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Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier for Full-Size Pickup Trucks - 61" Long

Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier for Full-Size Pickup Trucks - 61" Long

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This heavy-duty, padded vinyl cover provides an easy, inexpensive way to carry up to 6 bikes over the tailgate of your pickup truck. Included wraps let you tether bikes together on a daisy chain, and a built-in flap allows access to tailgate handle. Lowest Prices for the best truck bed bike racks from Softride. Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier for Full-Size Pickup Trucks - 61" Long part number SR26457 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Softride Truck Bed Bike Racks

  • Tailgate Pad
  • Tailgate Mount
  • Softride
  • 9mm Axle
  • 15mm Thru-Axle
  • 20mm Thru-Axle
  • 6 Bikes
  • Full Size Trucks
  • Locks Not Included

This heavy-duty, padded vinyl cover provides an easy, inexpensive way to carry up to 6 bikes over the tailgate of your pickup truck. Included wraps let you tether bikes together on a daisy chain, and a built-in flap allows access to tailgate handle.


Features:

  • Inexpensive, easy-to-use way to carry up to 6 bikes in a truck bed
    • Carries bikes over tailgate - front wheels hang outside your truck
    • Uses less space inside your bed than other carriers - leaves more room for other gear
  • Heavy-duty vinyl cover fits over closed tailgate, cushioning bikes and protecting tailgate from scratches
    • Can also be used to protect your tailgate when you haul other long loads - lumber, ladders, surfboards and kayaks
  • Sturdy fittings and 4 tie-down straps keep pad in place
  • Integrated tether holds your bikes to the pad and prevents their shifting during transport
    • Includes 6 soft wraps to secure bikes
  • Built-in flap lets you get to your tailgate handle without removing pad


Specs:

  • Capacity: 6 bikes
  • Length of tailgate cover: 61"


Bikes loaded on tailgate

Softride Shuttle Pad gives you an inexpensive way to carry up to 6 bikes and save space in your pickup bed. Sling your bikes over your tailgate with the front wheels outside the truck bed, and carry lots of other gear in the room you'll save in comparison with other truck-bed bike racks that carry the whole bike in the bed. Designed specifically for hauling mountain bikes but will work with other types as well.


Straps from inside of tailgate showing buckles

The pad is constructed of rugged vinyl and is cushioned to protect your truck and your bikes from scratches and abrasions. The pad secures with 4 sturdy straps that wrap around your tailgate and attach with adjustable buckles.


Closeup of tether and tie-down strap

A tether runs across the top of the pad to securely hold your bicycles. You attach each bike with a wrap that loops around the bike frame and then under the tether, finally attaching to itself with an easy-to-use Velcro fastener.


Bikes and surfboards loadedLumber loaded

The pad doubles as a tailgate protector for other long loads, such as ladders, lumber, kayaks and surfboards. And you can combine the included wraps to secure wider cargo to the tether.


Tailgate cover in open position

Your tailgate handle is protected, yet easily accessible, covered by a flap that secures with a convenient Velcro fastener.



26457 Soft Ride Shuttle Pad Truck Tailgate Bike Transporter - Truck Bed Bike Rack

Item # SR26457



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Softride Shuttle Pad Tailgate Bike Carrier for Full-Size Pickup Trucks - 61" Long - SR26457

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (56 Customer Reviews)

This heavy-duty, padded vinyl cover provides an easy, inexpensive way to carry up to 6 bikes over the tailgate of your pickup truck. Included wraps let you tether bikes together on a daisy chain, and a built-in flap allows access to tailgate handle.

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2017 Toyota Tundra

Ordering was simple with delivery on time. The product is just what I was looking for since I can not use my standard hitch bike carrier when I am pulling my camp trailer. Easy to install with one person, easier with two and it fits very nicely. We are looking forward to using it on our next road trip. 500781



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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

So far the tailgate pad is great. The only down side I have found is threading the straps through the tailgate hinge area. I have to use a needle nose pliers to grab and pull them through. Can’t get at them with my fingers. Other than that the product works as advertised. 512143


Comments
Product is great. Holding up well and I use it often. Still the same issue with threading the straps but is not difficult. I would order it again if I needed another similar product.
William - 05/22/2019

