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Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack On Class 1 Hitch

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Hi, I have a Curt Hitch, class 1, but on swagman website, its stating that xtc2 bike rack is class 2 or greater. On your site, its stating class 1.

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I have reached out the the manufacturer about your specific question on the Swagman XTC2 # S64670. I have found that due to the weight rating on class 1 hitches and the common combined weight of the rack and bikes loaded, our racks are not appropriate for use on class 1 hitches.

?To fully load one of our racks will bring the total weight that is applied to the hitch dangerously close to the maximum capacity and risk critical failure, which poses a safety risk to not only yourself but also those around you on the road. Even if the maximum capacity is not exceeded when the load applied is static, the dynamic force that is put on to the hitch during travel (hitting pot holes, speed bumps, abrupt stops or starts) can ultimately cause the hitch to fail.

Some models of our platform racks will fit into a 1-1/4" receiver, however it is recommended for any receiver of that size to be at least a class 2.

That being said, If you were to load the XTC2 with the maximum about of weight (70lbs of bikes) and the carrier weighs about 33lbs. If will be close and you will be under the weight rating of the hitch and rack when going on smooth roads, but when bumps hit it will be pushing your equipment ratings. That's up to you, but if you do decide to go with this setup, be sure to put the lightest bike on the farthest part of the rack!

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