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Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack Review - 2015 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack on a 2015 Toyota 4Runner


Hi, everyone. It's Evangeline here at etrailer, and today we'll be taking a look at our Swagman Escapee two-bike platform rack, right here on our 2015 Toyota 4Runner. So this is gonna be a fixed platform rack. So compared to some other bike racks, which can fold away, tilt away, this doesn't really do that. But, what it does do, is that it has a weight capacity of 60 pounds per bike. So, your heavy electric big bikes remain being perfectly fine.

You have plenty of ground clearance there. And if you're gonna flat tow your 4Runner, or if you wanna use this with your RV as well, you can do so, 'cause it is RV approved. The way our bike is mounted to this bike rack is we have one and two mounting points. So the first up here is gonna be our front wheel mount. I do like how they have this curve.

That way you can go fix this around your front wheel mount to hold that in place. And if you do have other types of frames, let's say you're not carrying around your electric bike, but you have like a carbon fiber frame bike, perfectly fine with those too. With your step-through bikes, women's bikes, children's bikes, it's also convenient, 'cause then you don't need to get a frame adapter bar. And then in the back we have the rear wheel strap. So, this is holding down our rear wheels.

But, this is also gonna be the first thing you take off when and take off your bike. So, press that lever on the side, that disengages that strap, you'll be able to pull that up and out, and it just swings down. That way it's not caught up in our spokes. Then you go over here to the front. Make sure to hold on and support your bike as you press this lever, or I guess this button.

You can lock this too, so make sure this is in the unlocked position. That way you can press it, lift up on the hook, bring this out, and then lift the entire bike down. With the bike off, we gonna take a closer look at the bike rack itself. So, we have this rear wheel cradle, and look at how much space you have there. It's basically a tray for your rear wheels. You can also adjust the cradles back and forth to accommodate for different wheel bases. In fact, the maximum wheel base you can carry with this bike rack, is up to 51 inches. This strap goes around the wheel and secures it. You have this nice rubber cushion on the inside as well, giving you a little bit more grip and stability. The maximum tire width you can carry with this, is up to three inches. And then in the front you have this big scoop, which is our front wheel cradle. So that's where you put your front wheel. And we already talked about this mount, and this just goes down, secures that front wheel, but also folds down to be nice and neat. So, this is gonna be the position your bike rack is gonna be in. Since it can't tilt away, if you do wanna access your hatch, you are gonna have to take your bikes off. But when you do, you can see how we have plenty of clearance now between the hatch and our cradles, allowing us to lift that up, grab whatever we need, your helmets, our bags, our waters. And when your bikes are on there, remember, if you do have a 4Runner, you can just lower that back rear window for access. With any accessory on your hitch, it does add some length to the back of your car. Let's take measurements to see exactly how much. I'm gonna measure over here by the bumper, or at the end of it, to the end of the bike rack. And, it sits at 37 inches. So, it's pretty much a compact bike rack. Still something to keep in mind though, 'cause whenever you're backing into your garage, or trying to park into a really tight spot, your 4Runner is kind of a big vehicle. So don't forget that you also have the length of a bike rack and two bikes behind you. This also offers plenty of ground clearance, which is something you're usually not worried about with your 4Runner anyways, but let's take some measurements. So, I'm gonna measure over here, at the end of the bike rack to the ground. It sits at 26 1/2 inches. So that's gonna be kind of the height you're gonna have to lift your bikes up onto the bike rack. Over here, closer to the shank, it sits at 18 1/2 inches. So, you do get that shank rise. On other vehicles with little ground clearance that's important, because of those inclines. They wanna make sure their bikes don't hit the ground. In our case here, you really won't be worrying about that. You'll be worrying more about lifting your 60 pound bikes up and onto the rack. This has a two inch shank which fits into our two inch hitch receiver. We do have the factory hitch on our 4Runner, and this includes an anti-rattle bolt and a lock. So that lock right there is keyed-alike to the locks that are on our front wheel mounts. So, once you tightened down that bolt with a, I believe, 15/16 socket, you are gonna have to bring your own socket or your own wrench, so keep that handy. Then it tightens the bike rack to hitch receiver itself, creating an anti-rattle experience. So, to simulate that, let's do a quick shake test. As I shake our bike rack around, it's fixed, it's sturdy. I'm really just moving the vehicle at this point. So, that's the pros to a fixed bike rack like this, as well as tightening down that anti-rattle bolt. You get a really sturdy and secure ride for your bike. So, my personal thoughts about this bike rack, is if you're planning on flat towing your 4Runner, or you're planning on using this also with your fifth wheel trailers, or your RVs, this is a really good option. If you're using this just with your 4Runner though, there might be some better options for you, that offer like tilt away with the bikes on. One of those could be the Swagman Current. That gives you that high weight capacity with those more premium ease-of-use features. So, hopefully this video helped you out with making that decision, so that you can get the best bike rack for you, your bicycles, and your 4Runner. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners or invasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Now, lastly, we're going over some full speed bumps, and you can see here the up-and-down action. And this will just be like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or a driveway. And that was a look right here at our Swagman Escapee two-bike platform rack on our 2015 Toyota 4Runner..


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