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  • Weight of Yakima FourTimer 4-Bike Rack
  • The Yakima FourTimer 4-Bike Rack # Y02469 weighs 66 lbs as a 4-bike rack and 39 lbs as a 2-bike rack. Bike racks that hold four bikes need to be sturdy so they are made from steel, but there is a lightweight 4-bike option with the Saris Freedom # SA4414B, which is just 53 lbs. I've added links to video reviews of this product for you to take a look at.
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for Pro Series Q Slot Bike Rack
  • Pro Series doesn't offer a locking hitch pin for the Q-Slot bike rack, part # PS63134, however we've found that the Saris # SA3022 Hitch Tite Threaded Anti-Rattle lock will work. A cable lock like part # SA981 would help secure the bikes to the rack.
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  • Can 4 Bikes and a Cargo Carrier be Loaded on the Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • The best solution is to carry the 4 bikes directly in your hitch, for which the Vertex # TH9029XT is a great option, and any additional cargo on the roof of your 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. Depending on the roof configuration of the vehicle you may or may not need a roof rack. If you can tell me if the vehicle has flush side rails that run front to back, raised side rails that run front to back, or the factory roof rack with crossbars that run side to side I can make some recommendations for...
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  • Availability of a Bike Bag Compatible with the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670
  • Since you are wanting to use a bike bag behind your passenger car your best bet would be to use the BikeBag for Lets Go Aero VRack Hitch Mounted Bike Racks # B01571. Although is was designed to specifically be used with the BikeWing-2 # B01311, there is a way that you can determine if it is compatible with your bikes when they are on the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670. The bike bag itself measures about 90" long and 63" high when it is laid flat. If you load your bikes up and they fit within...
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  • Dimension from Hitch Pin Hole to Furthest Part of Swagman Chinook Bike Rack When Folded
  • The Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 referenced in your question will have a length of right around 15 inches from the hitch pin hole to the furthest part of the rack when it is folded up against the vehicle. I recommend simply taking this measurement out from the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch receiver so you can see exactly how far out this will extend. This will allow you to determine if it will fit inside the garage with it mounted to the hitch. This is a really...
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  • Cargo Carrier and 2 Bike Platform Rack for a Winnebago Fuse
  • I have a possible solution for you, however there is no hitch mounted solution approved for an RV that has a cargo carrier and a bike rack together. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE with Cargo Carrier, part # HR1400-85 is not approved for use on the rear of an RV. Instead, I recommend using a separate cargo carrier and employing the ladder on the rear of the motorhome. The Swagman RV Ladder Mount, part # S80630 is able to carry 2 bikes up to 35 pounds. This rack suspends the bikes...
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  • Using a 4 Bike Rack on a 2013 Honda Fit With a Class I Hitch
  • The Sportframe Trailer Hitch Class I, part # 24826 will be able to hold the Yakima Full Tilt 4 bike rack, part # Y02462, however you'll only be able to use it to carry two bikes in the slots closest to the vehicle while it's equipped to the vehicle. This is because Class I hitches are only designed to carry weight within a certain distance behind the vehicle. Putting weight outside of this area may cause the hitch to fail.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for Step Through Electric Cruiser Bikes
  • The Thule EasyFold, part # TH9032 will work for a wide variety of electric bikes up to 65 pounds. You can adjust the central holding bar to different heights and rotate it a little bit to adjust to the frame of the bike. This rack includes a ramp to help make loading your bikes easier. The EasyFold is compatible with 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Class II and Class III receivers. Another option that eliminates a few features in exchange for a higher capacity of 80 pounds is the Hollywood Racks...
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  • Using a Swagman Dispatch Bike Rack with a Women's Step Through Frame
  • To use a Women's step-through frame bike on the Swagman Dispatch, part # S64684, you have a couple of options. The first is to position the bike so that the frame clamp is able to make contact with the bike closer to the handlebars. This will require you to make sure that the frame clamp is tighter than normal so the bike doesn't escape during travel. The other is to use a frame adapter bar like part # 64005 to provide a flat surface for the frame clamp to rest on and work as though...
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  • Compatibility of the Swamgan XC2 with a 2008 Ford F-150
  • The Swagman XC2, part # S64650 has a combo shank that lets it be compatible with any 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch that you have equipped to your 2008 Ford F-150. The rack can have an anti-rattle hitch pin and bike cable lock attached to it with part # S64031 as a combination or as just the anti-rattle hitch pin as part # S64029. The Swagman XC can handle bike wheels up to 3-1/2 inches thick out of the box, and can be upgraded to handle up to 5 inch wheels with the extended...
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  • Weight of the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform Style 2 Bike Rack
  • The Pro Series Q-Slot Platform Style Rack, part # PS63134 weighs 34 pounds in its two bike configuration.
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  • Trailer Hitch Mounted Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for a 2001 Dodge Caravan
  • You'll be looking at adding a trailer hitch receiver and what's called a "Platform Style Rack" to your vehicle. If you don't already have a hitch, you'll want to install one to start. I recommend going with the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Hitch, part # 75119. This is a no drill, no trim install that can be completed by local dealers or certified body shops, or done as a home installation. I've included a link to an installation on a 2007 Dodge Caravan which is built on the same frame...
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  • Platform Rack for Carrying an Electra Townie 7D on a 2013 Ford Edge
  • One of the best heavy duty racks available is the Saris Freedom EX, part # SA4412B. This rack can carry bikes up to 60 pounds, giving you ample weight for your Electra Townie. This is a frame mount rack that is fully adjustable to the shape of the Townie, and also allows for you to position the bikes so they don't impact each other while driving with their handlebars. Its integrated bike and hitch locks also mean the rack has some added security, giving you peace of mind when you leave...
