Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Hey everyone. It's Colin here at etrailer. And today we have a 2018 Subaru Outback wagon, and we've been test-fitting some hitch-mounted accessories on it. And right now we have the Thule Hitching Post Pro installed.This is a four bike hanging style rack from Thule. It's going to allow you to get four bikes loaded. So you can get them to and from your destination.It's a really nice and simple bike rack from Thule, they did a great job with it.

Each bike is going to be held in at three different points. We have two rubber straps on the top right here. Those are holding it into the cradles. You can see right here, this one's kind of loose right now. What's nice is that we can adjust it.

So all I've got to do is take it off of that notch and we'll pull it down to the next one so we can get a better grip on it.Expands just like that. And now we've got our secure fit. The third point of contact is going to be down here with the anti-sway cradle. This is basically going to secure that seat post tube, and make sure that it can't sway too much back and forth.Just to show you guys the difference it makes. Let's take that off.

I'll shake it just as hard. You can see that is moving a lot more. This could cause it to swing up and make contact with your other bikes or even with your vehicles in some cases.So the anti-sway cradle is a great job.Now I'm going to go ahead and remove the bike all the way. I've been using them, the straps are very easy to use.Now with any hitch mounted accessory, you are going to have added length to your vehicle. So in the case of our Subaru, we're going to measure bumper to the outermost point of our bike rack.

It's about 39 inches added onto the back of our vehicle. And we can actually cut down on that space by folding down these arms. And what we're going to do is pull this pin and clip up here. Fold down our arms, and then replace the pin and clip. Now let's measure again from the bumper to the outermost point. We're about 18 and a half inches now. So we took away a lot of space. You want to keep this in mind for any tight parking spots, close quarter situations, maybe parking in your garage. It could mean all the difference if you don't want to take your bike rack out of the hitch and still be able to shut your garage door. Folding in the arms could help that happen.Now, in some cases, people need to access their trunks while they're around town. Maybe they have the bike rack installed. Well, you can do that still by tilting it away from the bike rack or tilting away from the vehicle, excuse me.Pull this pin and clip. Now the entire mast will tilt away. I want to stress that you should only do this when the bike rack is empty. Now we'll open it up. You can see plenty of clearance between our hatch and our bike rack. So we've got plenty of space to come in here, grab whatever we might need out of our trunk.Now when tilting it back up, all we're going to do is reverse the process, bring it back up this way and then replace the pin and clip.And now, while we're down here, let's take a look and see how it connects to our hitch. Right now we have a two inch by two inch hitch receiver on our Outback, but what's nice is that if you have an inch and a quarter receiver, you can actually remove this sleeve. That'll convert the shank to be compatible with inch and a quarter hitches. So it will work with multiple vehicles in your household. It's got a nice anti-rattle bolt down here. Let's tighten down. It takes away the shake and play from our bike rack. You can see the entire vehicle is moving as I shake it. It's going to take out that rattling noise while you're on the road.Well, I hope this information helped you guys out, and thank you all for watching, but that's going to do it for our test fit of the Thule Hitching Post Pro on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon.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 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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