This sleek, stylish hitch rack lets you carry bikes on dual arced arms that provide optimum bike spacing and let you mount bikes at different heights. The bike rack also has cushioned anti-sway cradles and a tilting mast for rear cargo area access. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule Hitch Bike Racks part number TH9030 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Tilting

Thule Hitch Bike Racks

(90 reviews)


Code:   TH9030

Retail:$319.95

Price:$287.95


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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH9030

This sleek, stylish hitch rack lets you carry bikes on dual arced arms that provide optimum bike spacing and let you mount bikes at different heights. The bike rack also has cushioned anti-sway cradles and a tilting mast for rear cargo area access.

Features:

  • Hitch-mounted rack carries up to 5 bicycles
  • Dual arching arm design allows fast and easy bike loading
    • Provides more space between bikes than standard dual-arm racks
    • Cradles are attached at varying heights along the arc, allowing handlebars and pedals to hang at different heights
      • Reduces scratches and dings when you are loading bikes
  • Hold Fast cradles with advanced grooves and detachable anti-sway arms (No-Sway Cages)
    • Gently cushion frames and accommodate cables for proper bike hold
    • Hold bike frames at 3 points to prevent sway and bike-to-bike contact
      • Heavy-duty, reinforced straps maximize cradle hold strength
  • Tall, arching, upright mast improves both ground clearance and clearance from the rear of your vehicle
  • Ergonomic quick-release levers (HitchSwitches) enable you to fold down the rack in 2 places
    • Dual arms conveniently fold down for storage
    • Rack body tilts forward to allow easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area
    • Audible click lets you know that the arms and mast are locked in position
  • Built-in anti-rattle device reduces vibration and noise of the bike carrier in the hitch
    • Snug-Tite hitch lock (THSTL2; sold separately) secures carrier to hitch
  • Built-in handle makes it easy to carry, install and remove the carrier
  • Premium steel construction with black finish and molded covers
  • Made in USA


Specs:

  • Carrying capacity: 5 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 150 lbs
  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Distance between rack arms (outside to outside): 12-3/8"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to upright bar of the carrier: 12"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest edge of pivot assembly: 6-1/4"
  • Length of rack arms: 25"
  • Cradle width: 1-3/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs

Thule Vertex Hold Fast anti-sway cradle

The sleek and stylish Thule Vertex has Hold Fast anti-sway cradles that grip your bike frame at three different points - twice along the top bar and once along a downward bar, such as a seat post. This third point of contact that is created with Thule's No-Sway Cage prevents not only sway, but also front-to-back movement and bike-to-bike contact. The cushioned cradles include reinforced rubber straps to secure the bikes in place. The cradles also include advanced grooves that accommodate bike cables.


Thule Vertex arching armsThule Vertex narrow dual arms

The arching dual arms of the rack stagger the Hold Fast cradles so that the bikes hang at varying heights. This is just one of the ways that the Vertex prevents pedals and handlebars from hitting each other when you are loading your bikes and during transport. In addition to allowing different bike heights, the rack arms on the Vertex are longer, adding more space between the cradles than standard dual-arm racks to protect your bikes even better and to make it easier to get five bikes on the rack. The arching arms, just like standard dual-arm racks, give great bike support, and it's less likely that you will need a bike adapter bar. However, adapter bars might be needed for smaller, alternative and women's frame bikes.


Thule Vertex tall, arched upright mastThule Vertex built-in handle

The upright bar - or mast - of the rack is taller than standard hitch-mounted racks and is arced slightly to offer your bikes greater clearance from both the ground and the back of your vehicle. A built-in handle in the mast also makes it easy to transport the rack to and from your vehicle and to install it in your hitch receiver.


Thule Vertex tilting mastThule Vertex folding arms

The Vertex includes ergonomic levers (HitchSwitches) that enable you to fold the rack in two places. The rack body tilts forward to allow easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area, and the arms can be folded down for storage. Also, the handles audibly click to reassure you that the arms and mast are locked in place.


The Vertex comes with an anti-rattle device incorporated into the shank to reduce vibration and noise in the hitch for a smooth, quiet ride - simply tighten the hitch bolt with a wrench.


A Snug-Tite hitch lock (THSTL2; sold separately) is available for locking the rack to your hitch. And you can lock your bikes to the rack using Thule's locking cable with a One Key System core so it can be keyed to match your hitch lock.



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Video Transcript for Thule Vertex 5 Hitch Bike Rack Review

review--vertex5-th9030 Today were going to review a part number TH9030 from Thule. This is our vertex 5 hanging hitch bike rack. The bike rack holds five bikes, the hitch switch allows the arms fold down when now in use and also allows the carrier to tilt down out of way for rear vehicle access. The hold fast cradles cushion the bike and provide maximum bike security and all the cradles do come with the no sway cages to prevent bike to bike contact. And also the top of the bike rack has a built in carrying handle as well. And the bike rack also comes with the tools needed to assemble and attach the bike rack to the hitch. And this bicycle rack is designed for 2 inch receiver hitches only.

Lets go ahead and take our bicycle rack and install in our hitch. We will line up the holes with he bicycle rack and the hitch and we will install the anti rattle bolt. Now the bicycle rack does come with a tool to tighten it down, however in certain applications, probably a 3/4 inch wrench would work better. Now we go ahead and show you how the hitch switch works, that allows you to tilt the bicycle rack back and out of the way so you have access to the back of the vehicle. Lets use the hitch switch on top and unfold the arms. One unique design above this bicycle rack, is that it has an arch that is built into the post, that gives you a little more extra room between the vehicle and the bikes and also the arch on the arms as well gives you a little more room to load the bikes up as well.

