I was wondering what type of hitch you had installed on your hybrid? I searched posts but many were from years ago. I am just looking to get a bike rack. What bike rack do you use?
This is not an issue with the Kuat Sherpa if you tilt it. The Yakima Dr. Tray should also allow tilting access to the hatch. Platform racks like these are the easiest to use and safest for bike damage, but hanging racks like your Thule are lighter, and allow for more bikes.I use the Thule 5 bike rack on mine . Just use a 2 inch receiver and make sure you measure the hitch location mouth to the edge of the rear fascia . The bike carrier , whichever one you use , has a tongue that inserts into hitch mouth and I may not be able to utilize the rear hatch opening with the bike rack on the hitch , even if the bike rack has the ability to tilt back .
Just a heads up, and not to get off topic but towing with the hybrid is a no no from Chrysler. If you get a hitch, I would have a talk with your dealer and get it in writing that a hitch won’t affect your warranty even though it’s “just for bikes.” I’m sure a dealer would take one look at your hitch and decline a repair under warranty.I was wondering what type of hitch you had installed on your hybrid? I searched posts but many were from years ago. I am just looking to get a bike rack. What bike rack do you use?
FWIW, I don’t carry a tandem. The model Swagman I use will carry a LWB recumbent bicycle; which is what I put on it. The bike is aluminum and weighs less than the maximum weight of 35# per bike. I occasionally carry my mid-racer on simultaneously; another sub-35# recumbent.Swagman shown in photos will carry a tandem, but not recommended by Swagman.
And for PDXmom with the driveway issues. If it's asphalt to asphalt, get a bag or too of instant asphalt to fill the bottom corner - I've seen it done for folks with high $$$ sports cars. Or load/unload the bikes at the street level. Or, look at all the racks - the swagman (photos above) has that lift up curve that might help with scraping the street or driveway.
My dad, with a '56 T-Bird had to approach the driveway at an angle.
None of these may work, good luck.
any reason you can’t carry the bikes inside? Just curious...Well I have the guy come out to install the hitch today...found out we can't get one installed because of the slant of both our driveway and the street. The installer said there is hardly enough room for the hitch to clear and with any weight in the van it would hit every time. I know I know-drive in at an angle....but its not that easy as we live on a cul-da-sac and the street has a curve to it for drainage. So even at an angle or backing in...it would need to be a perfect combo every time. Not wanting to take that responsibility-we sent him home. Now looking at Back Trunk Carriers or deciding to leave the bikes home...
Only reason I mentioned it is because I know some inspectors have denied coverage due to a vehicle modification. I’m not saying it will happen or it won’t. I have the lifetime max care on my PacHy and if the transmission gives up or the HV battery goes when it is under coverage, I want them to honor the coverage. It doesn’t matter what the service advisor or the mechanic has to say. If it’s going to need a major repair and it is covered under a extended care contract (mopar or aftermarket) an inspector will be sent out. In my opinion, if it’s not documented, there is a chance.Love the blue colour . A hitch will not negate a warranty repair , if you remove the rack from hitch the dealer will not even know it’s there . Hence the reason I went for the factory look . The vast majority , and I truly mean a high number , of service writers have zero knowledge what comes with and without a hitch from factory . What repair would honestly negate a repair from a trailer hitch ? . That’s why I’ve always said to do the factory look and save yourself possibly a few hmmmm”s . .