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Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman Dispatch 2 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Dispatch 2 Platform Style 2 Bike Rack, Part Number S64684. The Swagman Dispatch is the ideal 2 bike carrying solution for your RV, your truck, your SUV or any other vehicle with a 2 inch receiver. Your bike is held in place by a front and rear wheel cradle as well as a rubberized hook to hold your frame in place. The wheel cradles themselves are designed to carry a skinny road bike tire, all the way up to your larger mountain bike tires. The wheels are held in place by a rubberized ratcheting strap with a pad to help protect the wheels finish. Each wheel cradle is adjustable along the rail, allowing you to carry different lengths of bikes. Both hooks on the center mast are adjustable all the way up to 35 inches, again allowing you to fit various sizes of bikes.

With no bikes loaded up your center mast simply folds down, lifting up on this lever here, providing great access to our rear hatch to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, tires anything we might have with us on our trip. The shank itself has a 6 1/4 inch rise providing good ground clearance here at the rear of our vehicle. The whole bike rack is made out of a sturdy steel construction with a grey powder coat finish so it's going to be strong, durable and rust resistant. The dispatch has a 45 pound per bike weight capacity and also features a limited lifetime warranty. For added security Swagman has provided us hitch lock. For even more security they have provided us with a cable lock that we can run through our bike's frames and lock them to the hitch.

Simply run it through our bikes, run it through the loop and then back to our hitch pin lock. Now that we've gone over the features of the Swagman Dispatch, we'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. You'll want to make sure to have a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver for our 2 inch shank here. Let's go ahead and slide it in and line up our pin holes. All right.

That looks pretty good, then we can take our anti-rattle bolt and our lock and thread that through. Once we have that hand tightened, we can go ahead and grab our socket wrench and tighten that the rest of the way down. As you can see, there's an awful lot of play on our bike rack. When we tighten this up it's going to help reduce that play and the rattle within our hitch and our bike rack, as you can see there. With that being done, let's go ahead and snap our lock in place, pull out the key and we've got it. To load the bike we're going to need to raise up our center mast, come over here to this lever, pull up, raise it up til it snaps into place.

We'll make sure our frame hooks are all the way up and out of the way. We'll undo our wheel straps, front and rear. Then we can grab our bike, it doesn't rightly matter which way you have your bike facing. Just as long as we can lower our hook down and that it fits nicely in the cradles here. Let's go ahead and tighten that down. Once it gets close we can just simply ratchet it down and push down to hold it in place. That looks pretty good, we can run our straps through, make sure it runs between the spokes. We can adjust our little pad to sit nicely right on top of our wheel to protect our finish. Same thing up front here, we'll adjust it so it goes between. All right. Then we've got it. Now with that first bike all loaded up, let's go ahead and load up one more bike and we'll take it on our test course and I'll show you how it performed. For my second bike, I'm going to make sure that it's facing the opposite direction. That way the handlebars don't interfere with one and other. Here on our test course let's first go into our slalom, that's going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps, this is going to show twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then finally onto our solid speed bumps, this is going to show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking garage. That's going to complete our look at the Swagman Dispatch 2 Platform Style 2 Bike Rack, Part Number S64684. .


Questions and Comments about this Video

Robert S.

can I buy locking frame hooks for y swagman dispatch 2 bike rack

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

The replacement locking hooks for your Swagman Dispatch # S44FR can be found in a 2-pack as # SP428 or a 4-pack (if you would like a spare set) as # SP429.

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