Excellent rack - fit, finish and installation as well as fast delivery - only 2 1/2 days from order initiation. Very competitive price. Installed on motorhome 2 receiver.
Today we're going to review the Thule gate mate pad and bike carrier for compact trucks, part number TH823. This is the 54 inch model designed to be used with compact and mini trucks. The gate mate is an inexpensive way to transport a lot of bikes where you can load and unload quickly. The gate mate is padded all the way around to not only protect your truck, but also protect the bikes that you're carrying. There are two blocks at the top to act as stops to keep your bikes from sliding too far to the lt or to the right. There's a strap that's stitched in to the top of our gate mate that we can use as an anchor point when we're ready to secure our bikes after we load them up.
Today were going to go over the installation of the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Carrier, part number TH823. This is the 54-inch wide pad designed for compact and mini trucks. Well be installing it today on a 2001 Ford Ranger but the installation process would be very similar for any truck of this size. The first thing we need to do is clean the tailgate. We want to make sure that any dirt and debris is off the tailgate so that the pad doesnt rub it into the paint. With the tailgate cleaned well take our pad, open it up and lay it over the tailgate.
Today we are going to review part number S64702 from Swagman. This is our Pick-Up Rack 2 Bike Carrier. Alright this rack will carry 2 bicycles that are fork mounted here and here. And this bicycle rack has rubber end pads to help grip rails to prevent scratches and abrasions and also gives a good grip to the truck. You take this end of the rack and just pull it out, it ratchets out to the side of your truck. The fork mounts you can adjust on the bar itself.