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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Adam: Hi everyone. Adam, with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Current on our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. This is going to be e-bike compatible, with three different tie down points per bike. You're going to be able to fit up to two bikes on this as well as any fat tire bikes as well.One of the main features of this bike rack is you can tilt it with your bikes installed. All you've got to do, there is a green level back here.

You've got to pull that up. It's going to allow you to tilt these bikes to give you some access to the bed of your truck. Unfortunately, we do have a little bit of contact with that wheel cradle down there, but you still have a decent amount of travel in this tailgate to be able to access anything that you may have in there.And whenever you're done, you just got to lift it back up and it'll snap into place for you, just like so. It's fairly simple to get this bike off the rack, so let's do that right now. I always start with these cam buckle type straps down low.

It does have a nice rubber spacer that's going to protect your wheel when it's all tied down. You push those and feed those through. One thing I notice right off the bat, these are metal wheel cradles, which usually they are plastic. I really do like this addition that Swagman threw in there. It's going to last a very long time.

It does have a nice powder-coated finish, which is also going to resist against rust and corrosion, just adding to the lifespan of your bike rack.Once those are done, I always do those first just because this frame hook right here does the most of the support for your bike. You wouldn't want your bike to fall into your tailgate or onto you, so always put a hand on your frame of your bike. And what I honestly like to do is just slide these off since it does have the capability of removing, and once you slide them off, I just hang them right there, and if you can manage it, you can pull this little lever here to tilt down that center mast, and that's going to allow you to take your electric bike straight off the back. These are a little bit heavier and it's a lot easier than taking it off from one side to the other.I always just try to replace my straps when I'm not using them. That's just personal preference.

You don't really have to.There are some adjustments on these wheel cradles. You can loosen these up and they're going to be able to travel this length of the post there. One thing to note, we do have a key that comes with our kit and these will be lockable, which is going to secure your bikes to your rack, giving you peace of mind whenever you leave them on the rack when you go inside. Let's just say you go into a gas station when you're on the road. You wouldn't want to come out and your bikes be gone. So they added that feature, which is definitely nice to have. This longer one does go on top. I always struggle to remember that, but that one definitely goes on first. And then the second one.So let me do some measurements for you. We do add about about 26 1/4" to the back of our Silverado. It's always nice to know if you're going to have to tilt this up in the stowaway position or remove it out of your hitch to fit into your garage.If you need a little bit more room, what you can do is pull this same exact lever for the tilt feature and you can rotate it up towards your bumper of your truck. That breaks our distance down to about 16 1/2" from this point right here.As far as how close does this bike rack get to your bumper, these wheel cradles are probably going to be our closest point and that's about 2 1/2" from your bumper.One last useful measurement is the amount of ground clearance you're going to have. This Silverado does sit relatively higher than most SUVs and cars and we have about 18" of ground clearance at the bend in our shank, which is going to be plenty of room where you don't have to worry about bottoming out anywhere.We do have a 2" hitch receiver on our Silverado and this sleeve is going to make it compatible with that 2". You can actually remove this as well. It's going to be compatible with any inch and a quarter hitch receiver as well, so if you have multiple cars you plan on putting it on, it's going to be able to fit both those sizes.It does come with an anti-rattle bolt, which takes all that shake and play out of the inside of the hitch. And as you can see, there's no play in there and this whole truck's moving and the bike rack isn't going anywhere. We do have another locking mechanism on the end of our anti-rattle bolt, which is going to be keyed alike with your frame hooks up top.And that just about does it for a look at the Swagman Current on our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering.Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement.Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.


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