Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary
 [Register]
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary The Triangle Area
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-15-2009, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
2,698 posts, read 12,173,076 times
Reputation: 2251

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjg39069 View Post
Not trying to stir up controversy but I disagree with the comment above. I installed a hitch and bought a rack 2 years ago and the hitch rack I got specifically came as a 1 1/2" or 2 ".
right, but push come to shove, they make adapters that can 'convert' your hitch either way.

in the end, it really boils down to what else you think you may use the hitch for. if your rig is a light duty rig (like my xB), there's no reason to get a Class III or larger hitch since you'll never be able to use the capacity anyway. it's likely you would never even find one. but, if your rig CAN handle the kind of weight a larger hitch is designed for, i would go for it only because, well, you never know what future plans will entail.

as far as buying a hitch sight unseen, you can usually find reviews of anything online. i chose my hitch (between 3 choices) because it got great reviews on strength of design and simplicity of installation. it is a Curt brand hitch, which i have only ever heard good things about.

Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-15-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
28 posts, read 136,766 times
Reputation: 24
I second the Raleigh Hitch recommendation. Good price, and they made an appointment and got it installed in half an hour.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-15-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
2,036 posts, read 4,396,605 times
Reputation: 532
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonesheal View Post
I second the Raleigh Hitch recommendation. Good price, and they made an appointment and got it installed in half an hour.
I called the 1-800 number for Raleigh Hitch and it said it was disconnected with no further information available.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
2,036 posts, read 4,396,605 times
Reputation: 532
I just made a purchase of the hitch and rack through HitchSource. They had the models that seemed good, but for less even with paying shipping. I hate buying site unseen, but the hitch has good reviews. Here's hoping.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
1,105 posts, read 2,733,638 times
Reputation: 602
Apropos of this topic, I have a minivan and am looking for a bike rack. What precisely is a hitch versus a rack, and do I need to buy them at separate places or do some come as one piece?

Sincerely,
Confused in Chapel Hill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-15-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
2,698 posts, read 12,173,076 times
Reputation: 2251
Quote:
Originally Posted by geoff2v View Post
Apropos of this topic, I have a minivan and am looking for a bike rack. What precisely is a hitch versus a rack, and do I need to buy them at separate places or do some come as one piece?

Sincerely,
Confused in Chapel Hill
a hitch, simply put, is just a device that attaches to your vehicle and allows you to tow or carry things with it. they're typically a black bar located underneath the rear bumper, most commonly found on trucks and SUVs (since these are your most popular vehicles used for towing). a hitch has a square opening located directly in the center into which you can install a number of different items depending on what you want to do.

now, what is being discussed in this thread is the option of installing a hitch and then buying a bike rack that uses the hitch to attach to the car. almost anytime a vehicle is carrying bikes on the back, it is using this kind of setup. to do this, you would need to have a hitch installed on your vehicle (unless it already has one), then buy a bike rack made to be used with a hitch. it's a popular way to go since you can use a hitch for so many other things (like towing), but if you don't have a hitch already, it can get pricey. depending on your vehicle and just how heavy duty you want the hitch to be, they can cost anywhere from a mere $20 or so to probably somewhere close to $300.

then there's the matter of installation. you can have them professionally installed (like Charlton Dude wants to do by having Raleigh Hitch do the work), or in some cases, you can install them yourself. it really depends on your vehicle, the hitch, and your mechanical ability and access to basic tools. for my vehicle, the hitch was easy to install since it simply bolted in using holes already located in the vehicle. in some cases, however, it can require a good amount of drilling as well as some repositioning of items like the spare tire or the exhaust. to go even further, if you plan on doing any towing, you need to add a wiring harness that will attach to the trailer's lights. in some cases, this can be a simple 'plug-and-play' affair using harnesses designed to work specifically with your vehicle. other times, it requires wire cutting and splicing as well as some basic knowledge of circuits to get everything in working order.

there are other options for carrying a bike with your vehicle. these include roof racks (like the Thule or Yakima brands) or racks that strap onto back doors or trunk lids.

for options, you may want to hit up a local bike shop and ask what would be best for your specific vehicle. there is a Performance Bicycle located in Chapel Hill inside the Trader Joe's shopping plaza, as well as a number of smaller shops on Franklin Street downtown.

good luck!

Mike

PS - sorry for the overly long post. i used to sell auto parts for years and am just used to giving out this information all day long. old habits die hard!

Last edited by whiteboyslo; 02-15-2009 at 07:41 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-21-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
2,036 posts, read 4,396,605 times
Reputation: 532
My hitch came in and I installed it in my SUV today. Dropping the exhaust was the hardest part. It was only 2 rubber grommets, but they are hard to remove. The hitch installed without a hitch. It was actually quite easy to install, but you need someone to hold it. The exhaust goes back up much easier than it came off. Less than 45 minutes to complete the entire process.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top