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  • The two racks are very similar, but they have a few differences. Although they weigh about the same, the SwingDaddy, part # Y02464, has a higher weight capacity than the Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT. The Vertex can carry 140 pounds, while the SwingDaddy can handle 150lbs. The Vertex has a longer shank, which would place the rear of the upright portion of the rack approximately 14 inches away from the hitch pin hole in the receiver, versus 11 inches for the SwingDaddy. Both...
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  • I will be happy to help. A Class II trailer hitch is going to have a 1-1/4 inch square receiver opening. A Class III will have a 2 inch square receiver opening. A bike rack like # TH990XT that you have referenced will fit both sizes. Class I hitches also have a 1-1/4 inch receiver, but they have a stop built into them that prevents loading Class II accessories inside to prevent overloading the hitch. The capacities are also different. A Class II hitch typically has a tongue...
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  • Sorry to hear about your car accident and your hitch and bike rack being damaged. As far as installing a new hitch, the first thought that comes to mind is, because of the accident, are all the necessary attachment points for a trailer hitch on the frame intact. I recommend asking the shop that is repairing the vehicle if, after it is repaired, would it be safe to install a new trailer hitch. If the vehicle is given the green light for a new trailer hitch, I recommend a 2 inch...
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  • There are many options for carrying a bike with a carbon fiber frame but the Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack # TH990XT is not recommended as it uses the frame to secure the bike to the rack. Your best option would be a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the wheels like the Swagman Semi, # S64686. You would not have to worry about the frame or even carbon wheels at all with this bike rack. The adjustable arm that holds the front tire will also fit a wide variety...
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  • The two 4-bike hitch-mount racks you referenced, the Thule Vertex # TH9029XT and Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458, both share many similarities. Both weigh about 35-lbs, both will fit both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitch sizes, and both have a total loaded bike weight capacity of 140-to-150-lbs. Neither rack includes locks. Both carry a limited lifetime warranty and the Thule Vertex is USA-made. One important difference between them is that the Yakima will not fit into a Class I hitch....
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  • Your Electra Townie step-through-frame bikes pose a challenge to finding a suitable hitch-mount carrier since the bikes lack both a top frame tube and since they have fenders. These features make most carriers unsuitable since most use either the top frame tube or the front tire as the contact point for the arm that holds the bikes in place. One carrier from Thule, their EasyFold 2 Bike Rack # TH9032, includes some great features that may make it a good choice for you. It has...
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  • The Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount # D210 would be an excellent choice to be used in conjunction with towing your current pop up trailer and a hitch mounted bike rack that has a carrying capacity of 5 bikes. The # D210 is compatible with and an existing 2 inch hitch and provides a 2 inch receiver for accessory use. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 750 pounds total, and a receiver capacity of 350 pounds. Therefore the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes cannot...
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  • The arms on the Thule Apex, # TH9026, are 29 inches long. The arms on the Yakima RidgeBack 5, # Y02459, are 30.3 inches long. We do not carry Allen racks but the arms on the 5 bike model of theirs I saw were 28 inches long. The Thule arms are not the longest but they are also arced to allow for the best spacing between the bikes. It would be best for the bikes all around on the Thule Apex bike rack. The cradles on the Apex are superior to the basic padded ones used by the other...
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  • The Thule Apex, # TH9025, comes with some additional features that the Vertex does not. The Apex includes the EasyMount system with an integrated locking hitch pin and tool-free anti-rattle device. The Apex has a premium silver finish and upgraded cradles that better protect the bikes. Both racks can tilt down, but neither can hold the bikes while they are tilted down. Even though both racks can hold up to 4 bikes, if used on a Class I trailer hitch, you are limited to 2 bikes....
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  • We offer 3 towing bike racks that will allow you to carry 4 bikes and tow your tent trailer. They are the Swagman Original Bike Rack, # S64675, the Swagman XP Bike Rack, # S64975, and the Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack, # S63390. I have attached links to each of these products for you to check out. There are a few things to keep in mind when using a towing bike rack. First, you should note the tongue weight capacity of the bike rack and make sure the tongue weight of your trailer...
