Recommended Bike Carrier For 2015 Toyota Prius V

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I just received my Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the 2015 Prius V by Toyota from you and now am thinking about a bike carrier. Im wondering if the thule helium bike carrier will fit? I was also considering getting the 3 bike model. I know that there is a 200lb limit but I am thinking that if the bikes are light enough or we get another vehicle that can support the weight we will be set. Is there any down side to getting the 3 bike rack or should I get the 2 bike model and will they fit on the prius v? I ask because there are no test fit movies with the pruis v on your site. Thanks

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Since only Class l hitches only are available for your 2015 Toyota Prius V, you will be limited to a 2-bike carrier.

I recommend the Thule Helium Aero, part # TH9042PRO. This is a 2-bike carrier and is constructed of lightweight aluminum. This carrier weighs just 18-1/4 lbs and has a weight capacity of 70 lbs or 35 lbs per bike. This bike carrier will tilt when empty to allow access to the rear cargo area of your Prius. The carrier also includes locks that secure the bikes to the carrier and secure the carrier to the vehicle.

I have attached a link to an installation video of this rack on a 2014 Prius you can check out. We will create videos when we get a chance on the vehicles but many times we do not have the vehicles on hand to be able to show how items work.

If you are planning on carrying bikes with alternative frames like kids bikes or women's bikes I recommend using an adapter bar like part # 64005. This attaches between the seat post and the handlebar stem and allows the bike to be carried more level in the carrier while providing additional ground clearance. I have attached a product review video for this adapter bar.

If you need to carry 3 bikes on your Prius, you can check out the attached link for the trunk-mount 3-bike racks we offer. You can use the fit facet for the options and type carrier you want to look at. Also you can use the drop-down box for selecting the carriers based on your Prius having a spoiler or not.

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