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Swing Away Bike Rack and Hitch Extender for Truck with Truck Bed Camper

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I want to install a swing away bike rack for the rig mentioned in the subject line to allow access to camper stairs with bikes loaded. Truck has a 2 1/2 in receiver, so it will need an adaptor does the adaptor give added length to the extension of the rack from the hitch?. I need about 2 ft from the bumper to allow bikes to clear the ladder on the camper, maybe a little less. Rack only needs to hold 2 bikes, 1 mtb and 1 road, less than 50 lbs total, and needs to be tray type. I’d appreciate any recommendations you could make. Thanks

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Since we can't recommend using two hitch adapters (a hitch extender and a pivot adapter) you'd have to go with a rack that has a pivot featured built into it like the Thule Apex Swing XT part # TH9027XT with a hitch extender like the # C45048 which can be cut down to 2 feet in length like you need and fits a 2.5 inch hitch and provides a 2 inch hitch like what the Apex is designed to fit.

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