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Thule Spare Me Rack on 2010 Rav4 with Back Up Camera  


I see that I cannot use a Thule Spare Me 2 bike carrier if I have a backup camera on my 2010 Rav4. Why? What are the alternatives? I can live without the camera for a short term. Thanks!


Expert Reply:

I spoke with the folks at Thule regarding the spare tire bike carrier you mentioned. They said the # TH963PRO would actually fit your vehicle, although installing the mounting plate would require the removal of the back-up camera, which you may find too inconvenient to deal with.

Another option you may consider would be a hitch, like Curt Class lll, part # 13509 along with a hitch mounted bike carrier.

If full access through the cargo door is not important I would recommend either the Swagman Trailhead 2 Bike Carrier, part # S63360, or the 4 bike option, part # S63380. They feature a tilt-away design that would allow limited access through the cargo door.

If having full access through the cargo door while the rack is installed is important to you I would recommend the Yakima FullSwing rack, part # Y02465. This rack also features sliding anti-sway cradles that provide more stability.

I have linked you to a video explaining the installation of the # TH963PRO, and also product review
videos for the tilting bike racks.

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Jeffrey L

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