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Recommended Swing-Away Bike Carrier For 2015 Ford E-350 Van With Swinging Rear Doors

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I have a 2015 Ford E350 full-size van and I am looking for a hitch mount two bike carrier. My bikes have fenders. I would like to be able to access the rear cargo area of the van through the swinging rear doors even with bikes on the rack. Any suggestions?

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Since you have swinging doors on the back of your 2015 E-350 van I recommend a swing-away bike carrier.

We do not have a 2-bike swing-away carrier so I recommend the Thule Apex Swing # TH9027XT. This is a 4-bike carrier and will let you swing the bike rack out of the way even when the bikes are loaded. The bike carrier will accommodate bikes that weight up to 37.5-lbs each.

The carrier has an integrated cable lock that helps secure the bikes in the carrier to help deter theft.

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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