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  • Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and Saris Freedom SuperClamp Comparison for Use with Two Vehicles
  • Both the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack # SA4025F and the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Rack # SH12G referenced in your question are excellent, top-of-the line bike racks. As you mentioned, both racks will secure the bikes by their wheels only and also feature a convenient tilting feature to allow for easy rear cargo access on the vehicle. When looking at these two models, I recommend going with the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack # SA4025F. The first reason for this is that...
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  • Can Tailgate on 2016 Ford F-150 Be Lowered with the Kuat NV Bike Rack Mounted
  • On the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack # NV22G it measures 11-7/8 inches from the center of the receiver opening on a trailer hitch to the top of the nearest arm with the arm folded down and the rack horizontal. If, when lowered, the distance from the center of your receiver opening to the bottom of the lowered tailgate is greater than 11-7/8 inches then there will not be interference. I have included a picture from Kuat showing this and other measurements of the rack. I have also linked a video...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for RadRover E-Bike Carried by 2012 Ford Fusion
  • The perfect bike rack we have for your Radrover E-Bike is the Thule EasyFold part # TH9032 which has a max wheelbase of 48 inches and a capacity of 65 lbs. This rack can also fit Class I hitches like what are available for your 2012 Ford Fusion like the Draw Tite # 24865.
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  • Replacement Ratcheting Hook Set for a Swagman XTC4 Bike Rack
  • The ratcheting hook set that fits either the 2-bike version of the XTC bike rack, # S64670, or 4-bike version, # S64665, is the same for both racks. It is # P186. I have linked a video review of the replacement hook set for you.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon with Maximum Bumper Clearance
  • If you have the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9044 with the 2" receiver then you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13206. If you have the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9045 with the 1-1/4" receiver then you will want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12136. None of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receivers we have for your Outback Wagon will provide enough clearance for the Thule T2 to clear the rear bumper in their upright...
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  • Recommended Hitch Bike Rack for 60-Lb Electric Bike
  • It is not always permissible to mount one heavy bike of 60-lbs on a rack that can hold two bikes of 35-lbs each, such as the Swagman XC platform rack # S64650. Although this may seem counter-intuitive there is a good reason. With the total bike weight concentrated on fewer components there is risk of overloading them, items like the wheel hoops. The EZ Pedaler T350 electric bike weighs 61-lbs with its battery in place. As e-bikes go this is fairly lightweight as many can be in excess...
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  • Kuat Transfer Compatibility With a 2006 Toyota Corolla
  • The Kuat Transfer, part # TS02G is compatible with the 2006 Toyota Corolla with a Class I hitch installed. You will be able to use all features of the rack. I recommend adding the lock set, part # PTSCLK12 to add integrated hitch and cable locks to your Kuat Transfer, improving its security. If you haven't already installed a hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class I Custom Fit, part # 24913. This is a no drill, no trim installation that quickly bolts to the frame of your vehicle....
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  • Weight of Thule Doubletrack Platform Bike Rack
  • The Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT, weighs approximately 40 pounds. If you're looking for a lightweight hitch mounted bike carrier you might be interested in the Let's Go Aero BikeWing, part # B01311. It only weighs about 12 pounds can carry 2 bikes up to 40 pounds each. I've linked a review video on it for you.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted 2 Bike Rack with Best Bang for the Buck
  • The Rhino-Rack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # RRRBC045 is a nice bike rack with a tilt away feature for cargo access as well as a more sturdy design with reflectors. It doesn't come with any locks, but does come with an anti-rattle pin. This is a very nice bike carrier for the cost and I think you will really like it. To secure it to your vehicle, I recommend the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock with 11-1/2' Cable for Rhino-Rack Bike Racks # RRRBCA023. Another option you...
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  • Using a Thule EasyFold Bike Rack Behind an RV
  • I have a recommendation for you, however Thule does not recommend the use of any of their racks behind an RV for any reason. RVs put additional stress on racks because of the distance that the trailer hitch receiver is from the axle, resulting in a bigger bounce when you hit a bump in the road. There is also more rattle and shake that occurs as the RV drives, causing a greater chance that the rack could fail. Thule does make sturdy products, but they maintain their current stance...
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  • Length of Thule T2 Classic Bike Rack in 2-Bike Configuration
  • Yes, the 2-bike configuration of the Thule T2 Classic, # TH9044-TH9046, will look just like # TH9044. I have included a picture as well. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the end of the rack in 2-bike mode (when ready to load bikes or with bikes loaded) is 36 inches. I have included a video showing the 2-bike configuration as well.
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  • RV Trailer Hitch Receiver Mounted Bike Rack for Fat Bikes
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for Fat Bikes, part # HR1000-FB is listed as not compatible for RV's as its design is not sturdy enough for the increased forces behind the RV. There are two problems working against the rack. The first is that the hitch location on an RV is much further back from the axle than on a passenger vehicle, so there is far more shimmy, rattle, shake and bounce that the rack experiences. This can cause the tilt-away to fail on the rack, or the rack to just take...
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  • Recommendation for Platform Bike Rack for Bikes with Fenders
  • The RockyMounts SplitRail 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting Item # RKY1140 is not a good option for bikes with fenders over the front wheels. The hooks need to fit tight to the bike and fenders can get in the way or get damaged. What I recommend is the Malone Pilot # MPG2112 for 2 inch hitches or # MPG2109 for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches. This rack also has hooks but they can be placed at the tires like the SplitRail or they can hold the bike at the frame. This...
