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Why Cant Three-Bike Rack be Used with Class I Trailer Hitch on 2017 Subaru Impreza Hatchback


Hi. In reading some of your reviews it looks like the Draw time 1 1/4 hitch with the 200/2000 carry capacity works for my car. Though I read in a couple reviews that only the eco-hitch can be used for the impreza for a 3 bike rack. Why is that if the 3 bikes and the rack can fit within the 200/2000 lb max load?


Expert Reply:

The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # DT24959 that fits your 2017 Subaru Impreza hatchback will only work with one or two-bike racks because it is a Class I trailer hitch, and the issue is the amount of leverage being put on such a light weight hitch. Longer bike racks put more leverage and thus stress on the hitch, which could lead to potential damage without it being fully supported.

The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7350, with its 2 inch receiver, on the other hand, will allow you to use a three-bike rack, like the Thule Helium Pro # TH9043PRO or Swagman Trailhead # S63365.

I have added links to video reviews as well as a link to our selection of 3-bike racks for you to check out as well.

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