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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Subaru WRX with Torklift EcoHitch Installed
  • For your 2018 Subaru WRX the TorkLift EcoHitch part # 306-X7257 (2 inch hitch) is a great hitch option as it can hide behind the bumper panel when not needed. If you check out the picture I attached of this hitch installed you'll see that the opening appears to be recessed behind the bumper a couple inches. Now the Swagman XC part # S64650 has a curve in the shank pretty close to where the rack slides into the hitch so it would be too close to call, but I have a better option all-around...
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  • Comparing the Swagman Quad 2+2, Hollywood Racks SportRider SE4, and Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Racks
  • I will be happy to help you out with the 3 platform bike racks you are looking at. I will go over each one for durability, ease of use, and what I would recommend. I might even throw in a surprise 4th option! In terms of durability there are a couple of things to look at. The Swagman Quad # S64692 and Hollywood Rack Sport Rider # HR1400 are primarily steel. Steel is strong but also heavy and susceptible to corrosion. These racks also use hand knobs to move the wheel cradles and those...
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  • Comparing Curt and Swagman 4-Bike Platform Bike Racks for a 2008 Ford Edge
  • Curt is new to bike racks. Swagman has been making them for many, many years. So you can imagine where Curt might have drawn their inspiration from! Swagman makes a good rack for sure but with that said the simple design is hard to mess up so honestly I think you would be happy going with either rack. If the Curt bike rack, # C18087, is more within your budget then I am sure you will like it and that it will work well for you. However, one of the biggest differences is the warranty for...
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  • Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Honda CR-V
  • The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info. You will need a trailer hitch to install the rack as well. For that you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 75742 which is a confirmed fit. If you plan on carrying any...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Trailer Hitch Adapter to Carry Bike Rack for Electric Bikes and Flat Tow Behind Motorhome
  • To use a bike rack while you flat tow a vehicle behind your motorhome all you will need is a dual hitch adapter. There are three of these that could work depending on the rise or drop you need. All of these have a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs and tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs. - Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 2-1/4" Drop/Rise # RM-077-2 - Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 4" Drop/Rise # RM-077-4 - Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 6" Drop/Rise # RM-077-6 -...
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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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  • Hitch Lock Options for Kuat Transfer Bike Rack TS02G
  • For the Kuat Transfer # TS02G there are 4 different hitch lock options. The # HLT-014, # HLT-013, # HLT-012, and # HLT-011. They are all the exact same lock setup but the different number means it's a different key number. So the 013 gives you the 013 key, 012 gives you the 012 etc. If you had a different Kuat bike rack this would give you the ability to order a lock set with a matching key to what you already have.
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Platform Style Hitch Bike Rack for Use on 30-Foot Trailer
  • You are correct that any bike rack that will be used on the back of a trailer or other RV must be strong enough to withstand the extra vertical and lateral stress forces found at the back of such vehicles. There are extra stresses on RVs due to the greater distance between the rear axle and the hitch tube; this greater distance translates into more leverage applied to the rack, and so RV racks are built to be extra-sturdy. The referenced Hollywood Racks TRS 2-Bike Wheel-Mount Platform...
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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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  • Weight of Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Platform Rack # HR1450
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Bike Platform Rack # HR1450Z that you referenced is 51 lbs. It weigh less than the version of this rack intended for E-bikes # HR1450Z-E since E-bikes are much heavier and the racks for them have to be reinforced.
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  • Kuat Transfer or Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Comparison
  • The Kuat Sherpa # SH22G is about 5 lbs lighter than the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G but the biggest thing that I really like about the Sherpa is what you already mentioned. It is rock solid when traveling. There is little to no movement of the rack with bikes loaded when you hit bumps as you noted in the test course videos for both which I attached as well. I've watches quite a few test course videos and nearly every rack has at least a little bit of movement. The Sherpa has almost none....
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  • Why Cant Some Bike Racks be Used on the Back of an RV or Trailer
  • Only certain bike racks are rated for use at the back of an RV or trailer but the Hollywood Racks # HR1400Z bike rack is not one of them. Generally, any rack that can fold or tilt, with few exceptions, won't be rated for this applications. The reason is that there is significantly more movement at the back of an RV or trailer due to the distance from the rear axle to the end of the vehicle/trailer and/or because the suspension is not as effective in many cases as a passenger vehicle. Folding/titling...
