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Recommended 3-Bike Rack to be Used on a Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Hi, I am interested in a 3 bicycle carrier that connects to a 2inch hitch. My hitch is a ClassIV and I see that you only offer Class I to III. Will be Class IV hitch be compatible with Class III bicycle carrier? Thank you.

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A Class III hitch mount bike rack fits a 2 inch Class IV trailer hitch receiver.

Our most popular 3-bike rack is the Thule Helium Pro # TH9043PRO. This rack fits your 2 inch hitch receiver and only weighs 20 pounds. The Helium Pro uses two layers of cushioning to prevent vibration while traveling and No-Sway cages to prevent your bikes from making contact with each other or your vehicle. It also includes locks for securing the bikes to the rack and the rack to your hitch.

For a more economical option the Swagman Trailhead # S63365 is a great choice. It fits your 2 inch hitch receiver as well as Class I and Class II 1-1/4 inch receivers. It features anti-sway cradles and an anti-rattle threaded hitch pin. A locking hitch pin can be purchased, part # S64029, to secure the rack to your hitch.

For either rack you may need an adapter bar if you're going to be carrying any women's or children's bikes. The Kuat Ubar Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 is designed to create the straight cross tube a men's bike has to help the bikes ride level on a hanging bike rack.

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