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Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
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  • Locks Not Included
  • Frame Mount
This hanging-style hitch-mounted rack lets you carry up to 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has dual arms that fold down for storage, rotating anti-sway cradles with rubber straps, and tilts forward for easy rear-cargo access. Call 800-298-8924 to order Swagman hitch bike racks part number S63365 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Swagman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.


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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks - S63365

This hanging-style hitch-mounted rack lets you carry up to 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has dual arms that fold down for storage, rotating anti-sway cradles with rubber straps, and tilts forward for easy rear-cargo access.


Features:

  • Tilting, hitch-mounted rack carries up to 3 bicycles
  • Dual-arm design provides maximum bike stability
    • Folds down for convenient storage - simply pull the pin
  • Anti-sway cradles secure bikes to the rack at 3 points using durable rubber straps
    • Rotate left to right and adjust front to back
      • Accommodate many types of alternative and women's frames
      • Reduce the need for a bike adapter bar
    • Prevent bike-to-bike contact during transport - deter scratches on paint finish
  • Versatile bike rack tilts forward to allow easy access to vehicle's rear cargo area
    • Releases forward when you remove pin
  • 2-Piece adapter sleeve converts carrier shank for use with 2" trailer hitches
    • Use bike carrier without sleeve on 1-1/4" trailer hitches
  • Anti-rattle, threaded pin and clip secure the rack to the trailer hitch
    • Eliminates rattle in the hitch receiver
    • Replace with Swagman's anti-rattle lock (S64029 - sold separately) to lock bike carrier to your vehicle


Specs:

  • Carrying capacity: 3 bikes
    • Note: When using the bike carrier with a Class I trailer hitch, you can carry only 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 105 lbs (35 lbs per bike)
  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Distance between the 2 rack arms (outside to outside): 11-1/2"
  • Cradle width: 1-1/4"
  • Distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar: 9-1/2"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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

Note: This dual-arm rack reduces the need for a bike frame adapter bar (sold separately) to mount a children's, women's, or alternative frame bicycle. However, to mount certain bikes or to keep your bike level on the rack, a bike adapter bar may be required. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension bikes, and small children's bikes will require a bike adapter bar.


Swagman Trailhead 2-Bike Carrier

The Swagman Trailhead hitch-mounted bike rack carries three bikes on dual arms that provide superior stability during transport. The dual arms easily fold down for storage - just pull a pin - and each arm features an integrated reflector at its tip.


Anti-Sway Cradles

Swagman Trailhead Anti-Sway Cradles

The Trailhead has anti-sway cradles that rotate and slide along the dual arms to perfectly position your bicycles, reducing the need for a bike adapter bar. The cradles include durable rubber straps to hold your bikes firmly in place on the rack. Because the cradles secure each bike at three places (twice along the top tube and once along the seat post or down tube), rocking back and forth is virtually eliminated, preventing bike-to-bike contact.


Tilts Forward For Rear Cargo Access

Swagman Trailhead Tilts Forward

This versatile rack tilts forward, away from your vehicle, when you remove a pin at the base. This allows easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area.


Shank Adapter for 2" Receivers

Swagman Trailhead Shank Adapter

It includes a two-piece adapter that installs over the shank to convert your rack for use on 2" hitch receivers. For 1-1/4" hitch receivers, use the rack without the adapter.


Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin

Swagman Trailhead Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin

Trailhead comes with an anti-rattle, threaded hitch pin and clip to secure the rack to your trailer hitch and eliminate rattle during transport. To lock your rack to the hitch, replace the pin and clip with Swagman's anti-rattle lock (S64029 - sold separately).



63365 Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting



S63365 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details S63365 Installation instructions


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




Video Transcript for Swagman Trailhead 4 Bike Rack Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at this Swagman Trailhead. This is a hitch mounted hanging bike rake and it's been designed with foldable arms so we can get these down and out of the way when not in use. Now we've got this available in a 2-bike, a 3-bike or a 4-bike with the foldaway design. In a 4-bike with the fixed mount here. The Trailhead's a very sturdy, durable rack, it is really stable as you head down the road. There's a couple of features that they've incorporated in there to make sure that happens. The first is our threaded hitch pin bolt that keeps any side to side or up and down movement contained.

