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Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1

Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1

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Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle. 1-800-940-8924 to order CURT accessories and parts part number 18050 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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CURT Accessories and Parts - 18050

  • Hitch Bike Racks
  • Hitch Cargo Carrier
  • Tie Down Straps
  • CURT

Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle.


  • Strap provides extra support for your hitch receiver when you use a hitch-mounted bike rack or cargo carrier
    • Limits torque placed on hitch receiver by heavy accessory
    • Evenly distributes weight to stabilize hitch accessory and prevent bouncing
  • Cam buckle design allows for quick connection and release
    • Attach one end to the bike rack and the other end to the vehicle
    • Pull strap through the cam buckle and towards front of the vehicle to increase tension for a secure fit
  • Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle


  • Dimensions: 61" long x 1" wide
  • Quantity: 1 strap
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Note: Remove the hook before opening or closing the hatch or trunk to avoid damage to your vehicle.

This strap is recommended for use with bike racks and other hitch-mounted accessories to avoid putting too much strain on your trailer hitch. Some Class I and Class II 1-1/4" hitches may require that you use a stabilizing strap to ensure that the hitch does not experience excessive torque while transporting your gear.

18050 Curt Trailer Hitch Stabilizing Support Strap with Cambuckle

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Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1 - 18050

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (617 Customer Reviews)

Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle.


simple and effective. Works as advertised. Actually one of the better stabilization straps on the market. the buckle is strong and has a durable non marking coating. I'd recommend buying 3 at a time (two to stabilize to an overkill level, and one backup because you know how life is)

Continues to perform as intended
Nikhil - 05/25/2023


We received a damaged box, damaged items, no instructions, the nuts and bolts are completely stripped and not inside a bag. This was obviously used, returned, not checked for quality and sent out. We are extremely upset.

Oh my goodness! I will have our Customer Service team reach out as soon as possible. We can have replacements sent out.
-- Etrailer Expert Rebecca N - 07/13/2023


Just finished about a 300 mile round-trip and the strap definitely helps stabilize the hitch-mounted bike rack. The only issue was that the angle of the clip was too much for the hatch on my Golf GTI so I had to bend it a little to get it to fit.

Bending the clips will cause the straps to potentially lose their capacity.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 04/03/2023


Quality of the hitch is excellent. Bolts in rear could use 4 sleeves. More difficult to instal due to alignment of bumper and the cover which had to be removed before holes could be drilled. Lift was very helpful. Took about 3.5 hrs. to install correctly.


I use use a Curt Hitch "Flat Carrier"
loads on my 2005 Prius.
Bought the recommended support strap and liked the way it took the up-down bounce stress off the hitch, but the carrier still wobbled left to right, rotating slightly within the hitch receiver. Bought a second strap and the two stabilized the load very nicely. I needed a light cord between the two straps at the top of the hatch door to encourage them not to slide off the corners of the door.
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I am quite pleased with our flat carrier. We keep the loads low enough & centered enough to not block the brake lights and the license plate. Weve used it to carry bikes as well.
Richard F - 09/18/2018


Great rack. Easy to use.


Haven’t used it yet but I am sure it will do the job. Seems well built/designed and with e bikes weighing so much, the additional weight distribution will certainly help.


All the products we received were of excellent quality. We have used the basket carrier a lot. All components are standing up to everyday use, weather we carry water jugs or bottles of propane the carrier and hitch show no problems.


Helps support my bike carrier. Stops the bounce & sway


Works well and bikes feel very stable on rack.


I've used before, and the service is excellent. The step-by-step video showing the receiver installation on my model year car was extremely helpful.


Purchased this strap as a backup support for the bike rack that I will be using with my new etrailer hitch.


The strap helped to stabilize the bike rack .. Strong & sturdy .. If you get the bike rack & hitch spend the extra for this ... Worked great on my 2013 vw beetle convertible ..

It still works perfect .. very happy
Elizabeth A - 07/05/2018


Great strap for reducing sway and bounce on any hitch-mounted racks, and easily adjusts for different vehicles or configurations.


I've been using the hitch for my bike rack and it has been performing as expected. Absolutely no problems. A little harder to install than expected, but with a little help from friends it is still where it belongs.


Curt Straps. Still trying to figure those out LOL!


Outstanding product. The stitching and material are heavy duty. Looks great on my Honda Accord and Thule bike rack. Thanks!

Rating the best. Super good company to deal with.
-- comment by: Robert S - 10/18/2013


My purchase was an easy choice with advice I received from customer service. The hitch is working great no problems. You can't go wrong making your purchase from etrailer.

