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    Dual racks?

    I drive a Hyundai Elantra. I put a tow hitch on it specifically to use a hitch mount because of how often I was hauling bikes, the regular trunk mount rack I had was kind of wearing on it. I could see at the top of the trunk the seems were getting wider apart, so I decided to switch to a different rack for sake of saving the trunk lid.

    However, in a few weeks I'll be going to Myrtle Beach, in which we always take a few bikes. My hitch mount rack hauls 3 bikes, but ideally I'd like to have 4. I was thinking, what if I put the trunk rack on the trunk lid but hoisted it up pretty high, so the bike was almost horizontal and attached to the rack. Then... simply have the other 3 bikes on the hitch mount.

    Has anybody done this, or can anybody think of any reason why it wouldn't be allowed on the road or why it would be a bad idea? Figured I'd ask before I get rolling and find out the hard way for something.

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    That sounds like a lot of weight on the back of that car. I'd add some helper springs or something to help lift the rear end a bit or driveways could be a but sketchy. I would go with a roof setup rather than add more to the back. Still need to help the suspension a bit but ...

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    try it out in your driveway first.
    i can only foresee that the bike on the trunk is going to intefere with the hitch rack.

    as far as weight goes, what's the difference between carrying 4 adults in the car? that is surely more weight than bike racks...wouldn't you think?

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    The trunk rack would definitely interfere at its normal position, which is why I thought about hiking it really high up so it positions the bike almost horizontally. A quick setup of this proved that I would have just barely enough clearance from hitting other bikes on the rack. I actually got the idea from the police cars in the area, because some cops take a mountain bike with them and they'll bike around residential areas with their cop car parked. Their bike racks are really high up, which I can only assume is to have as little chance of the bike being a problem with high speed chases in the event they have to book it after somebody w/ the bike on the trunk.

    I didn't have time last night to set up what I was talking about, but tonight I should have the opportunity. I'll take pictures of it and post it here to get some more insight. I suppose there shouldn't be any problems with it besides weight, but I've had my car packed down with the hitch rack loaded, full coolers in the trunk, and 5 people in the car. If anything having 4 people in the car, 1 cooler instead of 3, and one bike on the trunk might actually be less than what the car has been exposed to.

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    i'd take a look at the photos for sure.....

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