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RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Toyota RAV4

Colin: Hey, everyone. I'm Colin here at eTrailer. Today we have a 2019 Toyota RAV4. We're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts WestSlope 2-Bike Rack.It's a platform style rack that allows you to carry two bikes to and from your destination. Like a lot of platform racks it does tilt away from the vehicle so you can gain access to the trunk of your RAV4. There's going to be a blue T-pin in here.

What we're going to do is lift up slightly on the back of our rack and then pull that T-pin. Now we can let it tilt away. From there we can open up the trunk of our Toyota. We got plenty of space between the bike rack and the vehicle. You could see there was plenty of clearance between the hatch and the bike.

We can slide in, we can grab whatever cargo, groceries, luggage, anything we might need to get.Now when tilting it back up it's just going to be reversing the process. You want to make sure you grab ahold of the bike rack itself and not the bike attached. Just going to bring it up until it latches into place.A really cool feature about this bike rack is that it has the tier loading system. Meaning that the second bike up is going to sit a little bit higher than our first bike. That's going to help prevent a lot of bike to bike contact.

It's also going to improve our ground clearance. You can see just how it angles up the entire way back. Again those inclines that you might be going up, maybe you're off roading, you're not going to have too much trouble bottoming out.The bike itself is connected at two different points. We're going to have a strap on the back wheel securing it into the pivoting cradle. Then up front we're going to have a wheel hook putting downward force on top of our front wheel, forcing it down into the cradle.Now lets go ahead and take the bike off and we can take a closer look at the rack.

The straps work pretty easily. You just push in that tab and pull the strap out. From here, make sure you have a grip on your bike. I'm going to push in on that blue trigger, lift up on the hook and then let it fold down. Then we can unload our bike. When you're all finished it helps out, just to conserve on space, we'll bring this all the way to the other side and then replace that strap.Now like I said, you have that improved ground clearance. We're going to take a measurement from the ground to the back of our bike rack, be about 26 and a half inches off the ground. That's a good amount of ground clearance. Like I said you're not going to have to worry about bottoming out. Now if we measure from the bumper to the outermost point of our bike rack, that'll give us an idea of how much length is added onto the back of of vehicle, which is going to be the case with any hitch mounted accessory. We've added on about 34 and a half inches to the back of our vehicle.We can actually cut down on that space by folding the bike rack up. We're going to come back to that blue T-pin that we used to tilt it away, except this time we're just going to fold it up till it locks into place. Now let's measure again bumper to the outermost point. That's going to be eight and a quarter inches so we took away a lot of that space. That's something you want to keep in mind for any close quarter situations, like if you want to park in your garage and not take your bike rack out of the hitch.Now let's come down and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're going to have a 2-inch by 2-inch hitch receiver on our RAV4. However, if your RAV4 or another vehicle in your household has an inch and a quarter receiver you can take this sleeve off right here and that'll convert the shank to be compatible with inch and a quarter hitches. We're also going to have a threaded anti-rattle hitch pin. When tightened down takes away the shake and play from our bike rack, even when we travel at high speeds. Of course that safety clip on the other side.Well thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our test fit of the RockyMounts WestSlope 2-Bike Rack on our 2019 Toyota RAV4.

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