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Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting

Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting

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This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack. Call 800-298-8924 to order Swagman hitch bike racks part number S64683 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Swagman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks - S64683

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Swagman
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack.


  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style carrier transports 2 bicycles on the back of your vehicle
  • Ratcheting, padded hooks hold your bikes firmly by the top tubes
    • Padding protects your bike frames from scratches and abrasions
    • Push buttons allow hooks to move independently to hold bikes of different sizes
    • Locks in arms let you secure your bikes to the rack
  • Sliding cradles with ratcheting straps secure your bike wheels to the rack
    • Adjust easily with hand knobs to accommodate bikes of different lengths
  • Spring-loaded levers let you tilt the rack down or fold it up
    • Tilt rack down - with bikes loaded - for cargo area access
    • Fold down hook arm with no bikes loaded for cargo area access
    • Fold down hook arm and fold rack up against rear of vehicle when not in use
  • Hitch lock secures the rack to your vehicle
    • Threaded pin also serves as an anti-wobble device to reduce rattle in the hitch
    • Includes 2 keys
  • Removable adapter sleeve converts the rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Solid steel construction with black powder coat finish is strong, durable, and rust resistant


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 45 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheel base: 50"
  • Maximum tire width: 3"
  • Wheel diameter: 20" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 12-1/2"
    • End of rack when folded down: 25"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 6"
  • Carrier weight: 47 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Carrier

The Chinook lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has padded, ratcheting hooks and sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps so you can carry 2 bikes regardless of size, frame design, or suspension or brake style. An integrated lever lets you tilt the rack down for cargo access or fold it up for storage, and the low loading height reduces the strain of mounting your bikes for transport. It also has a locking system that secures your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.

Padded, Ratcheting Hooks on Upright Arm

Padded Locking Hooks

Ratcheting hooks on the upright arm hold 2 bikes of varying sizes firmly by the top tubes. The padded hooks won't scratch or scuff your bike, and built-in locks let you secure the bikes to the rack. You can fold the upright arm when no bikes are on the rack for convenient access to your vehicle's rear cargo area.

Sliding Wheel Cradles with Ratcheting Straps

Adjustable Wheel Trays

Sliding cradles with ratcheting straps hold your bikes in place by the wheels. The cradles easily adjust with hand knobs to accommodate bikes of different lengths.

Convenient Cargo Area Access and Storage

Fold ForwardFold Up For Storage

A spring-loaded lever in the base lets you tilt the rack - with bikes loaded - for access to your vehicle's rear cargo area. When you're not carrying bikes you can use this same lever to fold the rack up against the rear of your vehicle.

Locking Hitch Pin

Threaded Locking Hitch Pin

The locking, threaded hitch pin secures the rack to your hitch receiver and also serves as an anti-wobble device to eliminate rattling in the receiver.

Removable Adapter Sleeve

Adapter Sleeve

The rack has a removable aluminum sleeve that lets you convert the 2" shank for use in 1-1/4" hitches.

64683 Swagman Chinook Tray-Style 2-Bike Rack - 1-1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Tilting

Installation Details S64683 Installation instructions

Video of Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting

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

Video Transcript for Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Honda CR-V

Today on our 2015 Honda CR-V we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Chinook two bike rack, part number S64683. Now we've all been in that situation whether we're out riding our bike or we just got done, and we need to get into the back of our hatch. That's one of the nice things about our bike rack. We come to this lever right behind our bike here, we lift up, and can actually tilt our bike down and away, and then we can gain access to the back of our hatch to get whatever we may need in or out. Then once we're done grabbing everything, we can close our hatch, and then simply rotate the bike back forward, and it will lock into position. Our bike is going to be secured at three places. We're going to have one strap on each wheel, as well as a frame hook here on top.

Now to release the straps on our wheels, we're going to push the button on the back here, and then we can just start pulling our strap out. Finally to release our wheel hook, we're going to come down our mast until we find the button, then we're going to push in on that button and it will release it and we can slide it up. Then we can grab our bike and take it off, and set it aside. Now with our bike out of the way, we do have the option of folding the mass down so you get a little better view. The way we're going to do that is we're going to come to this knob right here, we're going to lift up, and it will release the mast and we can fold it down. If we don't have our bikes on our bike rack, or we just got done using them, and we need to get in the back hatch you can see it clearly clears the bike rack.

We're not going to have any clearance issues. Now our bike rack is adding quite a bit of real estate to the back of our vehicle so I'd like to give you a few measurements. From our bumper to the outermost edge of our bike rack, which is going to be this wheel tray right here, it's going to be right about 25 inches. Now at the closest point, that's going to be at the back of the mast right at this knob, it's going to be roughly nine inches away. Now as far as ground clearance is concerned, at the back of our bike rack it's going to be right about 19.5 inches. The bike rack's going to accommodate several different sizes of bikes because our wheel trays here, if we turn the knobs and loosen them up, we'll be able to move them all along this bar.

