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Best Swing-Away Bike Rack for a 2011 Toyota RAV4 with a Spare Tire

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Which will be the recommended bike rack for 4 bikes for the 2011 RAV4 that has a rear spare tire covered spared tire? The car has side opening rear door that we will like to access without removing the bikes? Will a tilting carrier bike or will a swing away one be better?

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If you would like access to the rear hatch area on your 2011 Toyota RAV4 without removing your bikes then you definitely need to go with a swing-away bike rack. A tilting bike rack may allow you to slightly open the door, but it wouldn't be nearly as much room as a swinging bike rack allows. Please note that you need to check the weight capacities of your RAV4 to ensure that you don't overload it, and you need a 2" trailer hitch receiver like part # 75235 to carry the bikes.

The best 4-bike swing away racks that we have is the Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 which can carry up to 4 bikes weighing in at 40 lbs each, comes with bike and hitch locks, has integrated anti-sway cradles and anti-rattle SpeedKnob, as well as the swingaway feature. Please note that if any of your bikes don't have a horizontal crosstube you may need an adapter bar like part # Y02531 to keep the bike level.

I have attached videos of the trailer hitch and the FullSwing for you to check out.

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