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    What kind of hitch for bike rack?

    Thinking of getting a hitch installed to carry my bike around, I have a Nissan Altima and checking UHaul, they seem to have these 2 models:

    Sportframe 1 1/4 inch, max 2000lbs class 1
    Heavy Duty 1 1/4 inch, max 3000lbs class 2

    The heavy duty one is actually cheaper, and it seems to be better from the specs? Any reason I would go for the first one?

    Much appreciate your help.

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    Tongue weight limit is 10% of gross limit. 200# for C1 & 300# for C2 hitches. How many bikes do you want to carry? I'd do the cheaper option...

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    Most of the time will be 1 bike, maybe 2 if I'm riding with friend of mine. I don't see any reason not to go with the class 2 hitch, unless the sportframe is something special.

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    Just put on the biggest one you can. You can always use shims to fit whatever rack. Most 1 1/4" hitch racks come with a 2" adapter.

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    look into hidden hitch..mine was installed for like 300$ including parts and all I believe

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    Get the class 2. Class 1 hitches will sometimes have a shallower opening, and the hitch pin holes won't line up properly. Per the class 1 spec, the opening can be shallower than the class 2, and racks are fundamentally made for the class 2. I have had more than 1 disappointed customer need to return a hitch rack because they thought that all 1 1/4" hitches were the same.

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    Curt hitches are super as well. I have one on my Celica, and on my Civic SI. They bolt up easily and quickly, and hold up well. Both of mine were under $150 shipped. If you can tie your shoes, you can install it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombinate View Post
    Get the class 2. Class 1 hitches will sometimes have a shallower opening, and the hitch pin holes won't line up properly. Per the class 1 spec, the opening can be shallower than the class 2, and racks are fundamentally made for the class 2. I have had more than 1 disappointed customer need to return a hitch rack because they thought that all 1 1/4" hitches were the same.

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    etrailer.com and install it yourself. I put one on my wife's Altima in about 15 minutes. $111.00

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