So we'll be able to accommodate several different wheel bases of bikes. One of the nice features is that our wheel hooks here do have built in locks. So once we secure our bike down, we can lock it, and it will deter theft. Our wheel trays are going to accept tires up to three inches wide, and our ratcheting straps have a nice rubber coating right here so that it won't have any damage or abrasions to our wheels. Now if you have a fat bike tire, we do have separate wheel trays that will fit fat bike tires on our website. For closer quarters, or maybe even just pulling in the garage, and we don't have that much room at the back of our vehicle, if we come to that same lever at the back, we can lift up on it, and we can actually tilt our bike rack towards our vehicle.

Now the farthest point from our bumper is only going to be right about 15 inches. So it made quite a bit of difference. The Chinook is designed to work with inch and a quarter and two inch hitches. It does come with a locking anti-rattle bolt, which is going to take out some of the slack and slop, and some of that rattle that we associate with the hitch going down the road. That will finish up our look at the Swagman Chinook two bike rack, part number S64683 on our 2015 Honda CR-V.Speaker 2: Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action which simulates turning corners, or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.

Customer Reviews

Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting - S64683

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (174 Customer Reviews)

This platform-style carrier has adjustable, padded hooks that hold 2 bikes by the top tubes. Sliding wheel cradles accommodate most bike lengths. Rack tilts down for access to cargo area and folds up for storage. Includes locks for bikes and rack.

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Like it a lot. The only issue I think others should be aware of is, make sure you hold onto your bike when you release the hold down clamps. I just assumed it would stay upright in the catchments. Silly me. My bike fell against the trunk and dented it. So don’t be like me. Hold onto your bike when releasing the hold down clamps. 641180

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This worked well on my 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. I bought this rack to haul my two bikes 2300 plus miles from Charleston, SC to Las Vegas, NV and I am extremely pleased with it. It comes with bike and hitch locks that give you just enough security for those quick bathroom stops where your bike might be out of your sight for a few minutes. I was travelling alone so this was perfect for my needs at quick stops. The one night I stayed in a hotel, I did bring the bikes in the room with me. The mounted rack with the bikes felt solid and sturdy but did have a little wobble which is normal with hitch type bike racks. I have a Class II Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver (Item # C12115) and Curt recommends the use of stabilzer straps to be used with all non trailer loads so I used the Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing strap (Item # 18050) and let me tell you, it works and I recommend it. It drastically reduced the wobble and kept the bike rack steady during my trip. I encountered heavy rain, snow, high winds and wind gusts and the rack withstood speeds up to 80 mph with no problems whatsoever. I love this rack and I highly recommend it. Great bang for your buck in my opinion. 588393

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I chose the Chinook mainly because it came with locks for the hooks to keep the bikes secure, and a lock for the hitch pin to keep the rack itself secure. I also like that it has ratcheting top tube hooks, rather than hooks that secure with knobs. Assembling the rack was straightforward and took maybe 20 minutes. I did it with the rack off the car. I installed a trailer hitch on my 2009 Civic Si sedan (this was not NEARLY as easy as assembling the rack!) and hooked up the Chinook. It's fairly heavy, but appears to be about the same weight as most other platform style racks - even lighter than some of the higher end ones. It slid right into the receiver. The hitch pin/lock is easy to use. I loaded my XL 29" hardtail mountain bike and my wife's M comfort/step through bike onto the rack - the sliding trays were easy to move with the bike off the rack and I used a rubber mallet to fine tune their positions with some gentle taps once the bikes were on. One of my concerns was that the hook wouldn't go low enough for my wife's bike. I put the low hook on first and had it facing the outside as that's where my wife's bike was. The hook went down plenty far to secure the comfort bike. I did put small towels between the bikes and the hooks, as the "padding" on the hooks isn't very soft. The bikes didn't interfere with each other and they didn't touch the car. I was even able to open the trunk with the bikes on the rack in the upright position. The rack can tilt away from the car which would probably be helpful for cars with larger trunk lids. We set off for the trail. The rack did bounce around a bit while driving down the road (probably due to the low load rating for the hitch for the Civic more than the rack itself) but everything held tight and got the bikes to the trail with no issues. Unloading and reloading at the trail was quick and easy. Overall, I am very happy with this rack! It does everything I wanted a rack to do at a very affordable price. 336635

