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Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Want a sturdy rack that's built like a tank
  • Are looking for a good value
  • Want easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area when on the road or at the trailhead

No, if you:

  • Don't want to mess with trying to lift and install a heavy rack
  • Have carbon frame or custom painted bikes
This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks. 1-800-940-8924 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 Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks

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

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Padded hooks on ratcheting arms hold bikes securely by the frame
  • Sliding wheel cradles with ratcheting straps let you carry bikes with different wheelbases
    • Fat bike cradles (sold separately) let you carry bikes with 5" tires
  • Spring-loaded release levers allow rack to tilt and fold
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
    • Removable adapter sleeve lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitches
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Durable steel construction with black powder coat is rust resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity (per bike): 45 lbs
  • Maximum tire width: 3.0"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • 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

Padded, Ratcheting Hooks

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Carrier

The Chinook's mast has a pair of ratcheting hooks that hold your bikes securely by the top tube. And because they move independently, you can carry bikes of different shapes and sizes. The hooks have soft padding that won't scratch or scuff your bike's paint.


Sliding Wheel Cradles

Adjustable Wheel Trays

The wheel cradles slide to accommodate bikes with different wheelbases. Hand knobs let you release the cradles to slide along the bike tray and adjust for your specific bike lengths. Each cradle has a ratcheting strap so you can secure your bikes' wheels during transport. If you need to carry fat bikes, there are cradles (sold separately) that let you carry bikes with tires up to 5" wide.


Tilting, Folding Design

Fold ForwardFold Up For Storage

A spring-loaded release lever in the base of the rack lets you tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access. You can also use that same lever to fold the rack up against your vehicle for storage. A second spring-loaded release lever lets you fold the mast down so you can fold the rack up.


Complete Security

Threaded Locking Hitch PinThreaded Locking Hitch Pin

The ratcheting hooks have lock cores in the release buttons so you can secure your bikes to the rack. Simply slide the hooks over your bikes' top tubes until they click and lock them in place. There is also a keyed-alike locking hitch pin that secures the rack to your vehicle. The hitch pin works with a built-in anti-wobble device in the shank to eliminate rattle in the hitch receiver during transport.


Removable Adapter Sleeve

Adapter Sleeve

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



64683 Swagman Chinook Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier - 1-1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Tilting

Item # S64683

Installation Details S64683 Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Swagman Chinook Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - S64683

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (387 Customer Reviews)

This durable, 2-bike rack is great for the serious cyclist as well as the occasional rider. You can tilt it down with your bikes loaded for trunk access, fold it up for storage, and secure your bikes and rack with keyed-alike locks.

by:

The install was super easy following along with the video. The Chinook is excellent quality. A year later and lots of local trips and two trips from PA to Florida and the rack is still in perfect condition. The key for us is IT DOESN'T RATTLE ON THE HIGHWAY! If I had to listen to 14 hours of rattling on I95 the bikes and rack would have been on the side of the highway. Exceptional value and quality!


Comments
STILL NO RATTLE! We use it all the time and it is as great as the first day we used it!
Susan - 06/12/2022


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Love my new Swagman Chinook 2-bike rack! Impressive packaging to protect product for shipping. Assembled easily and transports my bike beautifully. I appreciate easy adjustments, multi-folding features, sturdy design and locks: 1) from rack to car receiver and 2) locking bike(s) onto rack.


Comments
Working great a year later. I’ve used it many times to transfer my bike and, multiple times to transport 2 bikes. Very sturdy. In generally keep the rack on the car so the folding feature is great. I have also used the tip away feature to open the back gate of my Ford Escape when the bikes are on the rack. I don’t notice any rust developing so far. I’m very happy with this purchase.
Glenn - 04/14/2022


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Good for transporting a range of bikes with different tire widths and wheel sizes (29er mountain bike, 27.5 mountain bike, fat bike, etc.). Have now had it for 2000+ miles. It does wobble and bounce a little, especially on bumpy roads, and the mechanism to unfold the rack tray is a little sticky at times. But otherwise a good value.


