Recommendation for Carrying a Bike with a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 for Easy Trunk Access

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hi i have a mercedes sedan 2010 c 300. i have a trunk rack but it is shaky and i often need to get in the truck. i only need one bike at a time. any thoughts on this? there is no trailer hitch.

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Since trunk mount bike racks must be removed each and every time the trunk is opened I highly recommend going with a hitch mounted bike rack. I know you said you don't have a trailer hitch on your 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 but we have everything you need to easily carry your bike while also being able to seamlessly access the trunk on your Sedan.

The only trailer hitch that is available for your vehicle is the Curt Class I # C11030 with the 1-1/4" receiver. Because this is a Class I trailer hitch you are limited to carrying 2 bikes max (which works out for you) and Curt recommends using their stabilizer strap # 18050 to help keep the bike rack stable.

The for the bike rack I recommend the Kuat Transfer which comes in Gray # TS02G and Black # TS02B. This is a great bike rack because is only weighs 37 lbs (which is on the lighter end for a 2 bike rack), it has a step-through frame for easily loading/unloading your bike(s), and it has the ability to tilt for easy trunk access with your bike(s) loaded. The carrier comes with a limited lifetime warranty and a lock set can be added with part # PTSCLK12.

If you would rather stick with a trunk mount bike rack then I recommend going with the Thule Raceway PRO # TH9001PRO mainly because of how quick and easy it is to install and remove. It only uses 4 straps (which are still as secure as 6) and it incorporates both bike and rack locks which means less parts you have to mess with.

Attached are some review and installation videos that you can reference as well.

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