Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica


Adam: Hi everyone, Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman XTC2 platform-style bike rack on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. There is going to be two different orientations that we can buy these in, one of which is going to be able to tilt. The other is not going to be able to tilt. That is something you want to take into consideration when purchasing a bike rack. In my opinion, might as well just pay for that extra little feature.

We'll start out with that feature.All we really need to do is there's going to be a pin down at the bottom that we just need to undo just like that. It's not connected so you do have to hold onto it. Once we do that, we are going to be able to tilt it back. It is extremely close, but it is going to clear. I'm going to pull it back a little bit just in case.

We will be able to access that back hatch. I honestly do just recommend grabbing a bike rack that will allow you to do that. It's just going to make it easier in those situations. And again, if you're buying a bike rack, might as well buy one that will do what you need it to do. So that is that feature.

I'm going to replace this pin when I'm done. Just goes right in the bottom hole there.We are going to have a lot of adjustability with this bike rack. For your smaller bikes or just odd-framed bikes, it is going to be decently easy to move these wheel cradles up and down the side bar here. Even for those smaller bikes you may have, if you and a kiddo are going on a trail, you don't have to worry about this not being able to fit that.Another thing is we are going to have a frame hook. It is going to have a little pad on it, so we don't really have to worry about it scratching our bikes over time.

But, this is going to be one we're going to go over later. I'm going to do this one last because that is going to be the last point at which we're going to undo to get this bike off the rack. We are going to start down with our wheel cradles here. What will have a soft, durable rubber strap. It'll just go over like so. Just helps with that vertical movement, and you don't have to worry about it scratching your rims if you have pretty rims. We're going to have those on the back and also on the front just like this, pretty easy.Now, we can go ahead and put a hand on our bike. We're going to start with this one here. We can actually slide these all the way off, which is what I like to do. Longer one goes on bottom. We can either take it off like so, or, if we really needed to for some reason, we can rotate this little pin so it'll come out, and then we can collapse this down just to make it to where I can just grab it and I don't have to deal with that center mast. It just makes it a little bit easier. If you have a heavier bike or you just don't have the best upper body strength, I think that'll be your best bet.I want to put this back up because this one actually is going to collapse down. Put these back on here. A nice thing about this is a lot of metal. It's not a lot of plastic. These little clip marks here are also metal, so over time they're not going to wear down near as much as some of those other bike racks that are going to be plastic. That's something I would definitely is a place compared to others like this. It'll last just a little bit longer, and it has a nice powder coated finish so it is going to resist against rust and corrosion over time.Let's go ahead and collapse this thing up. All we got to do is just pull these guys out. It's got a little pressure ball on one side, keep it in there. Now, we can fold it up just like that. Then we can go ahead and replace our pins just like that, snaps in. We do need to get these lined up pretty much perfect. That's why this one's giving me a little bit of trouble. There we go. Also, replace this one too. That's something that is nice just because we won't be blocking our taillights, and it'll just keep everything a little bit closer together so you don't have to worry about having all of that surface area taken up behind your vehicle.But we do add a little bit of length, so let's go ahead and measure that now. From the bumper to the edge here it's going to be about 20-1/2" to right here. Let's just go ahead and actually just look down at the shank to see how much ground clearance we're getting. Want to measure first to see how far it sticks out from the center of our hitch pin hole all the way to the end here. It's going to be about 19-1/2". At that 19-1/2" point, we're going to get about a foot of ground clearance. I don't think we'll have any issues bottoming out, but if you have one of those big dips in your subdivision or also a really steep, aggressive driveway, we might have a little bit of issue. But just be mindful of that just in case.Other than that, we do have a lot of compatibility when it comes to hitch receivers. We have a sleeve in here that makes it compatible with a 2". But we can take that off and it will be compatible with an 1-1/4". It does come with an anti-rattle bolt so you don't have to worry about it rattling on the inside of your hitch. As you can see, it's pretty much secured directly to that hitch receiver so we don't have to worry about hearing that or just having our bikes feel all of that rattling going on. Other than that, that's pretty much all there really is to know about the Swagman XTC2 platform-style bike rack on our 2020 Chrysler Pacifica.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 alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. 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.


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