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Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches

Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches

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This hitch extender converts your existing hitch-mount bike rack or cargo carrier into a swing-away rack. It rotates out 90 degrees to provide quick and easy access to the rear of your vehicle. Includes locking cover and anti-rattle hitch pin. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule hitch adapters part number TH9037 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches. Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Adapters

  • Swing-Away Hitch Adapter
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Thule
  • Steel

This hitch extender converts your existing hitch-mount bike rack or cargo carrier into a swing-away rack. It rotates out 90 degrees to provide quick and easy access to the rear of your vehicle. Includes locking cover and anti-rattle hitch pin.


Features:

  • Pivoting hitch extender lets you swing your bike rack 90 degrees away from rear the of your vehicle
    • Provides easy access to your hatch or tailgate area
    • Accommodates most bike racks and cargo carriers with 2" shanks
  • Easy-to-open design - remove safety pin, and swing arm out 90 degrees
    • Hinge pin automatically clicks arm in place to prevent swing back
  • Easy installation into your vehicle's 2" hitch
    • Extender secures to hitch with included anti-rattle hitch pin
    • Bike rack installs into Access and secures with bike rack's hitch pin
  • Locking cover with 2 keys secures extender to hitch
    • One-Key System locks (sold separately) let you make all your Thule accessories keyed alike
  • Durable, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs
  • Dimensions: 15-5/8" long x 27" wide x 4-3/8" tall
  • Extender weight: 52 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Thule Access Hitch Guide

Note: The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the face of the hitch must be 1-1/2" or greater to use this extender.


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Notes:

  • The Access is only compatible with bike racks and cargo carriers that have dedicated 2" shanks
    • Not for use with hitch adapters, reducers, or extenders
    • Not for use with 1-1/4" accessories that use a 2" adapter

    Thule Access Demonstration Swing Away Hitch Extender

    The Access converts your existing bike rack or cargo carrier into a swing-away rack, giving you complete access to your hatch or tailgate area. This makes it great for tailgating, quickly loading and unloading cargo, or letting your dog in and out of the back. The Access installs in your 2" hitch with the included anti-rattle hitch pin. It also includes a 90-degree, barrel-style lock that deters theft of the extender.


    Swing-Away Design for Full Cargo Area Access

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    The Access features a hinged arm that lets you swing the rack 90 degrees away from the rear of your vehicle. This gives you full access to your vehicle's rear cargo area, and it eliminates the need to remove your bikes or the rack.



    The Access also works as a hitch extender, so it's perfect for use on vehicles with a rear-mounted spare tire.



    To open the hinged arm, simply remove the safety pin, and swing the rack away from the rear of your vehicle. The hinge pin will automatically click the arm into place to prevent swing back, leaving your hands free to open your hatch and remove cargo.



    To close the Access, remove the pin and swing the extended arm back into position. Once the arm swings back into place, put the safety gate latch back into position, raise the toggle clamp to secure the arm in place, and re-insert the safety pin.


    Easy Installation with Locking, Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin


    The lock on the hand knob secures the rack to your vehicle. It prevents the hand knob from turning so the the anti-rattle wedge doesn't disengage and cause the shank to slide out of your hitch. The locks are keyed alike so you can use the same keys for both locks. Additional One-Key System locks (sold separately) let you make all of your Thule products keyed alike.



    Your bike rack installs on the Access the same way it does in your vehicle's 2" hitch. Just slide the bike rack shank into the Access's 2" receiver, and secure it with the bike rack's existing hitch pin. The Access has 2 holes for pinning your bike rack - chose which hole to use based on the clearance you need for your vehicle's bumper or rear-mounted spare tire.



