Drawtite Drawtite Bike Rack

Drawtite Drawtite Bike Rack 

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Drawtite

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[Sep 23, 2000]
John McConnaughey
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Holds 4 bikes well, reasonably easy to use. Comes with lights and optional locks. Lock nuts big, easy to turn with hand. Sturdy, not prone to failure. Fairly easy to install and use.

Weakness:

It's a little bit klutzy. Rubberized padding causes the eyebolt that holds/releases the bikes to stick, requiring some fussing to move to the correct position. Has problems accomidating several bikes if their tube sizes are different from each other. Sticks out kind of far from car rear. Device for reducing the rack tight with the reciever hitch to prevent movement is a pain to put on and take off, and not particularly necessary.

Recomend, though other 4 bike cariers may be easier to use. We used it with a Ford Explorer and Dodge Caravan, worked well with both. I do not recomend for the mechanically challenged.

Similar Products Used:

none

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 29, 2000]
Jerry Whittle
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Holds 4 bikes even with a 1 1/4" hitch. Comes with brake/turn signal lights which is a good thing if you ever seen a rack full of bikes block the vehicles lights. When my Trek 5200 carbon fiber bike is hanging off the tail of the van, I don't want anyone tail-ending me! Tilts out of the way of the hitch easily. Not too difficult to remove and install.

Weakness:

The one long plate to clamp down on all four bikes makes it difficult when the bikes have different top tube diameters. Using pipe insulating foam helps here. Made of very heavy materials (which might also be a good thing). Rocks back and forth quite a bit at the receiver. Probably not a problem with a 2" receiver.

I bought a new Mercury Villager minivan and had the hitch, wiring, and bike rack installed for about $350. Very nice indeed. If I had to do it over again, I would consider the 2" hitch which would probably reduce the rocking.

Similar Products Used:

Graber.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 28, 2001]
Michael
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Easy to use, sturdy, easily stored.

Weakness:

Smallish cushions supplied were quickly lost- I replaced them by cutting a piece from a large square of rubber mat which cost eight dolars. An old truck tube will also do the job!!

Look in the phone book for a trailer hitch installation shop,go and get an estimate on a drawtite. Most shops have a booklet with illustrations for carriers with different capacities. Pick one, have the hitch installed and you will not have to worry about flex, theft or anything else.

Similar Products Used:

None

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 24, 1999]
dennis
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

The bike rack is excellent for the price. I went to get a trailer hitch put on my suv, when i noticed that they sell bike racks. WEll the bike rack is awesome for the price. I paid around $130 for it. 1st it holds 4 bikes, it drops down so you can open your doors, and plus it comes with tail lights. The rack is made of metal so it ireal durable. Something like this in a thule or yakima brand would of cost me probably around the high $300-400. So if you want to get a good bike rack go to a local trailer hitch store, make sure they sell the Draw-Tite brand.

Weakness:

none

If you can find it get it. It is definately worth the price.

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RATING
5
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