How to Assemble & Install an Advantage Glideaway Bike Carrier

Two Methods:Assembling Your glideAWAY¨ Bike CarrierConnecting Your glideAWAY¨ Bike Carrier To Vehicle

This is a simple and direct approach to assembling & installing an Advantage Sports Rack glideAWAY model, 4-bike carrier.


  1. 1
    Unpack all components in the box. Refer to the component list (see diagram for component list). Make sure all parts are enclosed. If any components are missing, please call the toll free number,888-722-5240, or email at: or visit the website

Method 1
Assembling Your glideAWAY¨ Bike Carrier

  1. 1
    Locate the receiver tube assembly (the heavy sub assembly wrapped in the brown corrugated insert) and the upright (the T-shaped component). These two parts make up the base components for the rack.
  2. 2
    Place the upright in position perpendicular to the receiver tube assembly.
  3. 3
    Align the holes of the receiver tube assembly articulating arms with the lower two holes of the upright. (Make sure the center hole in the top of the receiver tube is facing upward).
  4. 4
    Insert the washers between the upper hinge points of the upright and receiver tube assembly and the lower hinge points of the upright and receiver tube assembly. The washers keep the units from scraping and abrading.
  5. 5
    Align the holes of the upright and receiver tube assembly. Insert the clevis pins to secure the two components together.
  6. 6
    Lay assembled unit on its side.
  7. 7
    Attach e-clip to the lower portion of each exposed clevis pin.
  8. 8
    Pull rack closed (traveling position) until safety latch mechanism and receiver tube assembly snap shut. Tighten the safety lock (the large wing handle protruding from the lower portion of the upright).

Method 2
Connecting Your glideAWAY¨ Bike Carrier To Vehicle

  1. 1
    Slide receiver tube of assembled rack into 2" x 2" hitch port of your vehicle.
  2. 2
    Feed the 5/8" lock washer onto the 5/8" hitch bolt.
  3. 3
    Carefully thread enclosed 5/8" hitch bolt into the receiver tube hole that best accommodates your receiver hitch.
  4. 4
    Securely tighten. (Note: Make sure the nut is aligned properly to the selected hole).
  5. 5
    Insert bicycle-carrying arms into round holes in the top plate of the upright.
  6. 6
    Align detent pin hole in each bicycle-carrying arm with hole in the top plate of rack.
  7. 7
    Insert detent pins fully.
  8. 8
    Placing Bicycles on Your glideAWAY¨ Bike Carrier
  9. 9
    Place bicycle(s) in saddles of bicycle-carrying arms and secure with straps. The top tube of your bicycle should ride level between the corresponding saddle of each bicycle-carrying arm. If your particular bicycle frame does not ride level, the saddle can be rotated to accommodate another part of your frame.
  10. 10
    Secure bicycle(s) by wrapping the locking cable around the upright with one full loop of the locking cable.
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    Then, loop the locking cable through the bike frame. Attach a pad lock (sold separately) to the locking cable end-loops.


  • To Maintain Your glideAWAY®¨
  • Keep your glideAWAY®¨ in its best working condition by performing routine maintenance.
  • Occasionally oil moving parts, especially if your roads are salted or you live in an area with salt air.
  • Check screws, bolts, straps and clips to make sure they are secured and in proper working order before every use. Periodically also check these during routine stops on each trip taken.
  • Rules of the Road on the Use of Your glideAWAY®:
  • Be safe; take time before travel to make sure the rack and cargo are securely fastened and in proper order.
  • Before you drive, with your rack in place, make sure every bolt and nut are tight and securely in place.
  • Do not use this product for anything other than for that which it was designed or to carry more than the specified amount.
  • This product is not to be used as a stepladder or elevator in anyway.
  • Remove the rack before entering a car wash.
  • Do not operate vehicle when rack is extended out.
  • Always check travel-lock to insure it is secure before and during your travels.
  • Check to see that bikes are securely fastened and insure there is nothing dragging behind the vehicle.
  • Use of loaded rack on rough road surfaces could result in bike damage.
  • Please call our toll free number, 888-722-5240, with any questions you have about this product.
  • Most important, have fun and enjoy the benefit of using this glideAWAY® bike rack.


  • Warning!
  • Do not exceed load rating for the hitch-mounting bracket specified by its manufacturer. Consult hitch manufacture for load limit if not shown on mount or in the vehicle literature. If load limit is unknown, limit rack capacity to 2 bikes. This carrier has been designed to attach securely to a vehicle. It may not be compatible with all travel trailer, fifth wheel or RV applications. However, your attachment is critical and beyond control of the manufacturer. The user of this carrier must secure it properly to the vehicle and you need to regularly inspect parts for wear or damage. The Manufacturer is not responsible for and does not guarantee the attachment of this carrier to any vehicle, and is not liable for any damages resulting from its attachment. The liability of Heininger Holdings, LLC, is limited to the purchase price of the carrier components which prove defective in materials and/or workmanship. Be aware that some countries/states/provinces require an unobstructed view of the vehicle license plate. If rack or its cargo obstructs the plate, you may need to relocate your license plate. Consult your local vehicle code for restrictions and rules.

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