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  • Will an Electra Step-Through Frame Bike with Flat Foot Design Fit the Thule Doubletrack Bike Rack
  • The Electra bikes with the Flat Foot design and step through frame will work with the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT. But for the best fit I recommend the DoubleTrack Pro # TH9054. This version features frame clamps that can be adjusted up and down and rotate for the best and most secure fit. I have linked a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Using a Kuat Transfer 2 on a 2011 Toyota RAV 4
  • I have a few solutions for you, but there's a good chance the Kuat Transfer 2, part # TS02G won't comfortably clear a rear spare on the 2011 Toyota RAV4. You can confirm its fit by taking a quick measurement. To get your clearance, you'll need to measure from the center of your hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch to the furthest point of the spare tire. This is easiest to do with a flat edge to help find that point on your spare. To properly fit a rack with a folding feature, you'll...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Mounted Trike Carrier for a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Your best options for a trike are the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider, available as a single bike version, part # HR1000R-TRKADP or as a Trike and Bike version, part # HR1450R-TRKADP2. These racks are designed for use specifically with trikes that have up to 36 inch rear tracks or chassis, weigh up to 100 pounds and have a maximum wheelbase of 74 inches. Both versions adapt to 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch Class II receivers and are capable of working in Class III receivers as well. The...
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  • Is Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack Stable Enough for Long Road Trip
  • The Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02G referenced in your question is a great and extremely durable bike rack that will allow you to secure up to 2 bikes at 40 pounds each. It is constructed of gunmetal gray powder coated steel that is corrosion resistant and will hold up extremely well. This rack will not have a problem securing your bikes during long road trips like you have coming up. The included anti-rattle hitch pin will also help to reduce movement and noise of the rack inside...
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  • Fitting an RV With a Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • Generally speaking, RV rated racks are built to withstand the increased travel that the rack experiences when riding behind the RV. The distance from the axle to the hitch receiver is much greater than it is behind a car, causing far more bouncing and swaying when the rack is in use. Additionally, the suspension on most RV's is normally not enough to significantly reduce this travel, causing manufacturers to make racks that are significantly heftier than their passenger vehicle counterparts....
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  • Replacement Knobs for a Swagman Original Bike Rack
  • You'll need one of the following knobs based on when your Swagman Original Bike Rack, part # S64152-2 was made: Prior to 2009, part # P1004, this includes a standard 2 inch bolt that will fit the knob. 2009 to Present, part # P1041, which is compatible with M10 x 1.50 (3/8-16 UNC or 3/8-24 UNF Bolts) A locking front knob is available that is compatible with 2009 to Present versions of the rack as part # P1040
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  • Installing a Swagman Sitkka Bike Rack on a 2011 Hyundai Sonata
  • The Swagman Sitkka 2, part # S64687 is a great fit for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The only drawback is that the rack will sit close to the vehicle and you may not be able to use the fold-up feature of the rack with the Hyundai Sonata. Both recommended hitches for it install with their hitch pin hole 3-1/4 inches away from the furthest point of the bumper, so you'll cut it close if you fold it as the rack's closest point to its hitch pin hole when folded is 4 inches away. I really like...
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  • 3-Bike Platform Bike Rack to Clear Rear Spare Tire of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
  • For the Kuat Transfer, part # TS03G, to fit your 2016 Jeep Wrangler you'll need to make sure it clears the rear spare tire. On the Transfer there is 7-1/2 inches between the hitch in hole and the closest part of the rack when it's folded down, and 5 inches when it's folded up. If you measure from the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the spare tire on your Jeep and it's less than 5 inches the Transfer will fit in both positions. If you don't already have a trailer hitch receiver...
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  • Are Hollywood Racks Platform Bike Racks the Most Stable Bike Racks Available?
  • The Hollywood Racks part # HR1450 is incredibly stable. While it may not look as sleek as some of the more expensive racks it actually performs better in terms of stability than nearly all of them. Actually the rack doesn't move at all so there's basically no way any other bike rack could beat it... The test course video for this rack is accurate to how stable this rack is. There lower end # HR200 while not as stable as the # HR1450 is the best choice for the economically priced racks...
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  • 4 Bike Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for a 2012 Lexus GX 460
  • For your 2012 Lexus GX 460, you're probably going to be better off picking up a hanging rack over a platform rack, as there aren't any swing-away 4 bike platform racks. Additionally, because of the way that the rear of the GX 460 opens, the hanging rack will work a little better overall with the rear hatch. For a hanging rack, I recommend Yakima's FullSwing, part # Y02465. This swing-away hanging rack uses ZipClips to secure the bikes across its two arms, and reduces the amount of sway...
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  • Using a Hollywood Racks 1450E with a 5th Wheel RV
  • This means you will need to use a strap like part # 18050 to secure the bike rack to the trailer hitch on the back of your 5th Wheel to reduce its overall motion. I've included a video demonstrating how this strap improves the performance of a rack on smaller passenger vehicles, though the same idea transfers through to your application. If your trailer doesn't bounce around all that much, then you may not need it, especially if you've improved your vehicle's suspension.