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I was pleased with the fairly quick delivery (less than a week). However, when trying to put together I felt the directions were somewhat unclear. I felt like I wasn't confident that I was putting it together correctly due to lack of full, detailed instructions. Also, it is quite heavy (~46lbs) and awkward! I guess I didn't fully understand how heavy it would be - which I guess is my fault. I would definitely recommend trying to put it together while it is inserted in the hitch of the car. The rack itself seems pretty sturdy but I am really unhappy with how much wobble and sway the rack moves in the hitch. I have a 2 inch hitch and use the 2 inch adapter. I wish I knew if the sway is normal, or if I have done something incorrectly. Also, I received a Swagman hitch lock with my rack but I really struggle with being able to turn it so that the thread goes in as it should. So I resulted back to using the non-lock version that also came with the rack. Also, for the lock hitch I don't understand why it is so long. It is nearly twice as long as the one that is meant for the rack. What is the point of it being so long? Overall, the rack is okay but now I'm wishing I had gone with a less obtrusive, lighter weight rack. 293614

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This product fit the requirements of carrying two bikes securely. The rack lends itself to a variety of types of bikes. I enjoy the rack's simplicity and functionality. It allows good access to the rear hatch of my vehicle. The minimal size of the rack make me comfortable with leaving it on my vehicle for extended periods of time. 617491

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All rec'd in good order. Great price, speedy delivery, and excellent communication about my order. 438464

The rack is not as durable as I had hoped. I use it all year, and winters can be harsh here. The plastic shroud around the cable lock splintered after about 9 months. The metal notches that hold the stand vertical have become a bit wobbly soft metal. Other than that, Ive recd my moneys worth from the rack. I have only used it to haul one bike, as our others have no cross-bar. I have purchased another rack that easily accommodates two bikes.
Dan B - 10/02/2018


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This is my first hitch mounted rack. I was very excited and hopeful that this rack was of compatible quality to that of Thule or yakima, albeit with a more reasonable price tag. However I think that it came up short. Likes Sturdy. This thing is built like a tank and would certainly have no issues dealing with some very heavy bikes! Attractive. I like that it is simple, not flashy and when no bikes are loaded it's completely out of the way. Fit. I have a drawtight hitch mounted Ted to my 2016 Subaru Forester and the clearances are perfect! When folder up there is about 1.5 inches between the rack and the bumper. Nice and tight. Function. I like how it folds up. Dislikes. Very heavy. Pretty sure this is 100% steel with very minimal use of aluminum, if at all. This also has me very concerned that after a couple years it will look like rusted junk. Width. I just bought a trek fuel with plus tires and the trays will not actually go wide enough by about 2 inches. As a result the bike always has one tire not fully seated in the tray. Luckily the tray has a strap so it is secure, but this is definitely a compromise. Fit and finish. Some small rust spots. I had to add grease to the main pivot to help with a very tight movement of the rack folding up, some of the joints also needed to be tightened and the key/lock mechanism clearly was not deburred inside and I spent a long time trying to unlock my bike from the rack. Adding bike lube to the mechanism and working it for a few minutes made it a smoother operation. All said, if I had to do it again I would pay the extra money for a mainstream bike rack brand. But I use this every week in the summer. If you're an occasional user this would probably be fine. 389387

Well aside from the issue if rust in the wheel trays becoming progressively worse, everything is about the same. I will add that despite my best efforts, the padded hook definitely burnishes and wears at the paint job on the top tube of the bike frame as well. Not a big deal if you use this a handful of times a summer, but if you use this two to three times a week like me, this just isnt ideal.
Alex - 06/07/2018


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I wanted to move away from the scratches I was getting from my Saris trunk mount bike carrier so installed a receiver hitch and purchased the Swagman Chinook. I read a ton of reviews for different racks and this one had more positive comments than the others. There is some assembly required, but it is not difficult. The only problem I had was the foldable upright holder for the bikes is attached with two bolts. The bolt that goes through the open end (the left side as you are facing the back of the vehicle) was too small until I used a pair of pliers to close them a little so I could attach the nut and washer. Once tightened, everything was fine and the holder would still fold without a problem. I am amazed at how stable the rack is with one bike. I have not used it with two bikes. Very little movement. Extremely stable. I also purchased a Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap but do not see a need to use it currently. Perhaps it would be necessary if I mounted a second bike. I added some reflective tape to the hitch so it could be seen better by vehicles travelling behind me. 484386

A year later and still no complaints. The Swagman Chinook continues to live up to my expectation. It is on my car more than it is off so if I can slip in a ride after work or on the weekend I am ready to go. I had to spray some lubricant in the locks and they help dramatically. This is a solid back rack and I continue to recommend it.
Old a - 03/15/2019


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I'll be using this rack for a Trek Remedy 29er. Overall, the fit/finish of this rack is fine, and the added wheel protection on the ratcheting loops is a nice touch. The arm(s) that touch the bike frame could be softer, but I might just use a towel or something to cover the frame. I am, however, less than impressed with the locking hitch pin. I've never seen one that needlessly long before. Would be extremely easy to snip off. I don't know if Swagman makes a shorter one, but it's certainly needed. I give 4 stars for the rack build quality, and 1 star for the threaded locking hitch pin. 480064

