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Bike Rack Compatibility With Draw-Tite Class I Receiver Hitch

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My question is regarding Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4inch - 24920. I would like to know the size of the hitch pin hole. I Am planning on buying a bike rack that I will be switching between this hitch and the 2inch hitch on my truck, it has a 5/8 pin, and am concerned about compatibility I will be buying a locking pin as well Thank you.

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A Class I hitch like the Draw-Tite # 24920 would use a 1/2 inch diameter hitch pin. If the bike rack you're interested in is compatible with a Class 1 hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver, it will be compatible with the hitch.

The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR for example would be perfectly compatible with a Class I hitch, although you'd be limited to carrying two bikes on it due to the low tongue weight capacity of a Class I hitch. Thule also offers a similar rack that can carry two bikes, the Thule Camber 2 # TH9058. Both racks include an anti-rattle hitch pin that's compatible with both 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches, and the locking piece # THSTL2 is available separately.

If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # UB01. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post, which provides a secondary attachment point for the bike rack. This allows the bike to be carried level, which maximizes ground clearance. I'll link you to a video showing how the adapter bar works.

I've linked you to some install and product demonstration videos that you might find helpful.

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