Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2019 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the Yakima Trunk Bike Racks on a 2019 Toyota RAV4


John: Hey guys, John here from each trailer.com today we have our 2019 Toyota RAV4. We are test fitting the Yakima HalfBack trunk mount bike rack. This comes in a two bike configuration, like we have here. As well as a three bike configuration. We have both here at etrailer.com. The only difference between them is that the two bike version obviously holds two bikes, but that has a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike.

Where the three bike version can hold the three bikes, but the total weight capacity is 90 pounds.Like to point out a few things before we get to the technical side of things and lengths and how it interacts with the vehicle specifically. To start off, our RAV4 here has exhaust on both sides of the vehicle. And our front wheel here, it is a little bit distant to it, but it's close enough that it might have some heat getting on to the wheel. So if you have a sensitive frame or a sensitive wheel, you want to be mindful of that and try to take precautions for that. Our bike here sits at an angle.

And so if you have a bike, maybe a women's style bike that doesn't have a horizontal top tube, or maybe a kid's bike, we do have an adapter here at etrailer.com that you would installed between the seat posts and the front handlebars. And this gives you that horizontal cross tube so that it sits level, gives you more ground clearance, and helps the bikes fit better.Our bike here is supported at three points of contact. We have two zip strips on top, and then one here, the anti-sway cradle. It helps to limit the movement of our bike. I'd also like to point out that when we're talking of movement, your front wheel will move.

This is the same case for any hanging style bike rack. We do have a hook and loop strap here at etrailer.com that will go through the wheel and around the frame to help limit the movement again so that you don't have bike to bike contact.To remove our bike, we just need to remove the zip strips. Press in, it will have tabs on both the front and back of the frame, and remove it. Put it in a safe place so you don't lose it. Make sure to re-install it after we're done, after we remove our bike.

Lift up on our bike and we can move the anti-sway cradle up, which does make it easier to remove our bikes. Some bike racks don't have the ability to move the anti-sway cradle and it does make it a little more difficult to move the bikes. And these cradles are a lower profile, which just makes it that much easier to remove it. The bike rack does have some ridges here and that to have our bike frame sit a little higher so that any cables we have won't be caught.And then the zip strips, they're very easy to install you to start them into the cradles. And that is ratchet down in place. Very easy application. Go ahead and get you some measurements here. For distance from our rear bumper out for this edge of the arm, it's about 29 to 30 inches. So it doesn't add as much as maybe a hitch mount bike rack would, but that is a good number to keep in mind when it comes to fitting in your garage. The arms do have the Yakima bottle openers that they fit on pretty much every application.Let's rotate our arms down now. We'll rotate the gray piece up so it locks in place. Do it for both. And that reduces our total bike length to about 10 inches. So you really shouldn't have any problem fitting in your garage with just 10 inches added to the back of your bike. I would like to show you that the straps normally you'll take the hook and we will put that at the top of our hatch and under our hatch like that. And it attaches to it. For this application for our RAV4, Yakima does call for the anchor position. And all you do is take the strap and we feed it through this hole here.And then we're going to drop that down for the top part of our hatch, or we put it at the bottom part of our hatch. And then that just holds up against the door to keep our bike rack in place. I really like the HalfBack because it gives us a great option to get our bikes to our favorite destination without adding extra length to the back of our vehicle for a hitch mount bike rack, or without installing a roof rack and trying to fit the bikes up on top of the roof. So if you maybe have a rental vehicle or you just don't want to install either roof rack or hitch, I highly recommend this bike rack, but that's going to do it for the HalfBack on our 2019 Toyota RAV4. Thanks for watching.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Allison

I need to see a video on how to exactly install it cause i’m having a hard time, do you have one? Please get back to me asap, it took a month to get the rack and I really want to ride! I have a Rav4

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Reply from Victoria B.

I have linked the installation instructions for the Yakima HalfBack 2, but unfortunately neither we nor Yakima have a detailed installation video that shows how to put the rack on your Toyota RAV4. According to Yakima's fitlookup tool, for your 2021 RAV4 the hub settings will be set to 4. Additionally, the lower arm will rest on the lower trunk lip/bumper top and the upper and lower strap hooks will need to be used in anchor mode, which is illustrated in the instructions.

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