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Will Rear Hatch on 2015 Buick Enclave Open With Swagman Semi 2.0 Installed With Bike Loaded

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2015 Buick Enclave Hatch clearance with road bike loaded

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It sounds like you are wanting to know if you have hatch clearance for your Enclave when you have bikes on a hitch mounted bike carrier.

Most tilting bike carriers like the Swagman Semi 2.0, part # S64686 allow the hatch to be opened fully when the carrier is in tilted. We have not had a chance to test fit this carrier on a 2015 Enclave. We have installed trailer hitches on a 2015 Enclave and per the video the distance from the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper is 4-inches. Since the distance from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the # S64686 when it is folded down is 15-1/4 inches, chances are the hatch will fully open when the carrier is tilted, even with bikes loaded.

If you want to make sure you have access to the rear cargo area on your Enclave with a bike rack I recommend the Thule Apex Swing, part # TH9027XT. This bike carrier swings out of the way even with the bikes loaded to allow full access to the cargo area of your Enclave. I have attached a link to a video that shows this bike carrier on an Enclave you can check out.

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.

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