9037 Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extension for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches

Item # TH9037

Installation Details TH9037 Installation instructions



Video of Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Thule Bike Rack Access Swing Away Hitch Extender Review and Installation

Adam: Hi, everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule access swing-away system for all your Thule bike racks that you may have. What this is going to do is get you full access to the back of your Jeep, SUV, or truck. With the 90 degrees that it gives you, we don't have to worry about our door hitting our bikes and we can either grab what we need for the trails that day or, if we're hanging out afterwards and we just want to hang around all of our rigs and just talk, you can do that as well. Whether you are just relaxing after a long ride with a couple of buddies or you're just grabbing your gear at the beginning of a ride, whether it be a helmet, maybe some shoes, backpack, whatever it may be, it's always nice to be able to utilize your vehicle to its maximum capacity without having to take away some of the features.

Luckily, with the swing-away system, we can do that. To activate our swing-away system, pull this pin here. It does have a little cable so you won't lose it. Once that's done, we really just have to start swinging it away.As you can see here, we have a nice 90 degree angle. This is going to be great for granting rear hatch access, whether it's a Jeep, SUV, or a truck.

But, whenever we're done using the swing-away feature, there's going to be a little pin down here. You just got to pull this out a little bit, and that's going to allow us to start tilting it back. This swing-away system is going to be made up of mostly steel and it's going to be powder coated, so it's going to resist against rust and corrosion over time, and also look pretty good as well. It is going to get you about 250 pounds of weight capacity as well.Our cap here is going to come with some keys, and what this is going to be is just a little theft deterrent just to make sure that this swing-away system is going to stay in our hitch. That's going to reveal the anti-rattle mechanism in here.

This is going to be the tool that you're going to have to either loosen it to get it out or tighten it to tighten it up and make sure it doesn't have any shake and play. Once you're done, you can replace it. If you are struggling with a worn out key lock cylinder, we do sell some replacements here, or we sell a kit of four. So, if you wanted to have this lock match your Thule bike rack lock along with the cable locks that are integrated in some of these Thule bike racks, you can go ahead and do that so you only have to worry about having one type of key to get everything undone. With our straight shank here, obviously our hitch isn't going to be exactly where it was if we didn't have the swing-away installed.