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I have been using this with 1 bike (not 2 yet) for about a month now, and it has worked great for me so far. Yes it is pretty heavy and still has movement going over bumps, but it seems very strong. I just took the 2nd bike tire mounts off until I need them. Everything is metal on this except the bike frame ratchet track and button mostly. I use it on a 2014 sonic hatchback with the trailer hitch I bought from here as well. I recommend this for people not wanting to risk scratching the paint on their car. The pictures make it look like it sticks way past the sides of my car, but that's not correct. 432749

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No issues moving around 2 GT bikes. Works perfectly with my ecohitch on my Crosstrek 653548

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Good design, light weight and strong. But there is defect, some spot-welding points fell off on the wheel cradles ( as pictures show ). 433995

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In general, it is pretty good. a solid product. Only complaint I have is that the height of two hooks to hold bikes are very different, it would be hard to make them hook on two bikes with similar height. If you encounter this situation, what I do is to hook one bike and use rope or strap on another one. 571028

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I purchased this rack for my 2014 Subaru Forester. I originally bought a used Thule rack that hung the bikes from the top tube (or the top tube adapter, in the case of my mountain bikes), but my bike hung too low. After much research into various racks, I selected this Swagman Chinook. The ratings were good, the price was right, and it had all the features of a much more expensive rack. The rack was very easy to put together upon arrival, and it took me just a few minutes to adjust it to my mountain bike's size. I really like the fact that the rack locks to the car and also locks the bikes down to the rack. The rack tilts in easily to the vehicle when not in use. It's easy to put the rack on and take off of my car as well. I found the easiest way to load my bike (Niner RIP 9) is to raise the top hook to the tallest height and then lower the top tube hook rack. After I put the bike wheels in the tray and ratchet them down with the padded straps, I swing the top tube rack up and lock it down. If I attempted to load the bike with the top tube rack up, I had to really maneuver the bike around it while trying to get the wheels seated, and worried I'd scratch my car. I took it on a trip up north on a very windy day, and there was no sway. So many great features at a price that can't be beat. 524838

Pretty good after a year. Discovered I need to re-tighten the hitch bolt where it connects the rack to the hitch - it loosens off with time. Otherwise, an excellent rack.
Theresa - 06/21/2019


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Truly grooving on my wife's new Swagman Chinook bike rack. She wanted to be able to transport her nice road bike easily without throwing it in the back of her car, and since a roof rack is out of the question, this Swagman model fit the bill perfectly. It arrived quickly on the anticipated date. Kudos to etrailer.com for the email updates to keep me informed of my purchase. Within one hour, it was installed on my wife's 2014 Mazda3 hatchback. The Swagman is heavy and solid, which is reassuring as it makes me feel confident that it will keep the bikes secure. It also makes me feel like I got my money's worth. A ratchet wrench and Phillip's head screwdriver were the only tools required for the easy install. I did my research before purchasing the Chinook model as I was also eyeballing a very similar Thule rack that was slightly more expensive. I spoke with an etrailer.com expert who gave me the lowdown on both models. Ultimately, the Swagman won out because it has a smaller 'footprint' while extended or folded up ... and also can tilt away from the car for easy access to the hatchback area. Very convenient! FYI: Mazda doesn't make a trailer hitch for the Mazda3 as it's a small car with a small engine and has no business towing anything. Thankfully, the Curt company makes an aftermarket frame and trailer hitch that fits the Mazda3 hatchback perfectly with no drilling. Stupidly, I purchased it from another online company thinking I was getting a good deal. Turns out etrailer.com had it for less with FREE shipping. Oh well ... live and learn. Now I know that etrailer.com is one-stop shopping for bike racks AND trailer hitches. (Full disclosure: I had the garage down the street install the frame as it's easier with a lift) Only snafu: the shipment contained an extra set of keys that I assumed was for the hitch bolt lock (there was also a set of keys on the bolt itself). I spent 15 minutes using those keys trying to figure out how to remove the lock from the bolt to install it on the hitch. The keys just wouldn't turn in the lock. I called etrailer.com and Kevin told me to try the other set of keys ... and they worked. So an extra set of keys came with it that did absolutely nothing ... weird! Obviously, I can't speak to the longevity and durability of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack as I just installed it. What I can speak to is the sturdiness of it, the ease of the installation and my complete satisfaction with the good folks at etrailer.com. 505791

Its been a year and my wife thinks her Swagman dual bike rack is the cats meow. Its works as well as the day we purchased it with absolutely no issues. The best thing a bout the rack is how easy it is to put back on the car. My wife, out of the blue, said she wanted to go riding and that she needs the rack. I took it out of the shed, []ed it into the hitch, tightened the bolt with a ratchet wrench, and 5 minutes later, she was good to go!
Steve H - 05/08/2019


