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  • If you do not know the key number, your best alternative is to have a locksmith open the lock for you. I do not recommend trying to drill the lock out, as it is highly likely that the box would be damaged. Once the lock is unlocked, you can use your control key to remove the lock core. If you no longer have the control key, we offer them as part # Y8007835. The key number will be engraved on the side of the lock cylinder. Once the key number is known, you can order a replacement...
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  • The hitch mounted cargo carrier that is selected most by our customers that have a 2012 Ford Edge, is the Pro Series 24 x 60 Railed Cargo Carrier, # 63153. This carrier is not a folding style carrier like the one you referenced though, but does have a larger platform and cutouts to insert taillights, like part # 98174LED, if the cargo you will be carrying might cover the vehicle taillights. If you like the folding option, the Curt Cargo Carrier, # C18151, that you referenced...
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  • The only motorcycle carrier we offer that is approved for use on the rear of a motorhome is the Ultra-Fab # UF48-979033. The carrier itself has a 500 lb capacity, so it will easily handle the weight of your scooter, but you will be limited by the capacity of the receiver its used in. You will need to ensure that the receiver on your motorhome and SUV can handle the weight of the scooter plus the approximate 50 lb weight of the carrier.
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  • The lowest-rated component in a system determines the overall capacity. The 1-1/4- and 2-inch hitches we offer for the Toyota Sienna have a maximum rated tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs. This is true for all model years from 2010 through 2013 (I checked several since I do not know your specific year). I have provided a link to our page for all Class III 2-inch hitches for the 2013 Sienna to illustrate some examples. I have also linked an article on hitch classes and capacities. The...
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  • If the 2 inch hitch on your vehicle is rated for at least 400 pounds tongue weight capacity, I would recommend using the Pro Series Steel Solo Cargo Carrier and Folding Ramp, # PS10401-10402. This carrier features a ramp for loading things like a snow-blower or lawnmower, see video link, and can easily be used to haul your camping gear when needed. The Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier, # 63153, would also be a good choice, but would be much harder to load a snow-blower or lawnmower...
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  • The Thule Custom Fit Roof Rack # TH45050 or the Yakima Roof Rack containing parts # Y00408 and # Y00138, are designed to attach to the factory side rails of your 2010 Lexus RX350. The factory cross bars will attach to the factory side rails also, so they should have similar weight ratings as they use the same attachment points on the factory roof rails. The strength of the material used in the Thule and Yakima Racks will go through more testing than a factory rack, because...
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  • The Thule Pulse Alpine cargo box # TH613 is the new economy, entry-level box. It opens on one side only, is constructed of durable ABS plastic, and has easy-grip mounting feet that mount in about 5 minutes. The Force Alpine, # TH623, is a step up from the Pulse. It features a diamond textured aeroskin for added durability. It is more sleek and aerodynamic. This box uses tool-free quick-grip mounting feet. The lid opens on either side. The Pulse is 11 cubic feet and 88-1/2 inches...
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  • Both Pro Series cargo carriers can handle the 270 pound snow blower. The difference is that # 63153 is 24x60 inches rated for 500 pounds and meant for use in a 2 inch hitch receiver. The # 63155 is 20x47 inches rated for 300 pounds and is meant for use in a Class I or II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. The weight of the carrier and the snow blower can't exceed the tongue weight capacity of the hitch. This information will be printed on a sticker affixed to the hitch. Since...
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  • Since there is no specific light kit that will fit the Curt carrier # C18153 what you will need to do is use a light kit like # 98174LED, and then add 2 brackets, # BK70BB. You will also need some self-tapping screws # FA1131822, or drill and use the hardware of your choice to mount the brackets. Also, make sure that your MDX has a 4-Way trailer connector to plug the light kit into. If you need to add trailer wiring, use # 118424 or # C56038.