It's going to be up about two and three quarter inches. It's also going to be sticking out an additional 13 and a quarter inches as well. So, it'll act good for an extension, but you could also swing it away as well.Thule does recommend using their bike racks, either the T2 Pro, as you see here or, the T2 Classic. It'll work, really, with any bike rack, whatever brand. All it has to be is just a two inch solid shank. If you're in the market for a bike rack and a swing-away system, Thule does offer the Apex XT. That is going to basically get you just the normal bike rack style, but also adding that feature of the swing-away. The only downturn to that is they're only going to be limited to the hanging style bike racks. With this, you grab a swing-away system for Thule and you can put any of your Thule racks or whatever other two inch solid shank rack that you may have. Whether it's platform style or hanging style, you'll be able to use all of them with this one part.This is also going to be extremely useful for our pickup trucks. By utilizing the swing-away feature, we don't have to remove this bike rack or our bikes off of our bike rack to be able to enjoy our tailgate, or even just grab something out of the back. This is also going to work great for your larger hatched vehicles that you may have. On our Pacifica here, we have quite a large hatch, so instead of having to remove our bike rack and our bikes, we don't have to with the swing-away. We're not going to have any issues. We can grab whatever we need, or just use it just to hang out after a long ride. If you guys are shopping here at etrailer.com and are wondering which swing-away system you want to go with, we're going to do a comparison for you guys.We're going to have the Kuat right here, and we are also going to have the Thule on this side. I'm just going to start by letting you know the only benefits to the Thule would be it is going to stick out a little bit farther from your hitch receiver. That might be good for some spacing issues you guys may be dealing with. It's also going to sit a little bit higher as well. What I mean by that is our bike rack is going to be a little bit higher on the Thule than it is going to be on the Kuat. But, in my opinion, the Kuat is definitely going to be my choice. It's really, really simple to get everything unlocked.We have a little lever here, and it swings away, honestly, a lot smoother than most. And, of course, to get it back, the lever is a lot easier than this knob on the Thule. The Kuat definitely beats it there. Super easy. And, the Kuat actually gets you 120 degrees as well. So, if you want a little bit more room, you have that option with the Kuat. Other than that, it does come with a pin and a little locking cylinder on the end here. We won't have any bolt going through the shank of the Thule. That might be a good thing for you, it might not be something you really want. But in my opinion, if you guys want my opinion, I definitely would go with the Kuat.You guys just got to the trails, but we have some valuables that we're going to take with us in the back of our Jeep. We can try to grab it by utilizing our tilt feature on our bike rack. Some have some, some don't, but it's still going to be kind of a task to reach in there and fish around for what you need. This isn't necessarily ideal, so we do have a solution for that. Let's just see if the Thule swing-away is going to help us solve that problem. The first thing we want to do is take our part here and put it into our hitch. It's pretty heavy, might need an extra set of hands. It comes in about 52 pounds. We do want to put it all the way, until it backs up to that plate, and you'll hear it. Now that we have this as far into our hitch receiver as possible, what we're going to do next is pull this pin here. That's going to allow us to actually swing this out, and it's going to reveal a lockable cap. We will get keys with our kit. Put that in, unlock it, and then we can get this cap off the inside there. It is somewhat watertight.We have three different lips here to kind of suck it into place, but it wasn't the easiest thing to get off. Once we do that, we have another tool that comes with our kit and we can start tightening down this bolt here. That's going to act as our anti-rattle device, so it's going to spread out a piece of metal on the inside of our shank, which is going to eliminate all that shake and play. You might want to lean it up a little bit when you're tightening it down just so it's not going to be sagging towards the passenger side of the vehicle. Be sure to get it nice and snug. Now we can replace our cap. Give it a good push, and we can go ahead and lock that. After that, swing it back in. We will have to pull the little release knob and then replace our quick release pin. I'm just going to to push that down in there and it should be ready to go. Lastly, for safety, we do have a little strap here. We're going to take it and put it where our safety chain loops would go on our hitch, and then we can go ahead and tighten this down a little more.Now you can go ahead and install whatever bike rack you may be using. It's going to be the same exact as before. The only difference is we're going to have this swing-away system in between our hitch and our bike rack. Be sure to pick a true two inch bike rack to put into the system because that's what it calls for. Also, if you have one that has a anti-rattle bolt or even just a pin that goes through these holes, the holes are pre-drilled out so you don't have to worry about not being able to use that feature. Now we can just go ahead and load our bikes up.As of right now, I can already tell a difference with the little extension that it gives us. I actually have a little bit more clearance already, to the back of my Jeep, and we're not even swinging away yet. We'll start here, just by pulling this pin, and then that's going to enable us to slide this out to 90 degrees. It is going to lock into place, so if you're on the trails and it's not necessarily the most even terrain, you don't have to worry about this coming back and swinging, slamming against your Jeep. Or, if you're standing or sitting right here, you're not going to get crushed. So, it's definitely a safety feature that I'm a fan of. With our swing-away at the 90 degrees that it gives us and our door completely open, I'm even pushing this thing pretty hard, we're not hitting our bikes at all with our stock tire here. If you have a Jeep and you got bigger tires, you might have a little bit more of an issue, but I really don't think we're going to have any issues today. Now, with it swung away, we have full access to grab whatever we need out of the inside of our Jeep here. But, other than that, it's just about all you really need to know about the Thule access swing-away system.


Customer Reviews

Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches - TH9037

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

This hitch extender converts your existing hitch-mount bike rack or cargo carrier into a swing-away rack. It rotates out 90 degrees to provide quick and easy access to the rear of your vehicle. Includes locking cover and anti-rattle hitch pin.