Now we will go ahead and cover the cradles in a little more detail. The cradles have a strap that can go on both sides of the cradle depending on your bike and the cradle also has grooves inside to allow room for your cables on your bike and each pair comes with one anti sway cage and a strap as well to hold it in place. The cradles can also be rotated left to right and front to rear. Ok at this point, lets go ahead and let up a bike and show you how it looks. Now in this demonstration were actually going to use the cradles on the very end for clarity, however when you load up one or two bikes, you always want to load up the bikes closest to the post and then work your way out and you can also see how the cables fit inside the grooves of the cradles.

In just those few steps the bicycle is loaded up and ready to go. What we will do next is go ahead and take a bicycle rack out for a road test, we will scoot the bike up towards the post and we will also install a safety strap. And that will finish it for our review of part number TH9030 from Thule, the vertex 5.

Buyers Guide



ProductPrice DifferenceNumber of BikesInstallationRack Folds withEasy to Use ScoreRack Locks to HitchLocks Bike to RackAnti-RattleBike Frame ContactBike Compatibility ScoreBike Love ScoreTest Video

TH9030
$287.95
current product
5WrenchSwitch6NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43 

TH9026
$358.95
$71.00
more
5Tool FreeSwitch7.5Yes, KnobYes, CableTwo-WayHangs by Frame48 

TH956
$158.95
$129.00
less
4WrenchPin4NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43 

TH9025
$318.95
$31.00
more
4Tool FreeSwitch7.5Yes, KnobYes, CableTwo-WayHangs by Frame48 

TH9027
$398.95
$111.00
more
4Tool FreeSwitch7.5Yes, KnobYes, CableTwo-WayHangs by Frame48 

TH934XTR
$199.24
$88.71
less
4WrenchPin4NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43

TH9031
$349.95
$62.00
more
4WrenchSwitch5NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43 

TH990XT
$238.95
$49.00
less
2WrenchSwitch6Yes, BoltYes, CylinderOne-WayWheel Supported, Frame Stabilized58 

TH916XTR
$358.95
$71.00
more
2WrenchSwitch7Yes, BoltYes, CableOne-WayNo Contact, Wheel Supported79 

TH916XTR-918XTR
$621.90
$333.95
more
4WrenchSwitch6Yes, BoltYes, CableOne-WayNo Contact, Wheel Supported79 

TH958
$150.95
$137.00
less
2WrenchPin4NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43 

S64970
$338.40
$50.45
more
5WrenchPin3NoYes, KnobOne-WayHangs by Frame4.55 

TH917XTR
$358.95
$71.00
more
2WrenchSwitch7Yes, BoltYes, CableOne-WayNo Contact, Wheel Supported79 

63124
$125.95
$162.00
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4WrenchPin3.5NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame32.5 

59403
$149.95
$138.00
less
3WrenchPin4NoYes, CableOne-WayHangs by Frame45 

TH957
$158.95
$129.00
less
4WrenchPin4NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43 

59508
$204.95
$83.00
less
2PinSwitch6NoNoNoneNo Contact, Wheel Hanging71 

SR26247
$300.00
$12.05
more
4WrenchSwitch5Yes, BoltNoOne-WayHangs by Frame45

59401
$159.95
$128.00
less
4WrenchPin4NoYes, CableOne-WayHangs by Frame45

SR26248
$223.00
$64.95
less
4WrenchPin4NoNoOne-WayHangs by Frame43
ProductPrice DifferenceNumber of BikesInstallationRack Folds withEasy to Use ScoreRack Locks to HitchLocks Bike to RackAnti-RattleBike Frame ContactBike Compatibility ScoreBike Love ScoreTest Video

Buyers Guide Columns

Number of Bikes - The maximum number of bikes the rack is designed to carry.

Installation - Racks with a tool free installation are typically easier and quicker to install on your vehicle.

Rack Folds with - Switches typically make using a rack more convenient. Pins will provide the same functionality in a lower cost alternative.

Easy to Use Score - Ease of use is determined by how heavy the rack is, how easy is it to attach to your vehicle, how easy is it to load your bikes and how easy is it to use the features of the rack such as folding.

Rack Locks to Hitch - Bike rack locks to the hitch on the vehicle to help deter theft of the rack.

Locks Bike to Rack - Secures the bike with a lock to help deter theft of the bike.

Anti-Rattle - Provides a method for tightening rack in hitch opening to reduce the amount of bounce and sway in a rack. One-Way reduces side to side movement, Two-Way reduces side to side and up and down movement.

Bike Frame Contact - Important if you are concerned about scratches and marring of your bike frame.

Bike Compatibility Score - Racks with a higher compatibility score will work with a wider variety of bikes, such as road, mountain, women's, kid's, downhill, fat bikes, cruisers. Racks with a lower score may need a bike adapter bar to carry some bikes, or only be designed to carry a specific bike type.

Bike Love Score - Higher score racks do a better job of keeping your bike safe, theft and damage free while on the rack. Locks, anti-rattle and how the bike is supported are important aspects of Bike Love.




Customer Reviews

Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Tilting - TH9030

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (90 Customer Reviews)

This sleek, stylish hitch rack lets you carry bikes on dual arced arms that provide optimum bike spacing and let you mount bikes at different heights. The bike rack also has cushioned anti-sway cradles and a tilting mast for rear cargo area access.


