ball mount # D210 and put a bike rack in the top receiver...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack for Catrike 5.5.9 Tadpole Bike
  • The Catrike 5.5.9 has a 44-inch wheelbase and a 29-inch track width. Both of these dimensions are compatible with the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Trike Carrier # HR1000R-TRKADP, as is the tadpole's 39-1/2-lb weight. This rack fits a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch or a 2-inch hitch Class III type. it works with tires up to 3-inches in width. To check for fit of the rack on your Honda CR-V you will first want to ensure you have a compatible 2-inch hitch. Then measure from its hitch pin hole...
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  • Weight of Hollywood Racks Platform Bike Rack for Electric Bikes # HR1450E
  • The Hollywood Racks Platform Bike Rack for Electric Bikes # HR1450E that you referenced weighs 65 lbs.
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  • Recommendation for a Bike Rack To Replace Older Thule Bike Rack With EasyMount System
  • Yes, we carry bike racks that use the anti-rattle/wobble device that will secure the rack in your vehicle's hitch. If you are looking for another Thule bike rack, the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack # TH9025 would be the rack that I recommend. The Apex rack has a 4 bike capacity and a weight capacity of 150 lbs. The rack features the EasyMount system that has an integrated locking anti-rattle device. The rack uses a wedge and pin design.The locking part of this bike rack is located in the hand...
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Won't Rust and Holds Bikes at the Wheels Only for a 2006 Honda Element
  • I have several great bike rack options that I think you will really like. Take a look at the Kuat Sherpas, # SH22G for gray, # SH22B for black, and # SH22P for pearl. Since you mentioned that your current rack is rusting I have purposely selected these racks because they are aluminum and are not susceptible to corrosion and they hold the bikes at the wheels only so no frame contact. And it doesn't hurt that they are well within your budget. I have also included a picture showing all the...
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  • Bike Rack for a Trike Recumbent and Trailer Hitch for a 2001 Ford Ranger
  • I looked up both of the bikes and it looks like they are both trikes. There is a bike rack that will hold 1 trike, # HR1000R-TRKADP, but not one that will hold 2 trikes. So you could put one trike in the bed of your 2001 Ford Ranger and the other on this rack. For reference this rack has a 100 pound capacity. Bike rack # HR1450R is designed for regular bikes so neither of yours would fit. For a trailer hitch for your Ranger I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 75082. This is a 2 inch hitch...
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  • Will The Swagman G10 2 Bike Rack Fold Up Properly On a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64682 has a distance of 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when it is folded. If you go out and measure from the center of your hitch pin hole to your bumper you can determine if it will fold up without any issues on your 2017 Subaru Forester. I will link a demonstration video that talks about different measurements for you. I have attached a help article and an image to help explain bumper clearance.
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