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  • There are some large rooftop cargo baskets that can mount to your roof side rails without the need for crossbars. Surco offers their 60 x 50 x 5 inch # SPS5060-1101, which weighs 34 lbs, and the 50 x 45 x 5 inch version # SPS4550-1101, which weighs 32 lbs. I have included a link to our department page for all of our cargo baskets where you can see offerings from ten different brands. Most other roof baskets require crossbars for their installation. Since you plan to transport...
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  • In determining whether or not a rack on the front of your Ford F250 truck to carry a dirt bike will work, you have a lot of variables to consider. First and foremost, although your hitch will support 600 pounds, you have to check your owners manual to find out what weight your axles will support. If you determine that your truck does have the capacity to carry your dirt bike while taking into consideration the weight of the carrier, I would recommend the Rage Power Sport Carrier...
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  • You are correct about the change key. The lock has to be unlocked for the change key to be able to remove the lock core. The issue is on the new cargo boxes like # TH624 you have to first use the key it came with and have sort of in between the locked and unlocked positions (my contact at Thule stated between 1 and 7) and the key should come out allowing you to use the change key to replace the lock cylinder with the new ones you have.
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  • The Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box, # TH626, will work with round, square, aero, elliptical, and the factory crossbars for the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. I have attached a video of the Force XXL being installed on a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. Although the roof size should be very similar, the 2015 is the new generation for the Tahoe so I recommend taking a quick measurement to just to make sure that the cargo box will not interfere with opening your hatch. With the front crossbar...
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  • You are correct there is a weight advantage for aluminum, item # C18100, over steel, item # CC-100, but the biggest reason aluminum is considered over steel, for most of our customers, is corrosion resistance and appearance. You do not need to upkeep the carrier with spray paint every couple of years with aluminum like you do steel. As far as disadvantages, there really are none. As long as the weight capacity of the aluminum carrier is rated the same as the steel carrier they...
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  • The rooftop cargo box I recommend that will allow you a good amount of storage space without being too long on top of your 2015 Subaru Forester is the Thule Sonic XL Rooftop Cargo Box, Silver # TH635S. The Sonic XL is also available in solid black # TH635B. This cargo box offers 17 cubic feet of space inside to store your gear and it is confirmed to fit on the factory crossbars on your 2015 Subaru Forester. To be sure this cargo box will not interfere with opening of the rear...
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  • The Thule Force XL cargo box # TH625 can mount to the factory crossbars on your Lexus RX450H but it will interfere with the rear hatch opening all the way. The largest box you can use without hatch interference is the Thule Force Medium, # TH624, Pulse Medium, # TH614, or Sonic Medium, # TH634B or # TH634S.
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  • The biggest difference between the two cargo carriers you referenced is the overall dimensions of them. The Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box # TH626 has internal dimensions of 88-1/2" long x 34" wide x 16" tall and external dimensions of 92-1/2" long x 36" wide x 18" tall and weights 56 lbs. The Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box # TH636B has internal dimensions of 91-1/2" long x 35-1/2" wide x 15-1/2" tall and external dimensions of 100-1/2" long x 37-1/2" wide x 17" tall...
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  • The first thing I would do to determine which fold-able cargo carrier would be the best for you would be to measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin on your vehicle out to the furthest point our of the rear bumper. This measurement will tell you which cargo carriers will be able to be folded up once installed on your hitch. The Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153 has a distance of 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin out to the nearest portion of the carrier when...
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  • A good first step in considering your best option in a ramped cargo carrier is a check of your hitch's tongue weight rating, which should be indicated on its safety/warning sticker. This is the maximum weight the hitch can support and the combined weight of the cargo carrier you choose, plus what you load on it, must be within the hitch limit. If your cargo loads will get close to the hitch's limit then a lighter weight aluminum carrier may indeed be a good choice. Here are the...
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  • When looking at the fitguide for your 2013 Toyota Highlander, I found several Thule cargo boxes that are confirmed as a fit. You will want to take 2 quick measurements to find the cargo box that works well for you. If you measure form the center of the front crossbar rearward to the point where the roof meets the rear tailgate, that gives you the front clearance. The second measurement you need is the crossbar spread. That is the distance measured center-to-center on the...
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