Product works great just like day 1. I look forward to many years of use when maintained properly.
Michael W - 10/03/2021


This is a sturdy strap with a coated hook end to not scratch your paint. Perfect for giving extra support to a bike rack.


We were very impressed with the quality of the Curt Trailer hitch we purchased, its price and how quickly it arrived.
We had the hitch installed by a very good local mechanic for a fraction of the cost quoted by our Honda dealer.
The hitch support strap that was recommended works perfectly with this hitch.
We highly recommend this hitch to anyone.


Does the job well of supporting the heavy bike rack by anchoring to the trunk. The teeth don't slip but I do with there was permanent padding under the metal hook to prevent damage to the metal and paint. A rubber strip that comes with it can get easily lost but does the trick.

This product has still held up well even after supporting the weight of two bikes and a rack. No fraying or years after two years of light use.
Christopher - 08/19/2022


As described. Good instructions for install. Great experience


Product came quickly. I was expecting this strap support would be more effective than it was. Used it a couple tines and it helped somewhat with the bikes swaying but not as much I wanted. I guess the best solution is the platform type bike carrier.

The 18050 strap is designed to relieve some of the downward force applied to the hitch from the weight of the rack and bikes. It wont help much with side-to-side motion. Youll want to determine the cause of the movement. Is there wobble where the hitch meets the shank of the bike rack? If so, an anti-rattle hitch lock or anti-rattle device can eliminate this. If the movement is caused by some slack at the bike rack shank where it connects to the bike racks upright, unfortunately this movement is unavoidable in a bike rack that has the capability of tilting rearward as tightening that connection too much would render the rack unable to tilt rearward.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 09/09/2022


I used these quite a bit when I transport my recumbent bike on the hitch rack. I also gave one to my daughter for her rack (not sure if she has used it yet)


Box to hitch 1 minute.
2 ebikes and
ready to roll 10 minutes.
A whole new world has opened up. This is absolutely the easiest, most versatile rack ever. At 65, my days of putting a light bike on a roof rack are over. This will handle almost anything.
The service and attention to detail was amazing. The eTrailer team seems like friends at the local bike shop. BUY IT HERE!
Gotta go, mountains to ride.

