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Recommended Tillt-Away 2-Bike Platform Style Bike Rack for Toyota RAV4

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I am looking for a platform bike rack for my rav 4. I want one that fits 2 bikes and tilts when the bikes are on it as well so I have access to the hatch. I need one that isnt too heavy and is easy to put on and take off. What do you recommend?

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Assuming your bikes don't have fenders and weigh 40 lbs apiece or less, I'd recommend the RockyMounts WestSlope, part # RKY10222. This rack weighs about 35 lbs, so it's not very heavy and is very easy to use. The rack will tilt rearward with the bikes in place and as shown in the linked video when we test fit it on a 2019 Toyota RAV4, there was plenty of clearance for the rear hatch to open.

One of the unique features of this rack is the U-shaped frame. This allows you to stand in really close to the rear of the vehicle when loading the inner-most bike, which makes the task a lot easier. An optional lock kit is available as part # RKY10224.

If your bike has fenders, a rack that has hooks that hold the bikes by the tires won't work for you. If that's the case, I'd recommend the Swagman Current, part # S64678. The frame hooks hold the bikes securely by the top frame tube. For step through frame bikes, you'll need a top tube frame adapter like # UB01 to provide an attachment point for the frame tube. This rack can handle two bikes weighing up to 60 lbs apiece and weighs in at just under 50 lbs. It will also tilt rearward, away from the rear of the vehicle allowing cargo area access even when the bikes are on the rack.

Either of these racks will work well on a RAV4 unless it's an older model with the rear mounted spare tire. If you do have the rear mount spare, please reply with the model year of your vehicle and we'll look at some other options.

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