I have a 2011 Toyota Rav4 with 2inch hitch. Most of the time will be carrying only one bike. What are your recommendations for a bike rack that would allow access to the rear swing door and is not an overkill for using with this vehicle?
asked by: Steve B
Given the criteria you mention, the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack, part # TH9031 would be the best choice to allow complete access to the rear of your Rav4. Since this rack has a 4 bike capacity, you might have to choose which is most important to you, full access to the rear of the vehicle, or a 2 bike capacity.
The Thule Helium you referenced, part # TH970XT is a great rack, but the bikes must be removed before tilting. The rack tilts to what is approximately a 45 degree angle, which will likely not allow you to open the rear door of your RAV4 all the way.
The Thule T2, part # TH916XTR would also be a possibility if your RAV4 is not equipped with the rear-mounted spare tire. You might need to make some measurements to see if this rack would work for you. To clear the bumper just above the receiver, you will need about 7-7/8 inches of clearance. Measure rearward from the hitch pin hole in the receiver, and see if 7-7/8 inches will clear the bumper. If so, the T2 might be a good choice. The rack folds up against the rear of the vehicle when not being used, or it can be folded rearward for access to the rear of the vehicle. For full access, the bikes would likely need to be removed.
If the proper clearance is present, the T2 looks like the best bet for you. I have provided links to the products I have mentioned above, as well as instruction and product demonstration video links.
expert reply by: Mike L
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Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Frame Mount - Anti-Sway
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Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Wheel Only Mount
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