Trailer hitch bike rack
Aug 26, 2020 at 9:20 am #3673105
We’re looking for a trailer hitch bike rack that will actually hold four road and hybrid bikes. We tried the Yakima Swing Daddy about 5-6 years ago and while it was rated for four bikes, we couldn’t fit all four on there. We drove to REI with our bikes in the bed of the truck and they couldn’t get all four to fit either.
Extra points if the rack swings away so we can drop the tailgate but that feature isn’t 100% required.Aug 26, 2020 at 9:34 am #3673116
I’ll ask my cycling buddy if he knows of one.Aug 26, 2020 at 9:49 am #3673121
My friend recommends having a look at Kuat racks.Aug 26, 2020 at 9:51 am #3673123Alex WallaceBPL Member
@feetfirstLocale: Sierra Nevada North
I’ve carried 4 road bikes using the Yakima RidgeBack. Also, it can tilt away allowing me to drop my tailgate (Tacoma) if needed.Aug 26, 2020 at 10:25 am #3673131Kevin BabioneBPL Member
I have the Thule Apex XT Swing that might meet your needs. I’ve carried four bikes on it but, depending on the shape and size of the bikes you might have to play a little Tetris to get them to fit. Do your pedals come off? That was always my hangup, but if I alternated the handlebar directions they fit.
I love the “swing” functionality because I can open the hatch without removing the rack (I have a Toyota Highlander).Aug 26, 2020 at 10:52 am #3673139
Another thing to think about, though of course it’s adding a bit of fiddling, is to loosen the handlebars and swing them parallel to the bikes, and, as Kevin notes, remove pedals. Only two tools really needed to do both things.Aug 26, 2020 at 11:38 am #3673147
Thank you everyone.Aug 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm #3673155Ken RossBPL Member
Check out 1UP USA products. Their double rack can be expanded to hold up to 4 bikes. The heavy duty model can hold up to 200 lbs, the super heavy duty up to 225 lbs. Their RakAttach mount provides swing-away capability with a 275 lb rating. They are well made and work well but are expensive; total cost for a 4-bike configuration with the RakAttach will be close to $1500. I have transported 3 bikes on one of their racks for long highway drives followed by bumpy roads to trailheads and it held the bikes securely. The RakAttach can also be used with a cargo carrier (another $500) to hold other gear.Aug 26, 2020 at 2:15 pm #3673179ArthurBPL Member
1+, maybe 3+ on the 1UPAug 26, 2020 at 6:05 pm #3673231Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
+4 for 1UP. They aren’t cheap, but are the best out there. I actually have a Thule T2 but if I were buying again today, I’d go 1UP for sure.Aug 26, 2020 at 6:22 pm #3673235Ken RossBPL Member
Um…would someone please explain to me what aspect of my reply was “inappropriate”???Aug 26, 2020 at 6:41 pm #3673239John S.BPL Member
nothing inappropriate..just some troll.Aug 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm #3673244
My guess is someone fat thumbed it on accident. Thanks again everyoneAug 28, 2020 at 9:03 pm #3673626Mike In SocalBPL Member
I’ve also been on a long search for a better bike rack. My local MTB friends also recommended 1Up so I’ll be going that route. Glad to see that others made the same recommendations here.Dec 16, 2020 at 7:24 am #3689307
I wanted to thank everyone for their contributions. Shortly after posting this question, my wife was hit with kidney stones that eventually required surgery and our biking ambitions for the summer were cut short. I’m going to use this information this spring when things start to warm up.
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