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Old 03-01-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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What bike racks are being used out there? Bought a Thule Helium Aero today, however Thule states in the manuals that none of their racks are for use with trailers. Whaddya think....is Swagman the one to use?
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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What bike racks are being used out there? Bought a Thule Helium Aero today, however Thule states in the manuals that none of their racks are for use with trailers. Whaddya think....is Swagman the one to use?

We have a Swagman and it is the one NOT recommended for trailers, as there is a reducer that allows it to be used on a small or large hitch. I've only carried one bike on it without problems.

The one that has the larger bar going all the way back to the bike supports is trailer rated supposedly.

Get a real hardened chain and lock. I had a cable lock and last week in Mesa, my bike became someone elses. Cut the cable clean like butter.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:59 PM   #3
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What bike racks are being used out there? Bought a Thule Helium Aero today, however Thule states in the manuals that none of their racks are for use with trailers. Whaddya think....is Swagman the one to use?
Dang - that's too bad - that's one nice bike rack! We have the XC hitch mount rack from Camping World. We carry 2 bikes and have traveled thousands of miles with no problems.
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Dang - that's too bad - that's one nice bike rack! We have the XC hitch mount rack from Camping World. We carry 2 bikes and have traveled thousands of miles with no problems.
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I use that same Swagman carrier with two mountain bikes off the back of my trailer. I've carried my bikes from the east to the west and back with no problem.

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Thanks, yeah I liked that bike, it wasnt cheap and had aftermarket wheels on it. SUX. Oh well, it's just stuff.
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We have the swagman xc 2. We found it moved a fair bit so we had some modifications done to it. It is rated for a trailer I believe. We also added loops and turnbuckles that allow us to really tighten it up and stop the momentum. We used it for a fair bit of miles and with the mods I feel very confident with it.
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Sorry - it is a swagman XTC 2
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Aw Jeez Dan, that's terrible-exactly what my 20 year old mtn. biker son warned me about today. I just find it hard to believe that one mfg. has the market corned on RV bike racks.
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What's the receiver size, 1 1/4" or 2"? I was hoping to use the 2" Thule I already own but didn't know there was such thing as trailer rated units. I use a reducer when using it on the Carolla but it leaves way too much wiggle in it for any sort of distance use.
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Sorry - it is a swagman XTC 2
I have the swagman XC2 and it is for a 2 inch hitch receiver. There is a heavy duty screw that feeds from the side of the of the hitch receiver and when tightened down snug there is no rack wiggle. The rack is designed to prevent movement of the bike rack or bikes and works very well.

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