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by: John09/06/2014


If you need to carry 5 bikes, there are not that many choices. If you have patience and bikes with relatively standard frame shapes, this carrier will fit all 5 including women's and children's frames. Things get a bit more complicated after that. I can carry my full suspension mountain bike on it by removing the seat tube stabilizer. My wife's mountain bike only makes it back to the third bike position--- kind of a drag, but if we are taking these bikes, we generally do not also have the kids in tow. I'm not too inclined to buy a set of adapter bars for $40 each. The hitch bolt tightens the rack well, but I, like others, wish it had a full threaded hitch pin as standard equipment. Again, I could solve this problem for another $40. So, I'm pleased overall. There are solutions to the issues, but they are expensive. 150264






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by: Amy M.07/23/2013


arrived quickly, easy to assemble, works well 91225





Comments

Still think it is great

Amy M - 01/22/2015

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by: Reina08/16/2013


I received my Thule Vertex 5 Bike carrier and I mounted in my car with out a problem. I was happy to see I came with straps and everything ready to go. One thing is that I would like to have the choice to have another opening in the bottom where is the hitch to place a lock bar threw it. Just the bolt I'm afraid leave mounted in the car because anyone with a wrench could remove and steal it. 95434






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by: Don K.05/02/2013


This bike rack is perfect. The only problem I have with it, is that you can't use another pin to secure it to your vehicle. they have welded a nut in and only the bolt supplied. Shipping was perfect and etrailer.com was fantastic. 78672






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by: Abraham08/01/2013


I give a 10 out of ten for this product Thule Vertex 5. Strong , ergonomic, beautiful and the best in the class. Easy to handle and a great frofessional look. Look like its made for my minivan. Thank you and I am proud to have it. 92672






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by: Dave D08/02/2013


etrailer was excellent as usual, fast shipping and good price. (Purchased the trailer hitch from them in the past) I like the bike rack, probably can't fit 5 adult bikes on but 2 adult and 3 kid bikes fit fine. 92849






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by: H. Kahane, M.D.02/22/2013


I love the product and the service I received from your company. The item arrived so fast and was easy to set up. I would definately recommend your company to all of my friends and colleagues. 67382






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by: Steve E.07/31/2014


The Thule Vertex 5 bike rack worked great! I was able to fit all five bikes on the rack. It was easy to install and tilt function work great to get into our Honda Odyssey. 143854






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by: Len04/29/2013


The product was as delivered and as expected. The service from etrailer.com was better than expected, and the reason I chose to purchase from them. 78357






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by: Melissa V.08/30/2013


I purchased this product for many reasons. I have really enjoyed it so far. I have not put all 5 bikes on it yet. It is very easy to use. 97719






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by: Dctristan08/08/2013


Great product. Extremely well built and well thought out. Seller is the best. Would do business again. 94013






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by: Mike T05/18/2013


Easy ordering. Fast delivery. Product exaclty as ordered. What more can you aske for? 80900






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by: Chuck04/30/2013


Installs easily, instructions are good, rack is good looking and hauls all the bikes, 78459






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by: Todd B05/09/2013


great product, great service from etrailer.com. i'm very pleased with my purchase. 79598






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by: Mike05/23/2012


Well made and all ready to go out of the box. Folds up nicely for storage. 41442






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by: Dan C.06/24/2014


Great product. Arrived quickly. Easy to use and durable. 137320






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by: Paul P06/02/2014


I really like the rack. Easy to install and use. 133804






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by: steedmd06/13/2014


Sturdy and well made, easy to use 135458






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by: Rick j08/27/2012


best experience ever!!!!!!!! 53136






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by: Thule 5 Bike Rack05/17/2014


Excellent Product! 131094






- TH9029

by: Rick M08/27/2013

Review from a similar Thule Vertex in Hitch Bike Racks


First off, great service from etrailer. My order shipped quickly and arrived in very good shape. They did their part very well. As to the Thule TH9029 4 bike carrier, I have mixed feelings. The product is built pretty well but it does have some issues. I have a 2" hitch on my van, thus I need to use the adapter piece over the carrier insert for the hitch. This bolts onto the hitch with a single one-sided bolt that does not go through to the opposite side of the hitch. This results in a bit of a loose fit in the hitch, especially when going down the road with bikes on board. Perhaps if you buy the lock mechanism from Thule, which goes all the way through the hitch, this may be reduced or eliminated, but I don't have that, I used what came standard with the product. For the price of this carrier, Thule should provide the locking mechanism as standard equipment. It seems somewhat of a ripoff to me not to provide it as a longer bolt with low end lock can't cost them much more that a single bolt. As for getting 4 bikes on the carrier, well, good luck. I planned to use it for four adult size bikes on a family vacation, but ended up using it for only three bikes due to the hard time getting them to fit given the various configurations of bike frames. Lots of handle bars and pedals through the spokes, etc.. Thus it made for kind of a mess when loading and unloading. On the positive side the rubber straps attached things pretty snug to the carrier and the tilting mechanism works well. I definitely recommend you use the provided nylon strap to cinch all the bikes together around the carrier post before you drive away, otherwise the bikes tend to move forward and back more than I would have expected. Overall I was hoping for a bit better experience with this product, but I guess it works - for three bikes anyway. The below average/average overall rating is due to the difficulty in actually getting four bikes on the carrier and then not having the locking mechanism as standard equipment to help stabilize it in a 2" hitch. Perhaps I was just too naive in thinking you could actually get 4 bikes on one of these. Live and learn. 97181


Comments

Etrailer has been great they sent the bike rack quickly. The bike rack is sturdy, yet I have two objections. The first is that the bolt does not go all the way through the hitch hole. I found that after a two hour ride, the bolt had loosen while carrying two adult and two kid bikes. The second is that the 2 adapter that comes with the unit does not go the full length of the 1 14 inch stinger. I wish Thule had included a longer bolt and a full sized adapter. I tried to correct the problem by purchasing a bolt myself, but Thule creates 12mm threads and bolts at Home Depot are standard 13mm. None purchased would fit. I hope the sold separately Snug-Tite lock secures the bike rack firmer than the included bolt. In addition, the bikes did load easily onto the bike rack.

comment by: John B - 09/02/2013


2011

The Snug Tite bolt will go all the way through the rack and hitch. But like the included bolt, it needs to be tightened down pretty snug for the lock washer to work and hold enough tension on the bolt to keep it from backing out.