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kuat Transfer 2.0 vs Swagman XTC-2 for a 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • You've narrowed it down to two extremely good racks. You are right about how the distance of the bikes on the rack interacts with their stability. The closer the bikes are to the vehicle, the less sway and bounce they experience as they travel. I have not seen a Kuat Transfer, part # TS02G mounted on a 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. I did go out to our warehouse and measure the Kuat Transfer and the Swagman XTC, part # S64670 to give you an idea of their clearances. We use a stacking...
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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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  • What is the Lightest 4-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack for a 2014 Tesla Model S with EcoHitch
  • For your 2014 Tesla Model S with EcoHitch # 306-X7201 the lightest 4-Bike rack (that is sort of a hybrid between a platform rack and a hanging rack) is the BikeWing # B01458. It weighs just 41 pounds. It holds the bikes at the wheels only and will accept bikes with wheelbases from 22 inches to 50 inches. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. For a more traditional rack the Saris Freedom SuperClamp # SA4026F you mentioned would be the lightest at 63 pounds. I have linked...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback For Carrying Kuat Transfer Bike Rack
  • For a trailer hitch to fit your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon which will allow you to also use your Kuat Transfer # TS02G the Curt Hitch # C13206 would be your best option as it allows the rack to fold up unlike the Draw Tite. This is a 2 inch trailer hitch which very easily support your bike rack when it has the 2 inch hitch adapter installed. 2 inch hitches are preferred as they have higher capacities and have more accessories made for them. The Curt hitch will allow the rack to fold up but...
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  • 4-Bike Hanging-Style Hitch Rack for Use in 1-1/4-Inch and 2-Inch Hitches
  • Thule's Hitching Post Pro hitch bike rack # TH934XTR has a shipping weight of 41-lbs, so by the time you remove the packaging materials from the equation the rack's actual weight is right around 38-lbs. This is a fairly average weight for a 4-bike rack. This USA-made 4-bike carrier offers excellent value and the flexibility to work well in both 1-1/4-inch hitches and the 2-inch hitches made for your 2016 Toyota Highlander. For a similar 4-bike hanging-style rack that weighs a lot less...
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  • Will a Thule T2 Pro Bike Rack Fit an EcoHitch on a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The Thule T2 Pro bike rack # TH9034XT will fit EcoHitch # 306-X7203 for your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. However, it requires a receiver depth of 2-1/2 inches so if you only have 2-3/8 inches it would fit the muffler if that is what is directly behind the hitch receiver. The auto-pin would not be an issue if there was room for the bike rack shank. What I recommend is the Thule DoubleTrack Pro # TH9054. It requires just 1-1/2 inches of receiver depth. No auto-pin to worry about with this rack....
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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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  • Best Bike Rack for E-Bikes on a Motorhome
  • The best two bike racks we have for electric bikes on the back of a motorhome is the Swagman E-Spec 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack part # S64689 and the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack part # HR1450Z-E. I personally like the Sport Rider more because it is lighter by 9 lbs and can hold a 10 lb heavier bike. However, the distance from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier while folded down is 7-1/2" whereas it is 10" on the E-Spec. You will...
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  • What Does Thule Hitching Post Pro Come with and Will a Female/Child's Bike Fit
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro - Folding Tilting 4 Bike Rack w Anti-Sway - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches Item # TH934XTR is a complete bike rack that comes with the bike rack itself, the 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter, cradles, anti-sway cages, straps, and threaded hitch bolt. Since you will be putting on a female, child bike on the rack you will likely need adapter bar # 64005 in order to mount the bike to the rack and to carry it more level. I have included links to videos on the bike rack and adapter...
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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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  • Which is a Better Bike Rack Between the RockyMounts MonoRail and the Hollywood Racks TRS
  • Hollywood Racks makes a good bike rack. But with that said I am not impressed with the TRS # HR3000 or # HR3500. I find that the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10003 is the superior bike rack between the 2. I will say this about the TRS though; the hook design is compatible with bikes that wider forks compared to the MonoRail. The MonoRail is compatible with Class I hitches whereas the TRS is compatible with Class II only on the 1-1/4 inch side. Both are compatible with 2 inch hitches. All...
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  • Comparing Thule T2 and Thule DoubleTrack Bike Racks
  • The really big difference between the Thule T2 Classic part # TH9044 and the Thule DoubleTrack # TH990XT is how the rack attaches to the bikes. The T2 attaches by grabbing the bikes at the tire and the Doubletrack grabs the frame. The advantage to a tire mount is that the frame doesn't get touched. This is especially helpful if the frame is made of carbon or has an expensive paint job you don't want to touch. The advantage the frame mount has is less cost and if the bikes have fenders...