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  • Comparing the Saris Freedom and Yakima FourTimer 4 Bike Platform Racks
  • Both the Saris Freedom 4, part # SA4414B and the Yakima FourTimer, part # Y02469 are great racks and they do have a few differences. In looking at the racks, the distance can vary by quite a bit based on what vehicle the racks are installed from. When we're measuring distances in our videos, we're measuring from the rear point of the vehicle to the furthest point of the rack. The distance that you'll want to compare them at is the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Comparing the Saris Freedom 2 EX With the Kuat Sherpa on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2017 Subaru Forester, the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - Gray # SH22G or Black # SH22B are great options for a wheel mounted carrier. The center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier is 7-1/2 inches when folded up for storage. Your Curt trailer hitch receiver sits 4-1/2 inches back from the edge of your bumper, so this will give you 3 inches of clearance when folded. It does have a tilting function, so you will have access to your rear cargo area,...
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  • Replacement Key for the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack
  • I do have a way for you to lock your bikes to the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack part # S63400 but unless you either have the key number off of the missing key or the key number on locking core, then it would be hard to find a replacement. Instead you can use the Replacement Cable for Swagman Bike Rack and Hitch Locks part # S2005 to lock your bikes to the bike rack and the Locking Anti-Rattle, Threaded Hitch Pin for Swagman Hitch Racks part # S64029 to lock the bike rack to the trailer hitch.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for 2017 Nissan Murano with Backup Camera
  • Based on my research, it looks like the backup camera on your 2017 Nissan Murano is located just above the license plate. With this in mind, pretty much any bike rack is going to provide some interference with the camera but it should still give you a good field of vision, depending on the model. The Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack # TH9042 and the Yakima LiteRider # Y02472 referenced in your question are both very nice, hanging-style racks, however both models feature a prominent center...
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  • Why are Some Bike Racks Not Rated for Use Behind an RV
  • Only certain bike racks are rated by the manufacturer for use behind RVs or trailers. This is simply because the ride at the rear of an RV is significantly rougher when compared to the rear of a standard passenger vehicle. The reason for this is that the rear of an RV is typically extended well beyond the rear axle, which results in a see-saw like action when driving down the road that in turn creates a lot of extra movement on the hitch and bike rack. RV approved hitch-mounted bike racks...
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  • Why is Thule T2 Bike Rack not Rated for an RV?
  • The reason the Thule T2 # TH9044-TH9046 and other racks are not rated for use behind an RV is due to how rough the ride is compared to a car; the rack sits much further behind the axle which means a lot of movement. A potential solution for you is the Let's Go Aero BikeWing # B01458, which is rated for use with an RV and holds your bikes by the wheels. A hanging rack like the Swagman Trailhead # S63381 may also work if you alternate the way in which you load the bikes. When using a hanging...
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  • Will Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack Hold Specialized Roll Sport Bikes
  • As long as you have a trailer hitch receiver installed on your vehicle, the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02G referenced in your question will do a great job of securing your Specialized Roll Sport - Low Entry bikes. This is an excellent, platform-style rack featuring ratcheting hooks that will hold the bikes by the wheels, so you will not have to worry about the alternative, step through frame on your bikes. The adjustable pitch on the front-wheel cradles ensure that the wheels...
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  • Hitch Lock Recommendation for 2016 Subaru WRX
  • For the Pro Series Q-Slot Platform-Style 2 Bike and 4 Bike Rack # PS63138 that you referenced we have found that the Softride hitch lock part # SR25056 works great as a hitch lock. We have had a few customers come back and try this hitch lock with the rack and they stated that it worked great.
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  • Thule Hitch Bike Rack with Ski Adapter Recommendation for 2017 Subaru Outback
  • For the factory 1-1/4 inch hitch of the 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon the Thule Vertex part # TH9028XT that you referenced is the correct hitch for your application. Due to the odd pin hole placement in your hitch this is the only rack Thule recommends for your vehicle. It is also compatible with the Thule Tram # TH9033 like you are interested in as well.
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  • RV Bike Rack Recommendation Aside from Swagman
  • We offer several bike racks that are designed for RV use and you can see them all at the attached link below. The RockyMounts Backstage 2 part # RKY10002 is another option you might consider. It's a platform rack that only touches the bike at the tires which protects the finish and and delicate frame material like carbon fiber.
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  • Does the Thule Parkway Come Fully Assembled
  • There is some assembly required for the Thule Parkway 2 Bike Rack # TH958. According to the instructions the tools that you will need consist of the following: Socket wrench with 13mm (1/2"), 14mm (9/16"), 19mm (3/4") sockets An adjustable wrench (6" or larger) or 13mm (1/2”), 14mm (9/16"), 19mm (3/4") wrench An adjustable wrench (6" or larger) This bike rack does not come with locking features but you can add them using the Snug-Tite hitch lock # THSTL2 and a Cable Lock # TH538XT....
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  • 4 Bike Platform Rack That Sits Away From the Rear of a 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L
  • I'm sorry to hear that happened with your Thule Vertex. One of the best ways to avoid damage is to make sure that you have enough bumper clearance for your chosen bike rack. You can take this measurement for yourself by using a measuring tape and a flat edge. Hold the flat edge against the furthest out part of your bumper, normally the center under the license plate and in line with your hitch, and measure from the center of the hitch pin hole. To avoid contact with your vehicle, you'll...
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  • Lowering the Tailgate on a 2016 Ford F-150 with a Thule Vertex 2 Bike Hitch Mounted Rack
  • Being able to lower your tailgate with the Thule Vertex, part # TH9028XT is dependent on the length of the tailgate. The Thule Parkway, part # TH912XTR is similar in size and I've included a video of our demo team demonstrating it on a 2016 Ford F-150. The Parkway and the Vertex have similar dimensions and tilt-away distances. The Vertex may actually have a little better clearance thanks to its bent mast post, giving it just a little more room. I've also included a video review...
