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Will Yakima RidgeBack Bike Carrier Fit a Class I Trailer Hitch on a 2013 VW Beetle Convertible

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I like the Yakima Y02457 bike rack for 2 bikes, but I see that it says Class 2 and 3 compatible. Will that bike rack work with a Class 1 hitch?

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Class II accessories such as Yakima RidgeBack, # Y02457, will not fit a Class I trailer hitch. They physically are not compatible. This is done primarily to help prevent overloading a Class I trailer hitch. For a similar rack that is Class I compatible I recommend the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9042PRO.

The Helium Aero weighs only19 pounds. It is made of aluminum and has anti-sway cradles and the ability to tilt down. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you.

If the Helium is not what you are looking for then I have included a link to all of the Class I compatible 2-bike bike racks for you.

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