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Old 01-18-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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Advantage Bike Rack

Heininger 1011 Advantage SportsRack V-Rack 2-Bike Carrier

Amazon.com: Heininger 1011 Advantage SportsRack V-Rack 2-Bike Carrier: Automotive

I have been looking at this bike rack on AMAZON.. (for use with my a122s and Ford f150) Over-all.. reviews are pretty good. I am a little concerned about some people saying it just would not fit their 2 inch receiver. One reviewer said: "Did not fit my two inch receiver? It measured 2"X1.5" and would not even come close to clamping on." A few others said the same thing.. while many others gave it 5 stars and didn't mention the clamping on issue.

Does anyone have the Advantage SportsRack? Are these reviewers installing it wrong? What's your experience? Thanks
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:37 PM   #2
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The folks with problems may have had shorter draw bars or their receivers were farther under the vehicle.

Here are some other "slide onto your drawbar" options you might want to check out:

https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hit...wing_Rack.aspx

I had a Reese towing bike rack similar to this one, with the rack permanently attached to the draw bar (it would fold down to allow access to rear hatch):

https://jet.com/product/detail/0d2d2...FQEIaQoduAYG7w

(Similar to the Swagman XP-4). It worked fine with my Coleman Sequoia popup.

Just be aware that any weight of rack and bikes gets added to the tongue weight of your trailer.
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Thanks for the info. . I am aware the rack needs at least 1 and 1/2 inches of draw bar to work.. but these reviewers said the clamp would not fit around the 2 draw bar.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. . I am aware the rack needs at least 1 and 1/2 inches of draw bar to work.. but these reviewers said the clamp would not fit around the 2 inch receiver.
These don't usually go around the receiver, they go around the draw bar (or "ball mount" as they say in the ads). Maybe the unhappy folks didn't realize that.
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Yea.. that's my mis-saying. I should have said draw bar. I fixed the post. Thanks
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I have one and use it on my durango's 2" hitch....it fits fine. I love it. Just be careful that the locking pin doesn't come out. I need to put a different pin in it.


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Also be careful making tight turns.

Don't ask how I know (I had 4 bikes on mine).
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From what I have read.. I don't think turning will be a major problem for me. I will only carry on adult bike.. and I'm guessing I could load it on the rack position closest to the tow veh.

And I read about the flimsy pin.. I'll get something better.
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I loaded my bike yesterday evening after my last post. For those of you not familiar with this bike rack, the rack clamps onto your receiver.....you place the end on the receiver and push down in the middle of the rack and it locks...then you place a small pin to keep the middle from popping loose. The pin WILL pop out occassionally but I have ever had the hitch come off. This time (until I can make a better pin) I just used a bungee cord to hold down pressure on the middle of the rack where you push down....simple and effective but I will probably drill the hole out a bit larger and use a better pin.

Clear as much, Right?

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I loaded my bike yesterday evening after my last post. For those of you not familiar with this bike rack, the rack clamps onto your receiver.....you place the end on the receiver and push down in the middle of the rack and it locks...then you place a small pin to keep the middle from popping loose. The pin WILL pop out occassionally but I have ever had the hitch come off. This time (until I can make a better pin) I just used a bungee cord to hold down pressure on the middle of the rack where you push down....simple and effective but I will probably drill the hole out a bit larger and use a better pin.

Clear as much, Right?

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On ours there is already a secondary hole. We use one of these, and it works very well. We've had zero issues with our rack. Good luck.

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