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  • In order to determine if the kids bikes will fit on the arms of the Apex bike rack, # TH9026, you can measure the top frame tubes. They will need to be longer than 12-1/4 inches long to fit around the arms. If your bikes will not fit, you will need the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT. I have included a link to a video that shows how the adapter works. I have also included a link to a video review of the Apex bike rack.
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  • All three of these platform bike racks are very similar when compared to one another. There are some differences though that I will outline to give you a better idea of what each has to offer and what might work best on your 2007 Honda Civic. To start with, all carriers can carry two bikes, but they all have a different overall capacity in terms of weight. The Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, has a capacity of 35 pounds per bike, or 70 pounds total. The Swagman 2 Bike Carrier, # S64650,...
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  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, offers a few things that have been improved over the Swagman XC-2, part # S64650. The most noticeable is the two-tone color scheme. Beyond the aesthetics, the XTC-2 offers re-designed and improved wheel cradles that are stronger and position the bikes higher up to provide more ground clearance. The wheels hoops on the XTC-2 also have stronger, more durable clamps for adjusting the wheel hoops. Finally, the wheel straps are a better, heavier...
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  • The bike rack you have selected will fit in a 2 inch by 2 inch hitch. The Class II only disclaimer is for the 1-1/4 by 1-1/4 inch hitch model, # Y02445. The differences between class II and class III are the size of the hitch opening, 1 1/4 inch square as opposed to the class III 2 inch square opening, and the weight capacity of the hitches. This bike rack will fit your class III hitch (see instructions link below). We have an article that explains the differences between...
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  • Using a hitch bike rack like the Yakima SwingDaddy 4, part # Y02422, would not allow you to also hook your vehicle up to a trailer. One option would be to use a dual receiver like the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part # D210. This will allow you to mount a bike rack to the top receiver while towing a trailer. The total tongue weight capacity of part # D210 is 750 lbs and the receiver portion is rated to carry 350 lbs. But the SwingDaddy should not be used in an adapter...
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  • The main differences between the Vertex, # TH9030XT, and the Apex, # TH9026, are the type of cradles each has, the cable lock on the Apex, and the anti-rattle function on the Apex. The Apex features Hold Fast cradles which offer road-dampening technology (RDT) and detachable anti-sway arms. The RDT technology provides 2 Layers of cushioning to absorb road shock and minimize vibration. The upper layer is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a gel-like substance that gently...
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  • Other than the outward appearance of the more modern-looking Vertex, there are a few other differences between the Vertex # TH9029 and the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. To fold the arms down or to tilt the rack back away from the vehicle, the Hitching Post Pro uses snapper pins that need to be removed, while the Vertex uses quick release latches. Both mechanisms serve the same purpose, but the Vertex latch is easier to use. Since the Wrangler has the rear mounted spare...
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  • Only certain bike racks can be used on the back of a travel trailer and I have included a link to them for you. The SportRack spare tire bike rack, # SR2813, is not rated for use behind a trailer. What I recommend is installing a trailer hitch on the trailer using # 13703. It fits box frames, C-Channel, and I-Beam frames. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. With this hitch installed you would need to use a stabilization strap, # 18050, with...
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  • I've linked you to product demonstration videos of all three bike racks. The best of the three racks will depend on the features you're interested in and which features you find most important. First some similarities. All three racks are capable of folding up against the rear of the vehicle when the bikes are removed, and all three can tilt rearward with the bikes in place, allowing easier access to the rear trunk or liftgate of the vehicle. All three racks include hitch locks...
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  • There are a few features that set the Doubletrack ahead of the XTC2, part # S64670. First are the tire cradles. The XTC2 uses the proven wheel hoops and rubber straps. Some people feel the molded wheel trays on the Doubletrack are a bit more secure and they will accommodate wheels/tires up to 3 inches wide whereas the XTC2 can only handle tires up to 2-1/2 inches wide. The Doubletrack has a certain appeal to MTB folks for that reason. They both use ratcheting frame hooks to...
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