Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Honda CR-V

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Hello, I own a 2013 Honda CRV. I have never owned any style of bike rack, there are literally dozens of manufactors and models all claiming to be the best! I would like to buy a four 4 bike model, but, would like to take in consideration of safety transporting, convience and a budget around $200. WOULD YOU PLEASE be so kind as giving a few recomendations. Thank You for your time

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I will be more than happy to make some bike rack recommendations for you. I can give you my top picks that fit the criteria that you have provided but there are some other important factors you will need to consider. Then I can provide a more specific recommendation. The year, make, and model of the vehicle, the size trailer hitch, and the type of bikes is all important.

A 2013 Honda CR-V like yours could have a Class I, II or III hitch with either a 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch receiver so it is very important to have that information when making a final decision so that we know the rack will fit (or not). I have linked an FAQ that will help you.

Ok, lets start looking at racks. You referenced one of my top choices, the Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR. Thule is a big name in the bike rack industry. They are known for making a quality product. This particular rack features anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes from knocking into each other. It can also tilt down for greater access to the rear of the vehicle. I have linked a video review showing the rack on a 2013 CR-V.

The next rack costs a little more but does something that other racks cannot do. Take a look at the Softride Element, # SR26248. This rack can tilt out, with the bikes still attached, for access to the rear of the vehicle. It has narrow arms which makes it compatible with many bike styles. It does not have anti-sway cradles. I have linked a video for it as well.

And finally, we have the Swagman Trailhead, # S63380. This is a similar rack in design as the Thule rack. It has anti-sway cradles and the ability to tilt down. What makes it different than the other 2 racks is the rise in the shank. This rise allows for better ground clearance. I have linked a video for it as well.

Each of these racks will fit a 1-1/4 or 2 inch hitch. However, if you have a Class I trailer hitch you can only carry 2 bikes at most. This is because a Class I trailer hitch cannot handle the torque of having more bikes further from the receiver. The Softride rack will not fit a Class I trailer hitch.

Only Class II and III trailer hitches can handle 4 bikes.

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