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I have a Specialized Turbo Como, which is an Electric assist bike, so a bit heavier and bulkier than a standard bike. I ordered the Swagman Chinook because I wanted support for the wheels as opposed to hanging by the frame. It works perfectly. I added a picture of the through bolt that is designed draw the 2" rack insert tight to the receiver to minimize sway, which it does. The problem is that the locking feature won't work because it extends too far and interferes with the tow package connections. If this bolt was 1 1/2" shorter it would work fine. I don't know why it is as long as it is for a 2" receiver, but it makes the lock unusable. My vehicle is a GMC Denali, but this would probably be true for all GMC and Chevy vehicles for the past ten years. That would be a great fix. 471833

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I have had one of these before and I had to get another one for my new chevy truck.I know this one will work with a Surly Big Dummy bicycle and it works great with my Surly Disc Trucker too.This trailer is very well made.I got my first one back in 2014 but lost it and my car long story on that so I will leave that part out You can not go wrong with this trailer for any bicycle you may have. 588644

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Shipping was outstanding, I placed the order on Sunday and had my bike rack on Wednesday. I assembled it that night, assembly was pretty simple, you just had to read the directions and follow them - between the instructions and the illustrations, it was easy with the most time consuming part being some trial and error to adjust the platforms that the tires sit on to get them in the best place to center the bike behind the car and have the tires sit firmly on the platforms. The normal guy thing of skip the instructions would be hard. Putting the bike in the front position (toward the car) was a bit difficult until I read the directions on loading and lowered the upright arm and it became easy. Loading is easily a one person operation. I used the rack for the first time today (the day after it arrived), and it performed as I expected. I would recommend this and would buy it again. 382261

Ive been using the rack for a year now, including several long trips, over 500 miles each way with 2 hybrid bikes. The only issue at all is all summer long I cant open my tailgate without folding the rack down and its harder to load large/heavy items in the back of my vehicle because the rack is where you want to stand. But that is a small price to pay for a great rack, and I could spend a couple minutes taking it off before I went to get that large/heavy item. But I leave it on from the beginning to the end of biking season and use the rack several times a week.
Gregory M - 05/23/2018


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First off I got tired of putting my bike in the back end of my 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek! So, birthday present to myself. I bought the Curt 1 1/4" class 1 receiver hitch from Etrailer of course (posted install). Then I ordered the Swagman Chinook platform bike carrier! Best bike rack purchase ever! I did a lot of online comparisons, always been a Thule fan? But hands down the Swagman Chinook was the best bang for the buck @ $$$ and change from Etrailer! It took me @ 15 minutes to put together straight out of the box, and waited til yesterday to put it on my car. As you can see from photos attached it works awsome! Now it's going to be a lot easier to travel to the BMX races! 336348

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This bike rack is very sturdy, which adds to its hefty weight. Overall, it secures my bikes very well and the locking mechanism for both the hitch and bikes seems to be of good quality. The bikes would probably have to be damaged to be removed from the rack while it's locked, so that's about as much as you could ask for I guess. I bought this to enable transport of my triathlon bike with a disc wheel, which works perfect, even without the rear wheel strapped. The bike secures very snugly, so it doesn't shake around at all, although there is minimal play in the hitch...only very slight sway. For the price, quality, and utility, I'd definitely recommend this rack! 272303

The bike rack is still holding up well. We use it almost every weekend and its been great. No issues whatsoever.
Joshua M - 01/15/2018


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I ordered the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack on line from etrailer and so far have been very satisfied. The bike rack was delivered in less than a week. Unpacking the rack and assembly was fairly straightforward. I have read some reviews that complained the assembly instructions were a bit vague. I didn't have a problem but can see where others without a mechanical background get confused. The rack is very sturdy, but there is some side to side play in the tilt mechanism. I'm not sure this can be avoided with a rack that folds down. Installing the Curt trunk stabilizing strap takes most of the sway out of the rack. Installation is fairly easy and quick. It takes me 6 - 7 minutes to install the back on my hitch, and to install the bike and be ready to drive away. That seems reasonable to me. So far I've only loaded 1 bike. I've included pictures of my installation on a 2014 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan. Clearance between the bikes, the rack and the car are good. With the bike loaded in the inside, most forward position, I have 6" clearance between the pedal and the bumper. With the bike removed, the center support folded flat and the rack folded up in the storage position, I have 4" clearance between the closest part of the bike rack (the fold down hinge assembly) and the back bumper of the car. I am able to open the trunk of the car without removing the bikes or using the tilt feature, but I do have to remove the stabilizing strap first. Overall, I'm very pleased with the bike rack and think it will serve me much better than my old strap on rack. Since the weather has been cool since getting the bike carrier, I haven't taken any long trips to give it a real workout. 356818

Im still very pleased with the bike rack. Have taken several 200 mile trips with 2 bikes and am very satisfied.
Capt J - 03/21/2018