Patrick B - 9/4/2013




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by: Barry05/18/2013

Review from a similar Thule Vertex in Hitch Bike Racks


Great product, very high quality, rock solid bike rack. Installed easily and with the optional Snug-Tite locking accessory I also purchased, the rack is secured to my hitch and locked in place to deter theft. E-Trailer Customer Service also deserves excellent rating - helping me when shipment was misdeliverd by the shipper, but found and delivered next day with their help. Could not buy a better product or deal with better people. 80855


Comments

Thanks for following up - impressive.The products I bought from etrailer are great. The rack turned out to be quite the attraction as I had several people see me with it in use and come over to see how it works and ask where did I get it. Hopefully you received some orders from some of the people I referred to etrailer.The products I purchased and your service is great.

Barry - 06/12/2014

4855

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by: Mike D.07/24/2012

Review from a similar Thule Vertex in Hitch Bike Racks


This is an unbelievably sturdy product. The curved top bar makes it easier to get multiple bikes mounted on the rack. I have a 2012 Honda CRV and it works perfectly on the car, holding the bikes just below the rearview mirror view but with LOTS of clearance above the ground. The bike rack obstructs the view from the rearview camera somewhat, but actually not as much as I expected. The straps on the rack are a bit difficult to attach, but manageable. We have mounted 3 adult bikes (2 Trek hybrids, one an older "racing" bike) without difficulty. I haven't tried 4 bikes yet. That would probably be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, but I'm sure it will work. The only problem we've had with this rack is with my wife's Trek hybrid (15" men's frame). The angle on the front triangle is tight enough that it is difficult to get it over the stability strap that attaches to the seat supports (facing the opposite direction as the one her bike attaches to.) The fix is simply to mount her bike on the outmost position on the bike rack so that we don't have to squeeze it past the other straps. This problem is minor enough that I am not decreasing my rating of the product. I would add that in addition, the product shipped quickly and correctly from etrailer.com, at no extra charge. It's been a pleasure doing business on this site. 49143



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by: Nick D.07/16/2012

Review from a similar Thule Vertex in Hitch Bike Racks


I am very satisfied with the Thule rack. I spent several days researching the various hanging racks... reading all the etrailer reviews. The Thule Vertex did not disappoint. I'm glad I spent the extra money, because the rack outperforms every other rack I've ever used. It is extremely sturdy, and made of quality parts. Didn't rattle or sway the entire time the bikes were on the rack for the 20 mile drive. The straps and cradles are also of a higher quality, and are very secure without damaging the bikes. The new straps can be a little difficult to use, but leave them in the sun for a few minutes and they soften up nicely. My only complaint is that I think it will be a little more challenging to actually get 4 adult bicycles on the rack. The rack itself is also a little heavier, but the sturdiness of the rack more than make up for the weight. I feel totally confident having our mountain bikes on the Thule rack. I suggest purchasing the anti-rattle hitch lock. This ensures no one is going to walk off with your rack while you are out riding. Product came in 3 business days. Excellent shipping and customer service from etrailer. I will definitely use them again in the future. Wish all online companies were this pleasurable to deal with. 48075



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by: Barb P.10/09/2013

Review from a similar Thule Vertex in Hitch Bike Racks


Goodbye, old multi-position rack with your six tangled straps and clips that scratched the paint on my old car. Goodbye, old rack that discriminated against girl size bikes. Hello, new Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier! My girl size bike hangs so nicely from your support arms. And your arms fold down when they're not being used. It only took about 20 minutes to install the carrier on my new 2014 Subaru Outback. It's packaged with a minimum of separate parts and comes with clear instructions. This rack is solid as a rock at 43 pounds and tilts down easily in order to allow the the Outback's back door to open. Thank you, folks at etrailer.com, for your great customer service with prompt emails and quick shipping. Your videos gave me the information I needed to make a decision and purchase online. 103111



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by: Kathy & Alex07/17/2012

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We purchased this product after looking at other less expensive carriers because of reviews and aesthetics. I like the way it looks, solid & sturdy. After installation and transporting our bikes, I have to admit that this is one sturdy, solid rack and easy to handle bicycle carrier. It is easy to fold down and tilt providing access the back hatch of the VW Tiguan. The carrier is absolutely great in finctionality, looks and construction. Pictures are attached. 48267



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by: Will G.03/29/2013

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The Thule Vertex 4 rack fits my 2012 Jeep Wrangler perfectly. I specifically ordered it from etrailer because they saved me from buying the wrong product for my Jeep. A lot of sites give the dimensions of the racks but do not explain if the product will fit your specific vehicle. The Jeep Wrangler is unlike other SUVs because of the spare tire mount and swing away tail gate. Many of the fold down styles of bike racks won't clear the Jeeps spare tire. Luckily, etrailer pointed that issue out as well as demo-ing this rack on a Wrangler. The video showed that the tailgate opened enough with the rack folded down to access gear in the back of the vehicle. I mounted it on my Jeep and it worked exactly like the etrailer video. I am very happy with the sturdiness of the Vertex rack as well as the ease of use of the press and fold levers. I highly recommend this rack for Jeep Wrangler owners. 73290



