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Hitch and Hitch Bike Rack for 2018 Chevy Camaro 2-Door Coupe with Spoiler

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Are there any trunk type 2 bike racks that will fit my 2018 Camaro that has the wing/spoiler on the trunk? We have basic beach bikes now but we may be getting new heavier electric ones in the next year or two. I would like to buy the rack ONCE and not have to change it if we get new bikes.

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I can help you with a 2-bike carrier solution for your 2018 Camaro but the various bike rack makers such as Thule, Yakima and Kuat have not confirmed any trunk-mount type bike rack fits for the 2018 or 2019 Camaro 2-door coupe.

The solution I can offer you is a hitch-mount bike rack, which will naturally require a hitch to be installed on the Camaro. This is not bad news. A hitch bike rack will protect your trunk from scratches and dents from the weight of the loaded rack. It will let you carry heavier bikes and having a hitch on the Camaro means that if you ever need more cargo space you'll be able to drop in a compatible Class I hitch cargo carrier like # C18110.

Of the available hitches I recommend the USA-made Curt Class I hitch # C11900 which has a 1-1/4-inch receiver size and a 200-lb tongue weight rating which is plenty for the weight of a loaded hitch-mount 2-bike rack. You'll also want to use the bike rack support strap # 18050 to keep the rack steady as you drive.

There are a lot of 2-bike hitch racks that will work in this Curt hitch. Prices vary, designs vary as do the weights of the racks since their primary material can be either heavy and sturdy steel or lightweight corrosion-free aluminum. The type of bikes you want to transport, now and possibly in the near future, will help decide on the best hitch rack. I linked two articles that will help you too.

Since you're now using beach cruiser bikes that can be a bit heavier than average and also have wider tires, and because you're potentially going to move to even heavier electric bikes in the future, I recommend one particular hitch rack from Thule. The Thule EasyFold # TH903202 is a premium platform-style rack that will work well for you now and into the future.

The EasyFold offers a mix of features that set it apart. First, it will fit in both 1-1/4-inch hitches like your Curt and also 2-inch types. Its platform design and built-in loading ramp mean you never have to lift up a heavy bike to load it. Lightweight aluminum and ABS folding construction and built-in wheels mean handling and storing the rack will be much easier than with competing products. Please see the photo showing the rack's compact size when folded. A handy foot-release lever lets you tilt the whole rack for better access to your trunk, as shown in the other linked photo. As for bike compatibility the EasyFold handles two bikes up to 65-lbs each and tires widths up to 3-inches and it includes locks. I know of no competing rack with this same comprehensive set of features. You can see more in the linked review video on the EasyFold.

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