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Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter RV  

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The sales person at the local bike shop said that the Thule isnt intended for an RV too much bounce. But you say that its fine for that purpose. Have you ever heard of one failing? Does the Thule warranty apply to a Sprinter application. Is there a better e.g. safer alternative? NOTE: well never carry more than two bikes.

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The local bike shop was correct in saying that the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, and we don't recommend it for an RV application either. RV's in general have more movement at the rear because the distance to the hitch receiver is further from the rear axle. Fewer moving parts on the rack helps isolate possible wobble and wear on that hitch receiver and the bike rack itself.

One of the nicest bike racks for an RV is the Swagman XP, # S64940. This rack carries up to 4 bikes and the cradles secure bike sto the rack using thick, kraton vinyl cushioning and steel plates. The locking knob secures the bikes to the rack. With this rack, I'd recommend the cable lock as well as the Locking Anti-Rattle Threaded Hitch Pin, # S64027. I also suggest using a Frame Adapter for Women's, Children's and Alternative Bike Frames, # 64005. This allows all bikes without a top rail to ride level for a safer transport.

For a more cost effective option, my recommendation for an RV safe 2 bike rack is the Swagman XC # S64650 along with locks # S64031.

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