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Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 Volkswagen Golf R for Carrying 3 Bike Kuat Transfer

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I plan to install the Ecohitch 1.25 hidden trailer hitch receiver on our VW Golf R. Can I use it with the Kuat Transfer to carry three bikes? The bikes total 96.5 pounds, and the Kuat is 52 pounds. I read that you should only carry 2/3 of the tongue weight. Even though it looks like the Ecohitch is a Class II hitch, the tongue weight is listed as 200 pounds. Our alternative is to get a Thule Helium for three bikes, which would be 32 pounds lighter, but less convenient for the mix of mens and womens bikes we have. Thanks!

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To carry more than 2 bikes on a hitch bike rack the hitch has to be higher than a Class I so the EcoHitch part # 306-X7333 that you referenced (Class II) is the hitch to use and will allow you to carry a Kuat Transfer V2 bike rack part # KU24FR. Your total weight of bikes and racks being around 150 would easily work well with the 200 lb capacity of this hitch.

You do not need to keep the weight at 2/3 the capacity. As long as you are under the weight capacity you are totally fine.

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