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  • Best Bike Rack for E-Bikes with Fenders Step Through Frame and 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • We have the perfect rack for carrying your e-bikes with fenders and step through frames! You will want the Thule Easy Fold XT part # TH903202. This rack will fit your 1-1/4 inch hitch, has frame clamps designed for your style of frame, is specifically intended for e-bikes, and comes with ramps to make loading/unloading the heavier bikes (which it is rated for) easier. I attached a picture of the rack carrying a bike just like yours for you to check out as well.
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  • Are Extra Supports Needed for the Reese Eclipse When Used with Womens/Kids Bikes
  • Yes, the Reese Eclipse 4 Bike Rack part # 63124 should work just fine with your two adult and two kids bikes. However, because of the alternative frame on the womens bike, you will also most likely need to use the Swagman Deluxe Bike Frame Adapter Bar part # 64005. I have attached a photo of the adapter bar in use. In regards to the kids bike with training wheels, I don't see any issue as to why this would be a problem for the Reese Eclipse 4 Bike Rack so long as the horizontal top...
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  • Recommended RV Rated Bike Rack to Carry 4 Bikes
  • You're correct we have 6 options of RV rated 4-bike racks that I've linked on this page. The most popular is the Swagman Trailhead # S63381. This is, of course, in part due to cost but it's also a Swagman who has done very well with bike racks for RV's. A lot of bike rack manufacturers haven't put much emphasis on the RV market where Swagman has done a great job. It is more of a basic model (No locks like you mentioned) but is great quality. The Cadillac in the lineup right now...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack Compatible With Bikes With Front Fenders
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Black # TH9034XT is designed to hold the bikes by the wheels. It is not recommended to use on bikes with fenders. For that application I recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles - 2" Hitch - Tilting # HR1450Z-E. This carrier has the capacity to carry bikes up to 80 lbs each. Many of our bike carriers are for bikes up to 35 lbs each and many of the bikes with fenders exceed that...
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  • Kuat Transfer vs Thule T2 Classic vs Saris Superclamp EX
  • For this being your first bike rack purchase you have done a fantastic job at researching to narrow it down to some great choices! Since you have done your research and watched our review videos I will avoid going over all of the features and focus on your specific questions for each bike rack. If you do end up having more questions though please let me know. The Kuat Transfer # TS02G is a great, cost-effective option that only weighs in at 37 lbs. It also has a gunmetal gray powder...
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  • Best RV Approved Bike Rack for Electric Bikes
  • Since you have an electric bike with a step-through frame, I recommend using a platform style wheel mount bike rack. However, since the bikes will be carried on the trailer, the rack must be approved for this use. I recommend the Swagman Escapee 2 Bike Platform Rack part # S64693 as long as your bike doesn't have fenders. This is a fixed bike rack which is what makes it approved for use on a trailer. It has a 60 lb per bike weight rating and comes with a threaded anti-rattle hitch lock....
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  • Best Bike Rack for E-Bikes with Fenders That Doesnt Rub
  • I have a few different bikes racks for you that will carry e-bikes with fenders. That said, you will need to go with a frame mount style as you can't use a wheel mount bike rack on a bike with fenders. The best option for you will be the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 2 Electric Bike Rack part # HLY84FR which has an 80 lb per bike weight capacity and soft padded frame hooks so you don't have to worry about rubbing. If either of your bikes has a steep drop tube frame then you will also need...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Two E-Bikes With Fenders
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 # BA22B you referenced is a fantastic bike rack, but since you have electric bikes with fenders you will need to go a different direction. The reason is the NV 2.0 is a wheel-mounted bike rack and the clamps will not mount to the frame, they are designed only to clamp to the front wheel, and fenders will interfere. The bike rack I highly recommend for a pair of e-bikes with fenders is the Thule EasyFold XT 2 E-Bike Platform Rack # TH903202 because it is a frame-mounted...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying Bikes with Fenders
  • Since your bikes have fenders a better solution for a bike rack would be one that attaches to the bike frame instead of one that attaches to the tires like the T2 part # TH9044 that you referenced. For a similar rack that would work great I would recommend the Thule Doubletrack Pro 2 Bike Platform Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # TH9054. This is a platform bike rack that would easily carry your two bikes and would make loading and unloading your bikes easy as well.
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  • Best Bike Rack Recommendation for Electra Townie with Fenders
  • For bikes with fender the best type of bike rack is a platform rack that grabs the top tube of the bike to secure it. For that I really like the Thule DoubleTrack Pro part # TH9054. This will securely and easily secure your Electra Townie and will be also very easy to load and unload. Unlike other platform bike racks this one is lighter weight at 35 lbs too. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • E Bike Rack Recommendation for 70 lb Bike
  • For a 70 lb E-bike with fat tires we really only have one option that will work well. That's the Hollywood Racks # HR1455Z-E that has a weight capacity of 80 lbs per bike and can accomodate tire widths of up to 5 inches. It can also carry up to two bikes. The Thule EasyFold # TH903202 is really the only bike rack with load assistance but it only has a capacity of 65 lbs per bike.
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  • Comparing Hollywood Racks Destination vs. Swagman XTC 4-Bike Rack
  • The Swagman XTC4 4-Bike Rack # S64665 and Hollywood Racks Destination 4-Bike Rack # HR4000 are two of the best values in regards to 4-bike racks, and when taking everything into consideration I highly recommend the Destination # HR4000. There are a number of reasons for this, starting with the fact that the Destination is going to be easier to load your bikes on because of its large and curved wheel trays compared to the hoops of the XTC-4 that make you plop the bikes in just right....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Electric Bikes with Fenders
  • For what you need the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles # HLY84FR will be the correct solution. This rack is designed for electric bikes like what you have and would work well with your bikes that have fenders since the arms of this rack attach to the frame of the bikes and not the wheels. There isn't an add-on available for this rack though because where it would install there is bracing on this rack for the additional weight of the E-bikes. To carry...
