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Recommendation Bike Rack for Truck / SUV

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Recommendation Bike Rack for Truck / SUV

Looking for recommendations. We want a bike rack to mount on our vehicle. At the moment we own a Tacoma Truck (with a tow hitch), but that's leased and we'll probably get a RAV 4 (also with tow hitch). I want one that would be easy to put onto either vehicle, and is easy to swing out of the way so that you can access the rear of the vehicle when needed without a lot of hassle. I used to use a Yakima roof rack, and that was fine, but I'm getting too old for lifting the bike up onto the roof. I don't mind if its a higher end price model, if it's worth the money. One I saw was the Yakima Full Swing. I'm indifferent to manufacturer (except I like made in USA, but assume probably none of them are). For 2 bikes is enough.
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1UP is all you need to look at. I love the fact that I can take on of the racks off if I only need to haul a single bike...I have a Honda Ridgeline and the rack allows full backup camera when folded up ....
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If you can get past the price, the Küat hitch rack is amazingly good.

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I have a Thule four bike swing out (forget the model name) that I've had for over a decade on my RAV4. The swing out feature is great but its also kind of a PITA to the poing of me not wanting to open the trunk.

Also, every time I've put more than two bikes on it I've gotten frame scratches due to bikes rubbing into each other (only did this with aluminum frame bikes) - I wish I had gotten a "wheel cradle" type rack to prevent the bikes from touching each other. For one or two bikes its great. Beyond that i'm not putting my carbon frame bikes on it. But for one bike I prefer putting the seat down and putting it in the vehicle as its easier and safer.

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I’ve been using Kuat racks for some time now. Fit and finish is right up there with 1UP. For two bikes, the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 is a great option. Aluminum construction made it light and easy enough to move around.
Kuat has the NV 2.0 as well which you can add the extension for 2 more bikes if needed.
I wouldn’t have the sold the Sherpa but I needed to upgrade to the NV 2.0 4-bike carrier since our children are all riding now too.
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I have a Kuat Sherpa 2.0 for my 4Runner. I only put it on when we transport the bikes, but its light, super easy to install/remove, and stores easily in the garage.

Very happy with it.
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1UP is made in Wisconsin and is a great rack if you are not in a hurry to get one. I was on a waiting list to order one for about 4 weeks and then it took another two weeks to receive it after I placed my order. Very impressed with the quality so far. Easy to install onto my vehicle and it has to be the easiest rack for loading/unloading bikes.
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