Recommended Swagman Bike Rack for Use on an RV and a 2016 Jeep Wrangler with a Spare Tire

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I like the Swagman XTC over the XC but we are going to put it behind a Jeep that has a spare mounted on the rear. Do you all know if the rack will clear the spare. Also, if not, is there an extender a person can buy. Heres my deal. Have a 40 ft coach, flat tow a Jeep Wrangler 2016. Need a two bike carrier that I can use in the Jeep as well as the RV receiver when the Jeep isnt there. Any ideas? Thanks,

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To be able to use a bike rack on your Jeep but also use it with your RV you will need to make sure you get a bike rack that is rated for use on an RV. The reason is because the hitch receiver is further away from the rear axle on an RV as opposed to that of a passenger vehicle. This results in a lot more play. Only certain bike racks have been tested and approved by their manufacturers to be used on an RV. Unfortunately neither the Swagman XTC # S64670 nor the XC # S64650 are rated for use on an RV so they are not really an option.

The closest bike rack that we have to the XTC and XC that is rated for use on an RV is the Swagman Dispatch # S64684. This bike rack will work with Class III trailer hitches that have a 2 inch receiver. A great feature that the Dispatch has over the XTC and XC is that it comes with both bike and bike rack locks. These can give you some peace of mind when making a pit stop as they will help to deter theft of your equipment.

As far as clearance with a rear mounted spare tire goes, I have attached a video of this bike rack being test fit on a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a spare tire and there is plenty of room for the spare tire. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the bike rack (the rise in the shank) is 12 inches. As long as you have at least 12 inches form the center of your hitch pin hole to the outside edge of your spare this bike rack will fit perfectly.

If you do not already have a trailer hitch receiver for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler I recommend going with the Draw-Tite Max-Frame # 76104 which is the hitch that is installed on that same Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I have attached an installation for you to check out for this as well.

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