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  • Comparison of Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook Bike Racks
  • The only main difference between the Swagman G10 # S64682 and the Chinook # S64683 bike racks are the design of the crossbars that the wheel cradles are attached to at the base of the bike rack. The Swagman G10 uses two crossbars in which the wheel cradles are attached directly on top of the bars.The Chinook model use one crossbar that the wheel cradles attach to and sit off the side of the bar. The only difference between the two racks, other than the design, is the Chinook rack...
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  • Carrying Two Bikes on a 2018 Honda CR-V
  • You have three options to carry bikes on your 2018 Honda CR-V; roof mount, hatch mount, or add a trailer hitch and use a hitch mount. All of which have their advantages and disadvantages. A roof mounted carrier is nice because the it's completely out of the way when you're not using it. You technically never have to remove the carrier from the roof so there's no need to store it. On the other hand if you don't already have a roof rack to connect the carrier to it can get costly adding...
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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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  • Differences Between Kuat NV2.0 Bike Racks BA22B and NV22B
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 part # BA22B is basically the stripped down version of the # NV22B. The differences are that the BA22B has a matte black finish whereas the other rack has a metallic black finish and a stand to work on bikes in the event you needed to while out on the trail.
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for Electra Townies on a 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Wagon
  • You will need both a trailer hitch receiver, if you don't already have one, and a platform-style bike rack to carry your Townie Electra step through. Townie Electras don't have a frame that is normally compatible with traditional racks, so you usually need to have a platform style rack to better support the bikes' frames. For a hitch, you'll want to pick up the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C11404. This is a htich that will require drilling to install, but is the best fit...
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  • Does Thule Hitching Post Pro Fit on a 2017 Honda CR-V
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR is a great bike rack for your 2017 Honda CR-V. We've actually test fit the rack on a CR-V just like yours. I've linked the video for you. The Hitching Post Pro will carry 4 bikes up to 35 pounds each. It tilts away from the vehicle and, as you can see in the video, provides enough clearance to open the rear hatch of the CR-V. A locking hitch pin can be added to the rack using # THSTL2. Since you're going to be carrying children's bikes on the...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for Use With 2013 Jeep Wrangler
  • I can certainly help you out choosing the right bike rack to fit your needs. The first step for you to take is to measure from the center of your Jeep's hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the spare tire. For example, on a 2013 Wrangler, Curt hitch # 9883544 measures 10-1/2" to the edge of the spare. You would need your bike rack to extend past this at its closest point if your Jeep has a similar measurement. The Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 is 8 inches to the first wheel hoop, and the...
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  • How to Carry Both a Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier on a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
  • There is a solution that will allow you to carry both a bike rack and cargo cargo on the rear of your 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 at the same time and for this you will need to use the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Platform Bike Rack w/ Cargo Carrier part # HR1450Z-85 which is the only one of it's kind to my knowledge. The Sport Rider is one of my favorite bike racks because it is very well made and has add-ons you can purchase to make it compatible with practically any bike. It...
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  • Comparison of Hollywood Racks and Curt Hanging 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Racks
  • The Hollywood Racks # HR8000 and the Curt # C18030 have a number of similarities. They're both 4-bike hanging racks that will carry up to 35 pound bikes. The Curt also have the option to fit into a 1-1/4 inch Class II hitch receiver where the Hollywood Racks is only for 2 inch hitch receivers. The arms on the Hollywood Racks are 2 inches closer together which can make it easier to load and unload bikes onto it. On both racks I took a measurement from the underside of the tube that...
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  • Comparing Kuat NV 2.0 And Kuat NV 2.0 Base Hitch Mounted Bike Carriers
  • There are a few minor differences between the Kuat NV 2.0 bike carrier, part # NV22G-NA22G, and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base carrier, par # BA22B-BA02B. Both bike carriers have a 60-lb capacity per bike when carrying just 2 bikes but when the add-on is attached the weight capacity drops to 40-lbs per bike. The biggest difference is the distance from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when folded up or down. On the NV 2.0, the distance when the rack is folded up is 7-inches...
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  • Comparing the Thule T2 Pro And The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Black TH9034 has been discontinued and the Thule T2 Pro 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - Silver, # TH9034XTS. are very similiar. They both have the same security, the same cradles, and the same tilting ability as well as expansion ability. They both can carry bikes with up to 5 inch wide tires. They simply have a different color with the XTS being silver and the XTB being black. The differences are the...