- TH9037
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Very nice addition for our Winnebago era van, the Thule is the way to go!!! I had one little issue with locking pin when Thule was open.The hole was miss drilled , so I opened the hole so open spring pin would lock. Thanks for everything Bill and Sharon Stevens 736667



- TH9037
by:

Thank you I’m very happy. 735036



- TH9037
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Haven’t used it yet, but I was really impressed with the product quality. A lot more heavier than I thought it would be. Specifically purchased it for my 2019 rav4 and 2014 4runner to us with a cargo rack. Now I can swing the cargo rack to the side to open the rear hatch instead of having to unload and remove the cargo rack to open the hatch. Nice textured paint, heavy gauge metal tubing. Would definitely recommend. 733629


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Ask the Experts about this Thule Hitch Adapters

  • Can Thule Access Pivot Adapter be Used with Thule T2 4-Bike Rack
    The 4 bike version of the Thule T2 part # TH9034XT-9036XT weighs 96 lbs total so with the 250 lb capacity of the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender # TH9037 you'd be left over with a capacity of 154 lbs for the bikes. Which means 4 bikes at 38 lbs would be okay. As long as your vehicle has a solid amount of tongue weight capacity you'd be fine.
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  • Thule T2 XTS Bike Rack for Carrying Fat E-Bikes at Rear of Motorhome
    The Thule T2 part # TH9034XTS is a great bike rack for use at the rear of a motorhome to carry fat bikes that weigh less than 60 lbs per bike but the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender part # TH9037 is not rated for the rougher ride quality found at the rear of motorhomes. There aren't any swinging solutions that would work for this application. Since the T2 can fold down you'd still be able to get partial access to the rear door.
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  • Dimensions and Weight of Thule Access Swing Adapter for Bike Racks
    The weight capacity of the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender # TH9037 that you referenced is 250 lbs, it weighs 55 lbs, the distance from the hitch pin hole to the nearest portion of the pivot assembly is 6 inches, and the rise is 4.3 inches. I attached a picture I got from Thule that has a few more dimensions as well.
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  • Can the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender be Installed Upside Down
    The weight limit of the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender # TH9037 is 259 lbs which it gets from the arms being stacked. Since the accessory receiver is on the top arm the weight of your accessory will be on the bottom arm. If you were to flip it upside down the weight of your accessory would be on that bracket and not the "bottom" arm. This means that the arm needs to swing out towards the passenger side of your vehicle. The centerline measurement for this adapter is 18".. RVs,...
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  • Can the Thule EasyFold XT Be Used with the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender
    I do have an option for you but the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender part # TH9037 is only recommended for use with a bike rack that has a one piece 2" shank. Therefore, it would not be recommended to use the Thule EasyFold XT 2 E-Bike Platform Rack part # TH903202 as it has a 1-1/4" to 2" shank adapter though it would physically fit. It sounds like you have some pretty heavy e-bikes so I recommend either taking a look at the Swagman E-Spec 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack part #...
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  • Why Does Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender Open to Passenger Side of Vehicle
    The reason we only have swing away hinges, carriers, and bike racks like the part # TH9037 that swing to the passenger side is because in the event you ever had to pull off on to the shoulder and had to get into the back of your vehicle's cargo area you wouldn't want to have to swing your carrier out into the traffic side of the vehicle. You'd want to be able to swing it out to the side that faces the shoulder. Since most people pull over onto the shoulder that's on the right side of the...
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  • Swinging Style Bike Rack Options for a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL350
    We do have some options for you to use a platform bike rack (which will not require an adapter bar) with the Thule Access Swing Away # TH9037 to turn it into a swing away bike rack. Because of the additional stress of a 5 bike rack over a 4 bike rack Thule says you can only use up to a 4 bike rack with this swing away hitch extender. For your application I recommend going with the Malone Pilot 4 Bike Platform Rack # MPG2112-2115. This rack allows you to secure your bikes by the wheel,...
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  • What Is the Weight Capacity of the Thule Access Swing Away TH9037 While Open
    The weight capacity of the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender part # TH9037 while closed or open is 250 lbs. The weight capacity does not change while open but you cannot drive with the swing away open. The same goes for the Yakima BackSwing Swing Away Hitch Extender part # Y02483 as well, 250 lbs while open or closed but no driving while open.