Then if we come up here just a little bit further, we've actually got a threaded black T-handle here, it works in conjunction with the black plate you can see, you'll see when it's loose our rack has some movement and some wobble there. When we tighten that back down, all that movement is going to be taken care of and we'll not have to worry about that. Now once we have our T-handle loosened, we can just rotate the black metal plate so it's running the same way as our rack and then pull the silver pin that's going to allow us to tilt the rack right out and away from our vehicle. In most cases, this going to give you more than enough room to open any rear trunks or rear hatches that you need to get in and out of your goodies that you want. Now it's very simple to get it back in its upright position, we're just going to bring it up so the holes line up, slide our pin back through, secure here on the other side and then we turn that plate and tighten our T-handle back down. Now they use a black powder-coat finish so it's going to be a strong and durable finish. We don't have worry about it fading over time or a lot of corrosion and stuff. There's that other pin here, you just pull that out and we can move our dual cradle arms up into position. Now there's two rubber stops right here.

Just like our features down here at the bottom did, this is also going to keep that rattle and that vibration to a minimum. We'll slide through our pin with our cradle arms in the upright position, sometimes you've got to push up and down on the arms a little bit to guide it in. Bring our clip around, we can secure it on our pin there and we'll have our cradle arms out into the loading position. The dual cradle arms of the Trailhead are just 11 1/2 inches from the outside of one to the outside of the other. This is really going to help us accommodate a wide variety of frame styles and secure our bikes properly onto our rack. Each set of cradles is going to have four rubber straps that help hold the bike in place.

As you can see here, these would be for going across the top two and then we've even got the anti-sway cradles located here in the rear. The seat down tube will come through there, the straps will come around and that's going to keep our bikes from swaying back and forth preventing them or at least helping to prevent them from making contact with one another or with our frame. The straps, themselves, are very nice, long, durable straps. They're really thick, heavy-duty. They're going to hold our bike very securely. As you can see, we've got the grooves that run through the bottom of the cradles there to help it accommodate any other brake cables and things of that nature.

