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Swagman RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Swagman RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Platform Style 2-Bike Rack designed for use with RV bumpers or any standard 2 inch hitch. Part number on it is S64663. As you can see here, we've got our rack mounted to the back of our RV. This rack is great, it allows you to mount it onto any RV that has a square bumper here in the rear that's 4 to 4 1/2 inches wide. The rack will hold a wide variety of bikes. We have fully adjustable wheel cradles here.

They'll move along the entire length of the cradle or the cradle arm rather to allow us shortest bikes up to a lot of the very larger bikes. The cradles themselves, as you can see we've got our road bike mounted here, goes all the way down to the thinnest of thin bike tires all the way up to a 3 1/2 inch wide tire. Our center mast has two ratcheting style hooks on it. They've made them in two different lengths, we've got a shorter one and a longer one. This is going to allow us to transport two bikes that are the same size so if both of our hooks are the same length and both of our frames we're the same size they'd want to be in the same place. They'd want to hit each other.

Since they've designed that with those two different ones, tall bike, short bike can go in here at the same time or two tall bikes, really simple setup. Another great feature, right down here, it's kind of tough to see but there is a small pin hole there. Once we have our bikes on the carrier, we've got them heading down, before we leave we can actually put a small lock right through that. We can easily secure our bike to our rack using two locks, part number 131D. As you can see, when not in use the Swagman's really going to tuck into a nice small package, makes it really easy to store at home or even tuck it into one of the storage compartments on your RV. We've got two pins that are located down here at the base, pulling these allows us to rotate our wheel cradle arms down into position, we're going to reinsert those, of course. As you can see right here, pull it out, it's just a detent style.

Really easy to use, you just use pressure to get them in and out rather than some of them have a keyhole style where you have to turn it to just the right position and it can sometimes be a little bit of a headache. Our center mast also, after we're pulling the pin here, is going to lay down, out of the way for us. We can take that to both sides as you can see. Maybe one side works better than the other one does. You find your hole there and you'll simply want to reinsert your pin to hold it into place. This is going to be real handy if you've got something here like maybe a table that we want to fold down off the back of our RV, camper or maybe a pop-out or something like that. Now they have constructed this completely of steel and it has a black powder-coat finish.

It's really going to resist the corrosion for the dirt and debris you often find here in the rear of a RV. Also, 80 pound weight capacity with this thing so both bikes can weigh up to 40 pounds a piece. It's going to give us a real strong steady ride for our equipment. Another great feature of our rack is it's easy to removal when we're all said and done with it. We just want to pull the clip that we used, pull our bolt on out and that's really all there is to it. We've got it removed from our RV or camper and we can get heading down the road. To begin our installation, we'll come here to the bumper on our RV. We're going to bring in our bumper adapter and the plate that goes on the bottom. We also need to grab our five longer bolts and the nylon lock nuts. We'll find the position we want our adapter to be on our RV bumper, this one's got a spare tire over there so we don't want to go too far that way. At the same time we don't want to come over to this side too far because then our bikes will be hanging past the end of our RV and that's not something we want either. We picked this position. I think it's going to work really well, give us the clearance we need on both sides. Now we'll just bring our larger bolts down through, all four of our slots and then we'll start placing our bolts down through the plate, you want to get a couple nuts started on there just to hold it up into place. I got the two front started there, let's get the two in the rear started. All right, now that we've got those started, we just want to make sure that we've got this squared up on our bumper. We certainly don't want it twisted one way or another. Then we'll bring in our wrenches and start tightening this dude up. You do want to be sure that you hold your position, as you can see there as we we're tightening up our bolts, it's going to move and it's going to twist a little bit on you but just stay with it, you'll get them tight and be nice and secure. I put four of those nice and tight, now we'll grab our rack, we'll slide it right into our bumper adapter just like we would if we we're using this rack on a vehicle. In that case, you'd be sliding it right into the receiver tube of your hitch. Line up your threaded pin hole with the hitch pin hole, take our provided anti-rattle bolt and then we'll tighten that down with the wrench as well. Now this bolt should be torqued down to 40 foot pounds, I think is what it says in the instructions there, so you will want to keep that in mind. Once we have it secure, we'll slide our provided clip right in that other end. Then it's just going to be a matter of loading up our bike. We'll pull our frame hook down. As you can see, loaded up and ready for the road. Now that we've got our rack loaded to capacity, let's head out and see what it looks like in action. That will complete today's look at the Swagman RV Bumper Mounted 2-Bike Platform Style Rack, part number S64663. .

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Thanks for the great video! Very thorough and informative.

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