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Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack to Carry eBike with a 2016 Toyota Prius

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Need I tow hitch receiver and a ebike rack for a 2016 Prius .ebike is 60lb and I don’t see a 2” hitch option. Any recommendations?

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While it is true that there are no 2" trailer hitch receivers available for your 2016 Toyota Prius, I still have a solution for you to transport your 60 lb eBike.

I recommend using the Class I Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11473 because it has the reinforced collar on it. You do have to use a support strap like part # 18050 for a bike rack. Since you are wanting to carry a 60 lb bike with a Class I trailer hitch though I think this is a good idea whether the Curt warranty required it or not (which it does).

If you plan on only transporting 1 bike then the Thule T1 # TH9041 is what I recommend going with. It has a weight capacity of 65 lbs, comes with locks for both the rack and your bike, and secures the bike by the front wheel making it compatible with any frame style that doesn't utilize a front fender.

The second recommendation I have is the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA12B if you plan on possibly needing to transport 2 bikes. This also secures the bikes by their wheels and comes with bike and rack locks but it can only carry 2 bikes weighing in at 60 lbs so you may need to remove your battery to ensure you don't overload it.

Attached are sample videos of both racks for you to reference as well.

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