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by: Andrey B.09/10/2013

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Very nice product. Could easily fit three bikes (two adult's and one kid's) on it, and I'm sure could easily fit a fourth one if needed. Note that I also bought two adapter bars for women's and kid's bikes and recommend doing so. The assembly was easy and took about 10 minutes. The bike rack itself is very solid and holds the bikes quite well. Took it on a six hours roadtrip with bikes loaded and did not have any issues. My special thanks to ETRAILER.COM. They work very efficiently and keep you well informed at every step in the order process. I placed the order at 6PM on Monday and it was already shipped the following day. I got the package at my door on Friday. 99215



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by: Julie B08/16/2013

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This went together so quick and easy. It took my husband all of 10 minutes to have it installed in the hitch. He was extremely impressed. Very solid and the bikes stay extremely still. Now off to Mackinac Island!!!!! 95527


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An absolutely great product!

Julie B - 08/18/2014

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by: Robert S.05/03/2013

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The product is terrific and easy to set up. 78852


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Thank you for following up. One year later, we are still very happy with the product. Your companys dedication to customer service is something that should truly be commended. Keep up the good work!

Robert S - 06/09/2014

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by: Mo M.07/12/2014

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This is really the star product of my purchase. The Thule brand is well recognized among outdoors people as being one of the most solid production companies around. I had trailer hitch installed at my dealer and they explained the assembly of this product. Simple as pie, I tell ya. One screw and a special key is all it takes. I have used up to 3 bikes on it till this point, with no issues at all. Securing the bikes is also easy, with the solid rubber straps provided and the mounting points on the rear of the bike slips. Great product for someone who wants to transport bikes for adventurous riding, but does not want to get scratches on their trunk. Highly recommended. 141034



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by: Shirky08/02/2012

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Just installed the Thule Vertex 4 last night and it works perfectly on my Jeep Wrangler. The mounting position is just right with my spare tire mounted on the gate. Easy installation, and had it out on a test ride this morning, absolutely no noise from the carrier. Bikes mount easily and secure. Fold down feature is a plus for opening the gate, even though you can't open it all the way. It opens just over half way which gives you enough room to load the back section. Highly recommend this for Jeep owners. This is a quality carrier and way better than the spare tire mounted carriers that are available for Jeeps. great product and fit. 50264



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by: Dave D.02/08/2015

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I purchased the TH9030XT 5 bike rack for my 2010 Toyota Sienna. It was incredibly easy to install (about 5 mins for the hitch interface, about 10 more minutes putting on all the straps). The quick shipping and service from etrailer.com was perfect! I was able to get 4 out of 5 bikes on the rack. The configuration was 3 adult size bikes and 1 childs bike. I've subsequently ordered spanner cross bars for the 2 womens bikes in hopes that I will be able to get all 5 bikes on. There was a little bounce when driving down the road with 4 bikes, but they seemed very secure. Overall, pretty nice product. 172861



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by: John Mc07/12/2014

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This is indeed a sturdy carrier, just what we needed to carry our old "English Racers" and grand children's or friends bikes. We got the four bike carrier. Looked all over and found very limited offerings for bike carriers that would safely carry the weight. This carrier looks great and we love the ability for the arms to fold down when not in use. Also, love the handy carrying slot built into the "head" of the unit and the included long bike strap. Just what we need to enjoy outings and trips. 141019



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by: Jun Aclan07/04/2014

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Easy to install and stable on the road even in high speed. Good quality. 139116



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by: P.Pour08/29/2013

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This is an excellent sturdy bike rack with pros and cons Pros:. I like the instruction allowing to fold the bars and the shaft allowing access to the cargo. Cons: To heavy, Cumbersome to attach and detach the carrier in my Toyota Landcruiser 2013. This rack is ideal for those, who leave the rack for a prolonged time but will cause headache for those who would like to install and uninstall it at will. 97445



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by: Jim N04/30/2012

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This product installs easily. It is sturdy and easily holds 3 bikes (it is a 4-rack but so far I have used it for only 3 bikes); I don't foresee any difficulties in having it hold 4 bikes. The fold down feature of the arms holding the bikes and the fold down feature of the mast for accessing the back of my van are very convenient features and easy to use. 38854



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by: Murray03/12/2013

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Very sturdy and well-made. Parts mesh and provide a positive and audible click when engaged properly. Minuses = There should be an integrated 'hole' to slide a cable lock through in order to secure the bikes to the hitch. Also, when storing the hitch in the garage, it would be nice if the 'stinger' also folded back up to the mast to take-up less space. 70119



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by: Joey03/23/2013

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Product arrived quickly and was easy to assemble. The rack is a little on the heavy side and my 8 year old's bike will not fit, but my 12 year old's bike fits fine. Seems very sturdy and durable, wish the stinger would collapse completely for storage. Overall, good value for the money, etrailer's videos and pictures make shopping much easier. 72068



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by: Michael09/28/2014

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This bicycle carrier was so easy to mount. To assemble there are just two screws in the swivel base that act as a lock mechanism - very simple. The only item missing is a way to easily attach straps to the top of the carrier and then to the vehicle in order to reduce the pull (torque) on the tow bar. That would be very helpful. Thanks 153409



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by: Daren L.06/18/2012

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Purchased this product on Wednesday and received it on Friday. Set up and installation was extremely easy. We use it on our 2012 Dodge Durango. Right now we are only using this rack for two bikes, but plan on using it at its full capacity in the future. Bikes are easy to install and and do not sway whatsoever. Very sturdy product! 44663