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  • How Much Does the Yakima Dr. Tray Bike Rack Weigh
  • The Yakima Dr. Tray bike rack # Y02473 weighs 34 pounds according to Yakima but closer to 32 pounds when we weighed it. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Troubleshooting a Thule Helium 2 Bike Rack Stuck in Trailer Hitch
  • The Thule Helium, part # TH9042 can be a little tricky to operate its anti-rattle and anti-theft knob, because of the construction. First thing you'll want to try is locking and unlocking the bolt a few times, or trying to spin the key in the locked position. Sometimes during installation, this gets turned 90 degrees and will behave counter to the printed images. Next, you'll want to try lifting up a little on the rack when you try to turn the knob. The anti-rattle works off of...
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  • How to Lock the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack Part # TH912XTR
  • In order to lock the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack part # TH912XTR to the trailer hitch receiver you will want to use the Thule Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device part # THSTL2 and in order to lock the bikes to the bike rack you will want to use the Thule Cable Lock w/ One Key System Lock part # TH538XT. I have attached a review video of each lock for you as well.
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  • Will Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack S64670 Allow Rear Door Opening on 2017 ProMaster City Van
  • When it is fully folded down (without bikes loaded) the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 will require 8-inches of clearance from the top of the receiver opening to the bottom of the barn-style doors on your 2017 Ram ProMaster City. Since this rack has 3-inches of rise in the shank you will need this much room to allow opening the van doors with the folded rack in place in order for them to clear the central reinforcing gusset. Please refer to the linked photo that shows this...
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  • Can Pro Series Bike Rack # PS63134 Fit Front Hitch of 2002 Dodge Durango
  • As long as the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole on your 2002 Dodge Durango to the bumper is less than 7-1/2 inches the Pro Series Bike Rack part # PS63134 will fit. Bike racks aren't typically used in front hitches, but as long as you aren't blocking headlights and turn signals this would be a great option.
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  • Installing the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack
  • The Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack, part # C18085 is a fairly easy install. To install it, you'll simply insert it into the receiver, then secure it with the included anti-rattle bolt using the included tool. I do recommend getting a full sized ratchet though, as it will install the bolt much faster than the included tool. I've attached a video review of this rack, and at about the 3:20 mark, you can watch one of our reviewers putting the rack onto the vehicle so you can get familiar with...
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  • Dimensions of the RockyMounts Backstage 2 Bike Rack
  • The shank on the RockyMounts BackStage, part # RKY10002 has the following dimensions from the center of the hitch pin hole: To the end of the shank: 2-1/2 inches To the nearest part of the carrier when folded down: 9-1/2 inches To the nearest part of the carrier when folded up: 7 inches To the furthest part of the rack when folded down: 34 inches To the furthest part of the rack when folded up: 19 inches The height of the swinging mechanism is 3-1/2 inches tall, and then 5 inches...
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  • Fitting the Swagman XC-2 Bike Rack to a 2015 Nissan Murano
  • The Swagman XC-2 rack, part # S64650 will work with your 2015 Nissan Murano as long as its equipped with a trailer hitch, either a 2 inch or 1-1/4 inch hitch. I've attached a video of this rack being installed on a 2014 Nissan Murano so you can see how it sits on the vehicle and behaves on our test course. This rack doesn't include a hitch or bike lock, so you'll want to add them to the bike rack with the hitch and cable lock kit, part # S64031. This will let you use the hitch as a locking...
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  • Is Hitch Lock Included With Thule Apex Swing Bike Rack?
  • The Thule Apex Swing # TH9027 comes with an integrated locking hitch pin and anti-rattle device so you will not need the Snug Tite Hitch Lock # THSTL2. The Apex also has a cable lock to keep your bikes safe so no additional security devices are needed with this rack. I've added a link to a video review of this rack for you to take a look at as well.
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  • Will Thule Vertex 5 Bike Rack Fit 2 inch Hitch of 2017 Mercedes GLS 550
  • The Thule Vertex 5 bike rack part # TH9030XT that you referenced will fit and work well in the 2 inch hitch you have installed on your 2017 Mercedes GLS 550. All you'd need to install it is a wrench or ratchet/socket. The wrench/socket size needed is 3/4 inch. Which we have the socket and ratchet for that size part # PT20104-38524.
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  • Using a Hitch Extender with a Thule T2 Pro XT Bike Rack
  • The hitch extender, part # HE06 will work with the Thule T2 Pro, part # TH9034XT. However, you'll lower your tongue capacity by the lower of 50% of your hitch's tongue weight, or 350 pounds. With the size of your vehicle and its normally equipped hitches, this shouldn't be a problem for your specific vehicle, but verify the available weight with your vehicle's owner's manual and the rating sticker on your hitch prior to loading the bike rack.
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  • Best Platform Bike Rack to be Used at Rear of Motorhome
  • The Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 is a great bike rack but it's not rated for use behind an RV like yours so you'd want the Swagman Dispatch part # S64684 which is similar to the XTC but more reinforced for the rougher RV ride quality. At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the...
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  • Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin to Use with Rola TX-104 Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • The Rola TX-104 # 59401 doesn't require a specific threaded hitch pin like many other hitch mount bike racks do. So this gives you the ability to use a universal anti-rattle hitch pin or lock. One of the most popular we carry is # 63232.
