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Best Bike Rack For Rear Cargo Access on 2019 Mercedes-Benz 300GLC Class II Hitch

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I have a 2020 Mercedes 300GLC SUV ordered and on its way. It has s class 2 trailer hitch already installed. I plan to purchase the Yakima Full Swing. What is the best hitch adapter to get, I need to go from a 1-1/4” hitch to a 2” for this rack.

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We do offer hitch adapters to take the Class II 1-1/4" hitch to a 2" hitch however, it does cut your tongue weight in half. So if your Class II hitch is rated for 300 lb of tongue weight, with the use of an adapter like part # HTAD your tongue weight would be 150 lbs.

Yakima FullSwing 4 Bike Rack part # Y02465 weighs 56 lbs itself so if the hitch has a 300 lb tongue weight you would only be able to carry 94 lbs worth of bikes on the 4-bike rack which is possible only if you have very lightweight bikes.

There are not any swing-away bike racks that work with a 1-1/4" hitch. There are plenty of 4-bike racks that tilt that fit your 1-1/4" hitch like the Thule # TH934XTR. However, all of these tilting racks require the bikes to be unloaded before tilting them away from the vehicle.

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