Mounting the Thule Vertex

Outdoor equipment should be well taken care of because of their constant exposure to harsh environments. These pieces of equipment, while considerably stronger than the average equipment, are still prone to damage and will eventually break once they have sustained enough damage. The time by which they will break is dependent on the rate of their acquisition of damage. One factor that contributes to this is incorrect mounting of outdoor equipment on vehicles. Incorrect mounting will not only damage the equipment but will also damage the vehicle on which they are mounted to. They will also pose a risk for the passengers as well as other motorists. This article aims to teach how to correctly mount the Thule Vertex, one of the best bike racks for cars currently available.
What is the Thule Vertex?
        The Thule Vertex is a trunk mounted bike rack that comes in 4 variants that differ on the number of bikes they can carry. There is the 3 bike variant, 4 bike variant, 4 bike variant with swing, and the 5 bike variant. Bike capacity aside, all variants have the same features. The car bike rack features a one key system as well as compatibility with 1.25 and 2 inch receivers. The Thule Vertex also has a unique arc design coupled with an increased mast height for improved comfort while loading and unloading bicycles. To secure the bikes, the bike rack uses a brand new fast cradles technology that is also developed by Thule.
Mounting the Thule Vertex
        The Thule Vertex is a trunk mounted bike rack meaning that the vehicle on which the bike rack will be mounted should have adequate trunk space. This also means that the Thule Vertex will not be compatible with all vehicles. A list of compatible vehicles can be accessed on the company’s website. For best compatibility, it is recommended that this vehicle bike rack be mounted on SUVs or sedans.
To mount the Thule Vertex onto the vehicle, the stinger should first be fastened to the Vertex mast. Afterwards, the Stinger Shroud should be slid onto the stinger followed by the adapter sleeve. These parts should be secured by using screws and bolts. At this stage, the Vertex is now attached to the vehicle. The next step is the attachment of the cradle strap to the cradles. This is done by lifting the hitch switch lever and then lifting the bike arm assembly until a clicking sound is heard. This position frees up the cradles for the attachment of the cradle straps.
Next, the anti-sway angled extension should be attached underneath cradles 1 and 4. At this point, the Vertex is ready to accommodate the bikes. The heaviest bikes should be loaded on the innermost cradles.
After loading and fastening the bikes, the anti-sway cage should be added for security. The black straps can also be used to secure the bikes. To remove the bike rack, the same process can be done in reverse. To lower the bike rack, the mast should be held using one hand while the other hand is used to lift the lower hitch switch lever.

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