YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 and TRIMAX RMBR4 HITCH MOUNT BIKE TRAY are a match made in heaven!
REVIEW: YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK SWING AWAY ADAPTER
YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 and TRIMAX RMBR4 HITCH MOUNT BIKE
TRAY are a match made in heaven!
This YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK SWING AWAY ADAPTER
will make my biking and camping with bikes so much easier. I used to have a super heavy hanging hitch
mount bike rack and I recently switched to the TRIMAX RMBR4 4 POSITION HITCH
MOUNT BIKE TRAY / RACK. My old hanging
rack weight about 80lbs and with 4 mountain bikes on it trying to dead lift it
into “towing position” vs “loading position” took 2 people. [See my full review of TRIMAX RMBR4 (here)] Especially for camping, I hated having to
remove all the bikes and the hitch mount just to get to the back of my
truck. The YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483
HITCH RACK SWING AWAY ADAPTER solves the problem. Know that it pushes the whole bike rack back
about 20 inches. However, I can now open
the truck bed gate without problems. But
more importantly, I can also easily swing all the bikes out of the way to gain
full access to the rear of the truck for loading and unloading gear, firewood,
An obvious question is, why did I also not get the YAKIMA
bike tray instead of TRIMAX? Basically, cost
is the answer. The YAKIMA rack was 2X
the cost of the TRIMAX and for just the price of the YAKIMA rack, I was able to
afford both a rack and a swing out adapter.
Time will tell if this was a good decision or not.
The build quality of the YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK
SWING AWAY ADAPTER, durability, and style are great. It even includes a hitch pin lock.
- Very Heavy
fit well, there was no bending or forcing of parts to assemble
was easy (basically install 2 bolts)
The hitch lock seems to be light duty, I suspect it would
come off easily with a hit from a hammer, but it is a visual deterrent anyway. Tools are not included.
The YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK SWING AWAY ADAPTER was
quick and easy to assemble (maybe 5 minutes).
(See video) everything fit the way it was supposed to. No missing parts. Easy to follow instructions. The paper instructions show you building it
on the hitch of your vehicle. But today
it was 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so I built it on the basement floor and carried
it already built to the truck for testing. I suggest a 1 inch and ¾ inch socket
wrench and a pair of pliers to force on the clipping lock washer.
I don’t have my bikes yet, I will pick them up in a few
weeks from being upgraded, but I needed the rack and swing adapter first
anyway. I’ll update these reviews once
I have the bikes on the racks and few trips behind me. Still, it was super easy for me to mount the
YAKIMA swing adapter by myself to the truck, then mount the TRIMAX bike rack to
the adapter and test it out. I don’t
think I could move them both attached on my own (about 100 lbs) but the two
parts separately no problem. My general
intent is to leave both parts permanently attached to the truck since the
TRIMAX folds up out of the way.
The addition of the YAKIMA to the hitch pushes everything
out about +20 inches over and above how far out the TRIMAX was on its own. Fully extended (bike rack open) the whole
setup ends about 52 inches from the bumper to the outside edge of the bike
It is incredibly easy to unlock the swing bar and move
everything out of the way. I saw some
reviews that said the swing bar sagged a little to the right. But if you have the screw in hitch bolt
properly tightened it was perfectly level for me. We took the YAKIMA and TRIMAX for a drive
over bumpy roads, and we never heard a single rattle.
Before getting the YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK SWING
AWAY ADAPTER, placing the first bike (closest to the truck) was a bit of a
hassle. Now I can swing everything out
of the way and have unlimited space to load and maneuver that first bike onto
SUMMARY / CONCLUSION / RECOMMENDATION
I have a feeling the YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH RACK
SWING AWAY ADAPTER is going to be one of those “where have been all my life”
purchases. If I think back to all those
family camping trips and the hassle of loading and unloading the bike 10 times
per trip to remove the bike rack, this would have been a lifesaver, mood saver,
time saver. In a week-long camping trip
(we did 3 per year). We would have to
unload the bikes and the rack before we could set up camp. Then after camp was setup, put everything
back on the rack and drive to the trailhead to bike. Then take it all off again to load rafts and
such to go to the beach or to go get firewood, on and off again over and over
30-60 minutes per switch over. Now I
can load it one time and leave it on the entire time (with proper locks of
I have high hopes for the YAKIMA BACKSWING 8002483 HITCH
RACK SWING AWAY ADAPTER.