Need advice on bike rack/hitch

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pants-in-boots
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Hi. New to the forums here. I need some advice on a bike rack/hitch. Since the kids are getting bigger, so are their bikes. I can no longer jam 4 bikes in the back of my pickup (it has a cap that is a pain in the dupa to take off). So I’m thinking of adding a hitch to the back to hold a 4-bike rack. Can anyone offer some advice on what kind of rack to buy (good quality rack at a decent price), best place to buy one (retail store like Dick’s vs. used) and where to get a hitch installed (someone recommended U-Haul). Finally, any idea as to how much this will cost me overall? (We’re recreational bikers if that helps at all.)


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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I have a Hollywood rack that fits the Class IV receiver on my pickup. It’s meant for three, but I can get four on it. I’m pretty sure they make one for four as well. I got mine through Scholl’s in West View. I’d bet just about any LBS can order the right one for you.

(The only downside is I can’t lower the tailgate while the rack is on – although I have seen racks like this that fold down with a release pin to open tailgates.)


Drewbacca
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If you are mechanically handy, pick up a Hidden Hitch brand and install it yourself.


cburch
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Yeah hitches are pretty easy to instal as long as you get the right one for your truck. Check out the tray hitch racks from thule and yakima. A little more money but way more secure durable and adaptable to a wide variety of bikes. Plus they fold down even when loaded for tailgate access.

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