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My Swagman is a non pivoting model, so you can't open the tailgate/hatch with bike on it. It's a small nuisance I'll gladly deal with fomit being so solid. I think I only paid $230 for it from Etrailer on Memorial Day weekend (sale). Carried 4 bikes to Colorado and back from IL and they never moved one bit. Love the positive ratcheting clamps they have to hold the bikes in place. And one of the bikes is a heavy fat tire bike!


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GDS-3950BH wrote:

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Thule Made in Sweden I think is very good quality. I use mine all the time. It is so solid I can use it to stand on going in and out the back door of my truck camper. It also has a built in tightening nut to stop the wiggles. It swings down when not in use.

I got an rv type bike rack for free and only had one single bar to hold the bikes. It was not right as the bikes would swing side to side. So I got the Thule and they all have two bars. Very high end with excellent quality stretch bands to hold the bikes. I would look at Thule.


Very high priced, paying for a name.


I bought it because it is well built. Bought off craigs.

Like I said I had an RV bike rack and gave it away it was not good. It was a commonly heard name brand.

Just look at Thule you will see why the name is good. I know I had to use a pry bar to be open my mind and look see finally why indeed they are popular. I think Yakima and Thule are the best.

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magicbus wrote:

[emoticon] Skip to 8:35 and you will finally see the difference. Took em long enough to get to the point! That has a similar tightening system as the Yakima "non-RV" model. On the Yakima it only has a lightweight hitch pin as a bit of a safety, the "expander" on the hitch tube (much larger than just the ball on the model shown) actually locks it in place. I would imagine this would be helpful regardless of on an RV or a car.

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It's a good idea to have that "expander" thing, but it'd just delay the inevitable IMO.

I have(had) a 5 bike Thule rack that catastrophically failed on my trip to FL. Bikes dragging on the highway behind the RV, fun.

I am currently looking for a rack that is not a rear hitch rack. Don't trust them

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I just today installed my rack as we started packing to head south and can’t imagine it failing. In fact both my hitch and the Yakima feel overbuilt - which I find comforting. Of course a 5 bike rack is handling a lot of weight extended out from the hitch greatly multiplying the stress on the receiver and hitch. Actually I didn’t realize anyone manufactured a 5 bike hitch rack. Other than a frame attached platform I can’t picture anything that would handle that load.

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I have the Swagman Semi 2.0 Hitch Bike Rack on my Class C.
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I used to have a Thule fork-lock tray rack. It is a good rack but I got tired of remounting the front tire and realigning it with the front brake every time I wanted to ride it.

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blaczero wrote:

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I have(had) a 5 bike Thule rack that catastrophically failed on my trip to FL. Bikes dragging on the highway behind the RV, fun.

I am currently looking for a rack that is not a rear hitch rack. Don't trust them


Totally understand how you feel there. I had a hitch mounted rack fail on me, also, when going over a large bump several years ago. Did a bunch of damage to the trunk lid on the car it was attached to. Was carrying 4 bikes at the time. I realized afterward that (4 bikes) was just too much for that hitch mounted rack, even though the Thule (hitch mounted) rack was supposedly designed for up to 5.

Now, I wouldn't trust any hitch mounted rack, if I had to carry more than 2 bikes. After the Thule rack failed, I went to Yakima roof mounted racks. Soooo much nicer - Bikes sit on top of the car we tow behind the RV, are held in place by their front wheel, and do not touch each other. Easy to mount them up there and get them down, and they are out of the way, no longer blocking access to the back of the car like old rack did.

Yes, roof mounted racks are a bit more expensive and can be a little more work to set up initially. However, you can save a ton of $$ by getting them used, off of Craigslist or ebay. I saved several hundred by going that way.

I highly recommend you look into roof racks, if such will work for you.


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Just don't do what my BIL did... forget they are up there and drive into the garage. It was not pretty. [emoticon] [emoticon]

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It depends on the weight of the bikes that you want to mount on the rack. A couple of road bikes will weigh 40-50 lbs in total but a couple of mountain bikes will weigh close to 75 lbs and the weight of two electric bikes can be as much as 150 lbs that the rack needs to be able to support.
The Hollywood rack is the best for both standard and e-bikes but they are sold out until April 2021.

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I just picked up a Swagman Current last week. Good for road, mountain, fat and ebikes up to 60 lbs per bike. Rock solid, the thing is a beast. It's mostly for use on our CUV but we figure we can use it on the truck when not towing or on the back of the trailer the odd time we can't get the bikes in the rear bay. We had to have the tilt feature because it'll be used on the CUV mostly, and we need to get into the back while the bikes are on.

The rack folds up and can stay on the vehicle when not in use, if you like. Swagman doesn't have a rack that is "RV Approved" AND tilts but from the manual, the Current is not RV approved due to the weakness of RV bumpers. In my case we have a frame-mounted hitch with a 3500 pound tow rating and a 350 tongue weight capacity so it's a big non-issue.

We've been using Thule roof racks up until now, most recently Uprides, but lifting bikes onto the roof is getting old and we want to use our sunroof without wind noise. Oh, and not have to worry about driving into garages while the bikes are on.


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Geodude wrote:

I just picked up a Swagman Current last week. Good for road, mountain, fat and ebikes up to 60 lbs per bike. Rock solid, the thing is a beast. It's mostly for use on our CUV but we figure we can use it on the truck when not towing or on the back of the trailer the odd time we can't get the bikes in the rear bay. We had to have the tilt feature because it'll be used on the CUV mostly, and we need to get into the back while the bikes are on.

The rack folds up and can stay on the vehicle when not in use, if you like. Swagman doesn't have a rack that is "RV Approved" AND tilts but from the manual, the Current is not RV approved due to the weakness of RV bumpers. In my case we have a frame-mounted hitch with a 3500 pound tow rating and a 350 tongue weight capacity so it's a big non-issue.

We've been using Thule roof racks up until now, most recently Uprides, but lifting bikes onto the roof is getting old and we want to use our sunroof without wind noise. Oh, and not have to worry about driving into garages while the bikes are on.


Thanks for the replies. To be clear, the bike rack itself failed, not the bumper and hitch.

Right now I tow with a f350 so don't have the option of a roof rack, might look into something that goes on my hard Undercover bed cover. Maybe break down and put them in the bed and lose all that space.

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