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    Hitches that recommend using stabilizing straps with bikes

    I see that a lot of hitch mounting instructions for cars like A4s, Golfs and Civics have warnings like "WARNING: ALL NON-TRAILER LOADS APPLIED TO THIS PRODUCT MUST BE SUPPORTED BY 18050 STABILIZING STRAPS.". I've rarely seen people actually use stabilizing straps. In the past I never had any issues with my Civic.
    Is this really something to worry about if you're not going on rugged roads?

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    I had a Thule bike rack on a VW with a 1 1/4 receiver and had no issues driving a 5000 road trip with it. I assume this warning I s on the hitch itself. My question would be is it a factory hitch or aftermarket? The Thule website has a platform rack that will hold 100 lbs of bikes on a 1 1/4 receiver and The user guide from Thule does not indicate that any straps are needed.

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    Yes, these are warnings from the hitch mounting instructions. EG....
    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitche...uide/CMF11448/
    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitche...n-Guide/29184/

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    Those racks really rock 'n roll over bumps. Used to watch then bounce all over from the rear view mirror. Scary thing.

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    I've got a Saris Superclamp 2 and never used a load strap. I looked on Sari's site and didn't see anything about using one. I've got a Curt 11412 hitch on a VW GTI.

    Now I think if you're using one of those racks that are high up and hang the bike by the frame...those might be the ones that require the load stabilization straps...since the center of gravity is higher.

    Here is the Bones 2 and it does come with stabilization straps.

    https://www.saris.com/product/bones-hitch-2

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    We ran an extender/converter from the 1 1/4" to the 2" heavy 4 bike rack I already had on a Jetta TDI. With the length and weight we had I just took a couple of the old straps that hooked on the trunk for a trunk/window back rack and connected to the further back bikes. it seemed to take a good percentage of the weight off our franked rack setup!

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    Technically, my little car isn't supposed to tow. But, I added the hitch for the bikes. Total luggage capacity is about 1200 pounds. If 10% of that (all hypothetical) was 100 pounds on the tongue, the hitch is pretty under stressed with my two bikes on it.

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