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Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman Escapee 2-Bike Platform Rack

Haydn: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Escapee Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, part number: S64693.This RV-approved bike rack is perfect for your vehicles, campers, fifth wheels and, of course, RVs. It's heavy-duty design means it can stand up to extra stress typically found at the rear of RVs. Its versatile design is going to allow it to carry most bikes included eBikes. However, it is not fat-bike compatible.It holds your bikes with zero frame contact, making it great for carbon-fiber bikes. It features a ratcheting wheel hook to secure our front tire into our front wheel cradle. Here in the back, we've got an adjustable wheel strap to secure our rear tire.There's no need for a cable lock.

The ratcheting hooks lock so your bikes can't be removed. The anti-rattle bolt also features a lock so your bike rack can't be removed.We've gone ahead and removed the bikes so we can take a closer look. When not in use, the ratcheting hooks fold flat. The wheel cradles are going to work with road bike tires and mountain bike tires up to three inches wide. We have the same setup on the rear cradle.Here's a few measurements that's going to help you decide if it's going to be a right fit for you.

From the center of the hitch-pin hole to the closest part of the rack is 10 inches. From the center of the hitch-pin hole to the end of the rack is about 36 inches.It's a solid-steel construction with a silver powder-coat finish to resist rust and corrosion. It also has a 60-pound-per-bike weight capacity. The Swagman Escapee features a limited lifetime warranty.We've brought Mike in that works a lot with our customers. Mike what can you tell me about the Swagman Escapee Mike: Well, Haydn, I actually took quite a bit of notes on this particular bike rack and what I found out from our customers is ...

especially those with RVs, they're looking for something that has a higher weight capacity and that can carry eBikes. More and more people are starting to go to eBikes and are looking for racks that are going to work with their RV. The Escapee is one that they're very interested in.Now, what are customers have found out about this rack is that it is easy to assemble. It's easy to use. It's really simple.

One of the downsides though, it doesn't fold up. There's a reason for that on RV bike racks, the folding mechanism could be a point of weakness. You don't want one that folds up. That's a good thing actually for RV owners. Haydn: Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now this is going to be for two-inch-by-two-inch receivers only. Let's go ahead and load it up.We'll go ahead and feed it into our receiver tube. We'll line up our pin holes. Then we'll take our included anti-rattle bolt and lock, we'll start threading that through. Once you get it hand tight, we can take a wrench or socket and tighten it the rest of the way down. Now you will have to provide your own. The size is 23 millimeter. Then on the other side, we can just take our lock, clip it on in place, remove our keys and we're all set.To load up our bikes, we'll want to fold our arms and undo our rear wheel strap. Now it's recommended that you load up the heaviest bike first. For us, it's going to be our mountain bike. We'll rest our front wheel into the front-wheel cradle and then set the rear wheel down in place. Then we can take our wheel hook, we'll raise it up until it comes in front of our shocks or our brakes, whatever comes first. We'll ratchet it down. Once it makes contact, we'll give it a good push and then we can move on to the rear.Then here at the rear, we'll adjust our strap to where it's center with our wheel. Run our strap through, pull it down nice and tight.With our second bike loaded up, we can go ahead and lock up our ratcheting arms. Then we can head out on our test course and see how it performs.Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side-to-side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering.Then 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 lot.Then, finally, onto our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement.That's going to complete our look at the Swagman Escapee Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, part number: S64693.

Steve S.


I have a travel trailer with trailer hitch rated 350# TW, two E bikes 51# and 57#, one with fender and one with out. Tires are 2.2 and 2.9 inches. Center tire to end of handle bar is 16.5". What rack can I get that carries the weight on the back of a RV trailer that has enough room to keep handle bars from back of RV.

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


I recommend checking out the Swagman E-Spec # S94FR . This can handle your bike specs, and then you just need to make sure that the 15-1/2" clearance works for your application as well. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest wheel cradle is 15-1/2" so that means you should have at least 16-1/2" to the center of your tire. This means that as long as the center of your hitch pin hole is at least flush with your travel trailer your bikes should fit just fine.

Shelly S.


I have 2 ebikes, a motorhome, and one of the bikes has fenders. So my question is; Can the wheel hook be rotated upward and clamped down on the top tube to secure the bike with fenders ? Shelly

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


The ratcheting arms for the Swagman Escapee # S64693 won't be able to properly secure your bike by putting the hook over your top tube, however we do have the Swagman Current # S64678 which is designed to secure bikes by their top tube and is rated both for a motorhome and for up to 60 lb bikes just like the Escapee.