Bike Rack Recommendation for Backup Camera Use on a 2019 Toyota Highlander


I have a 2 inch hitch. I am looking for a bike rack which will not interfere with my backup camera. What do you suggest? I tried a Thule hanging rack and its terrible. What will block it the least? How about a folding rack? Which one would fold underneath the level of the camera? Would appreciate your help and suggestions.


Expert Reply:

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 have a front fender.

The Transfer does have tilting and folding features, can hold up to 2 bikes weighing 40 lbs, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. It doesn't come with locks but those can easily be added with part # PTSCLK12.

In addition to the video I have also attached a photo of this bike rack in the folded position on a Highlander for you to check out. Please note that even though the rack itself should allow you to use your backup camera, when you have bikes loaded the bikes will still be in the way of the camera.

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