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What Class I E-Bike Rack do You Recommend on My 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback?

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I have a small 2012 Nissan hatchback and the trailer hitch is model 24798 which should hold 200 lbs according to their description. Could my small car support 2 electric bikes with the 64678

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Without knowing for sure what 2012 Nissan hatchback you have, I believe you are talking about a Nissan Versa since you mentioned the Draw-Tite Hitch - Class I - 1-1/4" # 24798. Unfortunately, the Swagman Current Bike Rack for 2 Electric Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # S64678 is only constructed to work with Class II 1-1/4" hitches.

However, for a great alternative, I recommend the Thule T2 Classic Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" Hitches # TH9045. The T2 Classic comes with a 60-pound weight capacity and is compatible with your Class I Hitch # 24798.

If you happen to have a bike with fenders, I strongly suggest not using a rack with a wheel-mounting frame style like the # TH9045. The only other bike rack that avoids potential damage to the fenders and is compatible with a Class I hitch with the weight capacity you need is the Thule EasyFold XT # TH903202. This rack also comes with an integrated ramp that makes loading much easier. If you go with the EasyFold XT, you need the Fat Bike Straps # TH985101 if your tires measure between 3 inches and 4-11/16 inches wide.

Typical Differences between Class I and Class II Hitches
Typical Differences between Class I and Class II Hitches
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Yes a Nissan Versa. 2012 hashback. What is the difference between Class I and Class II hitch? If I put an electric bike 45 lbs. Close to the trunk without a battery and a hybrid bike around 24 lbs can I take the swagman 64678??? Thank you

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The main difference between Class I and Class II hitches is the difference in the strength of the hitch. A Class I hitch has less overall weight capacity and is not constructed to be as strong as a Class II hitch. This usually has implications for how well a hitch can withstand bumps/torque exerted on the rack during movement. I went ahead and attached a diagram that shows the typical difference in weight capacities of Class I and Class II hitches.

Even though the Swagman Current # S64678 will technically fit your Class I # 24798, we do not recommend it (no matter the weight of your bikes). With that being said, we recommend going with either the # TH9045 or the # TH985101.

Typical Differences between Class I and Class II Hitches
Typical Differences between Class I and Class II Hitches
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