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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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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 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. Lowest Prices for the best rv and camper bike racks from Swagman. Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting part number S64683 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Swagman RV and Camper Bike Racks

  • Platform Rack
  • Motorhome
  • 2 Bikes
  • Swagman
  • RV Hitch Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock
  • Electric Bikes
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Road Bikes
  • Womens Bikes

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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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

Item # S64683

Installation Details S64683 Installation instructions




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


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



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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


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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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Well constructed rack, locking mechanism great, no need for cable lock for the bikes, etrailer provided fast shipping. 792198



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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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


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Alex,Thank you so much for your business and your review. You are correct! This rack has a solid steel construction with a powder coat finish. We recommend lightly sanding the rusted spots and covering with a rust inhibiting paint. I also have good news! There is an optional adapter kit Item # S64694
Fat Bike Adapter Kit for Swagman Quad 2+2, Dispatch, and Chinook Bike Racks
$50.00
that lets you carry 1 bike with fat tires up to 5 inches wide. Simply remove your current wheel holders, slide onto the crank arm, and tighten with the hand knob. No tools or extra hardware required!
-- Laura E - 06/06/2017

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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 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


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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 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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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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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


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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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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


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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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We really like this Bike Rack. Comes on and off our vehicle easily and adjusts quickly to the various size bikes. We have used it on short trips to interesting bike routes, and have also taken it on highways for miles at a time; feels very secure. A good purchase. 900928



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etrailer provides excellent communication and quality products. Stocked items arrived promptly. Recommend them everytime! 897042


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    Yes, based on our experiences with very similar vehicles with the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 that you referenced your rear door would easily be able to open with the rack tilted down. I attached a picture that shows the rear hatch of a very similar vehicle opening with the rack tilted down and you can see there's plenty of clearance. If you need a trailer hitch installed as well the # e98902 provides very similar clearances to the hitch in the picture I attached....
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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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  • Comparing the Weight of the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack and the Swagman XTC2
    These are two good choices! The Swagman XTC 2 # S64670 weighs in at roughly 32-lbs and the Chinook # S64683 weighs about 47-lbs, so if you're looking for the lightest weight rack it's definitely going to be the XTC 2. However, if you're not concerned with the weight difference, the Chinook would be my recommendation since it tilts away from the vehicle to allow you access to the rear cargo area with the bikes still loaded on the rack. I'll also mention that both of these bike racks...
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  • Can the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack Be Used With Fat Tire Bikes
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack part # S64683 will accommodate bike's with tires up to 3" wide. That said, if you were to add the Fat Bike Adapter Kit part # S64694 it could then accommodate bike's with tires up to 5" wide. The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 Bike Rack part # HR200Z-FB is a more cost effective option that already comes with a fat tire adapter that accommodate bike's with tires up to 5" wide. The Swagman Chinook 2 and Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2 both come with...
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  • Swagman Cable Lock S2005 to Use with Swagman Shinook S64683
    Yes, since the Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 comes with the hitch pin lock you can upgrade the setup to also having a cable lock as well with part # S2005.
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  • Can Swagman Current Bike Rack Carry Trek Verve+ 2
    I looked up the Trek Verve+ 2 and it weighs 51 lbs which would easily work on the Swagman Current part # S64683 which has a weight capacity of 60 lbs. The frame design of the Verve is also compatible with the frame clamps of this rack as well.
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  • Options For Lightweight Platform Bike Racks
    The Swagman G10 2-Bike Platform Rack (now discontinued) weighs about 47 lbs and can handle 45 lbs per bike. The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting part # S64683 weighs 47 lbs as well. If you are looking for a nice lightweight platform rack, I recommend the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Black part # SH22B which is 32 lbs and is constructed of aluminum for corrosion resistance. It also tilts away from the...
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  • Type of Bike Rack that Won't Scratch Painted Surfaces of Bike Frames
    The towel technique you are already using is probably the best for this type of situation with the Swagman Chinook you have. Your best solution would honestly be a different bike rack. This is why bike racks that only touch the tires of the bikes are better overall like with the Kuat Transfer part # TS02B. Since the rack only touches the tires of the bike you never have to worry about damage to the frame. I attached a review video for more info on this rack as well.
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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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  • Difference of Wheel Cradles on Swagman Bike Racks
    The scoops that the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and G10 # S64682 are actually made of metal as well as the loops on the XTC-2 # S64670. The real advantage you get from the scoop style is that they will hold the wheels over a larger area. There are tiered grooves inside the cradle that fit around the bike's tires holding it more secure. The picture I attached shows this although it's kind of hard to see. The loops of the XTC-2 only make contact with the tires in two locations and not...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Best Discourage Theft of Bikes
    You're right. Any lock can be defeated by a thief with the time and sometimes the tools to do so. Locks are primarily included on items like bike racks to act as deterrents. In other words, to an extent they "work" sometimes just by encouraging the thief to take another bike that will be easier to steal than yours. Bolt cutters, hack saws and other tools can make short work of stealing a bike or a bike rack or both. There is, sadly, no such thing as "theft-proof". The best way to...
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  • Compatibility of Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Rack on 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4
    The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 will absolutely work on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 4x4. The best way to show clearances for fit is to measure from your hitch's pin hole. From the center of the hitch pin hole, the closest part of the rack when folded up for storage is 6 inches. The closest part of the rack when folded down for use is 12-1/2 inches and the end of the rack from that same point is 25 inches. This is a very nice frame mounted platform...
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  • Swagman Chinnok not Tightening Down
    This can be resolved by tightening up the included anti rattle bolt. The bolt is designed to tighten the shank of the rack to the outer tube of the hitch securing it incredibly tightly. If you don't have yours you can replace it with the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin part # S64029. If you did have your bolt in place and it still wasn't tight you need to check the point in which the rack pivots and check to ensure those bolts are tight. These and the other bolts on the rack...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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