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Swagman Traveler XCS Bike Rack For Ball Mounts Review

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Review of the Swagman Traveler XCS Bike Rack For Ball Mounts


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Swagman Traveler XCS - Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 2" Ball Mounts, part number S64664. Take full advantage of your vehicles hitch receiver, tow a trailer or a vehicle, and carry up to two bikes with the Swagman Traveler XCS.Here we have it set up with our trailer. We have an extended ball mount, and here we have it on our tow bar setup. As you can see, we have no problem carrying two bikes, while towing a vehicle.It's able to do this because it has a 2 inch by 2 inch opening for your ball mount or tow bar to slide through, and it holds in place with two set screws.The raised pipe form ensures that you won't have any interference with your trailer or towed vehicle. It's a 17-3/8 of an inch rise.We've gone ahead and removed the bikes so we can go over some additional features.The top half is just a standard bike rack with all the features that you'd expect from a platform-style. The cradles are adjustable along the platform to accommodate bikes of different size wheel bases.

It'll accommodate a wheel base of up to 52 inches long and a tire width of up to 3-1/2 inches wide. The padded frame hooks are adjustable to accommodate bikes of different sizes. The padding ensures that no harm will come to your bike. They simply ratchet down, to secure your bike.The frame hooks also feature a hole to pass a padlock through. This is going to prevent anyone from removing your bikes from the rack.

We recommend the lock, part number 131D.The center mast folds down to the left or right, to give you better clearance to access your vehicle. On your SUV, if you have a rear window that opens or on your RV if you have a spare tire compartment or ladder, this could give you better clearance or access. When not in use, the wheel cradles also fold up to the center; simply pull the pin, raise up the arm, and reinsert the pin into the aligned holes. This can help you get to the ladder on your RV, it's also great for storage when it's off your vehicle.If you're not using the bike rack, you don't have to worry about taking the whole thing off. You can simply loosen up the two set screws on bottom, remove the pin and clip, and the whole platform just slides right off.

This way you can travel lighter when not carrying bikes.One of our customers, Mark from Colorado, said, Just returned from a short trip, Aurora, Colorado, to Las Vegas, New Mexico. This bike rack was flawless. We traveled the interstate as well as some not so smooth roads and the bikes never budged. It worked well with the extended tow bar hitch, which will still allow us to pull a car. Some minor bike adjustments are needed such as pedal placement and handlebar placement.

But otherwise, easy to load and use.If you prefer a hanging style bike rack, or need to carry more bikes, check out the Swagman Original, part number S64675. This rack will also allow you to tow while carrying bikes.You can also check out a ball mount with a welded on receiver like the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part number D210. It will allow you to add a bike rack to your towing setup, but you have to purchase a bike rack separately, and it can't be used on your RV while towing a car.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed.First thing you'll do is you'll take your ball mount, which is sold separately, and we're going to slide it through the opening of the base of our bike rack. The shank sleeve is 3 inches, you'll need at least that much clearance to fit it onto your ball mount or tow bar.Now what I like to do, is to make sure that I have the platform portion removed from the base. This can make it much easier to handle. Then we'll install our ball mount like we normally would, lining up our pin holes. We'll grab out pin and clip. If you don't have one of these you can pick up one of these sold separately, with part number PC3.Now we can position it anywhere along our ball mount or tow bar to where it's going to work best with our application. If we slide it all the way towards our trailer, we'll get more clearance from our vehicle end. We'll slide it all the way forward to our vehicle, we'll have more clearance at the trailer end.We're going to slide ours all the way forward. Then we can tighten up our two set screws on bottom, just get them both nice and secure, and then you're all set.Now we'll take our platform and slide it in place, and this time we'll just line up the pin holes. Once our pin and clip is in place, we can tighten up our set screws on bottom there.Now we can get ready for our bikes. We'll simply remove the pins and lower down the arms into the platform position, and we'll reinsert those pins. Now it's recommended that you load the heaviest bike first. We'll take our mountain bike, put it in the wheel cradles, make sure our frame hook is raised up, and then we can ratchet it down into position. Our second bike loads up the same way. Now we can connect it to our trailer.I've already got my trailer lined up with my ball, so I'll just be lowering it down. Then we'll of course want to make all the proper safety connections.Now we can take it 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.Now onto some speed bumps. This is going to show us what it's like to hit some rough patches when we're on the road.And that's going to complete our look, the Swagman Traveler XCS - Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 2" Ball Mounts, part number S64664.


Questions and Comments about this Video

James S.

I also have a question sort of related to my earlier about using a multipurpose receiver with bike rack and trailer. Our RV has a 2000 lb. towing limit, and so it was equipped, OEM, with a 1-1/4-inch receiver and 4-wire electrical. With it we tow one of the few, if not the only, late model US-market car under 2000 lbs curb weight: a 2015 Smart ForTwo. I bought all the towing parts from e-Trailer, a local shop installed them, works great! Except we can't integrate a bike rack into the hitch setup. I'm not interested in using a multipurpose ball mount because they don't exist for 1-1/4" receivers, and I'm aware that using a converter from 1-1/4 to 2 inches will compromise the whole setup. If, as the video reviewer implies, one should not use an accessory receiver and bike rack when towing a vehicle (regardless of hitch class) then what options do I have for carrying 2 bikes along with our Smart "ForTow"? So far I've come up with: 1. RV ladder rack 2. roof-mounted bike rack on Smart 3. rear hitch bike rack on Smart 4. RV bumper adapter for accessory hitch receiver (if the bumper crossmember dimensions are within range) Would you advise against any of these approaches? thank you!

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

Nope! Those are all of the alternatives available. I would try to go with a roof mount option so that you can still transport them when you are at home or at the campsite. Something like the SeaSucker Mini Bomber # 298-BM2006 could be a good option because it stores easily and you can transfer it to future vehicles as well.

James S.

I noticed that the video commentary said that a 2" towing setup for a trailer could incorporate a ball mount with an extra receiver for bike rack, but only when towing a trailer, not with a vehicle. What is the reason for this restriction?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

I think it might have to do with the amount of height space that is available and that the bike rack is more likely to come into contact with the vehicle than a trailer.