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  • Comparing the Yakima FourTimer Bike Rack # Y02469 with the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692
  • Both the Yakima FourTimer # Y02469 and the Swagman Quad 2+2 # S64692 that you referenced are excellent bike racks and would do a great job transporting your bikes. They both have the ability to hold up to 4 bikes that weight 45 lbs each and they are compatible with a 2 inch receiver. They both use the hook to stabilize the bike while it is in the cradles and they also have tilting and folding features. The ability to be adapted to a 2 bike rack is also an option between both of them. Typically...
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  • How to Determine the Correct Shank Adapter for a Yakima Ridgeback
  • To correctly identify the correct shank adapter for your Yakima Ridgeback, part # Y02457, you'll need to measure the holes at the end of the shank that the adapter will go over. The adapter holes for the older racks made before November 2005 are sized for M8 bolts. They should measure about 8 to 9 millimeters in diameter, and you'll use part # 8880612 for your rack. If it measures smaller, about 6 to 7 millimeters, then you've got a rack made after November 2005 and you'll want...
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  • Fitting the Thule T1 to a 2012 Chrysler 200
  • For the Thule T1 1-Bike Platform Rack, part # TH9041, you'll need a Class I receiver for your 2012 Chrysler 200. I recommend the Draw-Tite Sport Class I, part # 24871 as a good pick to support the T1 rack. The Draw-Tite Sport doesn't require any trimming or drilling for installation, and I've included a video of our install team putting this hitch onto a 2012 Chrysler 200 so you can get an idea of how the process goes, and our help article with tips on installing a hitch to make the...
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  • Installing the Thule Helium 3-Bike Rack
  • I have a couple things you can try to get the lock to re-engage on your Thule Helium, part # TH9043. First, the anti-rattle feature on the Thule Aero can get a bit tricky. The knob normally only functions while the bike rack is installed on the hitch. This is to prevent the internal parts from detaching. I've attached a link below to a question from a customer that had a similar problem that includes another expert demonstrating how the knob functions while installed to a hitch receiver....
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  • Installing the Swagman Chinook Bike Rack into a Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • When you install the Swagman Chinook, part # S64683, Swagman recommends 40 foot pounds for its locking hitch pin. I don't recommend using an impact wrench to install the hitch pin, as the correct installation can be achieved with a traditional wrench or socket set.
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  • RockyMounts Backstage 2 Tilting Swing away Mercedes Sprinter 3500
  • The Rocky Mounts Backstage 2 Bike Rack, part # RKY10002's shank has two parts that may interact with the door. The top of the swing away mechanism, and the top of the central rail of the bike rack. The top of the swing-away mechanism is 3.5 inches above the receiver shank, and the top rail of the bike rack sits 9.5 inches above the receiver shank. You can check your clearance by measuring from the top of the trailer hitch receiver on your Sprinter to the bottom of the doors. If...
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  • Using a Hitch Reducer Sleeve with a Swagman Dispatch Bike Rack on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • The Swagman Dispatch 2, part # S64684 can work with a 2.5 receiver equipped with a reducer sleeve to correctly fit the Dispatch's natural shank. You have a couple of options for this. The first is the Reese Titan Reducer, part # 58102. The Titan Reducer is a semi-custom fit accessory for this hitch style. Then there is the universal Curt Receiver Reducer, part # C45405 to accomplish the same end goal. I like the Curt Receiver Reducer a little better, as it's less specifically intended...
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  • Carrying a 40 Pound Bike on a Trailer Hitch Receiver Mounted Bike Rack With a 2012 Mazda 3
  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, won't be able to carry a 40 pound bike. The weight maximums of the racks are very much set in stone, as the location of the weight of the bike changes the physics of the bike rack's ride and can cause damage if exceeded. Instead, I'd recommend the Swagman's Chinook, part # S64683. This rack adds a few features to the rack and an increased capacity to 45 pounds. Specifically over the XTC-2, it adds integrated hitch and bike locks, tilt away and fold...
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  • Is the Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64693 Compatible with a Newmar Bay Star
  • The Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64693 is rated for use on an RV so it will be compatible with your Newmar Bay Star. As far as the clearance concern, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier is 15-1/4 inches. You can use this measurement to determine whether or not your bikes will fit. When it comes to the bike weight capacity it can hold up to 2 bikes that weigh 60 lbs each so you don't have any concerns there. It is a wheel mount carrier which...
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  • Can I Leave Bike Carrier Installed When Going Through Car Wash?
  • With the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Hitch Mount # TH990XT or any other accessory, it is recommended to remove the carrier prior to going through a car wash. The manufacturer's warranty will not cover any damages incurred if you have the bike carrier installed while using an automated car wash.
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  • How To Use the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack on a 2006 Honda CR-V
  • In order to use the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack part # SA4412B on your 2006 Honda CR-V you will also need a trailer hitch receiver if you do not already have one. For this I recommend using the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 75690 which is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver tube opening. In order to secure the bike rack to the hitch I recommend using the Hitch Tite Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for Saris Bike Racks part # SA3022 and in order to secure the bikes...
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  • Light Weight Platform Style Bike Rack for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You have a couple great options if you're looking to keep things simple with your hitch mounted rack. If you're looking to just carry your bike, and don't think you'll need to carry any additional bikes, the Thule T1, part # TH9041 is an excellent one bike platform rack. This is a wheel mount, allowing you to completely bypass needing to mount to the frame. The T1 includes bike and hitch locks, and also folds up for easy storage against the vehicle if you don't need to use it. It also...