These are wide enough to accommodate all the way up to an inch and a quarter frame width. Really nice, deep, wide pockets so we can really secure our stuff with. These will rotate to whatever angle that we need them to. To best accommodate our bikes, there's a lot of different types out there and a lot of different configurations so you are going to have options as far as moving those around go. Now they don't move freely, we don't have to worry about them spinning on their own, it definitely takes a little bit of force but it does allow us to customize that. These will also, again with a little bit force, it's not something that happens really easily but we can adjust these forward and back, right out to the silver stops that here on the back to keep them from coming all the way off, you see right here. That's easily adjustable, forward and back, so we can get the appropriate spacing on our bike. My bike's a big old bike so maybe I need a little bit more space and other narrower frame bikes, we don't need so much room so we can get that customized. The straps go onto one of the three, nice, heavy-duty connection points there. It'll hold our bike nice and snug no matter what diameter the frame's going to be here, we're going to have plenty of room to get that around and get it connected. Now that we've gone over all the feature of the rack, let me show you how to install this on your vehicle. As you can see here, we've got our inch and a quarter shank exposed. This is going to go right into the class one and class two hitches. You do want to keep in mind that if you're using it on a class one, you are going to be limited to a 2-bike capacity. Then to switch this over so we can put it our class three, we've got our two plate adapter. You can see there's a bevel hole there and a threaded hole, we want those to be in line with each other and those should be placed over the non-threaded hole, you can see here, this is our non-threaded hole. The one further up is threaded to accept our anti-rattle bolt. We'll place those on, line it up with the hole we just discussed and then it's just a matter of threading our Allen bolt into this side and we'll use our Allen key and we're going to tighten this right on down. Perfect, easy to install. Now we'll place the rack right into the receiver tube of our hitch. We're going to line up our threaded hole here with our hitch pin hole. Once we have those in line, we're going to take our anti-rattle bolt which is provided and we're going to thread this on through. Now that we've got threaded through you'll notice we've got some movement and kind of some wiggle to our rack so now we need to use our wrench, we're going to tighten our bolt on down. This draws the shank of the rack over against our receiver tube and you'll notice that once that's nice and tight, all that play and all that wiggle is gone. We'll then take our provided clip and we're going to slide in the other end. Now here on the rear of the rack, if it's not already tightened, you see how we've got that wiggle and that noise, they've got this nice plate that's designed to go across the backside and then we just thread in the black T-handle and it going to take all that movement and all that play out of there as well. As you can see now, real nice and secure and we're ready to go down the road without a lot of noise. Loading up the bike is an easy process as well. You pull our pin located here at the top, rotate our arms up into position and we'll reinsert the pin in the new hole that we've created. Bring that on around. As you can see, nice, stable, sturdy ride for a bike and we've got our four straps that we're going to undo that we talked about earlier. With those opened up, let me grab our bike and we're just going to place the bike right up into the cradles that we just exposed and we've talked about the anti-sway cradle strap that you can select on each side. You want your down tube of your seat to be on the side that you've got your anti-sway cradle set up on. Now it's just a matter of pulling the straps around and getting it secured. As you can see there, nice and secure and ready to head down the road. As you can see, we've loaded our rack down to capacity. We are allowed 35 pounds per bike so we add 4 times 35 and it gives us 140 weight capacity. We started with our road bike then we went to our aluminum mountain bike, we got a hybrid style bike here, we've used an adapter bar on that and we also used an adapter bar on our ladies' bike just to even it out. This would have gone on the rack without but the rear end would have been kicked up really high so we wanted to keep it level, wanted to keep it even. The adapter bar we used is from Swagman, that part number is 64005, you can check that out on our website if you don't already have one and if you have a need for it. We'll now take the full load out through our test course to give you a really good idea of what it looks like in action. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side movement of the rack just like if you we're going around corners or doing some evasive maneuvers. Once we turn the corner, we'll get into our alternating speed bumps, this shows you the twisting and torquing action on the rack just like a curb or a pothole might cause. Once we get into our solid speed bumps, we'll see the up and down movement, just like going in and out of a garage, parking lot or driveway. That will complete today's look at the Swagman Trailhead, part number S63380. .


Customer Reviews

Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - S63365

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (284 Customer Reviews)

This hanging-style hitch-mounted rack lets you carry up to 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has dual arms that fold down for storage, rotating anti-sway cradles with rubber straps, and tilts forward for easy rear-cargo access.

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My previous bike rack was a hitch mounted Yakima. It was sturdy but not well suited for my low Subaru Impreza. It stuck out too far and hung too low so that I had to inch my way down the driveway or over speed bumps for fear of it bottoming out. A roof rack or a rear window mounted rack was not suitable since I wanted to be able to also carry two kayaks. First, I tried to modify my rack by shortening the part that sticks out of the hitch. I tried to saw off about 6 inches so it wouldn't stick out so far but the steel was much too hard. I ended up ruining several metal-cutting blades on my power saw before I gave up. I looked for other rack options. There weren't many out there. But eventually, I found something that met my needs. I purchased the "Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Fold Down Bicycle Hitch Rack" in 2013 from eTrailer.com. The part that enters the hitch curves up to increase clearance from the ground. It is sturdy and sticks out far enough so I can still open my trunk hatch without having to lower the main vertical bar on the hitch (though I could if I wanted to). It isn't often I am really excited about a piece of gear but this hitch rack has made me worry-free when I transport my bicycle(s) via car. The only thing I don't like is that it is advertised as being a 3 bike carrier but it only fits 2 hybrid bikes. Maybe it will fit 3 skinny racing bikes but for the average rider, don't expect to fit on more than 2. But my experience is that is the case for all bicycle racks. 99929


Comments

Utilizing adapter bars will help with bike fitment. Alternative frame bikes, like your hybrids, will end up sitting cock-eyed or uneven on hanging style bike racks. Adding an adapter bar will help the bikes fit much better on the rack and may even allow you to fit 3 on the rack.