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by: Rick M.03/25/2012

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I'm a returning customer, so obviously I've had good prior experiences. eTrailer was easy to order from, kept me well informed about the status and progress of my order, delivered it in a timely manner, and the delivered product was in perfect condition. I highly recommend eTrailor, and would readily purchase from them again. 35053



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by: Glenn02/05/2013

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Product is exactly as expected, but that was only possible due to all the helpful information and video's I found on etrailer's site. I knew nothing about trailer hitches, towing, or bike racks. The site was extremely helpful with my decision regarding parts and accessories. It also made the installation go a lot smoother. 65007



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by: Dean from Raleigh03/20/2015

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Purchased a Curt trailer hitch and Thule bike rack. Prices were unbeatable. Detailed online video gave me the confidence to install myself and it went better than expected. Package delivered ahead of schedule. With the savings on installation I was able to put toward a new bike for my wife. All around great experience. 179858



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by: Dan S.02/27/2015

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Product was delivered very fast. E-Trailer does a great job with their how-to videos. Haven't had the chance to use the rack since it's -5 in South Dakota currently. Assembly was very easy. Had everything put together in 10 minutes. Will follow up with an additional review when we get a chance to use the rack. 176342



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by: PBaccam06/19/2012

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Excellent bike rack! Easy to use. Convenient to fold down so my Town and Country lift gate can open and close. Holds bikes like an ugly man holds a gorgeous model girlfriend - tight, stable and secure. Super fast shipping from etrailer and great service. Overall excellent experience. 44756



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by: Ron M01/02/2014

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Always come to expect quality products from Thule. Arrived fast, in good condition, and operates properly. Thank you once again Etrailer for the best deal running. I don't know how you ship for free but....It is a key factor each time I come back to shop. Keep up the good work! 111710



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by: Pete10/17/2014

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Great product, very high quality, rock solid bike rack. Installed easily and with the optional Snug-Tite locking accessory I also purchased, the rack is secured to my hitch and locked in place to deter theft. Could not buy a better product or deal with better people. 156493



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by: Ed P07/03/2012

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The package came when promised. I assembled it easily last night. I have a RAV 4 with a tire on the rear door and the rack clears the tire and easily drops down to provide access through the rear door. I look forward to using it in the near future! 46633



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by: John R03/15/2014

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Received the Bike carrier within days of purchase, the product was packaged well. I assembled the carrier today and was impessed with the ease of assembly and usage instructions. I would recommend both e-trailer and Thule to friends. 120854