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  • Bike Rack and Hitch Recommendation for 2007 Toyota RAV4
  • We certainly can help you kill two birds with one stone! One bike rack that I really like that we had the opportunity to test on a 2007 Toyota RAV4 just like yours is the Thule Helium part # TH9042. This 2 bike rack is very lightweight and has all of the features people want in a bike rack like locks an anti-sway cradles. If you check out the video I attached you can see us installing this rack in a 2007 RAV4 just like yours. For a hitch the best option is the Draw Tite Class III hitch...
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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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  • Why Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack Is Not Rated For RVs
  • Bike carriers that are designed to work on the rear of an RV are made so that they can take the additional stress at the back of the RV. Yakima does not recommend using the HoldUp Rack on RVs because a bike rack mounted on the rear of a motor home will be subject to more shaking and jarring than would be experienced when mounted in the receiver on a passenger vehicle. This is primarily caused by two factors, the distance between the rear axle of the RV and the receiver, and the stiffer...
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  • What is the Best Rack to Transport 4 Womens Bikes on a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg?
  • The Malone Pilot 4 Bike Rack, part # MPG-2112-2115, is an extremely versatile platform mount that will work well with the women's bikes. The adjustable frame lock has 90 degrees of range, being able to adapt to a number of frame types and positions. Frame locks on most platforms actually attach to the front wheel or front of the frame, avoiding the need for an adapter bar. I recommend putting the frame lock against the downshaft of the bike to avoid damaging the frame. I also recommend...
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  • Comparing Swagman Chinook S64683 and Thule Doubletrack TH990XT Platform Hitch Bike Racks
  • I am happy to help you make your choice between the two excellent platform bike racks you mentioned, the Swagman Chinook # S64683 and the Thule Doubletrack # TH990XT. Where the Swagman Chinook wins the comparison is in weight capacity (45-lbs per bike vs. 35-lbs for the Thule) and long wheelbase compatibility (up to 50-inches vs. 46-1/2 for the Thule). The Thule weighs about 10-lbs less and is USA-made while the Swagman is heavier and is made offshore. The two carriers are otherwise...
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  • Trailer Hitch Solution for 2019 Honda Passport with OEM Hitch to Carry Thule Bike Rack
  • Best solution is to replace the hitch you have on your 2019 Honda Passport that has the shallow hitch pin with the Draw Tite part # 76290 which is a confirmed fit and will let you use any bike rack you want like the Thule Apex Swing part # TH9027XT you referenced. This is going to allow to use the best bike rack for your application instead of being limited to the select few which are compatible with the shallow hitch pin and also will alleviate any other similar problems in the future...
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  • Comparing Thule Hitching Post And Yakima DoubleDown Hanging Bike Carriers On 2016 Honda Odyssey
  • The Thule Hitching Post, part # TH934XTR and the Yakima DoubleDown, part # Y02424 are both really nice bike carriers and would both do a nice job on your 2016 Odyssey. Both have anti-sway and both tilt away from the vehicle when empty for rear cargo area access. I recommend the Thule Hitching Post because it has a higher weight capacity at 35-lbs per bike where the Yakima DoubleDown has a weight capacity of 31-lbs per bike. One nice feature of the DoubleDown is the built-in bottle opener...
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  • Do Curt Bike Racks C18030 and C18029 Require the Use of a Stabilizer Strap
  • Whether or not you need to use a stabilizer strap with either Curt bike racks you mentioned part # C18030 or # C18029 depends on the hitch of the vehicle you have. If the hitch on your vehicle is made by Curt and requires the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 then you do need to use the strap. If not, then you do not need it.
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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 SE2 2-Bike Carrier for Electric Bicycles # HR1450Z-E 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 22" to 29",...
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  • Will the Thule T2 Pro XTB Work on a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon with the Curt Hitch C13410
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9034XT will work with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13410 on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon. There will not be any clearance issues because the hitch pin hole on the Curt hitch is only recessed 3" and the closest part on the bike rack while folded up is 5" away from the center of the hitch pin hole. Therefore, you will have around 2" of space between the bumper and bike rack while folded up. I have attached an install video...
