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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Toyota RAV4

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Toyota RAV4


What's going on, everybody Adam here with the etrailer, today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule T2 pro on our 2017 Toyota RAV4. So if you're looking for a very fancy platform, style bike rack this is one that really covers all the areas for me. And it is going to be one of the more premium options. So if you have a growing family or growing hobby, we are going to be able to add two bikes up onto this. So it's going to go from 60 pounds per bike to 40 pounds per bike, but we get four bikes on here. All you really need is a two inch hitch receiver.

These aren't going to be good for any motor homes travel trailers or RVs or flat towed vehicles but two inch hitch, you have your vehicle and you can go ahead and use this rack. So, let's go ahead and start with the big lever out front. I really like that just because it's really easy to pull. It's easy to get to. And we are going to be able to tilt with the bikes installed.

So on our RAV4, we don't have any issues with hitting our bikes. So we have full access to the back. You can keep your gear in there, or if you're just traveling and you forget something in the back you don't have to worry about taking your bikes off to be able to access anything in the back. We can go ahead and lift this up and it'll snap into place, which is always nice. So this is going to have 60 pounds per bike but our wheel hook over here is going to allow wheel diameters from 20 to 29 inches.

So that's going to cover all of your kiddos bikes as well. We are going to have a cradle here which will go along here. So for the kiddo bikes, you can go ahead and put those here but we are going to be able to accept wheel basis of up to 50 and a half inches, which is nice. It's really going to cover all the bases when it comes to bikes. Great for carbon fiber, because we do have the wheel hook but it's going to be good for our fat tire bikes and electric bikes as well, because we have the cradles which will accept fat tire bikes up to five inches in width.

We might have to get a longer strap for it to fit but you do have that option. So, let's go ahead and take the bike off the rack. I always start with the back strap just because it doesn't hold the bike upright, really. So now that's off, go ahead and put a hand on your bike and there's a little button here, press it in fold up, go out, and then we can remove our bike and we can get a closer look at the rack. One thing about the wheel hooks that I really like is that they come with cable lock. So for each bike we're going to have a lock and stowaway right here. So it's not going to be a sloppy bike cable. So I really like when there's a place for them to sit. So you don't have to worry about putting it somewhere. It's just one less thing to keep track of and that's always nice. So, with any hitch mounted accessory we are going to add a little bit of length to the back of the vehicle. So from the bumper of our RAV4 to the farthest most point, it's about 40 inches but we can cut that down a little bit just by grabbing the same exact lever as we use for the tilting feature to tilt up, snaps into place. And that's going to bring it down to about 19 inches. The closest point, it's going to be about 10 inches. So we're not going to have any issues with this making contact with our back hatch. And it's extremely solid. So let's go take a look down at the shank. There's a couple nice little goodies here. One, we are not going to need to use any tools. A lot of the times with those threaded hitch pins they sometimes start to cross thread and it's just a little bit longer to get your bike rack secured down. So with our knob down low, we have a little locking core which will be key to like with our cable lock up top, which is always nice. So no one can take this whenever it's locked into place but it doesn't take long at all to get this into the hitch. The nice thing about the wheels is it's not going to be as strenuous on your body to get this secured into the hitch. So you can wheel it from wherever you're storing it put it into the hitch pretty quickly and easily. The bike rack weighs about 60 pounds, a little bit less. So it is a kind of a heavier bike but you are really getting a high quality piece of material for your whole entire bike rack, which is always awesome. So you're not just buying a junk. So if you're looking for a more premium style bike rack I would definitely recommend the Thule T2 pro. And again, this was on our 2017 Toyota Rav-4..


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