Hollywood Racks Expedition Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2017 Dodge Journey

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Expedition Trunk Bike Rack on a 2017 Dodge Journey

Shane: Hey everyone. Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2017 Dodge Journey. We're going to be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Expedition Two Bike Carrier. This is going to be designed to carry two bikes up to 35 pounds each. There is a three bike version you can find here at etrailer.

Weight capacity per bike is going to be the same. This rack is going to attach in six different locations. On your hatch door, two at the top, one on each side, and two at the bottom.With this being a trunk mounted bike rack, we're not going to be able to use our hatch door or our rear windshield wiper. So you might be asking yourself, "Well, why do I want this rack" Well, there's a couple other ways that you can mount a bike onto a vehicle. One would be a hitch.

If you don't ever plan on towing a trailer, now you're going to have to spend the extra money to buy a hitch, didn't buy the bike rack to put in the hitch. The other way is a roof rack. You'd have to buy the crossbars, then the bike rack to go on it, and then you'd have to load your bikes up on top of the vehicle each time you want to take them with you. With this bike rack only weighing 17 pounds, it's very lightweight. It makes it easy to put on and take off if we need access into the back of the vehicle.

On the end of each arm, we're going to have reflectors so that if we're driving at night, people can see the back edge of our bike rack.Now let's take a closer look at how the bike actually attaches to the rack. We're going to have two rubber straps on the top, we're going to have one rubber strap here for our anti-sway cradle. Now let's take a little bit closer look at how our bikes actually attach to the bike frame or secure to the bike frame. We're going to have two rubber straps here on the top, we're going to have one here on the side that's going to attach to our anti-sway cradle. To disconnect your straps, you're going to pull it and pop it off.

Then we can remove our bike. Our cradle is actually going to be grooved. And this was designed for your cables that run on the bottom side of the bike frame so they don't get smashed when the bike is sitting here. These are a nice, thick, durable, rubber construction so we don't have to worry about them damaging our frame when they make contact.I'm going to give you a measurement with the bike rack in this position. This would be if you are carrying your bikes, give you an idea of how much space you're adding onto the back of the vehicle. From the outer edge of our bumper here to the edge of our bike rack, going to add about 19 inches. So you just want to keep that in mind if we're parking in any tight spaces. If we have our bikes removed, our arms will fold down. You simply spin these, going to pull them out like that. Simply rotate the arm down, and then we can lock them back into place. Now it's in that position, go ahead and take another measurements. The outermost part, which is going to be, we'll say here at the edge of our straps, we're looking at only about six and a half inches.The rack is adjustable. The arms that actually make contact with the vehicle are going to adjust the same way that our arms that held our bike in place did. And that's designed so that we can adjust it to fit different vehicles that we may have in our family. Each arm is going to have two nice thick rubber pads. So the pads are making contact with the vehicle, we don't have to worry about damaging our glass or any paint work. Our straps are going to be a nylon strap, very durable, really going to hold up well in all weather conditions. The hooks are going to have a nice vinyl coating so we don't have to worry about damaging our paint.My overall opinion for this bike rack, I'm kind of in between. I'm not totally impressed with it. The steel construction, if it gets scratched, it is going to rust over time. The straps theirselves, they're a little hard to use being rubber. They are going to deteriorate if you leave them out in the sun for a long period of time. However, that being said, they are replaceable. You can find those here at etrailer. If I had my opinion on a bike rack that I would probably choose, it'd be the Saris Bones 2 or EX 3. It's a little bit easier to use, it's an all plastic construction so we don't have to worry about any rust or corrosion. That's going to do it for a look at the Hollywood Racks Expedition Two Bike Carrier on a 2017 Dodge Journey..

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