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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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  • E-Bikes and Yakima Bike Rack Weight Restrictions
  • For electric bikes, I usually don't recommend Yakima racks, because they don't quite reach the weight capacity needs of an eBike, which are usually between 60 and 85 pounds. Instead, I recommend the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE for Electric Bikes, part # HR1450Z-E. This is a reinforced rack designed for carrying ebikes, with the ability to carry up to two 80 pound bikes. The rack includes a locking anti-rattle hitch pin and keyed alike cable bike lock. The rack does require that you...
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  • Availability of 2 Inch Trailer Hitch for 2014 Toyota Prius
  • The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack # HR1450Z-E referenced in your question is compatible with 2 inch trailer hitch receivers, which is what you would need to add to your Prius in order to use the rack. The only 2 inch hitch available for your 2014 Toyota Prius is the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch # 306-X7178. This particular hitch has a really nice hidden design and a 200 pound tongue weight capacity. It will use existing holes in the vehicle's frame for...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Fits 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
  • For your 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL the Curt trailer hitch part # C13153 is a confirmed fit and will work well for you. It is a 2 inch hitch with plenty of capacity at 6,000 lb total trailer weight. The non-XL versions of the Santa Fe in 2019 require the part # C13195 instead.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Adapter Compatible with Thule T2 9045 Bike Rack and 2 Inch Receiver
  • For your Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches # TH9045 there is not a an adapter compatible for a 2 inch hitch from Thule and they also don't have the replaceable shank to upgrade to the 2 inch receiver. The best adapter to fit your truck is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter - 2" to 1-1/4" - 4" Long # C45770. This will allow you to use the hitch lock that came with your bike rack and then you will use a separate hitch lock like # 63232 to secure and lock the...
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  • Swing Out Bike Rack Solution Recommendation for Carrying 2 Bikes at Rear of Mercedes Sprinter
  • For a 2 bike platform rack that would have enough capacity for your 63 lb bikes we have the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 part # HR1450Z-E which would work well. Then to allow it to swing out you'd want the Kuat Pivot part # PV20B which will give you additional clearance to fit past your spare and pivot out when loaded.
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  • 2018 Mustang GT Trailer Hitch Recommendation
  • For your 2018 Ford Mustang Curt does list the part # C11405 as a fit for the GT models. We had a customer come back though and tell us they had to move back the clips of the sensor to attach it back to the frame.
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  • Will Bike Bag fit Swagman Escapee Bike Rack
  • The Swagman Horizontal Style 2 Bike Bag # S82006 will fit the Swagman Escapee 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64693 but because the Escapee is a wheel-mounted bike rack it will be more difficult to use than with a frame-mounted bike rack, depending on what type of bikes you have. The reason for that is the extra width of a wheel-mounted rack with the arm sticking out is going to give your less overall width to mount your bikes; when we test fit this bag on a different wheel-mounted bike rack...
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  • Differences Between the Swagman G10 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Racks
  • The primary differences between the Swagman G10, part # S64682 and the Chinook, part # S64683 is the overall size and shape of the rack, as well as the bike dimensions that they hold. The Chinook is an overall smaller rack, and at 25 inches, is a little more manageable for garages and other tight situations, and at 6 inches may risk contact of the wheel trays with your vehicle's rear bumper when folded up. The G10 on the other hand sits 13 inches away from the hitch pin when folded...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Single E-Bike on 2017 Buick Encore
  • You should place your E-Bike as close to your 2017 Buick Encore as possible when using the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B, which means on the inside of the rack. The reason for this is so the rack and your bike remain as stable as possible and does not put added stress on either. The Freedom does not have a 1-bike rack option though the center mast does fold down like in the accompanying photo to help ease the loading process. The better option that I strongly recommend...
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  • Recommendation on a 4 Bike Rack to be Used with a 2017 Nissan Rogue
  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro 4 Bike Rack, # TH934XTR, that you referenced is a great economy 4 bike rack that will work well for your 2017 Nissan Rogue. I recommend the Thule Vertex # TH9029XT which is a step up from the Hitching Post Pro rack. The Vertex is a lighter rack compared to the Hitching Post Pro. The arching arms of the Vertex rack makes loading and unloading an easier task over the straight arms of the other Thule rack. I also recommend using a bike adapter bar like the...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack With Tilt or Swing for Truck Bed Camper Rear Door Access
  • For your 2014 GMC Sierra with in-bed camper, I recommend the Curt Extender for 2" Receivers -18" Long # C45796. This will get your trailer hitch out far enough so you can add your bike rack. Using an adapter like this will reduce your trailer hitch receiver's tongue weight rating by 50% which should leave you in fine condition for a 2 bike rack. For your 2 bike rack, I recommend the RockyMounts BackStage 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" - Tilting - Swinging # RKY10002. This rack will securely...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Backup Camera Use on a 2019 Toyota Highlander
  • The best folding bike rack that will obstruct the backup camera on your 2019 Toyota Highlander the least is the Kuat Transfer. This comes in Gray # TS02G and Black # TS02B and has been test fit on a 2016 Highlander (see attached video) which is the same generation as your 2019. The biggest difference between this and a Thule hanging rack is that it is a wheel mount bike rack. The great thing about wheel mount bike racks is that it can accommodate any bike frame style as long as you don't...