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  • Why Can't the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Bike Rack for Electric Bikes be Used on an RV or Trailer
  • Only certain bike racks are tested and rated for use on the back of an RV or trailer. Hollywood Racks has not approved the Sport Rider # HR1450E for this use which is why it can't be used for that application. At the back of an RV or trailer there is significantly more movement from hitch accessories due to the distance from the rear axle to the hitch receiver and the suspension cannot really compensate for it. A bike rack not built to withstand these extra forces can be damaged. What...
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  • Weight of the Swagman XTC 2 on a 2017 Toyota RAV4
  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 weighs about 29 pounds after assembly. This will be compatible with your 2017 Toyota RAV-4 and its 2 inch hitch, providing a great, versatile rack for your vehicle. The XTC-2 can have standard security added with a Hitch and Cable Lock, part # S64031. This adds an anti-rattle hitch pin and cable lock to your rack and provides a smoother ride and more secure location for your bikes during pit stops on the drive to and from your ride.
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Will Clear Back of 2017 Lexus RX 350 when Loaded
  • When we installed Curt trailer hitch # C13272 on a 2017 Lexus RX 350 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear of the vehicle was indeed 5 inches (see video linked below). The Swagman XC bike rack # S64650 measures approximately 12-1/2 inches from the center of the pin hole to the center of the wheel hoops closest to the vehicle. This means that the bike would likely make contact with the vehicle at some point (more likely at the pedals since the bumper sticks out...
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  • Bike Rack Similar to Swagman XTC With Less Play
  • That's pretty unusual for the rack to not want to easily install in the hitch opening. In normal circumstances it should slid it with ease. Your hitch must really have some rust still in it. You might take it somewhere to have it cleaned out better. It could require some sanding. The rack does have a bit of movement in it. What you described sounds normal for the design of the rack. There are more expensive racks that have less play, but the Hollywood Racks # HR200 is the most stable...
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  • Will the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack Fit Factory Trailer Hitch and 2018 Acura RDX
  • The Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02G fits 1-1/4 and 2 inch trailer hitches. On the 2018 Acura RDX the factory or dealer hitch will be one of those 2 sizes. The key is to determine if there will be enough clearance between the back of the vehicle and the bike rack. If, on the vehicle, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle is less than 7-1/2 inches the rack will clear the back of the vehicle when in the down position. If the measurement...
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  • Does Swagman XC-Extended Platform 2 Recumbent Bike Rack S64650-EXT Includes Anti-Rattle Lock
  • The Swagman XC-Extended Platform-Style 2 Recumbent Bike Rack # S64650-EXT includes an anti-rattle bolt but this can be replaced with the optional anti-rattle lock part # S64029 which serves as both an anti-rattle device and a hitch lock to secure the rack. Yes, we are able to ship Swagman products to Canadian addresses.
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2010 Honda Civic Coupe for Carrying Heavier Bike Rack
  • For that heavy of a bike you have to go with a hitch bike rack rated for the higher weight. I really like the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025F. This is a lightweight platform rack (which is normally an unheard of combo). That means it'll be easy to install and remove from your vehicle since it's light, but also it'll be very easy to load bikes on since it's a platform rack. This rack also only touches bikes at the tire so it protects any damage to delicate frame materials or...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Bikes with Baskets on the Front and Rear Wheels
  • Since your bikes have baskets on the front and rear wheels you'd need to go with a bike rack that holds the vehicle by the crosstube of the frame. For that the best option would be a platform hitch bike rack like the Hollywood Racks # HR200 which would do a great job. This fits 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch trailer hitches so it would be a very versatile and sturdy option.
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  • How Much Does the Thule Hitching Post Pro Bike Rack Weigh
  • Thule Hitching Post Pro - Folding Tilting 4 Bike Rack w Anti-Sway - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches Item # TH934XTR weighs approximately 40 pounds. It has a capacity of 140 pounds total. So if loaded to capacity the total weight of the rack and bikes would be 180 pounds. I have linked a video review of this bike rack for you. f you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005....
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  • Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack for a Trek Pure Town Bike
  • The Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 is able to carry bikes with up to a 66 inch long wheelbase, and tires up to 2.5 inches wide. According to my research, the Trek Pure has a wheel base of 46 inches, meaning it will fit comfortably inside the XTC-2's wheel cradles. If you want to check against your bike's wheel base, you can measure from the center of where the tires touch the ground or the wheel axles. This will give you the wheel base of your bike, and is used in most rack measurements...
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  • Can the Curt Platform Style Bike Rack for Fat Bikes C18087-FB be Locked to the Trailer Hitch
  • There isn't a confirmed threaded hitch lock that works with the Curt bike rack # C18087-FB so what I recommend to secure it and the bikes to the hitch is a hitch lock # CAB-10. It is also possible to use a very small pad lock through the hole at the end of the threaded hitch pin if you wanted to.
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  • Does Saris Freedom Superclamp Have Speed Limit
  • Normally we recommend with our hitch bike racks like the part # SA4025F should not ever exceed the posted speed limit. Which in most cases 70 mph is the highest speed limit you'd see. So basically I can't really recommend you exceed 70 mph with this rack or any of the other racks we carry in order to protect other motorists as well as your bikes.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Scott ebike Sub Tour
  • I looked up pictures of your Scott ebike Sub Tour and since it has fenders you'd want a bike rack that grabs and holds the bike by the frame and not the wheel. For that we have the Hollywood Rack E-Bike Rack # HR1450E which would fit and work well. This has a weight capacity of 80 lbs per bike too.
