I have a hitch mount back rack as shown below. Mine is a sportworks(no longer made) but they're all very similar. With the bikes loaded, no you cannot open the hatch. However, this particular rack will fold down past horizontal, and I know that with the rearmost bike in place you can open the hatch. I haven't tried that with both bikes in place, yet. It also folds up to vertical for when the bikes come off to get it out of the way. I also have roof trays as shown(rackage content), as I sometimes have occasion to carry 3-4 bikes. I am thinking of getting a basket of some sort to mount to the crossbars, and then put the bike trays on top of that. With four people, I don't know if there'd be enough room behind the rear seats for all that camping gear, so it'd be good to get some of that stuff up top and out of the way.box--rack......rack--box
Not sure how I want to go...
box is more secure and weather proof but need a hitch mount for bikes and cant hold tall items
Rack is unsecured and not weather proof but I can add a bike rack on top to carry gear and bike at same time...and will hold taller items like coolers
Im leaning towards a box and a hitch mounted bike rack...need to research those...do they really impede access to rear hatch when bikes are loaded?