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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, the only way to do that is to use the Kuat Pivot Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks - 2" Hitches...
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  • Bike Rack Compatibility with 2017 Chevy Volt
  • If you don't already have a trailer hitch for your 2017 Chevy Volt, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class I # 24947 which is a custom fit. This hitch will have a measurement of 5-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper. That same measurement is 5-1/4 inches when using the Curt # C11436 which is also a fit for your vehicle. That hitch however requires stabilization strap # 18050 for a bike rack. The Thule DoubleTrack...
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  • Bike Rack for 70 lb Bike to Clear Spare Tire on 2017 Jeep Wrangler
  • In regards to the issue about clearance you will need to take a quick measurement to determine what rack will work to clear the spare tire on your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Just take something with a straight edge and hold it against your spare tire and measure from the center of your Jeep's hitch pin hole to that straight edge; you will need a rack where the closest part of it is no more than that distance. For example, if you took that measurement and found it was 11 inches then...
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes With a 2016 Chevy Cruze
  • I do have a solution for you to carry 4 bikes, but since the trailer hitch receivers that are available for your 2016 Chevrolet Cruz are 1-1/4 inch Class I receivers you will be limited to a 2 bike carrier for the hitch. To carry 4 bikes you will need to install a roof rack and carry 2 bikes on your roof. As far as which hitch receiver I recommend, If you are going to have a shop install it I recommend the Draw-Tite Sport Frame # 24943 because it doesn't require the use of the Support...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Platform-Style Bike Carrier
  • All of the 4-bike platform-style carriers that can be converted to a 2-bike option require a tool. This is for stabilization as well as a theft deterrence. I do like the platform style carriers versus the hanging bike racks because the platform bike carriers hold the bikes more securely that the hanging carriers. The Thule T2 Pro, part # TH9034XT-9036XT uses Allen head bolts to hold the 2-bike add-on. This bike rack has a strap to secure the rear wheel of the bike when placed on the...
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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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  • Recommended Bike Rack Stabilizer for Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack in Hitch of 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  • I was able to look up your order number and it sounds like you are seeing more movement than you like in the vertical movement of the Kuat Transfer 2 # TS02B in your Draw Tite # 24939 hitch receiver. Because the pin is securing it to the sides, you may simply need to tighten that bolt a little more to also stabilize the vertical movement. If you have already tried that and are still left desiring more stability then I recommend adding an anti-wobble like the Gen-Y Anti-Rattle Clamp for...
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  • Comparison of Kuat NV 2.0 and Kuat NV 2.0 Base 4-Bike Platform Bike Racks
  • The difference between the Kuat NV 2.0 # NV22G-NA22G and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA22B-BA02B is the bike repair stand. The repair stand is included on the NV 2.0 but not the NV 2.0 Base. It can be added to the Base using # TDKB.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack to Make Loading and Unloading Bikes and Rack Easier on a 2017 Subaru Forester
  • The RockyMounts BackStage # RKY10002 is a great rack that sounds like it would well for you. Except that it is a pretty heavy rack at around 70 pounds. Unfortunately, swinging racks are generally heavier, as our platform racks. When you combine it into a swinging platform rack it's likely going to be pretty heavy. Taking the weight of the bike carrier into consideration I have a few other options you may like. The Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 is also a swinging rack however it's a...
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  • Least Visible Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Honda CR-V
  • Of the hitches available for your 2017 Honda CR-V the best option will be the Draw Tite hitch part # 36597 which is a confirmed fit and since it's the smaller 1-1/4 inch hitch size it will be the least visible and still a great option for carrying a bike rack. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed...
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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 # B01311. 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 17 pounds and holds 2 bikes at the wheels. I have linked a video review...
