Can a Class II Three Bike Rack be Used with a Draw-Tite Trailer Class I Hitch on a 2008 Rondo by Kia

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Can I attach this 3-bike hitch rack to the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for Kia Rondo? Can I carry 3 bikes with it? Thanks.

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The only hitches available for the Kia Rondo are Class I hitches, like the Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Hitch, item # 24797. Class I hitches are limited to 2 bikes because of the torque applied to the hitch and vehicle frame by the weight of the bikes and bike rack and the distance they stick out behind the vehicle.

The Reese Hitch Bike Rack, item # 63123 will not work in a Class I hitch because there is a stop located in the receiver that limits the hitch to the installation of Class I accessories. Instead I recommend a 2 bike rack like the the Reese Hitch Bike Rack, item # 63120, or the Swagman XC2 Wheel Mount Bike Rack, item # S64650, for your 2008 Kia Rondo.

If you need to carry more than 2 bikes you could also add a roof rack and roof rack bike rack to your Kia, see link. If you would like to let me know whether your roof has a factory roof rack with crossbars, factory side rails that run front to back only or no existing rails or crossbars, I will be glad to make a recommendation for you.

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