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  • What is the Grade Rating on the Replacement Hex Head Bolt for Thule Goalpost
  • I went to our warehouse to pull this hex head bolt # 908-1240-54. This bolt will have a property class of 8.8 and is classified as a high strength steel bolt. The point at which a bolt fails is the tensile strength, and because it is elongated (much longer than the actual width), the bolt probably failed because it was used past the yield point. As a result, causing permanent deformation and wear. The most common property classes most often used are 5.8, 8.8 and 10.9. If there isn't...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Thule Apex 5 and Vertex 5 for a Infiniti
  • The main differences between the Vertex, # TH9030, and the Apex, # TH9026, are the type of cradles each has, the cable lock on the Apex, and the anti-rattle function on the Apex. The Apex features Hold Fast cradles which offer road-dampening technology (RDT) and detachable anti-sway arms. The RDT technology provides 2 Layers of cushioning to absorb road shock and minimize vibration. The upper layer is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a gel-like substance that gently but firmly...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Carrying Adult and Girls Bikes on a Toyota Sequioa
  • For a 5 bike rack that provides the maximum in stability for the 2 inch hitch on your Toyota Sequoia, the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Carrier, part # TH9030, that you referenced would work very well. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out as well as a demonstration video. For womens and alternative framed bikes you would want a bike adapter bar, part # TH982XT. Review video and instructions are below. Another option you have is to get a Thule Apex 5 bike...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mounted 5 Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Hold 2 Childrens Bikes and Adult Bikes
  • The weight capacity on the Thule Vertex 5, # TH9030, is 150 pounds. That would be 30 pounds per bike. The average adult bike weighs about 30 pounds. Provided that the combined weight of all 5 bikes does not exceed this 150 pound limit the rack can handle the weight. The Vertex and Apex, # TH9026, have the highest capacity of any of the 5 bike models we carry, see link. Regarding the childrens bikes, measure the length of the top frame tubes. If they are greater than 12-3/8 inches, they...
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  • Using Thule # TH538XT Cable Lock with Thule Vertex Bike Rack
  • The Thule Vertex does not feature an eye ring to run a cable lock like part # TH538XT through. In all but extreme cases, securing all four bikes together and making a wrap or two around the mast of the carrier would offer sufficient deterrence against theft. Keep in mind that the purpose of a lock is to keep honest folks honest. A determined thief will get what they want despite any precautions taken. The idea is to make the crook move on to easier pickings.
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  • Will a Five Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Actually Hold Five Bikes
  • The Yakima RidgeBack # Y02459 has spots for 5 bikes. Some combinations of bikes fit better than others. Five adult mountain bikes for example might be tough to fit. The cradles can move along the arms to adjust the space between the bikes. I have included a link to a video review and a link to the installation instructions for you. The Thule Vertex, # TH9030, offers more space on the rack arms to fit the bikes. The arced shape of the arms provides more space and makes loading bikes...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 5 Bikes While Towing a Pop Up Camper
  • The Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount # D210 would be an excellent choice to be used in conjunction with towing your current pop up trailer and a hitch mounted bike rack that has a carrying capacity of 5 bikes. The # D210 is compatible with and an existing 2 inch hitch and provides a 2 inch receiver for accessory use. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 750 pounds total, and a receiver capacity of 350 pounds. Therefore the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes cannot exceed 350...
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  • Comparing the Thule Vertex 5 and Hitching Post 4 Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
  • On the Thule Vertex, # TH9030, the first benefit is that the two arms are arced which allows for the best in spacing the bikes and allows you to mount the bikes at different heights. The # TH934XTR has straight arms so the you will not have as much mounting freedom. The main obvious difference is the amount of bikes they can carry. The Vertex can carry 5 bikes and the Hitching Post can only carry 4 bikes. The cradles on the Vertex are the newest type offered by Thule. They include...
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  • 5-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for a 2012 Honda Odyssey
  • For real. On any bike rack, you will have to adjust the pedals or make other adjustments when loading the bikes, and the Vertex 5 # TH9030 is no exception, when mounting them. But once they are mounted and the anti-sway cradles are in place, the bikes will not rock into each other and get tangled up. Also keep in mind that if any of the bikes have an alternative shaped frame (not round), or do not have a top frame tube that goes straight across, you will need an adapter bar, # TH982XT,...
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  • Does the Deadbolt Hitch Lock Fit the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack
  • The Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack, # TH9030, has a threaded hitch pin hole, so the Deadbolt Hitch Lock, # 7683, will not work with this bike rack. Instead, you will want to use the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device, # THSTL2. Thule specifically threads the hitch pin holes in their bike racks to fit their hitch pins. The Snug Tite lock will provide both the lock that you are looking for and and anti-rattle feature to keep the bike rack from moving in the trailer hitch receiver....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 5 Bikes on a 2010 Honda Odyssey
  • Since you have childrens bikes, which have smaller frames, I would recommend a single arm bike rack that will fit your bike frames easier than a dual arm bike. This hitch will work on a Class III hitch that has a 2 inch opening. I would recommend you get a Swagman Hitch Bike Rack # S64970. This single arm rack should work well for carrying your childrens bikes. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Options for 2004 Honda Odyssey
  • For carrying 4 or 5 bikes, you will need a hitch mounted bike rack which would require the installation of a hitch on your 2004 Odyssey. I would recommend the Curt Class III receiver, part # C13068. For 5 bikes, you would be limited to a hanging-type rack, where the bikes would be suspended from the rack by their top frame tube. The bike frame tube will sit in padded cradles and will be secured with sturdy rubber straps. Many racks use an additional anti-sway strap that wraps around...
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  • Arm Length and Width on 5-Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
  • Starting with the Yakima RidgeBack, # Y02459, the arms are 11 inches apart, on center, and 34 inches long. The Thule Vertex, # TH9030, arms are 12-3/8 inches apart on the outsides and 25 inches long. The Thule Apex, # TH9026, has arms 12-1/4 inches apart on the outsides and 29 inches long. Hollywood Racks bike rack # HR9200 and # HR520 has arms that at 14 inches apart outside. The Swagman XP, # S64970, only has one arm that is 28-1/4 inches long. The cradles are 7-3/16 inches...
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  • Thule 5 Bike Vertex Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 3 Adult and 2 Children Bikes
  • The Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack # TH9030 that you referenced would make an excellent choice for you to carry your 5 bikes. This rack has arcing arms that allow for faster and easier loading, more space between the bikes and puts them at different heights allowing the pedals and handlebars to be at different heights which will reduce contact between the bikes. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out. For childrens bikes we recommend you use a Thule Bike Adapter Bar...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Use with a Thule Tram Ski Rack Adapter # TH9033
