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Hitch rack suggestions....(3 posts)

Hitch rack suggestions....TonyP
May 31, 2001 10:16 AM
Hello ladies and Gents...

I'm looking for a good hitch rack that will carry 2 mountain bikes and one road bike. Any recommendations? I looked at the draft master and it looks a bit weird and BIG! Anyone own one?

re: Hitch rack suggestions....Poulidor
May 31, 2001 11:01 AM
I have a Draftmaster (four bike model). They are great, easy to load and unload bikes. The only thing to consider is the height of the hitch. On certain vehicles, such as the Toyota Sienna, the hitch is so low that you can have problems with the bikes clearing curbs or making contact with the road when going up or down sharp inclines (usually entering or exiting parking lots). If you have a low hitch height, Draftmaster sells an adaptor that will increase the height of the bikes by 6-9 inches, usally enough to solve the problem, but it is an extra expense. If you have a pickup truck or most SUV's, you probably won't have any problems with hitch height. When I called them to mention the problem with the Sienna, they were very forthright about the problem and even mentioned a few other vehicles for which this is a particular problem. If in doubt, call them, they were very helpful.

All in all, an excellent rack and absolutely bombproof. I don't think you could damage this thing even if you tried. If you get one, you won't need to replace it in 2 or 3 years, it will probably be the last one you'll ever need. I recommend them highly.
re: Hitch rack suggestions....markwb
May 31, 2001 9:20 PM
I looked at a lot of hitch racks. The only one to buy is the sportworks. Fast, simple loading rack. Very well made. I have the Mod series with 3 trays. You can stack the trays to your needs, if you are only carrying one bike today, you install 1 tray, 2 bikes 2 trays, 3 bikes 3 trays. 2 bolts hold the "Mods" together. A very versital rack.