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This is my second - I'm replacing one that has worn out over 4 years of use. Used. Worn out. Worn hard. I like it enough I came back for another. Yes, the seams finally pull apart, and the fabric weathers - even the top strap broke. After four years. And I came back for another. This is a great product and mine has paid for itself over and over. Whether hauling one bike, two, three, or four. Highly recommended. 170799



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Love it, used it this weekend. Easy to install, easy to use. Bikes were secure no bouncing around. Quick service :) 124013


Comments
Ive heard some of these tailgate covers dont work well with the new 2014 Ram 1500 because the top of the tailgate is wide.Can you comment on how well this product would fit my truck? The Thule version has a video showing it being fit onto a 2014 Ram 2500 which has the same tailgate as my truck, but that pad only holds two bikes according to this site and I need to hold 3 or more.So I guess I have two questions:1 will this product fit a 2014 Ram 1500 tailgate2 can the Thule tailgate pad hold more than two bikes?Thanks
-- comment by: Roger H - 06/05/2014

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The Tailgate Pad will work on your 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 with a wider tailgate profile. However, with the wider profile the flap that allows access to your tailgate latch may not line up perfectly. This pad has a capacity of up to 6 bikes.

-- Rachael H - 6/9/2014


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The product review/installation video helped me make my selection. I selected the full size pad for 2001 Silverado 1500. Installs easily, fits nicely, flap in pad is positioned for easy access to tailgate latch. 727157



- SR26457
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Works just as advertised and is so much easier than hooking up our bike rack! 716230



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This is a mans tailgate, feels good too and just what the chevy silverado needed. 688709



- SR26457
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Excellent! Also quite useful for tossing in whitewater kayaks And Fly Rods! Super fast delivery-Seriously! Great, friendly and helpful customer service! Thank you, Susan!!! Kudos 608844



- SR26457
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Rally easy to use and worked great. I highly recommend this product! 544115



- SR26457
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Just what we needed to take the bikes to nearby parks and trails! Great for day trips to some small towns in Florida that are easy to bike around in. Everything seems to work as stated in ad. I remove them after each trip and store easily in the garage. 481301



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Pain in the ass to put on. Had the straps been configured in the opposite fashion, it would make getting it on and off much easier. Works great once it is on. 480632



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2016 Ford F-150

Awesome product, no more bikes rattling on a rack in the back! A must buy for bikers! 375488


Comments
Love the products, thanks
Rob - 05/04/2018

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2013 Toyota Tundra

The seams could be placed differently, so that it sits better on the tailgate. 329025



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2016 Ram 1500

Fit great. can wait to tested in my next trip. came little late, but hope will work for us. 286903


Comments
perfectly. and love it
Nery - 08/23/2017

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2015 Ford F-150

Simple to install and rugged. Hauled 4 Mtn bikes all different sizes and brands. worked very well 283778



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2011 Ford F-150

Very convenient to use. Great product! Price was great compared to more well know brands. Good quality and value. etrailer had great service!! 263945



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2013 Chevrolet Silverado

pad works great !! 229256



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2013 Chevrolet Silverado

The rack installed in minutes and held the bikes perfectly. Very firm grip on seat post. loaded 4 bikes in the bed of my truck in minutes. Very happy !!! 229255



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1997 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty

Received my order in record time & used it today. Great item for carrying bikes, I pull a travel trailer & have to put the bikes inside sometimes - with this I can load the bikes in the truck & still have plenty of room for other stuff. 204435



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2015 Ford F-150

I put it on 2015 F-150 works great 202231



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Easy to install and use! Perfect for five bikes and protects your truck. 198236



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2011 Ford F-450 Super Duty

Great product quality, fits perfectly. We received the product in just a few days! Great customer service too. 190445



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2003 Ford F-150 Supercrew

It's the best bike rack, for any size truck, it folds up & goes behind your seat's! No extra weight, no rusty metal bike rack hanging off your truck hitch & it holds more bikes!!!!!! 177734



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2003 Ford F-150

This 61 inch size will not fit a 2003 F150 Supercrew like the add says it will. You need to measure to be sure and not go by what etrailer claims. Otherwise good product if it fits! 132942



- SR26457
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Sorry, this was bought as a gift and the user has yet to receive. However, your web site was very easy to use and delivery was prompt 109065


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