-- Patrick B - 09/18/2013

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I just received my Swagman Trailhead 3 bike carrier. It was very easy to unbox and install it for the first time on my hitch. The instructions were clear. I did a test run with one bicycle and I had no problems. 105160


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After we sold our SUV our Thule bike rack with a 2 x 2 tongue was no good for the receiver on our new Subaru Outback. I was able to sell the used Thule for the same price of the new Swagman bike rack. The Swagman works just as well as the Thule so I am very happy with the purchase. Thanks for asking.

Bernie - 10/30/2014

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etrailer.com is a great site! I was able to do all my research for a trailer hitch and bike rack for my vehicle on their website and the prices are very reasonable. I have a 2017 Ford Fusion and wanted a trailer hitch rather than the rear window mounted bike rack. I purchased this hitch and the Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike rack. I was able to install the hitch without jacking up the car (my driveway is a slight uphill the the garage. I backed my car up just so the rear tires were in the garage - that angle of the rear "pointing up" gave me plenty of room). I watch the videos on the etrailer.com website and they explained everything very well. I was able to install the hitch, start to finish, in about an hour. I'm very happy with this hitch and the bike rack. For the price in etrailer.com, you can't go wrong! 338994



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This bike rack comes basically fully assembled. All I had to do was flip around the tongue and take off the 2 inch adapter. Slides right in and attaches firmly. There is plenty of clearance between the rack and the trunk to allow for opening. 176219


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Works great every time I use it. Sturdy and holds my bike tightly.

Heath F - 02/26/2016

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Installed the carrier recently and used only once. Seems very solid, minimal movement while driving. Easy to install and remove. 284043



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So far my Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Rack has been great..the tie down straps are nice and thick and hold the bikes down very nicely. Nice to not have any swaying and rocking like my old rack. The only issue I have is that it is to tall. I am 6'1 and really have to lift the bikes up to get them on the carrier. 479821



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I am happy I purchased the Swagmann 3 bike hitch bike rack last year. It's everything I hoped it would be. The straps are beefy and easy to lock the bike into. Thhe rack doesn't shake much after it is in the hitch. I can take the bike rack out and put it into the hitch very quickly. I went on a trip recently and had two mountain bikes on it and it was no problem. My only complaint is it is hard to put the pin through the rack when I want to lower or raise the horizontal bar that carries the bikes. The rack isnt too close or too far from the car. I have a Toyota Rav4. Otherwise, very good purchase. Would recommend. 291363



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Super fast ship! Items exactly as described. Just had hitch installed. On the bike rack easy to put together and load the bikes. I really like the strapping choices. 495034



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I hope it's as good as the first one I bought. I live in the Nothwest side of Chicago and like to ride through Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods. I put my bike on the back of my car and then drive to where I want to ride. I call it Urban Riding. I had some bad experiences with trunk mounted racks. Never had a problem with my previous Swagman and don't expect any with this one either. Buying on line meant I didn’t pay our outrageous 10.25% sales tax and who doesn’t love your free shipping? 349723



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I am a 64 yr. old woman. I watched the video how to put the bike rack on my trailer hitch of my Jeep. I went out and within 10 min. I had it all done. It was so easy. The problem I had was getting the bikes on! I had 2 Giant women bikes to get on. The first time it took me over 45 min. The next time about 25 min. Finally the third time I put them on in about 5 min. I just had to figure out the puzzle. It is a very solid rack with little or no rocking around. I really like it a lot. 130341



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Swagman Trailhead 3 bike carrier: This is a very good product. Certainly has a lot of features for the money. Folds up nicely It Tilts out of the way when opening rear door Bike attachment system is secure and easy to use It is very stout and seems to be well made Assembly is a breeze Negatives: Bicycle carrier ares are a little short for carrying 3 bikes Description of product should have said something like "Stabilizer Straps necessary for use on Class I hitch" 137664



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This is a very well designed rack. It's sturdy, and has very versatile straps for mounting and securing the bikes. The rack is pretty high off the ground, which is perfect for cars with low clearance. Even for aggressive mountain bikes with lots of suspension, I don't have to worry about scraping the hitch or the wheels on the ground in my Honda Fit. When loaded with 1 or 2 bikes, the rack does a good job of softening bumps from the road without bouncing too much. 419410