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  • Can Tilting Feature of Thule Apex XT 4 Bike Rack be Used with Bikes Loaded
  • When using the tilting feature for the Thule Apex XT # TH9025XT you need to first remove the bikes. The only way to keep the bikes loaded so you can gain full rear access to your 2017 Toyota Highlander is to use the Thule Apex Swing XT # TH9027XT. This is the exact same bike rack but it has an arm that swings the upright and arms out to the side of the vehicle as you can see in the attached photo.
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  • Best Bike Rack for Electra Townie With Fenders on 2019 Jeep Cherokee
  • The first thing you need to select is a trailer hitch and for your 2019 Jeep Cherokee I recommend the Curt # C13171 because it is simple to install while giving you plenty of clearance to use a bike rack. This hitch does have a visible crosstube so if having a hidden crosstube (where only the receiver is visible) is something you would rather have you will need the Curt # C13395. The best bike rack for you is the Thule EasyFold XT # TH903202 because it is by far the simplest bike rack...
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  • Comparing the Thule Hitching Post Pro, Thule Camber, and the Yakima DoubleDown
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR is an exclusive bike rack that Thule only makes available for certain retailers like our self which is why you do not see it listed on their site. The Thule Camber 4 Bike Rack part # TH9056 is a new model but it is not a new design of the Hitching Post Pro as they are different bike racks all together. When comparing the Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR, the Thule Camber 4 Bike Rack part # TH9056, and the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack...
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  • Hollywood Racks Bike Rack for Two E-Bikes With Fat Tires for Rear of 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We actually have the exact bike rack you need, although the reason some bike racks, such as the # HR1455Z-E are not rated for use behind trailers, including fifth wheels or towed vehicles, is because the suspension on those is not as forgiving; there is additional movement, increasing stress on the bike rack and potentially damaging it. That said, there is a perfect bike rack for a pair of e-bikes with fat tires that IS rated for use behind a 5th wheel trailer, the Hollywood Racks RV...
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  • Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Rack vs. Inno Aero Light 4-Bike Rack
  • You are right on the money in that the Inno Aero Light 4-Bike Rack # INH640 and Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Rack # TH9025XT share a lot of the same benefits but I highly recommend the Apex XT for a couple reasons, starting with the spacing on the arms. The Apex XT measures 6-1/2 inches from inside-to-inside of the cradles, which is narrower than the Inno, meaning better stability for your bikes from the Apex XT. The Apex XT also weighs about 10 lbs less than the Inno and has a tool-free installation...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Two Electric Bikes Weighing Over 65 lbs Each
  • There are bike racks that will be able to carry the weight of your two 66-1/2 lb RadRover Electric Bikes with fat tires, although as you mentioned the only way to use the Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9034XT with bikes that heavy would be to remove the batteries. For 66-1/2 lb bikes with 4 inch tires you have two options if you want to carry the bikes without removing the batteries. The first option is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack for Electric Fat Tire...
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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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  • Recommended RV-Rated Hitch Bike Racks for 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You will want to select an RV-rated hitch bike carrier for use on the back of your 5th wheel trailer. Standard bike racks made for use on cars and SUVs are not suitable for use on a trailer due to the additional stresses found at the rear of such vehicles. The extra stress results from the greater distance between the rear axle and the hitch. This extra distance translates into more leverage on the rack, and a regular rack made for cars could be destroyed by the forces at the back of a...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Transporting 2 Electric Bikes
  • Don't worry, I can help get you what you need to transport your electric bikes and two additional bikes. First thing to know is that all racks are not created equal; so while the S2 and SE4 Hollywood Racks bike racks look similar they cannot serve the same purpose for your electric bikes as they can for the average bike. This is due to the heavy weight of electric bikes. As you found we offer two racks that allow for 2 electric bikes to be transported with a 2 inch or Class II 1-1/4...
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  • Differences Between Hollywood Racks SE2 Racks HR1455Z-E and HR1450E
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack for Electric Fat Tire Bicycles # HR1455E and the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450-FB are very similar bike racks but the key difference is that the # HR1455Z-E is designed for E-bikes which are much heavier so the rack is reinforced more so that it has higher capacities. This rack has a capacity of 80 lbs per bike whereas the # HR1400Z-85-FB only has a 45 lb per bike capacity.
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  • Easiest Way to Convert Thule T2 Bike Rack from 1-1/4 inch Hitch Size to 2 inch Hitch Size
  • The 2 inch Thule hitch adapter # 853-7292 does not fit every bike rack they make unfortunately and it does not fit any version of the Thule T2 bike racks. Since you don't want to replace the shank (understandable) the best work around is the hitch reducer sleeve part # HT02.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For Front Mounted Hitch For Increased Visiability
  • A great style of bike rack for front hitches is the platform style. This will increase visibility when driving. A great bike rack for this is the Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9045, its is a great fit with your trailer hitch # 65003. Most of all you will not have to use an adapter therefore further increasing your visibility. It will hold your bike using wheel mounts which can accommodate more styles of bikes and alternative frames. This rack also features and anti-rattle device...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For Electric Fat Tire Bikes with Tilt and Swing-Away Features
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Bike Rack for Electric Fat Tire Bicycles - 2" Hitch - Tilting # HR1455Z-E is the best rack for your needs. It can handle what most bike racks cannot which is fat tire electric bikes. This rack can handle two bikes up to 80 lbs each and will secure the bikes by the frame so you don't need to worry about the fenders. If you want to add the swing away, use the Yakima BackSwing Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches # Y02483. This will...
