Hollywood Racks HR8000 Traveler 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Review

The HR8000 Traveler 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack from Hollywood Racks is a versatile bike rack designed to haul up to 4 bikes. Some of the common problems which people face with Hitch Mounted Bike Racks are bikes rattling and swaying, which can cause bike or vehicle damage. The HR8000 utilizes a 2 hinge design and rubber straps to hold the bikes securely, which helps prevent these problems from occurring.

Hollywood Racks have been manufacturing high quality racks since 1973, but does the HR8000 tick all the right boxes or does it fall short? Read on to find out.

Features of the HR8000 Traveler 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack

  • Holds up to 4 Bikes
  • Compatible with a 2″ receiver
  • Tilts down for luggage compartment access arms
  • ‘No wobble’ threaded hitch pin
  • Anti-sway blocks

Installation

Some minor assembly is required to set up the rack, but this only takes a few minutes. This involves attaching the receiver to the beam. Then, finally you bolt the rack to your hitch using a wrench. The rack is compatible with both 2 inch and 1½ inch receivers. Installation takes only about 15 minutes in total.

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Security doesn’t come as standard as there is no locking bolt so if you want to ensure the rack remains secure to your hitch you need to purchase the threaded locking hitch pin bolt separately.

Loading Bikes

Loading bikes onto the rack is a quick and easy task. Each bike has 3 rubber straps to secure it to the rack. The straps feel strong and durable. The anti-sway cradles are excellent, they attach to your bike’s seat tube via one of the straps to prevent sideways movement during travel. When mounting your bikes, you should ensure that you put the heaviest bike on first so there is less strain on the rack.

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A tie-down strap is built in to wrap around the bike frames to keep them secure and prevent any unwanted movement.

Tilt Down Feature

The tilt down feature is very convenient. Being hinged in two places, allows the HR8000 to tilt back so you have easy access to the back of your vehicles trunk for storing and retrieving luggage.

Final Thoughts

The HR8000 Traveler 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack is a great choice if you’re looking for a sturdy, durable hitch mounted bike rack to haul up to 4 bikes. It’s solidly constructed and easy to install. The tilt down feature is great and useful for accessing your luggage area. Impressively, the anti-sway cradles ensure your bikes don’t move during travel.

The only downside is you need to purchase additional equipment if you want to keep your bikes and the rack fully secure.

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by Steve D White