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The swagman bike rack arrived in 3 days. After exhaustive review, of which etrailers videos and pics were a vital part (many products I had no idea existed), I chose the swagman tilting rack. I needed the tilt to open the door of my Volkswagon Tiguan and wanted the wheel trays to get additional stability. It all went together in 10-20 minutes, I built it right in the hitch receiver. Tightened all the bolts adjusted the wheel trays and loaded my bikes. I am so happy with everything. I added two rubber straps to further stabilize the rack during transit and everything is working perfectly. The swagman was even on sale for [$$] off. Etrailer has been emailing me for awhile, as we were off on a 3 month jaunt, so they have gone beyond the norm to provide this great service. 370801

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Things I wanted in a platform bike rack: -Rack that could accommodate at least a 49" wheel base -At least 35 lbs per bike capacity, but preferably 45 lbs -A Rack that could fold up and out of the way without hitting the bumper or interfering with the rear hatch opening. -A rack that would have enough clearance to still open the hatch with the bikes mounted and tilted away. -My bike (that I was concerned about fitting): 2017 Trek Fuel EX 7 29er, size XXL. This rack hit all of those requirements! I was a bit hesitant because there was no confirmed fitment for the 2014+ Forester (beyond some measurements), but I ordered it anyway. I'm happy to report that the rack fits perfectly. I attached pictures that show that there is plenty of clearance when the bike is mounted, bike is mounted and tilted away (to open the hatch), and when the rack is folded up (to clear bumper and open the rear hatch). Rack itself: -Assembly and installation was fairly easy. The directions could be somewhat confusing, but read carefully and pay attention and it will be easy. -The cam locks that are used to tilt/fold the rack and to release the vertical arm are much more convenient than having to remove and re-insert a pin. --there is some up and down play from the tilt/fold cam lock, but it actually does not cause excess movement when the bikes are mounted and the car is moving, hitting bumps, turning, etc. -Very minimal movement from the rack while in motion. -The padding on the hooks is fairly hard, so I did buy some pipe insulation to protect the top tube on my bikes. -The rack hooks lock and there is a lock for the hitch pin. No cables necessary! -The wheel trays are very sturdy and easy to adjust. -The price was very reasonable, especially considering that locks are included. Regarding etrailer.com -awesome database of information AND the best prices that I could find. -the support team is also very responsive and helpful. I'm very happy with my hitch rack so far, and I'm very happy to have ditched my roof bike carriers! 289376

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Thanks for your very quick shipping! I must say that I am very impressed by how well packaged and built this bike rack is. The pictures DO NOT do it justice. Even though it only 5 degrees here in Minnesota, I needed it now for our upcoming stay in Florida. We just purchased a new Mazda CX-5 and had our dealer install a 2" receiver hitch, so that we could take our bikes along with us this year. Hopefully it will warm up enough here so I can put it on our SUV and do the final adjustments on it before we hit the road. Thanks again. 738919

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Easy to put together. Heavy and sturdy for our two bikes. Folds up so it doesn’t stick out off the back of the car and we won’t have to keep taking it off. Exactly what we were looking for to get our bikes to the trails and in our price range. 736313