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  • Using Curt Stabilizing Strap # 18050 on 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
    The application of the Curt Stabilizing Strap # 18050 will vary somewhat from vehicle to vehicle since this is a universal-fit item and in certain instances like your's there may be some features on the car that require a bit of creativity to install the strap effectively. I suggest you experiment with alternate positioning of the strap on different parts of the rear hatch. It does not matter so much where the strap is secured on your Santa Fe. As long as the strap can secure effectively...
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  • Why Does Curt Require Stabilizing Strap While Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite Do Not
    Curt requires the strap to provide extra support for when the vehicle goes over rough pavement or experiences a sudden shock like hitting a pothole. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch feel that this isn't necessary with their hitches. Because the strap is an extra expense, and because some vehicles just aren't well suited to using the strap, I'll usually recommend going with the Draw-Tite or Hidden Hitch models.
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  • How Long is the Curt Stabilization Strap 18050
    The Curt stabilization strap # 18050 comes in two parts. The shorter part with the loop that fits around the bike carrier mast is 18 inches long overall from the end of the buckle to the end of the closed loop. The longer end is 63-1/2 inches long from the end of the hook to the buckle. I have linked some videos on this strap for you.
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    There is a small difference in size and shape between the receiver tube reinforcement plates that are part of Curt C13127 and Draw-Tite 75217 Class III hitches. The size/shape/position of these plates are determined by engineering considerations, to give the hitches their maximum strength, but not with regard to wind resistance or drag. Hitch makers do not really address wind resistance in the design of their hitches since in reality there are many other factors in play that will have...
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  • How to Reduce Up an Down Play of the Yakima DoubleDown Bike Rack in CURT 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
    The up and down play that you are experiencing is due to the tolerances that different manufacturers must allow to be sure that all accessories will work in conjunction with each other. In this case the hitch and bike rack are compatible but there is some play, and the distance that the bike rack sticks out from the rear of the vehicle amplifies that. This is why Yakima has a threaded hitch pin. This pin is designed to tighten the bike rack shank to the side of the hitch and the radius...
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  • Where to Attach Stabilizer Strap for a Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack on a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    It looks like on a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible, you will have to place the hook on the strap # 18050 in the gap between the body of the car and top of the trunk. You may have to open the trunk to get the hook in place and then close the trunk. There is no specific place on any vehicle that the strap has to go so long as it is secure. Ideally, you will want it straight across from or slightly higher than where it is connected to the bike rack. This is not always possible though....
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  • Can the Curt Stabilization Strap Be Used on a 2010 Honda Civic Si with Rear Spoiler
    It is possible that the stabilization strap, # 18050, will not contact the spoiler at all on your 2010 Honda Civic Si. The way that the strap attaches to the bike rack and the vehicle, if the upright arm of the bike rack is high enough, the strap may go over the spoiler and not contact it at all. I have included a link to another question that contains a video showing how to attach the strap. If you find that the strap will make contact with the spoiler and put pressure on it, I recommend...
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  • Where to Attach Curt Stabilization Strap for Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack on 2011 Hyundai Tucson
    In some cases, you need to open the rear hatch in order to get the hook into the gap. Do this first before installing the rack and bikes. If you still cannot get the hook in place, you can try an alternate location such as a roof rack if your Tucson is equipped with one. You can also try the gap at the side of the rear hatch rather than at the top if your Tucson has that spoiler behind the antenna. Another possibility is to put the hook in the gap between one of the side doors and the...
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  • Where to attach to Curt Support Strap on a 2011 Kia Soul
    It looks like on your 2011 Kia Soul, you will have to place the Curt Support Strap, # 18050, in the gap between the body of the vehicle and the top of the rear hatch. You may have to open the rear hatch to get the hook in place and then close the door. If your 2011 Kia Soul has any type of spoiler at the top of the rear hatch, then you will want to attach the hook to the bottom edge of your rear hatch because spoilers are not designed to support any weight. The strap will wrap around...
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  • Where to Attach the Curt Support Strap on a 2012 Toyota Highlander
    Normally we recommend that the Curt Stabilizer Strap # 18050 get hooked to the top of the trunk lid or top of the hatch, since your vehicle has a small spoiler this can be prove to be a difficult situation. If the spoiler has metal support underneath it then you can still run strap over the spoiler. If the spoiler is plastic without any metal supports underneath it then you could potentially damage the spoiler by running the strap over it. In this case we recommend lowering the attachment...
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  • Can the Curt Stabilizer Strap Be Attached Lower to Accommodate Glass Hatchbacks
    You might have to get a little creative with how you install the Curt Stabilizer Strap # 18050 since you have a glass hatchback. We have seen people attach the hook end to the bottom lip of the hatch back since this is metal. This would require the strap attach to the bike rack lower than usual as well.
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  • How Many Straps Do I Need to Secure My Yakima Big Horn to My 1993 Honda Accord
    You would only need one Curt Bike Rack Strap with Cambuckle, part # 18050, on your 1993 Honda Accord Wagon, the main purpose of the strap is to prevent vertical jarring on the hitch and frame of your vehicle that might cause premature damage. The strap hook will attach at the top of the hatch of your Accord, if you check out the picture to the right you can see exactly what I mean.
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  • Using Curt Bike Rack Strap Part # 18050 to Help with Bike Rack Bounce on a 2010 Mazda 5
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  • Length of CURT Strap and Installation Location on a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
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  • How to Use Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap on Toyota Prius V with Rear Spoiler
    To use the Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap # 18050 on your Toyota Prius that has a rear spoiler, I recommend simply running the strap to the lower edge of the hatch door. As you referenced in your question, this will still provide the required support for your bike rack and trailer hitch. You will then just lower the attachment point of the strap on the bike rack to the upright mast. I have also attached a video demonstration of this strap for you to check out.
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  • Is A Stabilization Strap Required to Use a Bike Rack in a Curt Trailer Hitch
    Curt used to require the stabilization strap part # 18050 when using a bike rack or accessory on their Class I hitches. However, they have since said the stabilization strap is not required when carrying an accessory on their Class I hitches. It still may be a good idea to use a stabilization strap though when carrying accessories because they are considered all tongue weight on the hitch because of they a downward for on the hitch compared to towing a trailer that has evenly distributed...
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  • Does Curt Still Require Using Stabilizing Straps with Their Trailer Hitches
    Actually Curt no longer requires the use of the stabilizer straps like the # 18050 with non-supported loads like bike racks with their hitches so it's not something you'd have to worry about!
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  • Is It Normal for a Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack to Have Movement While Driving
    It's normal for there is be movement with a hitch mounted accessory while driving but the hitch itself should not be moving. I recommend checking the hardware and looking over the hitch itself. The best way to help provide support and reduce movement is with a simple cam buckle strap, the Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories part # 18050. There are also built-in stabilization devices already on most bike racks.
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