Will the Thule Helium 2 Bike Rack Fit 2005 Toyota Prius w/ Class I Trailer Hitch

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I have a 2006 5 door Toyota Prius. I found a good deal on a 2 bike Thule Helium hitch mounted bike rack. Will this rack work on my Prius with a Curt class 1 hitch?

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The Thule Helium 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH9042PRO, will work with a Class I hitch on your 2005 Toyota Prius. Usually with Class I hitches, the issue is how much tongue weight capacity is used. With a Curt Class I hitch, you are only afforded 200 pounds of tongue weight capacity. The carrier weighs less than 20 pounds. With two bikes on the rack, weighing around 30 pounds each, that brings the total up to 80 pounds. So you will have plenty of capacity left on the hitch.

You will want to consult your owners manual to find the specific tow ratings of your vehicle. Make sure that the weight of this rack and two bikes will not exceed the towing recommendations of your Prius.

You might also be interested in the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, part # TH982XT. This adapter has molded rubber ends to protect the bike, and has push button ends for easy installation. I have included a video review of this adapter below.

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