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    I am looking for a hitch rack that fits the f150. I tried the Kuat, but when the arms are folded flat, still makes contact with the tailgate when down. Does Thule or Yakima fit better? Can you open the tailgate all the way?


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    I have a friend who uses a 1up rack with his F150 and likes it. I own a 1up rack and love it but I don't drive a truck so I can't answer tailgate clearance questions.


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    Just bought a 1up for my F150. I'm looking at the box right now. Plan to install tomorrow. I'll let you know - Hopefully it will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pisgah View Post
    Just bought a 1up for my F150. I'm looking at the box right now. Plan to install tomorrow. I'll let you know - Hopefully it will work.
    How many bikes? Was interested in one that holds 4? Thanks!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie10 View Post
    How many bikes? Was interested in one that holds 4? Thanks!!!


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    It's a double. I imagine a double or 4-pack will be similar with respect to tailgate clearance.

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    Not a great picture because I just got the rack, and the picture is after an early morning ride, but the Recon Rack allows the tailgate to fold down completely when the rack is pivoted down. The rack can be folded down with bikes on it.

    The smallest version (I have) holds 4 bikes, but as itís designed as a commercial quality shuttle rack, they sell more 5 and 6 bike versions.

    I can take another picture in the morning.

    Itís super heavy and durable.








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    The tailgate of my F150 does not hit the first tray of the 1Up. However, it will hit the second tray (furthest from the truck) if the rack is pushed too far into the receiver (each tray of a 1up is offset higher the further away from the vehicle) The 1Up instructions state that at least 2inches of rack must be inserted into the receiver. Mine is inserted over 2inches.

    However, a person will not be able to sit on the tailgate and dangle his or her feet down.

    Edit - Blue65 - I see you're using a Mudhugger. Just started using one myself. Had to get the extension though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pisgah View Post
    The tailgate of my F150 does not hit the first tray of the 1Up. However, it will hit the second tray (furthest from the truck) if the rack is pushed too far into the receiver (each tray of a 1up is offset higher the further away from the vehicle) The 1Up instructions state that at least 2inches of rack must be inserted into the receiver. Mine is inserted over 2inches.

    However, a person will not be able to sit on the tailgate and dangle his or her feet down.

    Edit - Blue65 - I see you're using a Mudhugger. Just started using one myself. Had to get the extension though.




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    So if you made it a four bike rack, gets even higher... bummer. Thanks for the feedback!


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    Quote Originally Posted by isleblue65 View Post
    Not a great picture because I just got the rack, and the picture is after an early morning ride, but the Recon Rack allows the tailgate to fold down completely when the rack is pivoted down. The rack can be folded down with bikes on it.

    The smallest version (I have) holds 4 bikes, but as itís designed as a commercial quality shuttle rack, they sell more 5 and 6 bike versions.

    I can take another picture in the morning.

    Itís super heavy and durable.








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    That is definitely a a different design. You like it over the tray kind?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie10 View Post
    That is definitely a a different design. You like it over the tray kind?


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    I have a couple of uses only so far, but itís super easy to load and unload. Just front wheel in the cradle and bungee over front and rear wheels.

    Itís about 70#, so not something you would want to remove very often. Cody, the Recon builder says most people leave it on all the time.

    I bought this also because itís one of very few racks that are designed and approved to mount to the back of an RV. There is a lot more movement and load in this situation.

    Edit: I should also have mentioned that this rack keeps the bikes close to the truck, vs a tray style rack (4-bike). The design of most racks means that the outside bike is much further from the back of the vehicle. This means more moment, more weight further out and more strain and bounce on the rack. With shuttle style racks, all four (or 5 or 6) bikes are the same distance from the vehicle, which is no further out than the second bike on a tray style rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pisgah View Post
    The tailgate of my F150 does not hit the first tray of the 1Up. However, it will hit the second tray (furthest from the truck) if the rack is pushed too far into the receiver (each tray of a 1up is offset higher the further away from the vehicle) The 1Up instructions state that at least 2inches of rack must be inserted into the receiver. Mine is inserted over 2inches.

    However, a person will not be able to sit on the tailgate and dangle his or her feet down.

    Edit - Blue65 - I see you're using a Mudhugger. Just started using one myself. Had to get the extension though.
    Iím using the extension too. The shallow angle of the rear triangle on my Ripmo made the Mudhugger come off pointing up in the air rather than straight out horizontal. The extension (as well as heating and reforming it slightly to bend it lower) really helped. I donít get a speck of mud on my backside anymore.




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    Too each their own, but you have a pickup, put em in the bed! I fit 6 across my F150 bed. Yakima Gatekeeper. Never get it when I see pickups with hitch racks. Unless you use it as a work truck and have all your bed space taken up

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    Quote Originally Posted by DriverB View Post
    Too each their own, but you have a pickup, put em in the bed! I fit 6 across my F150 bed. Yakima Gatekeeper. Never get it when I see pickups with hitch racks. Unless you use it as a work truck and have all your bed space taken up

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    I had a Dakine tailgate pad for my Tacoma. It worked ok, but I never liked how the bikes could tip into each other on corners, even with the padded down tube straps. The front tires also rubbed the bumper below the pad.

    Then thereís the abrasion issue. Dirt gets between the pad and tailgate even though it was clean when installed - and just like a bra on a car, it causes scratches and rubs the paint. I have a nice $55k truck, not a beater.

    I also have a tonneau cover to hide and protect valuable stuff and tools, and that would not close with a tailgate pad - so for me itís either a hitch rack or clean the tailgate and reinstall a tailgate pad 3 times a week and fold up the Tonneau each time I go for a ride. That, and I need to put my bikes on the back of a travel trailer 6 times a year. Need a heavy duty rack for that.


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    Iím with you about tailgate pads. But, for camping, putting 4-5 bikes on the pad completely fills the bed and nowhere to put other gear. Day to day- pad for sure


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    I posted this in another thread but this one seems more appropriate.

    Has anyone had any luck with getting the backup system on the F150 to view your hitch rack as a trailer? My 08 beeped constantly when reversing with the rack on, it viewed it as something I was about to hit. New truck has the Pro Trailer Backup and I am hoping that I can get the system to view it as a trailer.

    Also, I take camping trips with gear in the bed so no room for bikes hence the hitch rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poonamibaxter View Post
    I posted this in another thread but this one seems more appropriate.

    Has anyone had any luck with getting the backup system on the F150 to view your hitch rack as a trailer? My 08 beeped constantly when reversing with the rack on, it viewed it as something I was about to hit. New truck has the Pro Trailer Backup and I am hoping that I can get the system to view it as a trailer.

    Also, I take camping trips with gear in the bed so no room for bikes hence the hitch rack.
    I think you would have to have a hitch plug plugged in, as that is what makes the system recognize that a trailer is connected.

    Easier option if your rack stays installed is to disable rear parking aid using Forscan. Either that, or if you can find the speaker under the dashboard (put it in reverse with the rack installed and e-brake on + wheels chocked for added safety) and the speaker is near the brake pedal. Disconnect the plug, and wire it to a switch if you want to be able to quickly enable/ disable the backup alarm.


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    Good call, I didn't think about the hitch plug in. I will check out Forscan. I'm not getting into pulling wires and shit on a new truck. They are way too proud of these half tons now.
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