Comments
One year later, Im moving on to a better rack. The Swagman Chinook was fine, but the constant adjusting of the wheel trays to fit different bikes took its toll: one of the trays fell off the rack by accident. Still a good rack for anyone who uses it less often andor with only one size of bike.
George - 08/01/2022


by:

Haven’t used the rack a great deal, but have had no problems with it. We did have to purchase a bar adapter for the girls bike, as it just wasn’t stable enough without it. We have fenders on our bikes and cannot use the clamp on the tires. It’s not lightweight. It takes some strength to install it. We use it on a Toyota Tundra and a Subaru Crosstrek.




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Chose this Swagman Chinook rack to haul our two new ebikes on our Honda Fit. The platform rack made loading the heaver bikes easier then a hanging rack that we had for the family van. Our ebikes did not have a top bar (step through) so the wheel straps and the top bar retaining arm holding the the down bar held each bike securely.


Comments
The rack works like a dream. We upgraded our tow vehicle from the Honda Fit to a chevy traverse. We now use the swagman Chinook on the RV and use the traverse to use the Hollywood 4 bike rack. Originally the rack were reversed so we still can handle up to 6 bikes when we have 6 family memebers or friends travel in the RV.
Joe O - 01/27/2022


by:

Overall value 5/5
Overall features
4.5/5
Overall quality 4/5

Assembly instructions that do not have a parts list???
Instructions poorly (not horribly) written. Luckily it's easy to assemble. Like the overall rack. Fits modern 29" mountain bike without issue.


Comments
Not great, had to upgrade Would rate it a three start product in retrospect. Much of the hardware is cheap. Having a single rail to move wheel cradle son really limits adjustments.
David I - 06/09/2021


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Works wonderfully on my Chevy Malibu. Only complaint is if you have shift/brake cables running across the top tube of your bike the clamping mechanic will cause those cables to scratch your bike bad. Just something to keep in mind as it’s more of I bought the wrong style bike rack rather then a issue with the bike rack.


Comments
After over a year of use and many trips. Still holds up strong. No issues at all. Just use a microfiber cloth between the cables and the frame to combat the scratches from the tie down bar
Jakob - 02/15/2022


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Initially this rack was back ordered. But eTrailer kept me up to date and informed me when it shipped. Today I put the rack together~~instructions were easy to follow and all parts were delivered. I’m a 65+ year old female and I had no problems. Can’t wait to attach to my car and hit some trails.


Comments
Follow up after one year: still love it! I haven’t removed it from my car as it easily folds out of the way to open the back SUV door to load groceries, etc. All equipment still works wonderfully wheel wells, straps, etc.
Marilyn - 08/22/2022


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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.


Comments
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 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.


Comments
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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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.


Comments
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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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!


Comments
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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Very easy to install by one person. Easy to put bikes on. My 38lb electric bike ride without much wiggle/wobble. I did put a piece of insulating tubing on my bikes cross bar to double protect the paint. Very happy with this bike rack. Have told my friends they should consider the Swagman Bike Rack for their lighter weight ebikes or non ebikes.




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Has worked well with a 28" hybrid bike for short-to-medium distance trips. Only thing I have improved is to use a different locking hitch system that uses a spring clip; the one shipped with the rack did not have this option.




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Great 2 bike rack, it's heavier than I thought but easy to assemble. The bikes are easy to load/unload and they stay very secured while you drive. My only concern is the tire cradles when you're not using the rack they are easy to be stolen. I bought a wire lock to add a little more security. Anyway I'm happy with my purchase.




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We love it. It was easy to put on. Love how it folds up too. We notice after one year now it needs some silicone so the parts will move better. Highl




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This is a great bike carrier! My e-bike weighs about 50 pounds and this carrier handles it with no problem. With this much weight one should use an assistant restraint to take some of the weight off the carrier.


Comments
A great product. Handles my heavy e-bike and another bike with ease
Richard - 06/06/2022


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I leave the rack on the car almost all the time, as I am transporting my bike to ride with friends multiple times per week. Love the ease of transporting my bike with this rack! And really appreciate being able to fold it into a compact shape when I don’t have a bike on it.




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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!




