Trike Rack Loading and Adjustment HRT1-2T Hitch Rider

Trike Rack Loading and Adjustment HRT1-2T Hitch Rider


I’m Bill from Hitch Rider Racks. Today’s
video is about our one trike tilting rack. I’m going to show you how to adjust the
rack. I’m going to show you how to load your trike onto the rack and fasten it
down. I’m going to show you how to tilt it down once the trike is loaded and
then I’ll show you how to fold the rack up when the trike is removed. As you can see
the rack has already been preassembled. The base is installed in the hitch.
The hitch pin is tightened up. As far as adjustments go the entire rack main
frame will slide to the left or the right. I left it loose so we can adjust it. Each wheel holder will adjust in and out. Loosen the D bolt, slides in and out. Okay the first trike we’re going to load today is a Catrike Villager. It’s a tadpole trike with two front
wheels and one back wheel. I’ve already preadjusted the rough adjustments on the
rack where I have the two dual wheel holders equally spaced in the middle and
I have the single wheel holder so that it matches the wheelbase of the trike.
As far as left and right positioning of the main frame, the best place to
position the main frame for a tadpole is to leave one inch space between the U
channel with the carriage bolts and the main frame of the trike rack. So that’s
what I’ve left here. U channel, main frame, one inch of space. So let’s see how close
I got. Here we go. It looks like the adjustments are
good. The wheels are centered in the wheel holders, all three of them. Okay after
the trike has been placed on the rack, you need to fasten all of the straps to
secure the trike to the rack. When you fasten the rubber wheel straps, the
third hole is okay or the fourth hole is okay. I’m going to choose the fourth
hole for this trike and the small tire. There’s no point in trying to over
stretch the strap. It doesn’t hold your trike any better so don’t make that
mistake to stretch it too tight. This one’s fastened. I’ve taken the cinch strap
and the cinch strap is a safety strap. It goes around the frame of the trike and
then it goes around the main frame of the rack.
Sometimes the strap will be too long for your particular application so in that
case you just take an extra wrap around the main frame. That’ll take up the slack
in the strap so it’s nice and tight and it’s not flopping around. I fastened
the rear wheel of the trike. I’ve fastened the two rubber straps. The Cinch-N-Wrap
strap simply wraps around this piece of metal and the whole tire. Just wrap it
around. If you look at the inside dual wheel holder, I’ve fastened the strap
the same way in the fourth hole and it’s fastened the same as the strap on the
other dual wheel holder. Okay now I’ll show you how to tilt the rack down. You lift up on
the outside wheel holder, you remove the snap lock pin, and you pull back on the
convenience latch handle, and you slowly lower the rack down until it gets to the
stop. You can see there’s plenty of room to walk between the vehicle and the rack so
you can open the hatch on the back of your vehicle and get access to the vehicle.
If you’ve got a vehicle with a tailgate you can lower the tailgate down. You
might also notice that we could actually reverse this procedure. Instead of
starting out with the rack up and loading and tilting down,
with the rack tilted down, we can load the trike and then tilt it up. So either
way works. Whichever works best for you is the one to use.
To tilt it back up, you get a hold the outside wheel holder, you pull it up until the
convenience latch clicks into place. Once it clicks into place, you reinstall the
snap lock pin and that’s an important thing to notice because you always have
that snap lock pin installed whenever your carrying a load on the rack. It’s
an extra safety feature. Okay the next trike I’m going to load is a
delta trike. This is a delta trike. A delta has two back wheels and
one front wheel. This is simply an adult trike. It’s a
heavier trike so we want to be able to load it one end at a time instead
of having to lift the entire trike up. You’ll notice I’ve installed a wheel
holder for the single wheel at about a 45 degree angle. Then you also notice
that I’ve moved the entire mainframe to the left
so it will center the trike on the back of the vehicle. I’ve left one foot of
distance between the T on the main frame and the end of the U channel where the
carriage bolt is. One foot here and 45-degree angle. I have measured the
track and I’ve measured the wheelbase so the track is set up to match the track
on the back of the trike and the wheelbase is set up to match the
wheelbase of the trike. Now we’re going to load the trike. The wheel
holders are all adjusted. To load, you simply pick up the front wheel and
you walk the trike up. Place the front wheel in the wheel holder. Then you fasten all
of the wheel straps. Here I’m going to choose the third hole. I don’t
want to over stretch the strap. For the Cinch-N-Wrap, simply go around
the rim and the tire and the wheel holder. Pull it tight and you wrap it. The wheel holder is secured. You walk around
to the back end of the trike, pick it up, and you just simply walk it around. You
notice the front wheel steers while you’re walking around, and you lower it
down onto the rack. I’ve installed the safety cinch strap
around the main frame of the rack and around the frame of the trike. I’ve fastened the
remaining two wheel holder straps. Now I’ll show you how to tilt it back.
Pick up on the latch, you remove the snap lock pin, you pull back on the latch
lever, and you slowly lower it down to the stop. As you can see there’s
plenty of room to get in and out of the back of your vehicle for access. If you’ve
got a tailgate you can lower the tailgate down and get in that way. To raise the rack, you simply get a hold of
the outside wheel holder, and raise it up until the convenience latch snaps into place.
Then you install the snap lock pin. When you’re not carrying a cycle you should
fold the rack up so it doesn’t stick out as far in the back. To fold it up, you remove
the snap lock pin, then you just fold it up. Reinstall the snap lock pin. That’s it. There you go. Thanks a lot for watching
our video today.

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