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4 Bike Rack Bicycle Foldable Steel Carrier Car Towbar Hitch Mount $69 @ Repco

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Been keeping my eye out for a 4 bike tow bar hitch bicycle carrier for a little while, and not seen anything under ~$100.

4 bike capacity - up to 68kg
Folding arm for easy storage and transport
Swing down design allows easy rear vehicle access, including SUV swing-up doors
Padded bike cradles
All steel construction
Includes reflector and anti rattle-hitch pin

The Dusc 4 Bike Hitch Mount Carrier is the ideal solution you will need when heading off on a day trip or for an extended break with the family. Easy to install, this bike rack is made from an all-steel construction and with a swing-down design allows for convenient rear vehicle access. Once you return home from your adventure, the folding arm offers compact storage to pack away.

Note: Even Sparesbox are selling this for $97 (+$10 delivery) - https://www.sparesbox.com.au/part/dusc-hitch-mount-4-bike-ca...

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    this looks decent!

    • +6 votes

      Just got mine home and unboxed, good weight so won't bounce around. Dual swing points are solid with no wobble, and hitch mounting equally firm fitting. Cradles reasonable, and whilst distance between them is tight it should fit 4 bikes, facing opposite directions, without tapping/damage. Perfect timing for school holidays :)

      • +2 votes

        thanks OP for the review. just bought one too.

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        It doesn't look like it has a convenient spot for the auxillary number plate. How do you plan to attach it? Cable ties?

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          I plan on hanging/securing one via the gap just behind the reflector. Otherwise, you could remove the reflector and attach plate there.

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            @mouth: mouth, can you please confirm the receiver output needed for this? cheers

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              @keegs: Huh? "receiver output"

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                @mouth: The size of the square hole on the back of your car. I've heard it called that, I guess because it's receiving a trailer or towball, dunno.

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                  @keegs: Oh, I see. The manual inside packaging says "For use with: 2" x 2" Class III and IV Hitch Receivers". Fits perfectly in my new Mitsubishi Outlander with factory fitted tow hitch.

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          Can you get an auxiliary plate posted out, or do you need to physically go into motor reg to get one (Victoria)?

          • +1 vote

            @tunzafun001: Posted, after either visit or call ( 13 11 71 ) to order. $35.

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    Any idea where / how to instal the tow bar at a decent price?

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      yes !
      cosmopolitan towbars on botany road.
      i had one put on my 2015 mazda cx5 and it was great !
      excellent price included wiring loom and installation , all done professionally.
      excellent reviews, top service.

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        temporarily closed - whaaaat?

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        I’ve also got the same car and was looking to get a towbar installed. Can you tell me how much they charged? Feel free to PM me if you’d prefer :)

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          ask for a quote, i paid $650 i think from memory, got a receipt with the load rating on it too

  • +1 vote

    Haven't even got a mountain bike yet but think I will but one as looked cheap enough!

    • +11 votes

      You clearly don't own a bike. Or at least haven't upgraded from your 19th Century model made of lead

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        You clearly don't own a bike.

        My current bike is close to 20Kg after you include all the accessories such as pedals, basket, flag etc.

        Not sure how that will carry 4 bikes…

        • +5 votes

          Not sure how that will carry 4 bikes…

          Really?

          That is an easy one - they just need to have an average weight of less than 17kg.

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          flag

          Youd didn't mention which flag though.

    • +3 votes

      Ask them

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    Was going to just get a second hand one on marketplace, but this seems decent and cheap!

    Any major difference between ones at go into the towbar 'hole' or ones that go over the ball?

    • +7 votes

      One male and the other is female.

    • +4 votes

      One's that go into the hitch are usually firmer and more weight carrying. Sometimes over the ball, if you were to get an A-frame style, means that a trailer could still be used with it.

    • +3 votes

      a lot of people will not recommend tow ball versions as all of the weight is straight down onto the ball - hitch version is more spread

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        Thanks for all the responses (even the silly one!)

  • +2 votes

    I am considering a towbar just for a bike carrier. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure of what getting a towbar should cost? It's for a Subaru Outback.

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      Fitted price including wiring, tow ball and rated shackles is $535 Inc Tax.

      Fitment time @2hrs

      That's what I got for mine which needed a tow ball

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      Hi , I had one fitted to my 2019 outback last week. They only had a heavy duty option for this model, 1800kgs Max. Which suits fine as I have a boat and jet ski I tow. $900 fitted and wired up at my home. Speedy Towbars QLD. Did a great job. Now a bike as this is a great price. Grabbed one .

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      It'll be about $800 - $900. But depends on the wiring - there are hack jobs that splice into your lights wiring vs 'official' ones that integrate properly and adjust your cars handling etc when a trailer is attached. Price varies considerably accordingly.

      If you don't need wiring, i.e just for a bike carrier, it will be much cheaper.

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    any recommended places to buy trailer hitch for the above towbar hitch mount?

  • +2 votes

    wow thanks OP! I was looking only last night for one of these after spending time over easter taking tyres off and Tetrising bikes into the back of the SUV. This seriously couldn't have come at a better time or price, thanks :)

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      ooof good timing indeed <3

  • +2 votes

    I can't see any mention of receiver size so be cautious about buying without being able to check. It may be 1.25" or 2". 4 bike carriers are often 2" whereas the majority of family sized cars will have 1.25" or possibly not even have a receiver capable tow bar. 2" is common on 4WDs.

