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Old 02-14-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
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I want to have a square receiving style trailer hitch installed on my SUV, so I can hook up a bike rack to it. Where is a good place in the Triangle to get this done and where is the best place to purchase the bike rack?
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Old 02-14-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Brier Creek
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I want to have a square receiving style trailer hitch installed on my SUV, so I can hook up a bike rack to it. Where is a good place in the Triangle to get this done and where is the best place to purchase the bike rack?

As far as the hitch install, Raleigh Hitch. They're the best and cheapest. They're located going south on capital right before you get downtown. www.raleighhitch.com
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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Uhaul is a good as any since you won't need electrical work done.

On some SUV's it's easy to install the hitch (no holes to drill) so you can buy a hitch and put it on yourself.

REI and Performance Bicycles (Cary) have good racks. Toys R Us and Walmart had "basic" racks a few years ago, but I don't know now. Check Dick's if they're having a sale.

Always check craigslist for this type of thing. Some good deals there, fer sure.

Just in case you ever want to pull a trailer (eg. Uhaul) with your SUV, make sure you get a 2" receiver, not a 1 1/2" receiver, and get the "heaviest" hitch made for your SUV.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
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On some SUV's it's easy to install the hitch (no holes to drill) so you can buy a hitch and put it on yourself.

I just took a look underneath and there are 3 screw holes on either side. It looks like it would be a five minute job to install it. Now I need to find one local. I wonder if they are universal or custom made for each vehicle? You also have me wondering what the standard size is for a bike rack. 1.5" or 2". Something so simple is now adding up to a lot of questions.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: At the NC-SC Border
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Agri Supply in Garner carries a lot hitches if you're thinking of doing it yourself since the holes are already there. I would go with the 2". You could also check with Northern Tool. I recently bought a decent Yakima bike rack at Dick's Sporting Goods for around 150 bucks.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Most bike racks can be used on either size hitch.

We seem to have one of the few cars that neither Raleigh Hitch nor U-Haul will install, so we ordered a hitch from Etrailer.com and my husband and brother-in-law installed it. It was a little complicated because of the car we have, but still didn't take them too long. They didn't try to wire it; we really only wanted it for the bike rack.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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what specific kind of vehicle? almost all newer vehicles (esp SUVs) have a hitch offered by some manufacturer that will simply bolt up.

i put mine on my 09 xB. it cost about $175 for a Class II hitch and the harness and took me all of an hour to install with basic tools.

Mike
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:34 PM
 
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I want to have a square receiving style trailer hitch installed on my SUV, so I can hook up a bike rack to it. Where is a good place in the Triangle to get this done and where is the best place to purchase the bike rack?
Thank you so much for this post, asking a simple question for a change.
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Most bike racks can be used on either size hitch.
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 ".

REI usually has sales on racks a couple times a year. I ultimately got mine at Performance in Cary (order on line and get free shipping to the store for pick up). If you do get it at Performance look into paying the $20 to join their club as you'll rack up a good amount of points if you're buying a nice rack (and possibly pay for the $20 fee + some in rewards you'll get back).

Another piece of advice on hitch racks...not sure what type of bikes you'll be hauling but I'm a fan of the "tray" racks (The racks that your bike sits on instead of hanging on) especially if you're hauling any bikes that don't have a horizontal top tube (either a dual suspension MTB or ladies bikes). My tray rack carries everything from my road bike to my dual suspension MTB. One of my riding partners has a 'hang' style hitch rack and she must place an adapter bar on her bike to allow her to hang it on her rack. If you don't mind doing that it definitely works. I just prefer the stability of the tray racks.

BTW - I too was happy with Raleigh Hitch.
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Middle Creek Township
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so we ordered a hitch from Etrailer.com

That is the site I am looking at now. They look good, but I really like seeing something before I buy. An now I see in another post that I have to check out how the bikes will hang or sit. They are semi mountain bikes and one is a chick bike. Back down to the garage for yet another look.
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