  • This Thule Tram Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Ski Carrier Adapter, part # TH9033, is designed to work on a lot of bike racks, but it is not designed to work with the Thule Helium Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Hitches - Tilting - Hitch Mount, part # TH970XT. Here are a few bike racks that # TH9033 is designed to work on and should work well on your 2004 BMW X3: Thule TH9027, TH9025, TH9026, TH9031, TH9030, TH9029XT, TH9028XT, TH956, TH957, TH958, and TH934XTR hitch-mounted...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Lock Works with the Thule Vertex Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • Only the SNug-Tite lock, # THSTL2, should be used with the Thule Vertex, # TH9030. Bike rack manufacturers usually make their locks, or more specifically the threaded bolt, unique to their bike racks so most of the locks do not interchange among brands. The best solution is to always stick with the item you know is going to work. In this case the Snug-Tite lock.
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  • Recommendation For Hitch and 5-Bike Hitch Bike Rack to Fit 2008 Volvo XC90
  • The hitch I would recommend for your 2008 Volvo XC90 is the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75152. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. I am including a link to an install video of this hitch on a 2010 Volvo XC90. For a 5-bike hitch bike rack on your XC90 I would recommend the Yakima RidgeBack 5-Bike Rack, part Y02459, or the Thule Vertex 5-Bike Rack, part # TH9030. These are our two most popular 5-bike racks. The Yakima is a little less expensive than the Thule,...
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  • Availability of a 5 Bike Hitch Rack that Allows for Rear Cargo Access
  • I do have one option that could work for you, check out the Softride Hang5 5-Bike Carrier # SR26496, I know its not a design that you care for, but this rack is the only one we offer that can carry up to 5 bikes and can tilt away from the vehicle WITH bikes loaded. Its a pretty unique design that carries the bikes vertically. Check out the review video I attached for this rack to let you see how it works. The Thule Vertex 5 Bike Carrier # TH9030 that you referenced is a great rack, but...
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  • How to Carry 5 Bikes on a 2003 Honda Odyssey with Factory Roof Rack
  • As far as the roof goes for your 2003 Honda Odyssey, there will not be enough space for 5 bikes. You could get 3 up there probably at most though you would most likely need to alternate the directions the bikes are facing. Because of this I recommend installing a trailer hitch, # 87479, and using a hitch mounting bike rack. We have several 5-bike racks, see link to the right. All of them will fit the Class III trailer hitch mentioned above or any 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. On a...
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  • Will the Thule Vertex 5 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2009 Mazda CX-9
  • In order to determine if the Thule Vertex 5, # TH9030, will fit your 2009 Mazda CX-9, you will need to take some measurements. On the hitch, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. On the Vertex, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the hub (where the rack tilts, is 6-1/4 inches. From the hitch pin hole to the back of the rack where the arms are it is 8-1/2 inches. If there would be interference...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Ford Escape to Carry a Bike Rack
  • Trailer wiring is separate so you can just install trailer hitch # 75758 on your 2013 Ford Escape. The hitch requires rear fascia trimming for installation. I have incldued links to the instructions for you to view. Both of these hitches are Class III hitches with 2 inch receivers. A 2 inch hitch can carry up to five bikes on a bike rack provided that the combined weight of the bikes and rack does not exceed the tongue weight capacity of the hitch or vehicle, whichever is lower. If...
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  • Availability of Swinging 5 Bike Rack for 2007 Toyota RAV 4
  • As a first step, you would need to measure the distance from your hitch pin hole rearward until the spare tire is cleared. During our installations on a 2007 Rav 4, we have found that this distance is 6 to 7 inches which means that the shank of the bike rack you choose needs to be greater than 7 inches long. The Swing Daddy bike rack, # Y02464 will have enough clearance to clear the spare tire, but will only carry 4 bikes. We offer some bike racks that can accommodate 5 bikes, but...
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  • Can the Thule Vertex 5 Be Used on a 2011 Ford Explorer and a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer
  • As long as you have a hitch with a 2 inch opening on both your 2011 Ford Explorer and your 2002 Chevy Trailblazer the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Carrier # TH9030 that you referenced should work very well for you. To be sure you could measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin on the hitches of both vehicles out to the furthest point out on the rear of your vehicle. This rack measures 6-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the nearest portion of the rack. And then...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for Carrying 5 Bikes with a 2011 Mazda CX-9
  • We typically recommend against using a bike adapter for a 1-1/4 inch to allow it to carry a bike rack designed for hitches with 2 inch openings. The reason for this is that it will cut the capacity of the hitch in half and therefore make the bike rack capable of carrying even less weight. This would be counter-productive as it would most likely damage your hitch. You would be better off using a Class II bike rack to transport 4 bikes and then if you need to transport a fifth bike to put...
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  • Solutions for Carrying Bikes with 2010 Acura MDX
  • Yakima and Thule both make 5-bike racks, the Thule Vertex # TH9030, the Thule Apex you mentioned and the Yakima DoubleDown you mentioned. These racks can indeed be tilted, but the bikes would need to be removed before tilting the rack. If you were to attempt to tilt the rack while the bikes were in place, the bikes would hit the ground or the internal stop would become damaged because of the weight of the bicycles on the rack. Yakima and Thule both make a swinging bike rack, the Yakima...
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  • 5-Bike Rack Recommendation for Use On 2011 Chevrolet Silverado
  • There are a few differences between the two carriers you referenced, the Thule Vertex 5 # TH9030 and the Yakima RidgeBack 5 # Y02459, and these may help your decision. The Thule is made to fit only a 2-inch hitch, while the Yakima fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch sizes. All other things being equal, the Thule may provide better stability in your hitch (less play and wobble) since it installs without the adapter that is included with the Yakima. Generally more connection points means more...
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  • Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack will Work with a 2004 Honda Pilot with 2 Receiver Opening
  • As long as your Pilot has a 2 inch trailer hitch, yes, the Thule Vertex 5 Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Rack, item # TH9030, will work with your vehicle. We have a video review of this rack in use on a Nissan Pathfinder that you might find helpful, see link. The following link will take you to the trailer hitches for the 2004 Pilot.
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  • What Bike Racks will the Thule Tram Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Ski Carrier Adapter part # TH9033 Fit
  • I checked with Thule and there is no safe way to modify your Thule Helium bike rack to fit the Thule Tram Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Ski Carrier Adapter, part # TH9033. Here are a few bike racks that # TH9033 is designed to work on: Thule # TH9027, # TH9025, # TH9026, # TH9031, # TH9030, # TH9029, # TH9028XT, # TH956, # TH957, # TH958, and # TH934XTR hitch-mounted bike racks and # TH963PRO spare tire bike rack.
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4-Bike Hitch Carrier Recommendations for 2009 Honda Odyssey
  • You came to the right place! Here at etrailer we can help you with both a trailer hitch for your 2009 Odyssey and a suitable bike rack for the family's 4 bikes. A hitch-mount rack is definitely the way to go for carrying 4 bikes on an Odyssey. Although there are trunk-mounts types available for your car, they can carry only 3 bikes. Since your total bike weight load is substantial - and will grow as the kids get larger bikes in the future - a hitch rack is the best option since it...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Many of our customers install their hitches themselves. You can always have a trusted mechanic or handy friend or relative install it for you, if this is something you would not feel comfortable doing yourself. The Hidden Hitch class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87007 would be ideal for your vehicle. We offer a few bike racks that can handle 5 bicycles. The Swagman XP, # S64970, and the Thule Vertex, # TH9030. The fit issue that we will have is the spare tire on the rear of the vehicle....
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