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ThuleElite Van XT

$599.95

Item # THUZ3A5

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Description

Elite Van XT

Explicitly designed for select European and Domestic cargo vans, the Thule Elite Van XT bike rack lets you take full advantage of recreational opportunities on two wheels, while you're traveling on four. The easy to install, 23lb Elite Van affixes with clamps and a bit of glue, so you'll be able to maintain a drill-hole free cargo door. Loading the bikes is made more natural with an adjustable frame height that comes in clutch when you swap out for taller, beefy winter van tires. When you're ready to load the bikes, secure the rear wheels in the trays and cinch down the pump buckles for transport, and swing down the soft clamp-arms to secure the bike frames. Thule's AcuTight torque limiter knobs click when you reach optimal torque to secure the bike. At a carrying capacity of 77lb, the Elite Van accommodates road and mountain bikes to expand your travel destinations.

Thule's Elite Van conveniently swings out when opening the rear door, while the bikes are loaded, to provide easy cargo access as you prepare for your ride.

  • Van-ready bike rack for your adventurous lifestyle
  • Tray-style rack holds two bikes for the destination
  • Clamp and glue-on rack let you leave the drill in the tool box
  • Pump buckles secure the rear wheels in place
  • Adjustable frame height
  • Rear door access while bikes are mounted

Tech Specs
Bike Capacity2
CompatibilityRam Pro Master, Mercedes Benz Sprinter (2006 or newer), Volkswagen Crafter (prior to 2017), Fiat Ducato (2007 or newer), Citroen Jumper (2007 or newer), Peugeot Boxer (2007 or newer)
Locks Includedyes
Part Number302013
Recommended Usetravel
Manufacturer Warrantylifetime

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>Rating: 2

Falls short

For a $600 bike rack, this thing falls a little short. First, on delivery, there was some loose hardware in the box separate from the bag of the rest. It seems that Thule has some quality control problems. One of the critical bolts is not the same size, and that's important because it has to go inside the top rail. Unless it's user error, I'll have to cut it down or find a replacement. Second, mounting the rack to a vehicle requires a few ounces of glue. For $600, I would think a few ounces of glue would be included in the kit. Going to the hardware store isn't the worst, but I'm surprised. Once I get the glue and the right size bolt, then I can see how it works as a bike rack.

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Do the bike trays fold up when not in use?