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  • Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT vs. Swagman Chinook # S64683
  • The real benefits that you get from the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT is that it weighs 36 lbs, it is made right here in the USA, and the trays are a little more customizable since they are on their own "tracks". If you don't mind the extra 11 lbs of the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and you are able to utilize the wheel trays just fine (which typically isn't a problem) then I recommend the Chinook. It is at a lower price point, comes with everything that the Doubletrack does, has the higher...
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  • Bike Rack for a 2019 Subaru Forester with Factory 1-1/4 Trailer Hitch
  • The factory 1-1/4 inch Subaru hitch is unique in that the hitch pin hole is very close to the face of the receiver. This means that for most bike racks there won't be enough of the shank in the receiver to safely support the rack, especially when loaded. That is why I recommend the BikeWing # LGA54FR. It has a second pin hole which will allow you to have more of the shank in the hitch receiver. This rack also weighs just 20 pounds and holds 2 bikes at the wheels. I have linked a video review...
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  • Best Solution for Carrying E-Bike on a Travel Trailer Using a Carrier with a Ramp
  • I do have a couple of solutions for you but you do have a very unique situation so there isn't a perfect solution that is able to address all of your concerns. The best solution is to install a trailer hitch like the Adjustable Width Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13704 (which fits frames from 22" to 68-1/2" wide) on your travel trailer and then use the Ultra-Fab Dirt Bike Carrier # UF48-979033 to carry your bike. Since this has a ramp (like the EasyFold XT #TH903202) it will help make loading...
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  • Installing Bike Rack On Rear of Cargo Carrier
  • Hollywood Racks offers a bike and cargo carrier, part # HR1400Z-85 that is a combined bike rack/cargo carrier. The bike rack is designed to be very strong, so it can support the cargo tray, and the cargo tray has a limited capacity of 90 lbs when used along with the bike rack. If you were to mount a bike rack onto the rear of a cargo carrier, it would place too much weight too far rearward of the trailer hitch. This would exert a huge amount of leverage on the hitch, likely damaging...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for the Bike Bunk on an Aliner Trailer
  • Since the Stromberg-Carlson Bike Bunk # CC-275 is rated for 100 pounds and mounts on a trailer I recommend going with the lightest 2-bike, RV and trailer approved rack that you can. The lightest option, and what I recommend, is the BikeWing, # B01311, which weighs just 12 pounds. It holds the bikes by the wheels so it is very versatile. I have linked a video of this rack for you.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Use With Womens Natko E-Bike
  • We definitely have bike racks that will be great for your Natko E-Bike but the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 only has a weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike and according to my research your bike can weigh somewhere between 50 lbs and 80 lbs. I do appreciate the photo as it was helpful in determining the right rack for you, and since your bike has fenders and a step-through frame you will need something that can accommodate that along with the weight. Here are the most economical options...
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  • Storage Device to Hold a Thule T2 Pro XTS 4 Bike Platform Rack TH9034XTS-9036XTS
  • I show that the Thule T2 Pro XTS 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Silver Item # TH9034XTS-9036XTS has a weight of 96 pounds. If you want to store just the bike rack then the Swagman X Mount Bike Carrier Storage Rack - Wall Mount - 2" Racks Item # S80940 is a great option. You just have to make sure that it is attached to a wall stud in order to support the weight of the rack. We also have the Hollywood Racks Rack Valet Rolling Storage Cart for Hitch-Mounted Bike Racks -...
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  • Comparing Yakima BackRoad and RidgeBack 4-Bike Hitch Bike Racks
  • Both the Yakima BackRoad # YA44FR and the Yakima RidgeBack # Y02458 are excellent bike racks but I think I'd choose the BackRoad over the RidgeBack to be honest. The RidgeBack has an easier installation method with the snap pin and tool-free anti-rattle, but the BackRoad is a newer model from Yakima and uses the new 7" spacing between the cradles. While this might not seem like a big deal, I've loaded up 4 bikes on the RidgeBack before and it was almost like putting a puzzle together. The...
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  • Best Bike Rack for Transporting Heavy Electric Bikes without Lifting
  • We have the perfect bike rack for you. The Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH903202 is designed to easily carry heavy electric bikes like yours. It has an easy to use removable ramp that allows your bikes to load easily onto the rack without any lifting. I attached a demo video for this rack for you to check out as well. A power lift bike rack isn't available, but this should work very well for you.
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  • Is Thule EasyFold XT 2 Electric Bike Rack the Best Option for Back of Motorhome
  • The Thule EasyFold XT 2 Electric Bike Platform Rack # TH903202 is absolutely going to be the best option to carry your two e-bikes on the back of your 2018 Tiffin Allegro 34PA, and it can also be used with your Cherokee, but NOT when the Cherokee is being flat towed. The EasyFold XT has a weight capacity of 65 lbs per bike which will accommodate your needs, and the fenders will not be an issue because the EasyFold uses ratcheting straps to secure the wheels and has independent arms that...
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  • Comparing the Yakima HoldUp Original to the Yakima HoldUp EVO
  • The Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Platform Style - Tilting # Y02443 is different from the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike # Y02479 in a couple ways. The original could hold bikes up to 60 lbs each versus the EVO holding up to 50 lbs per bike. The original could hold bike tires up to 2-1/2 inches wide versus the Evo holding tires 5 inches wide. The biggest difference is the new KickStart foot lever to tilt and fold the rack. The size and weight of the rack itself in all other...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack With Ramp For A 60 lb Electric Bike
  • We have 2 options for you to carry a 60 lb e-bike. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles - 2" Hitch - Tilting # HR1450Z-E and the Thule EasyFold XT Bike Platform Rack # TH903202. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider will require lifting, whereas the Thule EasyFold has a ramp for you to guide your bike into place. I've attached a video of this for you. If you choose to go with the Sport Rider, the easiest way to load your bike would be to tilt it down,...