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Swagman Trailehead bike (x3) hitch rack on a 1987 Disge Ramcharger. Received quickly. Assembled quickly (about 5-10 minutes--even while I ate spaghetti). Attached to vehicle quickly. Seems durable (only time will surely tell) and stable on vehicle. 251498



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Easy to install, though poorly written instructions, with illustrations that don't illustrate the point being made in the instructions. Device seems to work well with standard diamond frame bikes, easy to use. Wobbles a lot when I look in the rearview mirror, though everything is tightened as instructed. But I think that is normal for this device and that it is operating as intended because it feels fairly solid just to tug on by hand. 89540



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the s shape foot bar that goes into hitch is way to high and way to long,,the rest of the rack is great,it was exactly what etrailors advertised but i was disappointed in the length and hieghth,might work great on suv,van or truck but for a car there is too much bounce and movement from the wind due to the distance from car and how high it is,,love the service from etrailor will definitely use for all trailor needs 31126



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I recently purchased a Swagman Trailhead 3. The whole experience with Etrailer was first class the website,paying,tracking and the value for money.Not to mention the quality.The rack takes all sizes of frame,great design. We went on to purchase a trailer hitch assembly and was impressed by the price quality and shipping. Etrailer are now my go to bike trailer company. Thank you. Ian Potter Ojai California 123325



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I shopped a bit for this bike rack since it is difficult to find a Class 1 attachment. The rack was as advertised and much sturdier than I expected. So far, I am very impressed with the quality and customer service. I have not used it yet; although I did attach it to the hitch to make sure everything fit correctly. 423726



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Excellent prodcut for the $ I paired the Swagman 63365 with the Draw-Tite 24706 hitch on my 02 Honda Civic. This combo is very sturdy for a Class I setup. The 63365 also came with the anti-sway cradles which were mentioned as optional. I am very happy with this setup and they are great products for the money. 3444



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Great product. Reasonably priced. Excellent advise from e-trailer. Super customer service from Swagman re a question I had. Used the rack on a 20 hour round trip and it worked perfectly. I liked it much better than my father-in-laws much more expensive Yakima. Highly recommend. 95174



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Just put it on and it looks and works g reat. 96950



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This is an excellent well made product. Coupled with the Curt hitch it is sturdy and well designed. Almost impossible to loose a bike or the hitch unless you did something wrong. Very happy with the quick shipping and the bike rack. 428450



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This bike rack arrived a lot sooner than I thought it would. The assembly was fairly simple and the rack seems to be good quality. I haven't put it on my car yet but will return to review that experience. 436503



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Product arrived as ordered. I have not assembled and/or used yet. I will say the Low Price pledge was honored as I found the same rack for about $20 cheaper. Love eTrailer customer service. 363261



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Great bike rack. The item was delivered fully assembled. It was very easy to install and fits great on my SUV. It appears to be very sturdy with no wobble. I am very satisfied. 423748



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very well designed and fits into the receiver hitch snugly Happy about that as it was a concern. Pat, whom I spoke with was very helpful in me making a selection comfortably 126221



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Easy to assemble and fits perfectly on a 2012 Wrangler with spare tire in the rear. However, you cannot open the rear door with the rack connected 179923



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I was not dissapointed when I received the bike rack . Very well made and heavy duty and easy to set up and use . Definitely would buy again. 263964



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Not easy to use and hard to put bikes on it. Hard to put up and down. Rack is not that stable on the car either. Would not buy another one. 357132



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Timely shipping, great packaging for my bike rack. Good price, nice design, good customer service, timely notifications and follow up. 266688



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Received the product quickly. Haven't installed it to the vehicle yet, but from the provided document it should not be too difficult. 341614


Comments

I sold the vehicle that had the hitch and the bike rack. But they worked fine when I had them

Andrew C - 02/07/2018

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1 bolt and it's fully assembled. Can't beat that. Strong straps that should last a long, long time. Highly recommend. 502286



