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Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« on: November 26, 2020, 10:07:27 AM »
Looking into getting a hitch mounted carrier. So many options out there. Anyone use them and have a brand recommendation?
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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2020, 10:22:13 AM »
Im also looking so what is good and what to avoid please.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2020, 10:27:08 AM »
What rig are you putting it on?
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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2020, 10:38:10 AM »
I have one but don't know the brand. So I'm no help there but I've used it on a few hunts and found it very helpful. 

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 10:41:24 AM »
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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2020, 10:53:35 AM »
One consideration you may look at is an extender. Depending on what you plan on putting in the carrier and what kind of weight- a receiver extender can be quite handy. It may allow you to open a tailgate or back door or an suv while you have the carrier loaded. Just a thought.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2020, 11:12:18 AM »
The swing away hitch extenders are a good idea.  Yakima, Thule, and others make them.   Insert the hitch mount cargo carrier into one of those, and it allows it to swing away to open the tailgate of pickup or back hatch of SUV.

The Rola Swinging Enclosed Cargo Carrier is a great complete solution, but quite expensive.  I have a friend that has that, but I couldn't justify the cost myself.  The StowAway2 Hitch Cargo boxes are also worth a look and have swing away models as well.

Are you looking for just the utility rack or an enclosed box?

Another option if you're a bicyclist is to just get one of the swing away bike racks, and bolt a cargo carrier onto that swing arm.  That way you can use it for either bicycles or cargo depending on your trip.   

For just basic utility cargo carrier without swing away, I've used the Reese Pro Series Rambler and it functions fine.  Just annoying when trying to open tailgate or hatchback if it's loaded up with cooler or tote that interferes with opening.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2020, 11:13:44 AM »
I got one used many years now. Paid 150.00 for it.

One thing I would do is come up with a hitch extender that goes up. They ride kinda low loaded. 12 inches higher would be better.

And if loaded blocks your tail lights , I would pick up a set of magnetic tow lights to use with it.

I use it some , but I prefer my utility trailer.

The grandson and I went elk hunting this year and used the cargo carrier. Put the cooler and couple other things on it. Was ok.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2020, 11:20:15 AM »
Bought the cheap harbor freight one. 

Have hauled as much as 2 cow elk at the same time.

No complaints.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2020, 11:28:15 AM »
Just Watchout when hauling coolers or gas cans if you have rear exhaust tailpipes  :yike:
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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2020, 11:31:29 AM »
I have a Jeep Wrangler. I bought a 1’ extension and have a fold up carrier from harbor freight. It has a 2” lip on it. The other ones with the higher sides does not allow me to open my back door. It is rated at 700 lbs. I want to say it was just under a hundred bucks. I wanted it to fold up when not carrying anything. They drag pretty good on water bars and tank traps.
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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2020, 11:32:17 AM »
I got one used many years now. Paid 150.00 for it.

One thing I would do is come up with a hitch extender that goes up. They ride kinda low loaded. 12 inches higher would be better.

And if loaded blocks your tail lights , I would pick up a set of magnetic tow lights to use with it.

I use it some , but I prefer my utility trailer.

The grandson and I went elk hunting this year and used the cargo carrier. Put the cooler and couple other things on it. Was ok.

Im kind of thinking the part about the utility trailer will apply for me too.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2020, 11:40:27 AM »
I have one but don't know the brand. So I'm no help there but I've used it on a few hunts and found it very helpful.
Same here. I'll check go look at the brand in a bit. It's been very handy when needed.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2020, 12:03:29 PM »
I have a Harbor Freight one too.  It's done everything I've asked of it, hauling loaded coolers, totes, fire wood, etc.

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Re: Hitch mounted cargo carrier?
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2020, 12:18:01 PM »
I have one and added an extension to the rail around basket to hold bulky items!
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