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Bike Rack Solution for 2018 Chrysler Pacifica that Allows Rear Hatch to Open with Bikes Loaded

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Hello there We have a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica mini- van Can we open the trunk with this trunk mounted bike rack installed? Would the rack interfere with the automated trunk opening mechanism? Thanks!

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Trunk mounted bike racks have to be totally removed before opening the rear hatch of a vehicle. The additional weight would make the struts that normally hold the door open unpredictable (most likely would fall) and a lot of the time the hooks would damage the body of the vehicle if the hatch was attempted to open since it would press against the vehicle.

If you wanted a bike rack solution that allows access to the rear hatch of your vehicle you'd need to go with a hitch mounted option. Ideally a swing away bike rack like the Yakima FullSwing part # Y02465 which can even swing out with bikes loaded on it. You'd need a hitch installed on your 2018 Chrysler Pacifica like the # 76046 and you'd be set.

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Thanks so much for the thorough response to my question! I appreciate your expertise, very helpful.

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