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3-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2011 Toyota RAV4  


I would like to be able to put 3 bikes on my Toyota RAV4 2011 what are the best options? Thank you


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In order to transport three bikes on your 2011 Toyota RAV4 I suggest a hitch-mount type carrier rather than a spare-tire-mount type such as the Thule # TH963PRO. that you referenced.

Hitch mount racks will use the strongest part of the vehicle - its frame - to bear the weight of your carrier and loaded bikes, rather than the spare tire mount which is not really designed to carry too much more weight than that of the spare tire itself. If you still prefer a spare tire mount type I suggest # BT300 from Surco.

Your RAV4 can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II or a 2-inch Class III hitch. If it already has a hitch you can measure its receiver size to know which size carrier to select. The good news is that there are many carriers designed to fit both sizes! If you need a hitch you can use the link provided to see all options; I suggest a 2-inch Class III unit like # C13149 from Curt for its higher weight capacity. Please see the linked hitch installation video.

The other link provided will let you see all hitch-mount 3-bike carriers that fit both hitch sizes. The linked article will show you how to take a simple measurement of your hitch and vehicle to determine what carriers will safely clear the back of the RAV4 and its spare tire.

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