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  • 3 Bike Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2007 Chrysler 300
  • For a 3-bike platform rack the Kuat Transfer part # TS03G would be a great option. We had the chance to test fit this rack on a similar 2015 Chrysler 300 and it fit and worked well. Check out the review video I attached that shows this. Platform bike racks are normally really heavy, especially ones that carry over 2 bikes like this one. The Transfer is relatively light all things considered at 52 lbs. Most similar racks are near 100 lbs. If you are in need of a hitch you'll want the...
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  • Comparing the Kuat Transfer 2 and RockyMounts MonoRail 2 Bike Racks
  • I am personally a big fan of the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TS02B for a few reasons. The first being that the center portion is open so you can walk right up inside of the rack and place your bikes in the cradles whereas for the RockyMounts MonoRail 2 Bike Platform Rack part # RKY10003 you will have to stop at some point and lift the bike up and over the center section. The other reason I prefer the Kuat Transfer 2 is because it just has a more aesthetically pleasing look...
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  • Are Swagman XC and Swagman Chinook Bike Rack Good Choices for 2019 Subaru Outback with Factory Hitch
  • Both the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 and Swagman Chinook 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64683 are great options for your 2019 Subaru Outback, and in fact the Chinook is one of the most popular bike racks for the '19 Outback. I have added a link for you with the most popular 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon Bike Racks which shows this. The Chinook will fit the 1-1/4" hitch on your Outback and is overall one of the best bike racks for the money from any manufacturer. While the XC is a very solid,...
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Rack for a Class C Motorhome
  • When looking for a bike rack to use with a motorhome it is extremely important to make sure that the bike rack is approved for use on an RV. You are correct when talking about the extra movement at the rear of an RV. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR that you referenced is not rated for use on an RV, but I do have some other options for you. Yakima has their RoadTrip 4 Bike Rack # Y02477 which is very similar to the Hitching Post Pro. It is rated for use on an RV, can carry up to...
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes on a 2016 Mini Clubman
  • Bike rack # TH9043PRO mounts in a trailer hitch receiver. That means you need to have a trailer hitch, like the Curt # C11524, installed on your 2016 Mini Clubman. However, this trailer hitch is a Class I hitch and Class I trailer hitches are limited to 2 bikes maximum. The issue is not the weight but how far that weight is from the trailer hitch. Three or more bikes puts weight too far from the receiver and it can damage the hitch and vehicle. You can carry 2 bikes using the above mentioned...
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  • 4-Bike Rack to use on the Back of Travel Trailer RV
  • 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 trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. We do have a somewhat similar 4 bike rack we have the Lets Go...
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  • Comparing the Malone RunWay and Swagman XC Bike Racks
  • To keep the bikes from making contact with each other as well as the back of the vehicle I recommend only looking at platform style bike racks such as # MPG2149 and the Swagman XC # S64650. With the hanging style racks you referenced the bikes will likely make contact with each other though it is unlikely they would make contact with the vehicle. All bike racks will have some movement when installed. Both the RunWay and XC have an anti-rattle hitch bolt to limit the movement but keep...
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  • Lightweight E-Bike Platform Rack for Pedego Interceptor
  • Thank you for your recent order for the Swagman E-Spec 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack # S64689. The E-Spec rack is solidly built from steel and it has plenty of capacity for your two particular bikes. But you're right that its own 60-lb weight will make it less than a delightful experience to handle it and install it in your hitch. I do have a much better option for you. Thule's EasyFold hitch platform rack for electric bikes, part # TH903202, will still handle your heavier e-bikes...
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  • Replacing Long Hook with Short Hook on Swagman E-Spec 2-Electric Bike Rack
  • To replace the longer hook on your Swagman E-Spec 2-Electric Bike Platform Rack # S64689 with a short hook, you just need the Replacement Hooks # SP428. This actually includes both a replacement short hook and long hook. They are not available separately as replacement parts. I confirmed with my contact at Swagman that this is exactly what you need to replace the long hook to better fit your step through bike.