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  • Alternative Anti-Rattle Option for the Thule T2 Classic 9044 Bike Rack
  • Since the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 does have that weld nut on the inside of the receiver you could use the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch # RM-061 to help limit the movement of the bike rack if you are still able to get the lock on the Snug Tite Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device # THSTL2. Aside from that you would need to break off the weld nut to use an anti-rattle device that uses the internal block like part # 63232. We know that the Snug Tite Hitch Lock is a fit for the Thule T2 Classic...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 2 Electric Bikes With Step Through Frames
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles - 2" Hitch - Tilting # HLY84FR will work with the two GenZe e-bike model e102 you have. The low center bar on an e-bike like this does limit your options, but my contact at Hollywood Racks recommends that you use a bike adapter bar even though the bike most likely will fit without it because it will keep the bikes more stable during transport by adding that bar so they don't become too top heavy. I recommend using...
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  • Why is the Swagman XC Not Okay to Use With an RV
  • The reason why some bike racks and cargo carriers are rated for use at the rear of an RV or Trailer and others are not has to do with the fact that the ride is a lot more rough. Since there is more distance from the rear axle to the trailer hitch receiver on an RV or Trailer as opposed to a passenger vehicle, there is a lot more play. Because of this, manufacturers will test and approve which bike racks or cargo carriers can be used at the back of an RV or Trailer. The Swagman XC 2-Bike...
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  • What Makes a Bike Rack Rated for Trailer Use
  • A trailer rated bike rack like the Swagman Trailhead# S63381 has been tested and approved by Swagman to be used on a trailer. The Semi 4.0 # S64698-99 is not. What this means for a customer is that if you were to use the Semi 4.0 behind a trailer and the rack was damaged it would not be warrantied because it was not used in the fashion intended. The reason some racks are not approved for trailer use is the because of the additional movement at the back of a trailer created from the...
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  • Recommendation Between the Thule Camber 4 and Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Carriers
  • The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # e98862 you referenced will have the hitch pin hole recessed 4-1/2 inches from the outer bumper. This will allow for compatibility with both the Thule Camber or the Yakima Ridgeback you referenced. The biggest difference between the two bike carriers for your application is the arm spread distances. The Thule Camber # TH9056 has outside cradle to outside cradle measurement of 13 inches. The Yakima...
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  • Will Bikes with Fenders Fit on the Thule T2 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks
  • Bikes with fenders pose a problem for the Thule T2, # TH9044. Fenders often times cover most of the top of the tire and the T2 is not able to safely secure the bikes because you would have to place the hooks so low on the tire. A bike rack like the Thule Doubletrack, # TH9054, would be a better option because it holds the bikes at the frame. I have included a link to a video review of this bike rack for you. If the 75 pound capacity on the Doubletrack is not enough, take a look at...
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  • Difference Between the Yakima Fulltilt and Ridgeback Bike Racks
  • The biggest differences between the Yakima RidgeBack, part # Y02458, and the Yakima FullTilt, part # Y02462, are the locking system, the hitch pin, and the cradle arms. The FullTilt has fully padded arms with grooved positions that hold the bike cradles in place. The FullTilt also has a hitch pin that is integrated into the carrier shank that is operated by a push button, instead of the hitch pin being attached with a lanyard. The FullTilt also has a lock system to help secure the...
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  • Bike Rack Solution for R-Pod Camper
  • I have a solution for you, but none of the spare tire bike racks we offer are designed to be used at the rear of a trailer as the ride is much rougher there when compared to a passenger vehicle. Best option we have would be the bike bunk adapter part # CC-275 with an RV bike rack like the Swagman Escapee # S64693. Check out the review videos I attached below for the above mentioned products.
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  • Best Value Bike Rack That Allows For Rear Cargo Access In 2015 Honda CR-V
  • The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style part # S64650 will fit the 2015 Honda CR-V as long as you have a hitch on your vehicle. However, the Swagman XC 2-Bike rack is not a tilt-away rack so you need to remove the bikes from the rack to get into the rear cargo aera of the CR-V. Instead, I recommend Swagman XTC-2 TILT 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches part # S64671 for the 2015 Honda CR-V because it tilts away with or without the bikes loaded for rear cargo access in the...
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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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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch
  • For carrying an E-bike on a 1-1/4 inch hitch the best solution will be the Thule Easyfold part # TH903202 which is specifically designed for heavier E-bikes like yours and would work well. It has a ramp that pulls out to make loading and unloading the heavier bikes easier as well. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Why Doesnt Thule T2 Classic Come with Cable Locks
  • The Thule T2 Classic does not have a cable lock since the arms have locks built into them and the shank of the rack has a lock to secure it to the hitch of the vehicle. There is a replacement arm that will give you a cable lock though. For that we had a customer come back and state that the part # 752-1272-001 gave them the ability to use a cable lock.
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  • Adapter for low Step-Through Frame E-Bike to fit Bike Rack
  • The perfect solution for you to carry your EVELO Luna with the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles # HLY84FR would be to use an adapter bar which attaches between your seat post and handlebar stem to create a horizontal mounting point. You can see exactly what it does in the photo I've attached for you. The bar you want is going to depend on the length between your seat post and handlebar stem; the Swagman Deluxe # 64005 is adjustable from 24 3/8" to 33...
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  • Difference Between Swagman XTC-2 and XC 2 Platform Bike Racks
  • While very similar 2-Bike platform racks, the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 is essentially an upgraded version of the XC 2 # S64650. The Swagman XTC-2 features re-designed and improved wheel cradles that are stronger and constructed with a soft coating to protect your bikes. The cradles will also position the bikes a bit higher up for improved ground clearance with the bikes loaded. The wheel straps have also been improved with a heavier design. This rack will basically do a much better job...