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Can't beat this for the price and # of bikes it can hold. Still happy a year later. It has held up well! 258974



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Heavier than anticipated and does not insert into the hitch as easily as I'd thought. 14506



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Incredibly easy to navigate website. Fast delivery and great product! 370403



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Everything was delivered and worked as advertised. Good job 210887



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Great trailer. Just as advertised. Very quick shipping. 213144



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Excellent product and transaction. Thank you George! 189821



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Product worked great...easy to install 146136



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Awsome 373589



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Review from a similar Swagman Trailhead in Hitch Bike Racks


First off, thanks to Jason T. or "Troop". The exemplary customer service he provided is rare these days. Troop made several calls to the various manufacturers to ascertain which bike rack would afford me the most ground clearance as my new VW Golf sits low to the ground and my old bike rack frequently scraped the ground when I went up even a slight up hill grade. His efforts paid off as he found me the best bike rack for my car, the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier. It sits up off the ground just high enough that it doesn't scrape on my driveway. It is also sturdy and holds my bikes securely. And, the delivery was amazingly fast. I had my rack in about 2 days! Note to Troop, see my Pittsburgh Pirates Logo on my bumper in the attached pictures? Pirate Fans persevere! The Bucco's will be coming after your Cardinals this year! Thanks again Troop! 80677


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Still happy with the Swagman rack. It is easy to put on and take off and can be done in minutes.

AlleyCat - 05/25/2014

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Review from a similar Swagman Trailhead in Hitch Bike Racks


Flawless - quiet - secure - easy - convenient. Winner! I just completed a 1624 mile road trip/move from DC to Austin TX with the Swagman bike rack on a 2010 Honda Fit. This rack felt kind of heavy, but did a great job - no noise, no vibration, and the deep saddles and straps made me feel very secure. Love the saddle design. Wrap one strap around the seat tube and one around the top tube on one end, and two around the top tube on the other. I used a bungy cord to keep the front wheel in line with the frame. Very secure, noise-free. The swing-down design came in very handy when accessing the hatch. I hadn't considered this important when I bought it, but it is a nice feature, especially given the weight of the rack. Nicer to keep it in the hitch and swing it down to get in the back. Also, note how the rack rises up from the hitch receiver. This gave me plenty of ground clearance. I had that little Honda way loaded and the rack never bottomed out or scraped when entering driveways, parking lots, or up ramps. This was the right blend of features, cost and quality for my use. I'm not sure what more I could have wanted! 34084



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This rack is very sturdy, great fit and finish and install was a breeze. I just did a quick test load of my bike and that worked out very well. The other nice feature is that the rack extends out far enough to clear my oversize spare tire (Wrangler) and of course the assembly will pivot down to allow full opening of the gate. I'm very happy with my decision on choosing this product. 99672


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Hello! I am curious to know if your rack completely tilts back to open the tailgate completely? I will be mounting this on my 14 Wrangler Unlimited and want to make sure this clears the spare and also tilts far enough to access the rear. Thank you! Chris from Delaware

-- comment by: Christopher - 05/04/2014

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Youre welcome. I like it very much and find it was a wise purchase. The only problem I am finding though is locating the proper bolt that has a locking system, to lock the rack to the hitch. Right now I am using the bolt that came with it and have a chain lock going through the hitch and the rackbut Im having a bit of trouble finding the right locking bolt system that fits the threads, the same bolt type that came with the rack..might you know off hand which is the proper one? Im looking for the one where the locking device attaches on the end of the bolt, its a key locking device. I tried twice now getting two different sizes and neither one works, one is too big and the other one has the wrong thread pattern, even though both are made by Sawgman.

Bill D - 09/15/2014

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Thanks for your feedback. The locking threaded hitch pin that we suggest for your Swagman Trailhead is the # S64029
Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin for Swagman Hitch Racks
$29.81
, it is also sold in kit # S64031
Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks w/ 1-1/4" & Combo Shanks - 7'
$41.95
that includes a locking cable. Both of these items can be seen as related items on the right hand side of the product page.

