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Trailer Hitch and Easy to Install Bike Rack for 2015 Buick Encore

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It appears that I can only add a 1.25 hitch to my 2015 Buick Encore. As such, I believe the Swagman tray bike racks require a bolt and nut to attach to the hitch. With a 2 inch hitch, I have been able to use a 1.25 to 2 inch adapter, bolted to my tray rack, so I dont have to use a wrench every time a remove/replace my rack. Can you identify 1.25 inch tray racks that use a cotter pin rather than a bolt and nut? Or is there a 2 inch hitch solution for my Encore?

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You are correct that the only size trailer hitch receiver that fits your 2015 Buick Encore is 1-1/4 inches, and for a bike rack the one I strongly recommend is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36554.

The reason for that is this is a Class II hitch, which means you can use any bike rack that fits a 1-1/4 inch receiver. The other hitch that fits a 2015 Buick Encore is the Curt # C11527 is a Class I hitch and you would be limited to using only Class I compatible bike racks, of which there are fewer and lesser quality.

And as for the bike rack, there is one option that will have the necessary bumper clearance for your Encore and install supremely easily, the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2-Bike Platform Rack # Y02480.

The rack uses what is called a "SpeedKnob" to install in your hitch; literally all you do is insert the rack's pin in the hitch and twist the knob. That's all there is to the install, as you can see in the linked video review I added of the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2-Bike Platform Rack # Y02480.

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