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  • Troubleshooting Wobble with Swagman XC Bike Rack
  • For your Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style # S64650, the hitch pin that came with the rack or the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable # S64031 may need to be tightened. I recommend moving the rack up and down slightly as you tighten that threaded bolt. That should secure the shank to your hitch. The two set-screws you mentioned connecting the crossbar to the shank, will only tighten so much and you do want to be careful not to strip the threads. If you have wobble of bikes side...
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  • Is There a License Plate Bracket for the Thule T2 Pro XT Bike Rack
  • To add a license plate bracket to any bike rack will require you to modify the bike rack. If you are willing to do that with the Thule T2 Pro XT2, # TH9034XT Black or # TH9034XTS Silver, then your best bet would be a bracket with a light in the event that you are carrying your bikes at night. I recommend the Optronics License Plate Light w/ Mounting Bracket # LP55CB. To provide power to the light the easiest thing to do would be to install the T-One # 118467 which is a plug-in wiring...
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  • Comparison Between Hollywood Racks # HR1400 And Yakima # Y02443-2 Bike Racks
  • There are several similar features between the Hollywood Rack, part # HR1400Z, and the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack, part # Y02443-2. These are both nice bike carriers. Both bike racks can be configured to carry either 2 or 4 bikes. Both will tilt for access to the rear cargo area of the vehicle. They both come with locks that secure the bikes to the rack and also locks that secure the rack to the vehicle. They both measure the same distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Available Replacement Parts for Yakima RidgBack # Y02457 Bike Rack
  • If you look at the provided diagram, you can see the replacement parts that Yakima offers for your # Y02457 Ridgeback Bike Rack. If what you're needing isn't shown, please let me know what you're needing. Zip strips # Y8890297 Endcap # 8890306 2" adapter # 8890298 Replacement hitch pin # 889-0231 Replacement Speed Knob and Wedge Assemby # 8880508 Replacement Wrench # 8890285 Replacement Cradle w/ Zip Strip # 8880597 Replacement Cradle w/ Anti-Sway and ZipStrips# 8880598
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  • Difference Between Hollywood Racks Trail Rider and Sport Rider 2-Bike Racks
  • The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200Z and Sport Rider # HR1000Z 2-Bike Racks referenced in your question are very similar, platform style carriers that can transport up to 2 bikes at 45 pounds each. These are both very nice options that feature adjustable wheel mounts to accept a variety of wheel sizes and heelbases along with an anti-rattle hitch bolt that will reduce movement inside the hitch receiver. The primary difference between the two models is that the Sport Rider # HR1000Z...
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  • Carrying Bikes While Towing a Trailer with Propane Tanks Mounted on the Front
  • This is the age old question since the dawn of towing bike racks. The only way to figure it out is to try it. It will likely reduce the turning radius of the trailer. And depending on where the tanks are, they could be the likely point of contact. You could avoid all of that by using the super sweet Bike Bunk Trailer mount bike carrier # CC-275. This carrier and a 2 inch receiver for a bike rack and the distance from top of A-frame trailer to top of cross tube is 33-1/2 inches. It...
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  • Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier Combination Recommendation for Hitch
  • I have the perfect solution for you. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform 2 Bike Rack w/Cargo Carrier # HR1450Z-85 is a 2 bike platform rack with a cargo carrier that attaches to the rear of it. I attached a picture of what it looks like as well as a review video for you to check out as well. If you need a USA made trailer hitch for your 2018 Dodge Durango too we have the Curt # C13182 which is a confirmed fit and would work well with the rack mentioned.
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  • Comparison of Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and NV 2.0 Base Platform Bike Racks
  • The Sherpa 2.0, part # SH22G, and the NV 2.0 Base, part # BA22B, are the 2 inch models that fit a Class III hitch with no adapter. Also, they do both includes locks for the rack to the hitch and for the bikes to the rack. One difference is that the NV 2.0 Base has the option of adding a bike repair stand, part # TDKB, or the 2-bike add-on, part # BA02B. The more notable differences come down to the weight of the racks and the weight of the bikes they each carry. The NV 2.0 Base is...
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  • Difference Between Hollywood Racks # HR1450 and # HR1450E SE2 Bike Racks
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450Z that you currently have and the SE2 # HR1450E that you referenced are essentially the same bike rack with one major difference. Your existing SE2 rack is a great carrier that features a weight capacity of 50 pounds per bike, which is really quite robust for a standard platform rack. The SE2 # HR1450Z-E on the other hand is specifically designed for electric bikes, which can get pretty heavy. This particular model rack can secure two bikes that...
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  • E-Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 2020 Specialized Women’s Como 4
  • The best E-bike rack for your 2020 Specialized Women’s Como 4 with fenders is the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202 which was designed for E-bikes like yours. This rack grabs the bike by the frame instead of by the tire so it will not interfere with the fenders at all. It also has a frame clamp that is designed to grab the alternative style frames of E-bikes as well. What's also nice is this comes with a ramp too which makes loading the bikes easier as well. For more info on this rack...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Platform Rack That Allows 2012 Lexus GX 460 to Open Rear Door
  • Thank you for all the information, it was very helpful. I went to our demo room to take some measurements of the Swagman XTC-4 # S64665 and based on those would not be able to confirm it would allow a 2012 Lexus GX 460 to open the rear door. If you use the attached photo (which shows the Swagman, but not on a Lexus GX 460) as a reference, you can see that at the highest point, the XTC-4 is going to be roughly 28" above the ground on a 2012 Lexus GX 460. Given a margin of error of roughly...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback to Carry Bike Rack
  • There is absolutely a trailer hitch that fits your 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, the Curt Trailer Hitch # C11567. This is a Class I hitch with a 1-1/4" receiver so it will work perfectly with your Kuat Beta 2-Bike Rack # B202-114, which is rated for use with Class I hitches. Just keep in mind that Curt, the hitch manufacturer, does require you use Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories # 18050 with all accessories in order to maintain the lifetime warranty on the hitch. This...