-- Rachael H - 9/15/2014


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Suddenly found myself in the market for a bike rack to hold two bikes for my 2005 Jeep Rubicon TJ. I wanted to use my tow hitch and after some exhaustive internet searching, I came across the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Rack. I made a call and spoke to a nice gentleman who was knowledgeable and in the end I made the purchase. Free shipping to Florida and it arrived about four days later. Installed today and it was as simple as the instructions said. The rack appears well made, sturdy construction and the finish blends well with my jeep. I also liked the price. I have two CONs; the first is there doesn't appear to be any way to secure the rack with a lock to our two hitch. Perhaps if I got a lock with a very slim hasp, but I think that would defeat the purchase. Second, I don't think this rack is really made for use if you have a cover on your spare tire. For me, the back side V was pressing hard against my tire cover. I'm pretty sure after an hour drive this V would have worn a hole in the cover, so I took it off. Aside from these two cons, I would recommend the rack to my friends. 479810


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There is a hitch/cable lock combo for your Swagman Trailhead bike rack, its part # S64031
Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks w/ 1-1/4" & Combo Shanks - 7'
$41.95
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-- Mike L - 03/01/2018

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This whole process couldn't have been easier. I ordered the hitch and about an hour later ordered a bike rack to go into the hitch. An hour after that, I decided I wanted a 4 bike rack, instead of 2. Cathy T was super helpful in cancelling/placing my new order and knew exactly what she was talking about while suggesting the proper lock. Everything arrived right on time and was really easy to install. I do suggest using ramps to raise the vehicle a bit, although it wouldn't have been necessary. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a few cold beverages nearby, and a buddy to help when needed. Seriously though, this was pretty simple to do and it's going to be super functional and I think it even looks pretty good. The prices were fair, shipping was fast, install was easy, and Cathy T was great. A+ for everyone involved. Thanks! 399673



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Absolutely Wunderbar (wonderful)! etrailer support U.S. Service member by being one of the ONLY online vehicle equipment ordering organizations that ships to an APO address. (and I searched a ton of them) I live in Germany and work for the DoD. After researching SEVERAL sites to purchase and ship a trailer hitch, bike rack, mountain bike mount and electrical system to support it for my needs, I discovered my ONLY solution I was etrailer. Lots of others had the gear I required, but NONE of them, would ship to an APO address. Yes, the prices were just a bit higher than a few of the other sites, but without the ability to ship to an APO, the price difference was negligable. So, the GREAT things about etrailer; 1. Easy/simple ordering process 2. great seach tool capability, allowing me to find everything I needed and recommended other items I may not have thought about. 3. Simple / well layed out online order ability. 4. Amazingly quick, delivery. Within 10 days of my order being placed, I had everything in the mail. Yes, shipping cost a bit more than desired, but again, paying a bit more to ship at least allowed it to actually BE shipped to my APO. I've already had hitch and electrical installed and I'll be heading out camping this weekend, WITH my bikes in TOW and all thanks to etrailers exceptional support. Thanks ETRAILER Jason S. 52005



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Stable and well built bike rack. Got this rack and the Draw-tite hitch for a 2015 Camry XSE. I needed the s bend in the shank to clear my driveway apron. The back bottom of hitch is normally 9.5 inches off the ground, 8 inches with the hitch and 4 bikes (about 140 lbs). With 3 people in the car the clearance on my apron is less then 2 inches and it doesn't hit when all 4 are aboard. With the arms folded you can open and close the trunk, but when arms are up the trunk is blocked. This is the reason I knock it down one star. The cheapest thule looks like it is the reverse blocking with arms down, I wish the swagman was that way since it is way easier to tilt the rack with out the bikes. It is hard to get the some bikes over the large triangular cradles, but was able to do it for even my daughters small bike (one side is only on top of the cradle). The main problem with the cradles is that the attachment points for the straps are very flexible, which makes it hard to attach the straps, you end up having to bend the cradle which is hard when bikes are in the way. There is little movement side to side and up and down. The hitch is a tighter fit on the sides then top and bottom to hitch (even with bolt tightened down hard). Overall a very good rack. Customer service was excellent at answering my questions when I was placing the order. Thanks 292072



