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Trailer Hitch Mount Bike rack Recommendation for a 2012 Honda CR-V

Question:

Is the Swagman XTC4 Platform Bike Rack #S64665 Recommended for Smaller SUVs like the Honda CR-V which have lighter-duty towing ratings? I estimate that the total weight of the rack plus 4 bikes would be over the 150lb tongue weight that normally accompanies the CR-Vs 1500lb towing capacity. With a 2inch receiver, would the CR-V handle this load?

asked by: Ted


Expert Reply:

First, you are going to want to consult the vehicle owners manual for the towing capacities of your 2012 Honda CR-V. If it is listed at 150 pounds tongue weight, you must go by that rating even if the hitch is rated higher. If you need to add a hitch, I do recommend a Class III trailer hitch because the 2 inch receiver is compatible with more accessories than a smaller hitch.

The most popular hitch option is the Draw-Tite hitch, # 75742. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view.

If you are limited to just 150 pounds I do recommend going with the lightest bike rack option available that still fits your needs.

A good option would be the Yakima Big Horn, # Y02404 which ways about 30 pounds (video linked). If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, I recommend using the Tube Top adapter bar, # Y02531, to carry the bikes more level. I have included a video link showing how the adpater works.

expert reply by: Michael H




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Products Referenced in This Question

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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29 reviews

75742

Retail: $233.81

Price:  $169.95

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class III
Visible Cross Tube
525 lbs TW
3500 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

2 Inch Hitch


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Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar


Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar

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48 reviews

Y02531

Price:  $39.00

Product Summary:

Hitch Bike Racks
Trunk Bike Racks
Spare Tire Bike Racks
Accessories
14-1/2 - 31-1/2 Inch

Product Specs:

Bike Adapter Bar


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Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Platform Style


Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Platform Style

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72 reviews

S64665

Retail: $400.00

Price:  $351.00

Product Summary:

Platform Rack
4 Bikes
Fold-Up Rack
Steel
Bike and Hitch Lock

Product Specs:

Class 3
Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Wheel and Frame Mount


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