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  • Comparing Thule, Malone, and Saris Bike Rack for E-Bike
  • The biggest advantage the Thule EasyFold part # TH903202 has is that it comes with a ramp to make loading the heavier e-bikes a bit easier. It has a slightly higher capacity at 65 lbs per bike compare to the other racks that have a capacity of 60 lbs per bike. This rack is the heaviest at 40 lbs, but even for a platform bike rack that's lighter than most. The clamp system also allows it to easily grab even the most unique frame styles as well. The Saris Freedom part # SA4412F is the...
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  • What's the Difference Between the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base Bike Rake
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 2 Bike Platform Rack, # NV22G, and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform rack, # BA22B. are both very similar bike racks. Both racks can be expanded to a 4-bike rack, # NA22G add-on for the NV 2.0 and # BA02B for the NV 2.0 Base, and both racks have very similar specs. The NV 2.0 # NV22G does include,as you stated, the bike repair stand. The # NV22G, when installed in the hitch, will sit closer to your vehicle when folded down then the NV 2.0 Base bike rack. Both racks...
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  • How to Use Bike Rack While Flat Towing Vehicle Behind RV
  • In order to use a hitch-mounted bike rack like the Swagman Original # S64152-2 that you were looking at while towing a vehicle, you will just need to add the Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter # RM-077-4. This adapter will slide into the 2 inch hitch receiver on your RV to provide two, 2 inch receivers on the other end. The bottom receiver can be used for your Blue Ox tow bar, while the top receiver can be used for a hitch-mounted accessory like the Swagman Original bike rack. I...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier To Use Between RV And Towed Vehicle
  • In order to be able to carry bikes between your towed vehicle and the RV you will first need a dual receiver for your trailer hitch. I recommend the Curt Dual 2 inch Receiver Tube Adapter, part # D-192. the bottom receiver is used for the tow bar and the upper receiver has a 2 inch receiver for the bike carrier. Bike carriers need to be RV rated because they are built to take on the added stress at the rear of the RV or motorhome. The carrier I recommend is the Swagman Original,...
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  • Best Bike Rack for Carrying 2 Electra Townie Bikes on a 2006 Mercedes Benz ML350
  • The unique design of Electra Townies makes it a little challenging to pick out a hitch mounted bike rack. The shape of the frame doesn't allow them to fit on a hanging rack well and the fenders can interfere with some platform racks. A great option is the Saris Freedom EX, part # SA4412F, because it can handle the weight of a Townie, which tend to be on the heavy side. The Saris EX holds bikes by the frame and has adjustable clamps so it can handle the Townie's unique shape.
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  • Will the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Fit Bikes with Fenders and a Front Rack
  • Pretty much any bike rack that holds the bikes strictly by the wheels like the Kuat Sherpa # SH12G is not going to be a good choice for a bike with fenders. A better option for your bike is the Swagman Chinook # S64683 that holds the bike by wheels using cradles and straps and then by the frame using a ratcheting hook. The Chinook also has a higher weight capacity than the Kuat, at 45 pounds, plus includes locks for the rack and the bikes.
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  • Which Hitch Receiver Size is Better 1-1/4 inch or 2 Inch
  • Sorry to hear about your car accident and your hitch and bike rack being damaged. As far as installing a new hitch, the first thought that comes to mind is, because of the accident, are all the necessary attachment points for a trailer hitch on the frame intact. I recommend asking the shop that is repairing the vehicle if, after it is repaired, would it be safe to install a new trailer hitch. If the vehicle is given the green light for a new trailer hitch, I recommend a 2 inch receiver....
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  • Bike Rack That Will Carry a Pair of 50 lb Electric Bikes
  • We do have a bike rack that will work for you but the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 has a weight capacity of 45 lbs per bike. Instead, I highly recommend the Yakima HoldUp # Y02443 which has a weight capacity of 60 lbs per bike. The HoldUp # Y02443 is similar to the Swagman you asked about in that it fits 2 inch hitches, uses ratcheting hooks on the arms to hold your bikes by the wheels so there is no frame contact and can be tilted down for access to your rear cargo area as well as folded...
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  • How do I Keep my Swagman Bike Rack From Wobbling
  • If you have already tightened down the anti-rattle bolt for your Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack # S64650, then you shouldn't be experiencing much play from your bike rack. If, after tightening down the anti-rattle bolt, you feel like the bike rack wobbles too much, then your next option is to use a stabilization strap like part # 18050 This strap from Curt will help reduce any wobbling, or play, that you experience while driving down the road. Check out the demonstration videos that I linked...
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  • How To Minimize Sway And Wobble On The Swagman XTC 2-Bike Platform Rack
  • It sounds like you have already tightened everything down for the Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Rack, Item # S64670, so you should not have much play from your bike rack. Because you are still having a lot of movement, I would check and see if the pin hole on your hitch has widened and also check to make sure everything related to the XTC-2 bike rack is in good working order. After these steps, I am afraid your next option is to add the Curt Support Strap, Item # 18050. This strap from Curt will...
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  • Is Adapter Needed with Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Bike Rack for Step-Thru Frames
  • The padded ratcheting hooks on the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Bike Rack # HLY74FR that you were looking at can slide up and down the length of the vertical mast, so they should be able to grab onto the frame of a step-thru bike like yours. With that being said if the step-thru is more dramatic than most you may just need to add an adapter bar like # HRBA-PRO to create a horizontal attachment point for a secure connection. In either case I think a better option for your particular...
