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Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Toyota Highlander


Hi everyone, Aiden here with etrailer.com. And today we're gonna be taking a look at the Hollywood Racks Destination two bike rack here on our 2018 Toyota Highlander. Now that's a really nice entry level platform style bike rack with a lot of nice features. It's going to be holding the bike down here by the tires by the wheels with these wheel straps on either side and holding it upright with this clamp on the mast. I like that these two clamps operate independently of each other. So if we have to set them at the exact same height, we can because they're completely independent, they can go up, down, rotate 360 degrees and adjust to fit your bikes.

Now you do have a 35 pound weight capacity per bike with this rack. So you're not gonna be hauling those heavier e-bikes but it is still very capable with that 35 pound capacity. Now you also aren't able to tilt it away with the bikes loaded. That is just one of the things you're gonna have to sacrifice with a more entry level price point like this. But if you do want some tilting, you can go for a higher end platform rack or just unload your bikes before you get into the hatch.

The other nice thing though, is realistically, if you need to, you could maybe get this back glass open depending on how wide your handle bars are. If you really needed to get something out of the back but ideally, you would get your bikes unloaded here. Careful to keep a hand on the bike while you're undoing that strap. We can lift it up and out of the way and then fold that mast down to give us that hatch access. So really this is only ever an issue if you're maybe like stopping between your start and stop point of your ride and you need to get something out of the back, but realistically, when you get to your spot to ride, you're probably gonna have your bikes unloaded anyway.

I like to replace these straps here just to make sure everything's nice and tidy. And then we can loosen this knob here, pop this plate up and out, then fold that mast down, careful to make sure those clamps are not in the way. I also like to take one of these straps and use it to basically hold this mast down. That way it's not popping up on us. So now we've got that full hatch access if we need it and we can actually get some measurements right here, starting with our ground clearance.

Now there is a pretty good rise in the shank here, but with the design of the bike rack kind of sloping down at the ends, we're going to be working with a ground clearance of 19 inches here. I'd say that's pretty reasonable. I don't think you're gonna have to worry about any sort of bottoming out. You've got a good amount of clearance here on your Highlander. As far as length added to the back goes, we're going to be adding 27 inches here which doesn't stick out super far. But if you do want to, with the bikes off, you can loosen this hand knob here and fold the rack up against your vehicle. So if you wanna leave the rack on between rides, that way it's ready to go for next time, you can just fold it down, load it up and go. You can, and this will save you a lot of space. We can reinsert and thread in that knob there. And that knob is really nice because it's also going to make this pivot point really strong. It's not gonna shake around too much, which I like a lot. I just like things on the back of my vehicle to be solid and sturdy. Now it's gonna stick out 14 inches now. So that cuts down on the distance quite a bit. You're trying to pull in your garage and close the door. You should be able to, the Highlander's a pretty long vehicle. So just be careful. Make sure you check before you close that garage door. Now I'm down at the hitch here. We can see it will fit an inch and 3/4 quarter or a two inch hitch with this adapter like we have on here. And it comes with a locking anti-rattle bolt. That's gonna hold things really solid in your hitch. Now, overall, it's a really solid rack. This is one of my favorites for entry level platform style bike racks. You are missing some features, but there are ways around it. And with this price point, you really can't beat it. Again, this is the Hollywood Racks Destination on our 2018 Toyota Highlander. Thanks for watching..


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