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  • Can Swagman Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # S64663 be Mounted Below RV Bumper
  • I spoke with my contact at Swagman about the possibility of mounting the bumper bracket for the Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # S64663 so that the receiver is below the RV bumper. He said that while they have heard of customers doing this, they do not recommend it as the bracket has not been tested in this manner. If you have a 4 inch square bumper on your RV then another option is to first mount the Buyers Products RV Universal Receiver Hitch # 3371804060, which has been tested and rated...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Mercedes Sprinter 3500 RV
  • We will carry a bike rack that will fit your 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500. However, the SportRack Ridge Swing 4Bike Rack, # SR2415, is not rated for use on a RV. The attached link will take you to the all the bike racks that we carry that are rated for use on the rear of RV. The racks that are rated for use on RVs will not swing or tilt due to the fact that these features would be weak spots on the rack and could cause the rack to fail. I recommend the Let's Go Aero BikeWing...
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  • Recommended RV And Front Hitch Mounted Bike Rack
  • If you are looking for a 2 bike rack, I recommend the Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches # S64684. This rack holds bikes at the wheels as well as at the frame for a very controlled ride. This rack is designed for RV use, so it is sturdy and it comes with an anti-rattle hitch lock and cable to secure your investment. If you are looking for more bikes or a hanging rack option, I recommend the Yakima LongHaul 4 Bike Rack - 2" Hitches - Silver # Y02476. This is a heavy...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2016 Subaru Forester
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36523 does fit your 2016 Subaru Forester and it is a great option for carrying bikes. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. In that video you will notice that we measured 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR, nice choice by the way, will extend out far enough to easily clear the bumper. It measures 13-1/2 inches from the center of its hitch pin hole to the...
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  • Why is the Tilting/Folding Activation Different Between the Swagman Semi 2.0 and 4.0
  • The names for the Swagman Semi can be a little confusing in that we tend to think that 4.0 would be an upgrade to 2.0. In the case of this bike rack, that number has to do with how many bikes it can potentially carry. The 2.0 # S64686 can carry up to 2 bikes that weigh 45 lbs each while the 4.0 # S64698 can potentially carry 4 bikes that weigh 45 lbs each with the add-on # S64699. The 4 bike version of the 4.0 is available as one part number with part # S64698-99 on our site. Since...
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  • Cable Lock Recommendation for a Kuat Beta 2.0 Bike Rack
  • For your Kuat Beta bike rack # B202-2 the easiest solution to lock the bikes to the rack and to the hitch is to use a cable lock such as # CAB-10. Run the cable through the bikes and the safety chain loops on the trailer hitch to deter theft. I have linked a video review of the cable lock for you.
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  • 5-Bike Hitch Rack with Capacity for More Than 150-lbs
  • The Yakima FullTilt 5 Bike Rack # Y02463 does have a 150-lb total bike weight limit which is not quite enough for your 5 bikes' combined weight of about 167-lbs. Most hitch racks top out at this same 150-lbs. But the Curt Premium 5 Bike Rack # C18065 stands apart with its 225-lb total weight capacity. The Curt Premium 5 features dual folding arms that taper, which lets them fit more types and sizes of bike frames, reducing the need for adapter bars like # UB01. And the mast tilts for...
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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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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Rear of Motorhome
  • 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 trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. The Kuat bike racks are great bike racks that are high quality,...
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  • Recommended 2 Bike Rack to Use With a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The Rola TX-102 # 59400 is a great entry-level bike rack that you could use on your 2014 Honda CR-V. It offers some great features like a bike lock, it can tilt and fold up, and it also can fit 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. The movement and play that you are referring to is a result of the TX-102 not having an anti-rattle option. It also has a solid shank so a lock of universal options will not work. To help combat play you can use something like the Pro Series Anti-Rattle...
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  • Comparing the EasyFold XT, E-Spec, and Sport Rider SE2 for Carrying 2 E-Bikes with a Motorhome
  • Between the Thule EasyFold XT # TH903202, the Swagman E-Spec # S64689, and the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450Z-E the best option is the EasyFold XT hands-down. Aside from it having the lowest weight rating (which is still at 65 lbs per bike) the other 2 options aren't even close to touching the EasyFold XT. Since your bikes weight about 55 lbs the weight isn't even a factor at this point. Don't get me wrong, the E-Spec and Sport Rider SE2 are great bike racks, but since you...
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  • Comparing Yakima DoubleDown and Ridgeback Bike Racks
  • The biggest functional difference between the Yakima DoubleDown # Y02424 and the Ridgeback # Y02458 is that the Ridgeback does come with locks. Beyond that the differences are a bit more subtle. The Ridgeback has the upgraded frame cradles that are cushioned more and use zip straps instead of the sometimes difficult to stretch rubber straps. Aside from that there's a few styling changes and a newer lever system for the rack but that's really it.
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