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Hitch mounted cargo carrier.

Discussion in 'Vehicle customizing' started by Flexin, Apr 8, 2015.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Having a 2 door Jeep JK (Thread here), I'm short on space when we have 4 people in the Jeep. Normally it isn't an issue. But when camping, you can run short on space really quick. So I bought a trailer hitch, (Thread here) and then today I bought a hitch mounted cargo carrier. I wanted to find a North American made carrier but they are hard to come by it seems. I did find some I really like but with shipping they would have been in the $300 range.

    So I went to Princess Auto (Something like Harbor Freight in the US) to see what they had in stock. I knew they had sales on. I ended up with one of their brand (Towking) carriers. It was on for $43.43, down from $69. They had an aluminum one I kinda liked for $15 more but I would have liked the sides to be higher. It only weighted 26 lbs compared to about 53 lbs for this one so that was nice. And they had a stronger steel one for about $40 more. If I really wanted to max out the hitch rating I would have went with that one. I feel it was built a lot stronger. I can't see us putting more then 100-150 lbs max on this. The cooler should be the heaviest item. Some fire wood would add to that but we wouldn't be hauling a lot so it won't be a heavy load.

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    They could have bagged the bolts better and strapped them down so they didn't do any damage.

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    It went together ok. The pins to put the basket together didn't line up perfectly. Took a small hammer to make it fit together.

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    The bolt length was good but all but one nut was 16 mm. One was 17 mm.

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    There was also an issue with the holes to tile the carrier. You can store it in an upright position. I can drill that out to fix that but I shouldn't have to. But without an extension It shouldn't work anyway on a Jeep because of the rear mounted spare tire.

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    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Here it is all ready for the camping season if this snow ever goes away.



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    I will get pictures of it on the Jeep when I install the hitch. I want the salt off the roads before putting it on for the first time. I will also put on a Gearhead Central decal on the center plate. It will just fit.

    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    There was something missing from the carrier. I had to correct it right away.



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    That is much better. :thumbsup:

    Another issue was the reflective decals. They were put on crooked and that drove me nuts. But they were all easy to pull of and reapply.

    James
     
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