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Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Toyota RAV4


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at Etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro, hitch mounted bike rack on our 2021 Toyota RAV4. So one of the big questions that we do get asked all the time in regards to hitch mounted bike racks is if you're still going to be able to have full access to the back of your RAV4. This one does fold down out of the way and allows us to do that. Come down here to this pin and clip, pull that out. And the center of mass here actually folds down.

And this one compared to some of the others, it actually folds down quite a bit and really does give us a ton of space to open up our hatch and get whatever we might need in and out of the back of our Toyota.So my first impressions of the rack on the back of the RAV4 is I think it looks pretty good. And I think it's going to do a great job of keeping the bike safe and where we can see it. So what I mean by that is where it's going to hold our bike. It's going to be high enough off the ground. You're not going to have to worry about our bike hitting anything or nothing like that.

And it's going to be up high enough where we can still kind of keep an eye on our bikes if we're looking through our rear view mirrors, we're going down the road, kind of keep an eye on things. But they're not going to be up so high that it's blocking or obstructing our view. So kind of in that perfect spot. With that being said, though, this rack can hold up to a total of four bikes. So we really can carry around a lot.

And the way it works is super simple.And that's one of my favorite things about this setup. Everything is really straightforward, easy to get to. About as simple as it gets. So it's going to hold our bike down in three spots. We're going to have two straps here on the top tube, and then a strap down here.

That's going to act as an anti-sway strap. That's going to really help prevent that side to side movement. That way we don't have to worry about our bikes kind of banging into each other as we're going down the road. With all that said, let's go ahead, take our bike off, so we can have a better look at the rack itself. So all there is to it, you're just going to have to take these straps and a pull down on them and filling them up and out of the way. Same thing for this one down here.And we're able to grab the bike, pull it off and hit the trails. Now, one of the things I do like, especially with these larger racks and ones I can carry a lot more bikes, is this one has relatively narrow arms. So it's going to be a lot easier to pull your bike off with ease. Some of the ones that have real wide arms, you really have to kind of work it off and fight it, and it can kind of just be a hassle sometimes. And that's not the case at all with this one here. So our cradles here, where our bikes is going to set are nice and deep and relatively wide, so I think a lot of different types of bikes will fit in here. There's going to be a few grooves and those are there to allow all your cables to pass through there, that way you're not pinching them and wearing them out.One thing I am impressed with is these straps. These things are no joke. These things are nice and heavy duty, very thick. We use this rack a lot here, trying it on different vehicles and everything. So these see a lot of use and they really do a great job of holding up. And that's not something you see with a lot of other racks with similar straps. A lot of them are thin kind of chintzy and kind of wear out pretty quick. That's not the case with these. I do suggest, just so these aren't flapping around whenever we're going down the road, if you're not using the rack, just go ahead and put those back in place.Now with this rack being able to carry up to four bikes, it is going to be relatively long and extend the overall length of your RAV4. So to find out exactly how much, we'll just take a measurement from the hatch here through the very edge of the rack. Looks like it's going to be about 38 inches. So something you definitely want to keep in mind whenever you're pulling into your drives or a tight parking spot, something like that. However, when you're not using the rack, the arms do fold down, free up some space. And all we have to do is remove this pin and clip.We're going to swing the arms down. We'll put our pin and clip back, and now it's pretty compact, actually, don't take up a ton of space. We'll take that same measurement from the hatch, the edge, and like this it's only going to be about 16 and a half inches. So, in this position, really shouldn't give you too many issues when you do go to pull into your garage or that tight spot. So moving down here, our rack is going to work with those two inch by two inch receiver tube openings, like we have here today on our RAV4. But it also has the ability to work with these smaller inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter hitches as well. So gives you some versatility there. If you have another vehicle in the household, with a different size hitch, chances are good the rack will work with it as well.It is going to come with an anti-rattle bolt. And what this is going to do is eliminate any slop or play here in the connection point. So not only is that going to provide our bikes with a little more of a smooth ride, but it's also going to keep things nice and quiet inside of our RAV4 whenever we're going on the road. We're not going to hear this bouncing around and everything else. So kind of giving an example on how that works, say if we're hitting those bumps, going down the road, you can see the rack has to move with our Toyota and not on its own.So at the end of the day, a rack you really can't go wrong with. This is a very popular one. I can see why it's one of my favorites. Just so easy to use. These things are really well-built and will last a long time. And honestly, I think it looks pretty good on the back of the RAV4. So personally, I think I will leave it on whenever I'm driving around town. And if you're anything like me, you always want to see the product you're interested in an action or actually working. So let's go ahead, load this up with some bikes, take it out on the test scores and see how it performs. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering.Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway. And that'll finish up our look at, it'll be Thule Hitching Post Pro, hitch mounted bike rack on our 2021 Toyota RAV4.


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