Hitchbiker -- there are two models available: the 400 and the 450. The only difference I can see is the color. They cost about the same.
I used to throw three bikes in the back of my pickup and hope they didn't get damaged. I now have four four bikes to carry, and need a better solution. This hitch rack is a much better solution.
This is a really solid, sturdy, well made rack. As a structural engineer I am impressed by how well designed and constructed it is. The tongue itself is solid steel (and heavy.)
It is relatively easy to attach to my vehicle (once I finally got the old locking hitch pin off), and also fairly easy to remove from the hitch receiver with the two included wrenches. I would not be worried about leaving it on my vehicle while parked in my driveway, or parked by a trailhead. But It is removable by a determined party, so I wouldn't leave it attached overnight in a bad part of town. On my particular vehicle, the hitch bolt goes well behind the step bumper, so it is not easily accessible when the step bumper is backed up to a raised area, such a curb or a steep embankment.
The spacing between bikes is kind of close, but by alternating ends of the bikes as you stack them on, it easily accommodates four bikes.
The main hitch bolt sticks all the way through the 2" receiver, and eliminates all slop in the hitch. As an engineer, I see this as a necessary feature. Yes, it does prevent use of a locking hitch pin, but that can be mitigated somewhat by use of a an additional nut or a small padlock through the hole in the end of the hitch bolt.
And besides, a thief could also remove the bolts at the joints, so even a locking hitch pin would not be a complete security solution. And getting the locking hitch pin off -- notorious for being unremovable - may be a major problem. I had to saw my old locking hitch pin off. So to all those that complain there is no way to install a locking hitch pin with the hitchbiker -- that may be a blessing in disguise.
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