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Trailer Hitch to Carry 4 Bikes With 2014 Toyota Prius v

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Hello, I would like to be able to carry 4 bikes on my 2014 Toyota Prius V. I think a hitch-style rack would work best, but Im at a complete loss as to what I need. We currently do not have any hitch on our car, and Im generally pretty unfamiliar with hitch systems. We would be carrying 2 adult and 2 childrens 14 and 16 bikes. Thanks for any help!

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Ok, we can definitely get you set up to carry four bikes with your 2014 Toyota Prius v, and you are correct that in order to do that you will need a trailer hitch receiver and a hitch-mounted bike rack. First off, let's start with the hitch, and the one you will need is from EcoHitch:

- EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7192

The reason you will need this hitch is because it is the only hitch for your Prius v that has a 2 inch receiver; the other hitches for your Prius v are Class I hitches with a 1-1/4 inch receiver, and Class I hitches are limited to carrying only two bikes.

The other thing you will need is a 4-bike rack, and I recommend going with a hanging-style rack as these are a more economical option than platform racks while keeping your bikes safely and securely mounted to the rack. The rack I really like for you is the Hollywood Racks Traveler 4-Bike Carrier # HR8500.

The Traveler has rubber anti-sway cradles to keep your bikes steady on the rack, and comes with an anti-rattle bolt to ensure you have a quieter, more peaceful ride than a rack without one. It does not lock though if you want to add an anti-theft deterrent you can do so with the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable Lock for Hollywood Racks # HRLHPTC.

Since you plan on carrying kids' bikes, and if your other bikes have a step-through or alternative frame you will need to give those bikes a horizontal mounting point by using an adapter, the Bike Frame Adapter Bar # 64005.

I have added links below to video reviews for you to check out as well of the adapter and Hollywood Racks Traveler 4-Bike Carrier # HR8500.

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