Trailer Hitch Recommendation to Carry 4 Bikes with a 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Looking for a hitch/rack combination that would hold/support 4 bikes with a 2017 VW Alltrack. Suggestions?

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To carry 4 bikes with your 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack I recommend the EcoHitch # 306-X7315. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2" receiver opening that has a tongue weight rating of 200 lbs so a lightweight bike rack is your best option. Be sure to check your owner's manual for any weight ratings or restrictions for your vehicle.

For a lightweight bike rack that can accommodate 4 bikes I recommend the Yakima DoubleDown # Y02424. This bike rack only weighs 31 lbs and has a weight capacity of 120 lbs (total for all 4 bikes). The DoubleDown also has the ability to fold up for more rear clearance and tilt (without bikes loaded) to rear hatch access. To add locks to this bike rack you need the LockUp Hitch Lock and Cable Set # Y07238.

You may also be interested in the Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Down # SR18679 to help keep your front tire from potentially damaging another bike or making contact with your vehicle. If any of your bikes have an alternative frame that doesn't have a horizontal cross tube like a traditional men's bike then an adapter bar like part # Y02531 is recommended. This will help keep your bike level and increase ground clearance.

Attached is a review video of this bike rack on a 2013 Subaru Outback Wagon so that you can get an idea of the hatch clearance when it is folded down.

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