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Trunk Bike Rack To Easily Load And Transport 3 Bikes On 2020 RAV4

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What is there about the Saris Bones 2 and 3 EX trunk bike racks that make it unsuitable for a 2020 Toyota RAV4? Could something be added by the buyer to make it suitable even if the buyer was willing to forego any warranty as well as the ability to return it for refund if it didnt work? I know that you recommend the Yakima Fullback trunk mount for the 2020 RAV4 - Im probably not being fair but the Yakima looks like a spaghetti mess of narrow nylon straps to straighten out and figure out where they all go compared to the Saris Bones. I also know that the hitch mount is the best and most secure way to carry a bike overall. However, Id like to avoid it I dont expect to carry the bike often or very far maybe a 40 mile round trip once in a great while.

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There are several easy-to-use trunk bike racks for your 2020 RAV4, but the Saris Bones EX 3 Bike Rack - Trunk Mount - Adjustable Arms # SA803 is not a confirmed fit and I do not recommend using it, especially if your RAV4 has a factory rear spoiler. This is mainly due to the fact that the Saris Bones EX 3 uses just two short arms to attach to the trunk, which is not a large enough carrier to fit most SUV's and it cannot fit around the factory spoiler, even with modification.

I think an excellent option for you would be the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 3 Bike Rack for Vehicles w/ Spoilers - Trunk Mount - Adjustable Arms # HRF2-3. It utilizes 6 straps to secure it to the rear of your vehicle, just as the Saris Bones does. It then uses very simple cradles with rubber straps to easily secure your bike to the carrier. It doesn't get much simpler than this. You will be able to load 3 bikes weighing up to 35lbs each. I attached a demonstration video which shows this carrier being installed and used on a Toyota RAV4.

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