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Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Thule Hitching-Post-Pro Hitch-Bike Racks on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Thule Hitching Post Pro. Now, this has been designed to foam and tilt away from your vehicle. You can use it with 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is TH934XTR. To begin our test fit, we slide the shank of the rack right in to the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do, we'll line up our threaded hole with our hitch pin hole, then take our anti-rattle bolt. We'll thread this in.

Now, while we've just got it hand tight, you can see there's a lot of play and a lot of wiggle with that connection so we're going to use our wrench to tighten it down. As we do this, this is going to draw the shank of the rack over against the receiver tube of the hitch. As you can see, with that done, we've got a nice, secure connection point. We're not going to have a lot of movement and rattle. Now, let's get a few measurements. The rack is going to offer us about 13 1/2 inches worth of ground clearance.

It's closest point to the rear of our vehicle is going to be about 6 3/4 of an inch away. Overall, we've added about 15 1/4 inches to the length of the Avalanche. Located here in the front, down at the bottom, we've got a bale pen. Pulling this will allow us to tilt the rack out and away from our vehicle. Now, let's check and see if we can open the tailgate.

Yeah, as you can see, we've got plenty of room so we'll be able to access any of the goodies in there we might need. Now, we'll just lift back up on the mast, line our holes back up and slide through our pen and secure it with a clip. Then we can move right up here at the top, get another bale pen setup. Removing that one allows us to tilt our dual cradle arms up into position. We'll then just slide that pen back through and secure it in that position. Let's do one more overall measurement now.

With the arms extended, we've added about 38 1/2 inches to the length of the Chevy. To load up our bike, we'll want to undo our cradle straps. With our cradles exposed, we can grab our bike and just fit it right up into there and place it into our exposed cradles. Then we'll bring our straps around and secure it. Just like that, the bike is loaded up and it's time to hit the road. Now that we've taken a good look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro and how it's going to work with our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, let's see how that very same back rack perform when I had it out on the test course. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the slide to side edge. It stimulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This is simulate hitting a curb or 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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