Today we are going to take a look at the 20 by 48 cargo carrier from Draw-Tite, part number 6500. The carrier measures 20 inches by 48 inches and is designed to fit both Class I and Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches. It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds but you also need to keep in mind the tongue weight capacity of your hitch and vehicle. There is a series of six mounting holes on the backbone of our cargo basket. These mounting holes allow you to move the position of the shank so that you can adjust the clearance behind the rear of your vehicle. Now we are ready to mount it on our vehicle. 0:35
Installation is easy. Just fit the shank of the carrier inside your receiver hitch and install your pin and clip or locking hitch pin. With our carrier installed and the pin and clip in place, we are ready to load up and hit the road. When loading your cargo carrier, make sure your load is balanced evenly from left to right and your heaviest objects are towards the center. You can use things like a cargo net, ratchet straps or bungee cords to secure your load. Today we are going to be using a pair of ratchet straps to tighten our cooler down on our carrier. 1:25
The side rail along the base of our carrier is 3 inches tall. This lip will help our cargo stay contained within the carrier and keep it from sliding off. The floor of the carrier is made with a steel mesh. The steel mesh allows the carrier to be light yet strong at the same time. Make sure that you do not use the steel mesh as an anchor point. On the corners is reflective red tape that helps other drivers see the carrier behind your vehicle. Now let us take the car out for a drive and see how our carrier preforms. And that does it for the 20 by 48 cargo carrier from Draw-Tite, part number 6500.