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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 Ace # Y02451. This bike rack only weighs 29.4 lbs and has a weight capacity of 120 lbs. The DoubleDown also has the ability to fold up for more rear clearance and tilt (without bikes loaded) to rear hatch access. A bike rack lock is included but if you would like to secure your bikes with a lock as well you will need the ArmLock Cable Lock # Y02453.

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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