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  • Recommended Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for 80 Pound E-Bike
  • The Let's Go Aero BikeWing-2 2-Bike Rack # LGA54FR referenced in your question has a total weight capacity of 80 pounds, or 40 pounds per bike. I cannot recommend loading a single 80 pound e-bike like yours onto this bike rack, as the individual cradles are not designed to support this kind of weight. I instead recommend looking at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450Z-E. This platform-style carrier is specifically designed for heavy e-bikes and can hold 2 bikes of up to 80...
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  • Comparing Thule T2 Pro to Kuat Sherpa 2.0 on 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9034XT is a very nice rack that will tilt-away, fold-up, and will hold the bikes by their wheels. That rack will allow bikes up to 60 lbs each and with tires up to 5 inches wide. The closest part of the rack when folded is 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin and the carrier weighs 52 lbs. The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack # SH22G is also a very nice rack that will tilt-away, fold-up, and holds the bikes by their wheels. The...
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  • Recommendation for 4-Bike Racks for Use on a Jayco Jay Flight Trailer
  • As you probably know there are only certain bike racks that are rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer. I have included a link to the ones that carry 4 bikes for you. If the bumper is 4 inches square you can use the Swagman rack # S80600 which you can position around the spare tire if you want. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. If your Jayco trailer has a 2 inch trailer hitch at the back then I recommend the Swagman Trailhead # S63381. This is a hanging style...
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  • Recommended 2-Inch Class III Hitch to Replace 1-1/4-Inch Factory Hitch on 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The guidance you received about not using a 2-inch hitch on your Outback would apply if you were towing a trailer. Most 4-cylinder vehicles are generally not as towing-friendly as those with a V6 or larger engine. While this caution makes sense for towing applications it dos not really apply for use with a hitch-mounted bike rack. You are correct that Subaru's OEM hitches are not great matches for accessory applications like bike or cargo carrier use, and for the reason you stated, and...
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  • Comparing the Thule Trailway with the Thule hitching Post Pro
  • The Trailway sold in the big box stores is the same thing as the Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR, both of which are similar to the Parkway. The straps are all the same too. But the Trailway and Hitching Post are more related to each other since they are the same rack; though it would appear that our Hitching Post Pro costs less.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Carry 2 Heavy RadRunner E-Bikes
  • You're on the right track with the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE # HLY74FR, which is the best choice for carrying your heavy RadRunner E-bikes because it has the heaviest capacity available at a hefty 80-lbs per bike, as well as being rated for use on the back of your motorhome. The Sport Rider SE2 has adjustable wheel cradles to fit a variety of bike sizes and the ratcheting hooks come with integrated locks to make sure that your bikes are secured when attached to the rack. Because...
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  • Comparing the Yakima FullSwing with the Thule Apex Swing
  • The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack (discontinued), and the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Swinging, # Y02465, are both very nice bike racks. I haven't heard any issues with either one regarding a snug fit. Both have quick install pins and anti-rattle integrated with a knob. The systems work differently, but we haven't had any issues with any of our test fits including the road handling tests. Both systems have provided a secure connection at the hitch receiver. If I were...
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  • Comparing the Yakima HoldUp and Yakima HoldUp EVO
  • The differences between the Yakima HoldUp # Y02443-2 and the HoldUp EVO # Y02479-2 include an integrated SpeedKnob to take out movement of the bike rack, an easier system for tilting the bike rack, and the ability to fatt fat bike tires (up to 5" wide). Aside from that these bike racks are pretty identical in their designs. If you have fat tire bikes and/or would like the tool-free SpeedKnob then the EVO is the way to go. Otherwise the easier tilting handle as opposed to the pin isn't...
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  • Bike Rack Options While Using A Tow Dolly
  • I do have an option that will allow you to use a bike rack on the rear of the vehicle while towing a tow dolly, however, there currently are not any dual hitch adapters that will allow you to use a 10" drop ball mount and remain within your weight capacity. Therefore, the only way to use a hitch bike rack on the rear of an RV while also towing a car with a tow dolly, would involve a bike rack that slides over the ball mount. The only bike rack that will slide over the ball mount and...
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  • Comparing Weight and Functions of Hollywood Racks Trail Rider and Swagman XC Bike Rack
  • The Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack # HR200 weighs about 35 lbs. The Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 is lighter at about 26 lbs. The biggest difference between the two is the Swagman rack is rated for 2 bikes at 35 lbs each and the Hollywood Trail Rider is rated for two bikes up to 45 lbs each. The Swagman rack will offer slightly less bumper clearance and the maximum wheel base is 8-1/2 inches shorter than the Hollywood Racks option. My recommendation between the two is...
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  • Comparing Thule T2 Pro XTB and Swagman Escapee Platform Bike Racks for Use on a Motorhome
  • Pretty recently bike manufacturers have been clarifying if they rate their racks to be carried on the back of a motorhome or trailer. Some have even changed their standards and others have come out with new racks that are rated for more usage with extra features. That's why you're finding contradictory information that makes it confusing. One big change is that a lot of racks are rated to be used on a motorhome but not a trailer of any kind. Beforehand those two categories were combined...
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  • Parts Needed to Add LED Lights to Thule EasyFold Bike Rack
  • The Thule EasyFold XT 2 Electric Bike Platform Rack # TH903202 that you referenced doesn't have taillights built into it. It's also not a normal requirement to have to add trailer lighting to a rack that has a cover but we have seen people add lighting to bike racks and cargo carriers before. You'd be modifying the rack to the point of voiding the warranty but you could use the LED kit part # 98174LED to add the lights and then use the bracket # BK70BB and you'd be set.
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  • Comparing Saris SuperClamp, Kuat NV, and Thule T2 Pro 4-Bike Racks
  • You have narrowed down your choices to three really great bike racks, but between the three I recommend the Saris SuperClamp EX 4 Bike Rack # SA4026F for a few different reasons. A feature that really stands out with regards to the Saris SuperClamp design (especially when compared to its peers) is its overall length. When it's folded down for use it measures just 46 inches long from the center of the hitch pin hole on your vehicle to the furthest point of the rack. By comparison the...