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  • Difference Between Thule Access and Kuat Pivot with Regards to Use on Motorhome
    You are correct that the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender # TH9037 is rated for use behind a motorhome while the Kuat Pivot # PVP20B isn't approved for this application. The ride at the rear of a longer RV is quite a bit rougher than on a standard passenger vehicle (think about the ride quality at the back of a school bus compared to the front) so manufacturers do extensive testing on their hitch-mounted accessories to make sure they will hold up to this additional movement. I...
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  • Bike Rack To Use with Folding E-Bike On a 2016 Roadtrek Zio Camper Van
    The Thule EasyFold XT 2 E-Bike Platform Rack part # TH903202 is an excellent choice for your Magnum Folding E-Bike. It might also be an excellent choice for your 2016 Roadtrek Zio Camper Van as well but sadly we have not yet had the chance to test fit this. I will however say that just by looking at photos of your camper van I do not believe you would be able to open the rear doors even with the bike rack tilted down. I do however have an option that will work with your Magnum Folding...
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  • Adapter That Allows Rear Door Access on Jeep Wrangler with Thule Bike Rack
    For an extender and adapter that will allow the Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9034XT the clearance it needs to install on your Wrangler plus allow it to swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle you'd want the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender # TH9037 which will fit your hitch and allow the T2 to swing out and away from the rear door for access to it.
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  • 4-Bike Platform Rack Recommendation that Can Swing Away for Rear Vehicle Cargo Access
    Just recently a few of the bike rack manufacturers released pivoting hitch adapters that can be used with platform bike racks so we have just what you are looking for! The best adapter is then the Yakima Backswing part # Y02483 as it has the same weight capacity as the Thule Access part # TH9037 but weighs 20 lbs lighter so it's an easier option to use and install. You also referenced the Kuat NV 2.0 part # NV22G which is a really great 2 bike rack. Some consider to be the best so for...
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  • Thule T1 Platform Rack Clearance from Tailgate on 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup
    If I'm understanding you correctly, you're wanting to know whether or not the tailgate can be let down with bikes still on the Thule T1 # TH9041 . Since this is not a tilt away platform, you will likely be unable to lower the tailgate without contacting both the handlebars or the frame of the bike. If you wanted to still access the rear of your truck bed via the tailgate, I recommend going with a tilt-away platform rack like the RockyMounts Mono-Rail # RKY10007 . This rack tilts away to...
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    I recommend using the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98856 for your 2020 Jeep Wrangler because it has a matte black finish that better matches the OEM finish on vehicles and does a better job at hiding scratches and dents from road debris than the standard glossy black finish on other trailer hitches. This specific hitch also has a longer receiver tube which means your bike rack will have a better chance of clearing your spare tire. Then for a bike rack I highly recommend using...
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  • What is the Best Bike Rack to Carry 4 Bikes on a 1999 Chevy Suburban with Barn Doors
    To carry 4 bikes on your 1999 Chevy Suburban that has barn doors, I have two recommendations that will allow you access to your cargo area while the bikes are loaded. The first rack I recommend is the Thule Apex # TH9027XT which actually swings away from your vehicle. This rack has a 150 lb weight limit. I have attached a short demonstration video. The second one is the Thule Access Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches # TH9037 which will let you choose the bike...
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  • Swing-Away Bike Rack Solution for Carrying Two Electric Bikes
    We don't offer a swing-away rack that provides all the features you named but we do have two products that could be used together that would check ALL the boxes on your wish list. The Thule Easy Fold bike rack, part # TH903202 will easily handle electric 2 bikes weighing up to 65 lbs apiece. The rack is capable of tilting rearward away from the vehicle with the bikes loaded, providing easier access to the rear of the vehicle. The rack does include locking clamps that would secure the...
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  • What Hitch Will Allow Thule EasyFold XT E-Bike Rack to Fit on 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    You can determine if the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 will fit your 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited by taking one simple measurement, which is shown in the linked article. Measure from the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle (probably the spare tire). If this measures less than 7-inches then the rack will clear your spare. When we installed the Draw Tite hitch part # 76104 on a 2019 Wrangler Unlimited like yours we found that the dimension mentioned was 5-1/2 inches...
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