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haste maker

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Posted: 02/02/20 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking for info from those that are carrying 2 bicycles on a rack mounted on the receiver hitch for the tow bar, while towing a car. I have a Blue Ox tow bar that I pull a Honda Element with & want to carry 2 bicycles between the RV & the car...what should I get to do this?


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I carry one (could carry two) bicycle on my TV’s receiver hitch with and without the TT attached and it works well. Purchased from eTrailer. The good bikes, however, are carried inside the truck bed shell to stay out of the rain and sun.


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A lot depends on the RV and towed car
For example I tow a car that's about 4" lower than the receiver on the Motor home so I had Blue Ox build a custom drop hitch for me. It has both a 4" drop with a standard 2" receiver on it and on top is a "tongue" for a standard ball hitch. My bicycle carrier is one designed to bolt on in place of the ball.

They also make one that slips over the 2" square shaft of the tow adapter and clamps on..

OH I did add an "Anti-Rattle" clip also called a Hitch Immobilizer (made by blue ox)

One option is a dual receiver adapter usually one is straight through and the other is drop/rise.

If car and base plate and motor home receiver are same height you use the "Straight through" to the car and put the 2nd receiver on RISE and that's where the bicycle rack mounts.

If the car is LOWER turn it over

If the car is higher This will not work.


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Posted: 02/02/20 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another option is to put a hitch in the front of the coach. I had this done and I really like this option. I do not have to worry about the heat from the radiator. I lock the bikes to the carrier when we get into camp.


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I can speak to the bike rack part.

I use Swagman RV Approved Traveler XC2 mounted in my 2 inch receiver on the rear of my Class C.

Very happy with it,easy to load.

As for the bouncing that others have talked about to make it less pronounced You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing any damage to the bike rack.

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type, or blue ox totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.


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My buddy uses a dual receiver with a 2" rise and 4" drop. His bike rack goes in the top and the tow bar goes in the bottom. Whatever you do, just get a quality bike rack.

For me, my Explorer has a hitch and I put the bike rack on that. This year I'm buying a new rack to replace my 12 year old 4 bike rack that hangs he bikes from the frame. I'm going with a wheel mounted rack. Tired of watching the bikes move on the rack. The wheel mounted rack will be more stable. I just need to shop for a good rack.


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the Swagman XCS mounts to the tow bar shaft. Raises the bikes to clear the car. I made a 2x2 bar to transfer the bike mount easily to my car. Work real well

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Mooshaker wrote:

the Swagman XCS mounts to the tow bar shaft. Raises the bikes to clear the car. I made a 2x2 bar to transfer the bike mount easily to my car. Work real well


That XCS2 looks to be the same that I posted above but with the bar to raise it,this looks very interesting I may have to look into getting a bar to raise mine if I decide to tow something,the rack slides off the main bar and can be located to another bar.

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Another possibility might be to carry the bikes on the back of the car...just something to think about if you hadn't yet.





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X3 on the swagman rack with a dual hitch receiver. Been using this setup for about 8 years and zero issues. Swagman rack is easy to load and much cheaper than comparable options from other brands. My bikes are pretty expensive and I trust this rack completely. I have fat bikes also and swagman makes a wheel adapter for those that simply slide on. The arms also fold up for storage - well thought out product. It has a threaded nut internally so the bolt/pin snugs it tight with no rattly/movement. The combo of the dual hitch receiver and the rise in the bike rack easily clears our CRV.

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