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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan

Adam: Hi, everyone. Adam with Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule EasyFold XT on our 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. This is going to be able to hold up to two different bikes, 65 pounds each bike. So this is e-bike compatible. One of the biggest features of this bike rack is its tilting feature.

You click down on this little step, really easy to do. That's going to allow you to access anything in your hatch. You got to grab a helmet, couple lunches, or even if you're on the road just stop at a gas station, you forget something in the back that you need, you don't have to remove your bikes to access anything back there. Very convenient.And underneath this tilting feature is a stowaway for your ramp, and I'm going to show you how that all works right now. So you unfold your ramp, you put it in this little slot right here, then you can start unstrapping your bike and then you can wheel it right off making taking your bike off and on this rack really simple.

Looking at how it straps to this bike rack, it does have a cam buckle type strap which you can actually use this as a ratcheting mechanism to get more torque without near as much force. It makes getting your bike nice and secure really easy.To release you just press it down and it slides right out. I do these first as the top frame hook is what really holds your bike into place. As you can still see, it's very, very sturdy, and we have this wheel hook here and it does have a nice rubber texture in the inside to protect your bike frames. And what this is going to do, it's going to tighten these arms and clamp down on your bike frame.

You can lock and unlock this. If you lock it, it's going to take this wheel off the threads making it impossible to tighten or untighten. So whenever you go into the store, you leave your bikes on your rack. You don't have to worry about them going anywhere.So always hold your frame of your bike when you undo this, twist it enough to slide on off, and then you can go ahead and wheel your bike off. Whenever you're done with that, you can take this out, fold it up, step on this lever again to reveal that little stowaway compartment.

There is an arrow right here, and you want to line that up with the arrow on your ramp. Once that's in place, you can just go ahead and snap this back into position. I always like to just replace my straps. You don't have to, it's just personal preference.Another neat feature about this, it does fold up like a suitcase. So all you got to do is fold those arms up, that breaks down a lot of that width of the actual bike rack. As far as length that you add on the back of your caravan, we're going to have about 30.5 inches from this foot lever right there. And ground clearance at that foot lever is about 17 inches. So you won't really have any issues bottoming out, but always be sure if you're going up a steep driveway that you check and see if it's got a rub.Looking down at our shank here, we do have another knob, which what this is going to do, it's going to spread out this arm acting as a anti-rattle device, taking out all that shake and play inside your hitch. It is really easy to install, it does have a auto finding hitch pin hole. So basically you put it in there, it's going to stop right when it hits that hole. On top of that, you can lock this, which locking that's going to again take it off the threads and make it impossible for you to remove this out of your hitch. This will be key to like with your frame hook up-top.Also, there is a two-inch sleeve in here which makes it compatible with those two-inch hitch receivers. You can take that sleeve off, it's going to be compatible with any inch and a quarter hitch as well. So if you have multiple cars you plan on putting it on, it's going to be really compatible with both of those, and that's always nice knowing you can use it on multiple vehicles.So let's just say you want to wheel this off. All I got to do is turn that counterclockwise there, pull the pin. And then what you can do, there's a little lever down here, you just pull that lever and it is going to condense that one down, locking it into place. And then if you really wanted to, you can literally just wheel it to your destination like a suitcase. It makes traveling with this bike rack really easy, and it really doesn't take up a whole lot of room. As you can see, it does condense down quite a bit making it one of my favorite bike racks.Well, thanks for watching. This was the Thule EasyFold XT on our 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan. 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 basically maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or 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 just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway..

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