    Before you buy, whip out your ruler and check your vehicle.

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      Yeah I was concerned about this. Do you think it's 2" ? It doesn't say. I have a 2" though

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        It's probably 2" but even if it's not you can get 1.25" to 2" sleeve adaptors. You can go the other way too but it's more expensive and can introduce other issues.

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          Thanks, I've asked the op

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          FYI "For use with: 2" x 2" Class III and IV Hitch Receivers"

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      The manual inside packaging says "For use with: 2" x 2" Class III and IV Hitch Receivers". Fits perfectly in my new Mitsubishi Outlander with factory fitted tow hitch.

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    Does anyone have any recommendations on tow bar installation places in VIC for a X-Trail T32 2015?

    Ball park cost would be much appreciated if possible.

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    Recommendation for a good 2 bike rack?

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      +1 for this

    • +4 votes

      Just get this and only fit 2 bikes :)

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      This one, with half the bikes on.

      Seriously, this is a good price and you don't have to fill it. It'll also give you the freedom to take a couple of mates along with you on the occasional ride.

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    I've got a similar design and you'd struggle to get 4 bikes on there unless they are small. I spoke to my towbar installer and he suggested i stabilise it by using tie downs attached to the roof racks. Reason is towbar hitches are designed for a trailer which obviously gets pulled in one direction and has barely any sideways movement. These bike racks have alot of sideways movement no matter how much you tighten it. Using straps to minimise the movement will take that unnecessary load of the chasis. I dont use mine that often so I'm ok with it but frequent users should look for a better solution.

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    I got a Thule platform rack recently (for ball mount, we don't have a hitch unfortunately), and it's one of the best things we ever bought. Two previous bike racks were hanging type like this.

    Crazy stupid expensive by comparison though.

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      How much does the Thule wobble compared to the racks like this?

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    Not sure about this Repco one, but there is significantly less bounce/wobble in our Thuile than our two previous hanging racks. I guess with the hanging racks you're getting a bit of movement in the bikes too (swinging). I'm much more comfortable with the platform…no worrying about if I should remove wheels from bikes with too steep a top tube to hang properly on the rack. Friend of mine had to visit a bike mech due to a front mountain bike wheel hitting the ground…it couldn't be quite brought back to true.

    Both of the previous hanging racks we owned actually bolted on under the ball, This Thule (Velocompact) clamps to the ball - an arrangement I was a little sceptical about, but the reviews I read were positive. It clamps tight…really tight….and it seems that the jaws grip the collar of the ball, so it's not going to sag. The mechanism is heavy duty. 60kg of bikes max…so if carrying four they may need to be lightened of any accessories.

    The tongue moves in the towbar receiver on our car (is a flat tongue), but the rack moves not at all on the ball. Our towbar is at the heavier end of such arrangements, and well exceeds the recommended minimum weight capacity of the Velocompact.

    Lights on the back too, and plenty of room for the numberplate so you don't get pinged for obscuring either with the bikes/rack.

    Such racks are pricey atm though, with the whole Covid Cycling boom having exhausted stocks last year. They are available again now, but don't seem to be down around the prices seen pre-Covid (Velocompact 3 bike unit was down under $700 at the time). Nearest alternative I found was the Yakima (JustClick or OneClick…can't remember which), and it was pricey too. IF you see them secondhand, they will likely sell around the $600 mark (as a couple I regrettably passed up were).

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      Why did you write a review of a Thule carrier in this post?

      edit: I see you likely meant to post this reply in your other thread.

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        Yeah…user error.

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          Got it right this time though!

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    Any Prado owners have this and can confirm if it will clear the tail gate mounted spare wheel?

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    Has this price expired? I'm seeing $149

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      Looks like it has. Showing up as $165 for me

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      I wonder if it was a price error? Didn’t show as on sale and now double the price

  • +2 votes

    Was a catalogue item that ended yesterday

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    Damn it! Was going to buy but was too slow!

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      That's a shame, was a great price at less than half-price!

  • +1 vote

    A mate just managed to get one in store for $69, so worth trying in person and asking nicely ;)

  • +2 votes

    Thanks Op, had also been holding out to get something like this. Obviously not as sturdy as the known brands e.g. Thule but looks reasonable upon opening. Will post some feedback once tested with the bikes.

  • +3 votes

    Posting an update after use:

    Took the rack out for a drive on the weekend with 2 adult bikes and one child's bike. Overall was pretty happy with the setup, takes approx 10 minutes to put together then you are good to install on the car.

    It may be that I didn't have the hitch properly tightened from underneath but there is a bit of lateral movement (perhaps this is normal). To be safe I added some rope tied to my roof racks to give a bit more stability.

    While it is a 4 bike rack you'd be hard placed getting 4 adult bikes on there, more likely 2kids and 2 adults.

    Likewise the natural design means you can't open your book in an SUV once installed, this meant a bit of mucking around when I'd realised I'd left something in the boot that couldn't be reached from the backseat :_

    For $69 it was a great buy. I'd like to see the difference to the units costing $400-500 but for us with only infrequent use it does a great job.

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    Now $149.