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  • Differences Between the Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Racks
    The primary differences between the Swagman G10, part # S64682 and the Chinook, part # S64683 is the overall size and shape of the rack, as well as the bike dimensions that they hold. The Chinook is an overall smaller rack, and at 25 inches, is a little more manageable for garages and other tight situations, and at 6 inches may risk contact of the wheel trays with your vehicle's rear bumper when folded up. The G10 on the other hand sits 13 inches away from the hitch pin when folded...
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  • Are Swagman XC and Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Good Choices for 2019 Subaru Outback with Factory Hitch
    Both the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 are great options for your 2019 Subaru Outback, and in fact the Chinook is one of the most popular bike racks for the '19 Outback. I have added a link for you with the most popular 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon Bike Racks which shows this. The Chinook will fit the 1-1/4" hitch on your Outback and is overall one of the best bike racks for the money from any manufacturer. While the XC is a very solid,...
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  • Will the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Fit on a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe?
    The best way to determine whether a bike rack that we haven't tested on a specific vehicle will be a good fit is by determining the distance from the hitch pin hole on your receiver to the edge of your bumper. Once you know this number, you'll be able to compare it to the length of the shanks on different hitch mounted bike racks and see how much clearance each rack has from your vehicle. For example, the Curt # C13195 hitch that is a fit on the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, has 4-1/4" from...
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  • How to Mount Womans Bike with No Crossbar onto Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Carrier
    I have a perfect solution for you. The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question is a platform style rack, which by design is usually more compatible with woman's bikes that have an alternative frame. However, if your bike has a step through frame with a sharp downward curve or angle, then you will just need to use a bike adapter bar like the Swagman # 64005. This will clamp around your bike's seat post and handlebar's stem post to create a horizontal...
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  • Replacement Wheel Strap for Swagman Chinook Platform Bike Carrier
    We do carry the wheel strap you need for the Chinook, part # S64683. It's part # SP494 which is the exact replacement.
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  • Will Swagman Chinook 2 Fit on 2012 Honda Fit with Class I Hitch Installed
    For your 2012 Honda Fit with a Class I hitch like the Draw Tite part # 24826 installed the Swagman Chinook part # S64683 would fit and work well. This is a very solid platform bike rack that will work well for you.
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  • Replacement Wheel Tray for Swagman Chinook Bike Rack
    I reached out to my contact at Swagman and we were able to add the part you needed to our website. You will want # SP520 replacement wheel tray for left rear/right front to get that left rear wheel tray on your Swagman Chinook Bike Rack # S64683. The # SP521 is the replacement for the right rear/left front if there was any damage there. These replacement wheel trays are the exact replacements you need in the same gray color.
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  • Troubleshooting Installing the Locking Hitch Pin on the Swagman Chinook Platform Rack # S64683
    Yes, the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 has the threaded locking hitch pin which is supposed to reduce the rattle in the hitch receiver. I recommend trying to install the threaded hitch pin without installing the bike rack into your hitch receiver first. If there are no threads in the shank of the bike rack then the bike rack is defective and needs to be replace. Since it has a limited lifetime warranty you should have no problems getting it replaced. If it does thread...
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  • Will Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Clear Toyota RAV4 Hatch When Folded Down
    We haven't gotten a chance to test fit the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 on the 2016 Toyota RAV4 so I can't say for certain that it will clear your rear hatch with the bikes loaded, but I am pretty confident you won't have any issues. We have used this rack on very similar vehicles and the hatch cleared every time without a problem. I have attached a couple images you can check out. If you wanted to remove the rear cradles and upright when only loading 1 bike you certainly...
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  • Installing the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack into a Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver
    When you install the Swagman Chinook, part # S64683, Swagman recommends 40 foot pounds for its locking hitch pin. I don't recommend using an impact wrench to install the hitch pin, as the correct installation can be achieved with a traditional wrench or socket set.
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  • Does the Swagman Chinook Sit Higher than the XTC-2
    On the Swagman Chinook # S64683 I calculate the distance from the top of the shank that fits into the receiver to the bottoms of the insides of the wheel trays to be approximately 5 inches. On the XTC # S64670 it is closer to 4 inches but that is deceptive since the wheel hoops don't have a bottom. Ultimately they are pretty close so if you like the Chinook it would not be much harder, if at all, than the XTC.
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  • What is the Weight of the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack?
    I can confirm for you that the Swagman Chinook # S64683 weighs 47 lbs. This is a tilting and folding rack that fits 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, comes with an anti-rattle hitch lock and has a weight capacity of 45 lbs per bike. It holds your bike by the tube with padded ratcheting hooks and by the wheels with ratcheting straps. I've added links to a pair of video reviews on this rack for you to take a look at as well.
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  • Hitch Rack Recommendations for a 2019 VW Golf Regular Hatchback with Curt C11412 Hitch Receiver
    We have several different options for 2 bikes that fit your 2019 VW Golf. The type of rack that is going to best serve your needs is either the platform or hanging rack. Platform racks are going to be much easier to lift the bike on and off the rack in addition to being able to carry heavier bikes. A hanging rack is going to be lighter weight to make it easier to take on and off your car when not in use and will typically be a bit more cost effective. When we measured a 2017 VW Golf we...
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  • What Bike Rack and Trailer Hitch do you Recommend for my 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon
    I recommend the Draw-Tite Hitch Class III # 75673 for your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. This hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle by Draw-Tite and we have test fitted the hitch on your 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon. This hitch does not require welding to be installed and uses an easy bolt-on installation. The black powder coat finish covers an e-coat base for great rust protection. This hitch does fit with the Swagman Chinook bike rack. The Swagman Chinook 2 Platform rack # S64683 works...
