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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Honda CR-V

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Honda CR-V

Colin: Hey guys, it's Colin here with eTrailer. Today, we have in here a 2018 Honda CRV. We're doing some test fits with some bike racks. Right now, we have the Swagman XTC-2 Tilt installed. This is kind of an upgraded version of their XTC bike rack. The big difference is that we can tilt this away from the vehicle.

Show you how to do that real quick. It's a pretty nice feature to add so we can gain access to the trunk. All we're going to do is pull the pin and clip at the bottom. Once we do that, we can tilt it away like so. And you can do this with two bikes loaded.

From there, we can gain access to the trunk, we can grab our gear that we're going to take on our bike ride. Maybe we stopped at the grocery store, we want to load it up and go home. Really, whatever you need, you're going to be able to slide in and grab.When tilting it back up, you want to make sure you grab a hold of the bike rack itself. I'm just going to push up, all the way, then we'll replace the pin and clip. Now with this bike rack, you're going to be able to carry two bikes to and from your destination.

Each bike is going to have three different points where it's secured. We're going to have two rubber straps as two of those points. There's going to be one on each wheel securing it into the wheel trace. We're going to have a padded frame hook on top putting downward force on top of our bike, making sure it's stable inside our cradles.Now, let's go ahead and take the bike off. We'll start with the straps.

The rubber straps just have notches on them, so we can just take it off and slide it out. Now with the frame hook what we're going to do is make sure we get that all the way up. Then we're going to push this button, raise it up, and now we're going to unload the bike. You want to make sure you're careful not to hit your vehicle at all. Now, as with any hitch-mounted accessory, you're going to have to added length to your vehicle. In the case of our CRV, we'll measure from the bumper to the outermost point. It's going to be about 22 and a half inches added on to the back of our vehicle.We'll check out ground clearance at the back as well. It's going to be about 17 and a quarter of an inch. That should be plenty of space so that you can over any slight inclines or anything like that. The distance added onto the back, you want to keep in mind that it is a fixed distance. We can't fold this up to the vehicle. So for any parking spot you're trying to pull in to, just keep in mind you have that length added on.Now, what's kind of cool is that for storage purposes, we can fold this bike rack up kind of like a suitcase. We'll first pull these hooks down. Then what we're going to do is come in and pull these pins right here, then just raise it up and replace that pin right there. We'll do the same thing on the other side. And as you can see, it's a lot slimmer. We can check the width on it real quick. It's going to be only about seven and a half inches wide. So, it's a real nice storage position right here. You can take it out and set it off against the wall in your garage, wherever's convenient for you.Now let's go down and see how it attaches to our hitch. We'll have a two inch by two inch hitch receiver on our CRV. What's really cool is that we have a sleeve on the end of our shank, it's on the inside of our receiver right now. But we can take that off and that'll make this compatible with inch and a quarter hitches, so it'll work with multiple vehicles in your household. You have inaudible 00:03:57 hitch pin, that's tightened down all the way. That takes away the inaudible 00:04:01 and play from our bike rack. You see the entire vehicle is moving, inaudible 00:04:07.Well thank y'all for watching. That's going to do it for our look at the Swagman XTC-2 Tilt on our 2018 Honda CRV. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway. 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.

Questions and Comments about this Video


Is there a WIGGLE to this rack at the pivoting up and down? I dont want my bikes rocking around back there. ALSO: Do I need to use the straps on the back wheels or just by pushing down on the hook will hole it tightly enough?

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Reply from Jon G.

If you jump to the 4:16 mark of this video you can see where we took the Swagman XTC-2 # S64671 out on our test course so customers can see how it performs. This is a decent bike rack but it is a cost-effective option so you might see some play that you would rather avoid. If this is the case then you need to shoot for a bike rack with a bit higher quality like the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1000Z or the upgraded version, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 # HR1450Z . I have attached their test course videos as well so you can get a good idea of how the bike rack performs. I do recommend using the extra straps per the instructions.

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