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This is a very solid product! I have used it for over a year now and love it! I have had up to 3 bikes on this without a problem and have traveled over 8 hours in the car one way with absolutely no issues. Many other bike racks like this one that I see on other cars look unstable this is not unstable in anyway. I did have to file some of the paint off of the rack to get it to fit in my 1 and 1/4" hitch but once that was done it has been perfect. I also bought the locking hitch bolt which is awesome too. 65654


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We still love our bike rack. We have used it a lot over the past yearincluding a couple of long distance trips from Chicago to the upperpeninsula in Michigan 8 hrs . It was one of the best accessory purchases Ihave ever made!

-- comment by: Melissa - 02/14/2014

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First, I have to compliment etrailer on their excellent customer service. I submitted a question about a different rack and received a thorough reply. The rack arrived faster than I expected, but it was the wrong one. No big deal. With a simple 10 minute phone call the correct one was on the way. It arrived just as fast. Now to the rack. It came fully assembled. All I had to do was put the stabilizer bolt in. Very small. No big deal. The rack slid right in. I loved the hitch bolt. It slowed the process a tad , but it made it a lot sturdier. I have a Nishiki Alamosa with a 22 inch frame and 27.5 inch tires. This bike is not small. It was no trouble getting it on and strapped down. The thick rubber straps were great. I also purchased 2 soft ride hook and loop tire downs to keep the front tire straight. The ride was smooth. Plenty of ground clearance. No worries there. Did it shake any? Of course when I hit a bump it did a little. Unloading the bike and removing the rack was quick and easy. Overall after only one trip with this rack I am thoroughly satisfied. It was perfect. It's only about 10 miles to the trail so I didn't need anything more. 215875



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The good: Solid, heavy construction. Easy to use method for attaching the bikes. Includes adapter for different type / size hitches. Fairly easy to swing out of the way for hatch access (although it is heavy). Plenty of room between carrier and rear of vehicle. The meh: Requires the use of anti-rattle bolt. This means that one must carry a socket wrench to install and remove the carrier. Should use a torque wrench. The bad: Instructions are awful. To assemble, "only one bolt needs to be installed", but the photos are so poor that they are useless. Does not say that a second bolt has to be tightened. Pin and pin locks cannot be used because the anti-rattle threads cannot be removed and are too small diameter for a pin. Recommended Swegman anti-rattle lock is too long to fit on some factory hitches such as Jeep Grand Cherokee. Bike strap and connectors make placing the bike on the inside holder a chore. 212416



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Installation was fairly straight forward. It took a while to find the correct size allen wrench to remove the bushings so it would work on my smaller receiver hitch. Instructions for mounting the bikes on the rack leave a little to be desired but I guess its not that hard to figure out on your own. The rack holds the bikes securely and there is not a lot of movement. You will need some bungee cords to hold the front wheels so they don't flop around going down the road. Seems like a good rack for the money. 211169


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Still no major problems. Getting some noise and side to side movement where the rack fits in the receiver.

Bill K - 07/11/2016

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  • Most of our hitch mounted bike racks will allow you to open the rear hatch of your 2004 Ford Explorer without having to remove the bike rack. I have attached a link to all of our bike racks for you to check out. As long as the bike rack has a folding, tilting or swinging feature, then it will allow you to open your back hatch. For 3 bike models, I recommend are the Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Rack, # S63365, or the Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike Rack, # TH9043. Both bike racks have many useful...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for 2011 Buick Enclave
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  • To mount a bike rack on the rear of your Element, there are two alternatives, a hitch mounted option or a trunk mounted option. The hitch mounted option would require that a hitch like the Draw-Tite Class III receiver, part # 75659 be installed. The hitch would then serve as the attachment point for the bike rack, and could also be used with a cargo carrier or to tow a small trailer in the future, if the need should arise. Although going this route would be initially more expensive...
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  • Recommendation of Hitch and Bike Rack on 2012 Toyota Camry
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75270 Scrape the Ground When Installed on a 2005 Honda Odyssey
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  • Recommended 3 Bike Rack for 2000 Jeep Wrangler
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