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  • Determining if Swagman Chinook Can Fold without Hitting Rear Bumper on 2010 Toyota 4Runner
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question will have a distance of 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole on your 4Runner to the closest part of the rack when it is folded up. In order to see if this will interfere with the rear bumper on the vehicle, I recommend taking a quick measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole on your hitch receiver to the outside edge of the rear bumper. If this measurement is less than 6 inches, this bike rack...
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  • Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Fit For Woman's Step Through Frame 18 Inches From the Ground W/O Adapter Bar
    Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # S64683 will go down to 12 inches, so you will not have any issue with the frame 18 inches from the ground. Swagman does recommend the bike adapter # 64005 for lower frames like that just to add a higher point of contact for less movement, but it is not required. This is a very nice bike rack that comes with the lock for the hitch and the bikes. It also has a very nice tilting feature for easier access...
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  • Will 1/2" of Clearance Between Chinook Bike Rack and 2018 Outback Wagon Cause Them to Touch
    As long as you have the anti-rattle hitch pin of the Chinook # S64683 installed correctly on the Draw-Tite # 75673 then you shouldn't have any contact between the bike rack and your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. If it is still too close for comfort then I recommend taking some foam, like a pool noodle, and securing it between your new bike rack and new vehicle.
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  • What are Wheel Trays of Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 Made From
    The wheel trays of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 that you referenced are made of steel that is silver powder-coated. Durability wise they are among the best. You would not wear them out or have to replace them at any point from wear or use.
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  • Will Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Fit Curt Hitch on 2011 Honda CR-V
    Yes, the Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64683 will absolutely fit into the Curt Trailer Hitch # 13555 on your 2011 Honda CR-V without having to use force. The hitch pin on the Swagman is the standard size and will fit right through the pin hole on your hitch without issue. This is a great choice for a bike rack and has enough bumper clearance so that you will be able to use the folding feature very easily. It has a 45 lb per bike capacity and is extremely durable; so much so...
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  • Best Hitch-Mount Electric Bike Carrier to Fit All Hitch Classes
    There is one electric bike carrier that will deliver all of the characteristics needed for your application, the premium EasyFold Electric Bike carrier from Thule, part # TH903202. This carrier costs more because it is designed and built to be a class-leading product, one that is sold all around the world. Here's why I recommend this rack over all other e-bike carriers. The EasyFold fits all hitch classes: 1, 2 and 3; it has a 65-lb weight rating for each bike so you have extra capacity...
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Hitch-Mounted Platform Rack for 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
    It looks like the trailer hitch for your 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is most likely a Class I hitch with a 200 pound tongue weight capacity. When choosing the best bike rack for your vehicle and bikes, we just need to make sure that it will be compatible with Class I hitches. I recommend looking at the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683. This is a great platform-style rack that can carry 2 bikes of up to 45 pounds each and is Class I compatible. The sliding wheel cradles with...
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  • Will Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Work with 2 Inch Hitch on 2013 Ford Escape
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question is a great option for transporting up to 2 bikes with your 2013 Ford Escape. It will slide into either a 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch trailer hitch like the one on your vehicle and has a weight capacity of 45 pounds per bike. A really nice feature of this bike rack is that it can be tilted away from the vehicle with the bikes still loaded for easy rear cargo access. The only other measurement you can look at to ensure...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Carrying Bikes w/ 2016 Honda Civic Sedan
    There are two alternatives, either of which would work fine for a bike rack carrying up to 2 bikes. The Curt Class I # C11604 is the most expensive option, and you'd need to use a stabilizing strap # 18050 for the bike rack, in order to meet Curt's warranty stipulations. The good news is that this is the easier to install option. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's rated as a 4. I've linked the installation instructions for you to look over. The Draw-Tite Class I, # 24954, is less expensive,...
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  • Hitch Lock and Cable Lock Recommendation for Swagman Chinook
    If you wanted to also have the cable lock/anti-rattle bolt lock for the Swagman Chinook part # S64683 you would need the # S64031 as well. This replaces the hitch lock and comes with the cable you want.
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  • Is the Swagman Chinook the Best Swagman Bike Rack for a 2015 Honda Pilot EX-L
    When looking for a bike rack to fit on your 2015 Honda Pilot EX-L it all just depends on what you are looking to get out of a bike rack and how much clearance you have from the center of your hitch pin hole to the edge of your rear bumper. The Swagman Chinook # S64683 is definitely a good bike rack, but if you want the best then you will need to look just a little bit further. If you are wanting to stick with the Swagman product line then the best 2 bike rack that they currently...
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  • Recommended Front Mount Hitch 2 Bike Carrier for 2011 Ford F-350
    What I recommend using is the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683. It comes with an anti-rattle rack lock and bike locks so that you can secure your bike rack with less rattle to your hitch, and your bikes to the bike rack to help deter theft. The Chinook also has a folding feature which will allow you to gain more clearance at the front of your Ford when you don't have the bikes loaded up. Since it has the hooks that drop down to secure your bikes, it will secure almost any style...
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  • Swagman XTC or Chinook Bike Rack Comparison
    If I was choosing between the Chinook # S64683 and the XTC # S64670 I would go with the Chinook all day. It is a better bike rack and doesn't cost much more. The wheel cradle design is more secure and stable, the straps are easier to use since they ratchet, and the hooks lock into place to deter bike theft. Your wheelbase and bike weights are also perfectly compatible with this bike rack as well.
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie Bike Rack
    Your Electra Townie does have a very low top tube on the frame. If you wanted to use the Chinook part # S64683 you would have to use an adapter bar like part # UB01 to give the rack something to grab onto. Otherwise you would need to go with a bike rack that grabs the bikes by the tires instead. The closest rack to what you referenced that we offer for this would be the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G. I attached a review video for this rack. This would be the route I would recommend over...
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