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Carrier That Can be Converted to 2 Bike Carrier
  • For a similar bike rack that can be converted from 4 to 2 bikes, I recommend the Pro Series Q-Slot # PS63138. This bike rack fits in 2 inch receivers but the 2 bike add-on can actually fit in a 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver. When you are hauling 2 bikes the weight capacity is 90 lbs, and when you install the add-on, that weight capacity is increased to 140 lbs. It secures the bikes to the bike rack by using the cushioned hooks and the hook-and-loop wheel straps This is our basic version of...
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  • Solution for Blocked Tail Lights When Using Thule EasyFold XT Bike Rack
  • I do have a solution for you, but Thule doesn't offer a light kit specifically designed for your EasyFold XT bike rack, # TH903202. One option is to use the Rola LED Light Kit # 59516 along with two mounting brackets # BK70BB . This would most likely require permanent modifications to your EasyFold though, since you'd need to drill holes to mount the lights on the rack itself. You could try to use zip ties to attach the mounting brackets to your bike rack, but it wouldn't be the most...
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  • Can the Kuat NV # BA22B Be Used on Bikes With Front Fenders
  • As long as the fender is tightly installed on the bike and the hook is attached to the fender as close as possible to the top tube of the bike, the # BA22B should carry the town bike you mentioned with no problem whatsoever. I spoke with one of my contacts at Kuat, who uses the very same rack to carry his wife's bike that has fenders, and he says it works very well. The inside of the hooks are padded, but you can place a towel or other piece of cloth between the hook and the fender if...
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  • Troubleshooting Loose Hitch Connection with Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack
  • There are a couple of things you will want to look at to make sure the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458 is being properly secured inside the 2 inch hitch receiver on y our vehicle. Getting the kind of movement you described is definitely not normal. First just make sure that you have at least 1-1/2 inches between the face of the receiver and the center of its hitch pin hole. This rack is not compatible with hitch receivers that have a shallow hitch pin hole as this prevents the...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 4 Beach Cruisers on a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Beach cruiser bikes are generally heavier than other bikes and could have fenders. Because of these features I recommend a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the frames. For a 4-bike platform style rack you will need to have a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. If you do not already have one I recommend # C13386. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a bike rack a popular option that I recommend is the Sport Rider # HR1400Z. This...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack with Easy, Tool-Free Installation
  • We have a number of hitch-mounted bike racks in both hanging and platform styles that offer a quick, tool-free installation and removal process while still securing the bike rack tightly inside the hitch so as to eliminate hitch rattle. I have chosen a handful of my favorite racks that are easy to put on and take off to give you a couple of style and price options. A great bike rack option that will easily install and uninstall on your vehicle is the Thule T2 Pro XTS 2 Bike Rack # TH9034XTS....
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  • What Is The Difference Between Class II And Class III Bike Racks?
  • The difference between a class II and class III bike rack is the trailer hitch receiver size it fits into. Many bike racks allow for 1-1/4 inch receivers (class I or class II) as well as 2 inch receivers (class III, IV, or V), but some will only fit one or the other. For instance, the Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Swinging # Y02465 will only fit 2 inch receivers like Class III, IV, or V. The larger shank on the 2 inch models will allow for more bikes and greater weight...
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  • Recommendation for Electric Bike Rack for 2-Inch Receiver on 42-Foot Fleetwood Discovery RV
  • After speaking to my contact at Hollywood Racks, I have found the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Carrier for Electric Bikes # HLY84FR is the best rack we carry to fit your needs. It is intended for 2-inch trailer hitches only and features a bolstered steel construction that can handle the extra weight of electric bicycles. My source informed me the only potential issue would occur if the rear of your RV tends to bounce or shake a lot while traveling. If this is the case, you will need...
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  • Differences Between the Saris Freedom SuperClamp and the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX, part # SA4025F is the upgraded version of the existing Saris Freedom Superclamp. This rack is a SuperClamp, using a wheel clamping system instead of a frame clamp. Based on consumer feedback, the Saris Freedom Superclamp EX integrates several of the accessory parts that originally were not included in the SuperClamp's initial offering. Specifically, it adds integrated bike and hitch lock features, plus an upgraded weight capacity.
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  • Benefit of Swing-Away Bike Rack Over Tilting Bike Rack for Cargo Access
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches has been discontinued by the manufacturer. The most similar option that I recommend as an alternative is the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02458. The tilting racks do bring the outermost bike too close to the ground when tilting, so it is not recommended to tilt with bikes in place. If that is a concern you may want to go with the swing away model which will keep the bikes vertical and loaded. I've...
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  • Bike Adapter Recommendation for Kids Bike on a Yakima FullTilt 5-Bike Rack # Y02463
  • The bike adapter bar I would recommend for your kid's bike on the Yakima FullTilt 5-Bike Rack # Y02463 that you referenced would be the Swagman Adapter bar # 64005. We have found that this adapter bar is the easiest to use and even has the best price. It sounds like you are talking about using the crossbar of the handlebars of the bike to attach to the frame adapter bar. The only way I can recommend you use this adapter is how Swagman (and all of the other adapter manufacturers) recommends...
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  • Comparing the Yakima FullSwing Y02465 and Thule Apex Swing XT TH9027XT
  • The Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack part # Y02465 and Thule Apex Swing XT 4 Bike Rack part # TH9027XT are essentially two different manufactures version of the same bike rack. I personally prefer the FullSwing a bit more as it has a higher weight capacity of 40 lbs per bike and the spacing between the bike can be adjusted. That said, if you need something a bit lighter than the Apex Swing XT is a perfect alternative at only 42 lbs.
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