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Mercedes GL 450
  • For your 2014 Mercedes GL450 that has a trailer hitch like the Curt part # C13190 installed I really like the Saris Freedom Superclamp part # SA4025F. This is a lightweight platform rack (which is normally an unheard of combo). That means it'll be easy to install and remove from your vehicle since it's light, but also it'll be very easy to load bikes on since it's a platform rack. This rack also only touches bikes at the tire so it protects any damage to delicate frame materials or finishes.
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  • Using the Thule Doubletrack Pro with the Specialized Roll Low Entry
  • The Thule Doubletrack Pro, part # TH9054 is a great choice for the Specialized Roll Low Entry series. The frame clamp actually rotates around its mounting point on this bike rack to better fit to the bikes loaded onto the rack, and the adjustable wheel cradles can move forward and backwards, or be oriented on the same side for better adjustability for her bike to put whatever part of the frame that you want to latch to in line with the frame clamp. The real fitting concern that I have...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying German Giant Womens Bike Rack
  • Thanks for the picture of your German Giant bike as it makes picking out a bike rack for it much easier! Since you don't have a crosstube that is horizontal on your bike to use a hanging style bike rack you'd need to use an adapter bar like part # UB01 which will span the distance between the seat post and steering stem to give you a horizontal bar for the frame cradles to attach. The Thule # TH9029XT then would work well for carrying the 4 bikes. Or if you like platform bike racks...
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  • Size of Kuat Sherpa when Folded Up Against Vehicle
  • I've added a video link below where we measure this distance on the rear of a 2014 Chevy Malibu. The distance from the hitch pin hole to the furthest point when folded up is about 17-7/8 inches for all Kuat Sherpa 2.0 models, part # SH12G. I've attached a picture with a few dimensions of the rack so you can get an idea of its size.
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Rack for 2016 Toyota RAV4
  • With a 2-inch hitch you have some great options to carry bikes on the rear of your 2016 Toyota RAV4. Since you want something that is easy to put on and remove, your best bet is to go with a hanging rack, as they are lighter than platform racks. You will also want a rack that uses a knob rather than a hitch pin and clip to tighten the rack to your RAV4. I highly recommend checking out the Thule Apex # TH9025, which uses the EasyMount system to attach to your car, and has a built-in handle...
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  • Weight of the Swagman XTC, Swagman XC and Pro Series Q-Slot
  • The exact weight of these racks is: Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670, 30 Pounds, can carry two 35 pound bikes. Swagman XC, part # S64650, 25 pounds, can carry two 35 pound bikes. Pro Series Q-Slot 2-Bike, part # PS63134, 34.58 pounds, and can carry two 45 pound bikes. Out of these three, I like the Swagman XTC-2, part # S64670 because its always been the most flexible in terms of bike shapes and styles it can hold. You'll appreciate this a lot if you are carrying any women's,...
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  • Swing and Tilt Away Trailer Hitch Receiver Mounted Bike Rack for a 2017 GMC SIerra 3500 Crew Cab
  • For a carbon fiber bike, you'll want to look more to Wheel Mount racks, as making no contact with the frame reduces the risk of damage to the bikes. One of the most feature heavy and popular racks is the Kuat NV 2.0, part # NV22G. This wheel mounted rack is designed with road and carbon frame bikes in mind, offering lightweight, easy storage for the bikes on the rear of your vehicle. Integrated hitch and cable locks provide excellent security for the bikes. The Kuat NV 2.0 can fold...
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  • Bike Rack for a Forest River RPod Travel Trailer and a 2015 Buick Enclave
  • You actually have several more options compared to the ones offered by Forest River for your RPod Travel Trailer. Since you only have a 150 pound weight capacity, you'll want to pick a lighter rack. I recommend the Lets' Go Aero BikeWing-2, part # B01311. This is a hanging style rack that adjusts to a lot of different bike wheel sizes and setups, giving you a wide range of flexibility. This fits both a 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch receiver. Its capable of holding up to two 40 pound bikes...
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for Class I Hitch on 2016 VW Sportwagen TSI
  • For a Class I hitch to carry your 50 lb bikes the best solution is the Hollywood racks # HR1000-FB which can fit the Class I hitch and has the weight capacity and wheelbase range for your bike.
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  • Would Hollywood Rack E-Bike Rack Allow Mercedes Sprinter Doors to Open
  • Since the doors above the hitch are a decent distance away from each other the Hollywood Rack Bike Rack part # HR1455E would allow it to open if the rack was folded down, but if the rack was loaded I can't see there being enough clearance. I attached a picture a customer sent in that shows a different rack that had to be tilted down to allow the door to open.
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  • Measuring a Bike's Wheelbase to Confirm Fit on the Swagman XC Bike Rack
  • I have a solution for you, however the Swagman XC, part # S64650 will not fit a bike with a 69 inch wheelbase. Wheelbase is normally measured from the point where the front and rear wheel touch the ground. If the 69 inch measurement is from the front of the front tire to the back of the rear tire, then the wheelbase will be less and the XC will likely fit. Measure between where the tires actually touch the ground. If this is less than 51-1/2 inches the XC will fit your bike. If the base...
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  • Bike Rack for 2009 Honda Fit for Recumbent and Road Bike
  • We have one solution that would work well for the Class I hitch you would have installed on your 2009 Honda Fit. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2-Bike Carrier for Recumbents # HR1000R will fit a Class I hitch and can carry a standard bike plus a recumbent as well so it would be a great choice.
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