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waited a few weeks to review in order to fully use the rack as intended. First off, assembly was a breeze. I mounted this on a 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6 with a 2" receiver hitch. With 2 mountain bikes mounted up the rack showed very little to no sway while driving. The rack is very solidly built. The included wheel trays will fit up to a 3" wide tire (tested with a Specialized Fuse Comp 27.5+). The tilting feature gives plenty of room for the rear hatch to open. Levers for the tilt function and the support bar are solid and lock into place very well.

The only real negative with this is that it does block the rear view camera and back up sensors but that is to be expected with something that is mounted right in front of the bumper.

Overall, well worth the wait for it to arrive back in stock and highly recommend the Swagman Chinook over the pricier Thule Doubletrack.




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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!




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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.




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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.




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While I have had limited use of the bike rack, I am very pleased with it. It is very sturdy and easy to install and use. It's definitely a quality product that will last a long time.




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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.



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  • Will the Swagman Chinook # S64683 Fit a Class III Hitch
    The Swagman Chinook # S64683 has an adapter that allows it to work with 1-1/4" and 2" Class I, II, and III trailer hitch receivers. The only thing that you will want to take note of is that from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack when it is folded up is 6". That isn't a problem for most vehicles so you should be good to go!
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a Trailer with a 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
    The Swagman Chinook # S64683 is not rated for use on the back of a trailer (Motorhomes are fine) so I cannot recommend using it on a trailer. You can instead use the popular BikeWing # B01311. This is the only bike rack that is approved for use on a trailer AND that fits a 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receiver (there isn't a 1-1/2 inch hitch size).
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  • Do Wheel Trays on Swagman Chinook Platform Bike Carrier S64683 Lock in Place
    The wheel trays on the Swagman Chinook Platform Bike Carrier # S64683 have a knob that allows you to adjust their position on the steel rail for various bike lengths but they do not include a provision for locking to the rack nor for locking the bike tire to the tray.
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  • Can Swagman Chinook be Used on a 2018 Travato 59K
    Yes, the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 that you referenced is confirmed to fit at the back of motorhomes like the 2018 Travato 59K that you referenced.
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  • Can Swagman Chinook Really Secure Bikes that have Angled Top Tubes
    If the wheel cradles of the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 are spaced properly the bike would not be able to roll forward or back as essentially the cradles act like wheel chocks to prevent this. Basically the bike would have to move up as the wheels climb over the cradles to get out of them which is what the hook prevents. So basically as long as the bike is secure properly to the rack the bikes aren't going to easily be removable.
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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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  • Recommended Hitch Bike Rack for 2016 Honda HR-V
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question will work great on your 2016 Honda HR-V with a Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch installed. This particular carrier will fit both 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch trailer hitch receivers, so there will be no compatibility issues with the hitch receiver on your vehicle. This is a great rack that will hold up to 2 bikes at 45 pounds each. It includes locks to secure the bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. A great feature...
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  • What are the Wheel Cradles on the Swagman Chinook Made Of
    The wheel cradles on the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting Item # S64683 are aluminum. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Distance Between Bikes on Swagman Chinook Bike Rack
    The distance between the centers of the wheel cradles of the Swagman Chinook # S64683 is 10 inches.
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  • How Does Threaded Hitch Pin of Swagman Bike Rack Secure Rack to Hitch Tube
    The threaded hitch pin of the Swagman bike rack part # S64683 does not thread to your hitch actually. What you do is insert the bike rack into the hitch, line up the hitch pin holes, and then thread the hitch pin to the bike rack. When you tighten the bolt up all the way it holds the rack to the side of the hitch tube which prevents the rack from moving in the hitch.
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  • Will the Folded Up Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Rack Clear the Tailgate on a 2017 Honda Ridgeline
    I went out to the warehouse and put together a Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting Item # S64683 to measure it for you. With the center mast folded down it measures 14 inches from the top of the receiver opening to the highest part of the rack. With the mast folded down and the rack tilted up it is approximately 16 inches from the top of the receiver opening on the hitch. Basically measure from the top of the receiver opening on your 2017...
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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 in...
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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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