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Options for Carrying 3 Bicycles with 2013 Toyota Prius C  


I am thinking to have three bikes rack. My auto model is 2013 Prius C My bikes are two 25lb folding bikes + one 20lb kid bike total 70 lbs will it be able to load to this three bike with 24967 Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver Thanks


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The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 24967, that you mentioned, as well as the others available for your 2013 Toyota Prius C, are all Class I trailer hitches. Due to the low tongue weight capacity of the Class I hitch, both the bike rack and the hitch manufacturers agree that no more than two bikes should be carried on a Class I hitch. Adding additional bikes would place too much weight too far away from the receiver opening, and would exert enough leverage on the hitch that it could be damaged or the attachment points between the vehicle and the hitch could fail, which would result in the loss of the rack and the bikes during transport. However, I do have a solution for you!

Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, # HRF2-3. Quick and easy to install and this will allow you to carry 3 bikes on your Prius. I have included a short video for you.

Since you mention carrying alternative framed bikes and a child's bike, you may find it easier to secure the bikes by using an adapter bar like the Swagman Easy-Out, # 64005. This bar attaches between the seat post and the handlebar stem on your bike to give you a horizontal surface to secure to.

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