GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black

GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black

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  • Enclosed Carrier
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Slide Out Carrier
  • 48 Inch Long
  • 24 Inch Wide
  • Lets Go Aero
  • Molded
  • Class III
  • Class IV
  • Standard Duty
46-1/2" x 24" x 25" This lockable, weatherproof cargo carrier has a large lid for easy loading and unloading. The sturdy polyethylene box slides out on a steel base for access to rear of vehicle and has built-in LED tail lights. Call 800-298-8924 to order Lets Go Aero hitch cargo carrier part number H00604 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Lets Go Aero products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black. Hitch Cargo Carrier reviews from real customers.


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Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier - H00604

46-1/2" x 24" x 25" This lockable, weatherproof cargo carrier has a large lid for easy loading and unloading. The sturdy polyethylene box slides out on a steel base for access to rear of vehicle and has built-in LED tail lights.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, enclosed carrier lets you transport gear behind your truck, van, SUV, or RV
    • Holds a generator, camping gear, work equipment, and more
  • Weatherproof, polyethylene cargo box keeps your gear dry and protected from road grime
    • Rubber strip creates compression seal around lid that keeps water out
  • Slide-out base lets you extend carrier 36" for rear vehicle access
    • Cold-rolled steel TwinTube base telescopes easily with or without cargo loaded
    • Braided steel safety cable prevents overextension
  • Hinged lid raises up for convenient cargo access
    • Lid removes for open tray transport
    • Built-in hole on front of lid lets you secure cargo with padlock (sold separately)
  • LED stop, turn, and tail lights and reflectors enhance visibility and safety
    • Wiring harness plugs into your vehicle's 4-way trailer connector
  • License plate holder included
  • 4 Drain plugs let you easily hose out interior of carrier
  • 2 Anti-rattle Silent Hitch Pins prevent wobbling and noise in trailer hitch receiver and slide-out arm
    • Hitch locks (ACC3250 - sold separately) secure carrier to vehicle
  • Black color
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 17 cu ft
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Slide-out platform rise: 6"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest edge of cargo box: 14"
    • Furthest edge of cargo box: 39"
    • Closest edge of carrier when fully extended: 50"
    • Furthest edge of carrier when fully extended: 75"
  • Dimensions:
    • Outside: 48" long x 25" wide x 27" tall
    • Inside: 46-1/2" long x 24" wide x 25" tall
  • Weight: 80 lbs
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVsApproved for use on RVs, motor homes, and travel trailers

GearDeck Cargo Carrier

The GearDeck 17 enclosed cargo carrier provides 17 cu ft of storage space behind your vehicle. It's perfect for hauling work equipment, camping gear, or sporting goods, and you can even carry the generator for your RV. The TwinTube slide-out base lets you telescope the cargo box - loaded or empty - away from your vehicle for access to your rear cargo area. It has a large, hinged lid that that lets you easily access your gear and is removable so you can haul your gear on an open tray. There are 2 Silent Hitch Pins that prevent wobbling and reduce noise in the trailer hitch receiver and the slide-out arm. The GearDeck also has LED tail lights, reflectors for visibility and safety, and a holder for your license plate.


Durable, Weatherproof Cargo Carrier

GearDeck Cargo Carrier open space

The GearDeck's rigid polyethylene construction shields your cargo from weather, road grime, and UV rays. To keep out the elements, the lid is designed with an overhang around the entire edge. An automotive-grade rubber bubble strip around the lid creates a compression seal when the lid is closed to ensure your gear stays dry and clean.


The GearDeck 17 is also easy to clean. You can simply wipe down the exterior and interior surfaces, or pull out the 4 drain plugs in the bottom and hose it out.


Slide-Out Base for Rear Vehicle Access

GearDeck Cargo Carrier slide out

There's no need to remove the GearDeck when you want to open your vehicle's rear hatch, doors, tailgate, or trunk. Simply pull a pin and slide the carrier away from your rear bumper. The telescoping TwinTube base allows the carrier to extend up to 36" out from its original position. The base is made of galvanized, cold-rolled steel, so it's sturdy enough to slide out even with the box loaded to capacity. However, you must slide the carrier back into place and secure it with the pin before moving your vehicle.


A braided steel safety cable prevents the TwinTube base from overextending. The cable is intended to be attached at all times.


Lockable, Hinged Lid

GearDeck Cargo Carrier hinged lid

The lid has a handle on the front that lets you raise it up for easy loading. It has ergonomic, pull-tight latches on both sides that keep the lid shut tight. There is also a built-in hole on the front of the lid for a padlock (sold separately) to deter theft. The rear lid is bolted to the tray, but both lids can be removed so you can transport your cargo on an open tray.


LED Lights

To keep you visible, safe, and street legal, the GearDeck has built-in LED tail lights that provide stop, tail, and turn functions. The lights are powered via the built-in wiring harness that plugs into your vehicle's existing 4-way connector. Reflectors for the ends of the TwinTube base are also included.


GearDeck Cargo Carrier open space

There is also a license plate holder on the base of the carrier. Simply remove your license plate from your vehicle and bolt it to the holder.


Installation

GearSpace 34 installation

The GearDeck's TwinTube base consists of 2 pieces - the spine assembly and the frame assembly. The cargo box comes pre-mounted to the frame assembly. This enables the carrier to be installed in just a few simple steps. First, insert the spine assembly into your vehicle's 2" hitch receiver and secure it with the included Silent Hitch Pin. Then slide the cargo box onto the spine assembly. Complete the installation by lining up the corresponding safety pin holes on the spine and frame assemblies and then securing them with the second included Silent Hitch Pin.


GearSpace 34 hat brackets

The GearDeck's design offers 2 points of adjustment that can provide extra clearance between your vehicle and the carrier. The cargo box is attached to the TwinTube base with hat brackets. You can loosen the hat brackets and slide the box 5" forward or backward along the base. Just be sure to position the box behind the safety pin holes in the base. There are 2 hitch pin holes on the carrier's shank that are spaced 2-1/4" apart, which provide a second point of adjustment. When installing the GearDeck, simply choose the hole that provides the most clearance. You can also get an extended shank (HE06 - sold separately) to gain an additional 7" of clearance.


GearSpace 34 built-in anti-rattle device

The GearDeck includes 2 Silent Hitch Pins to prevent rattling and movement in the trailer hitch receiver and TwinTube base. Each pin features a sturdy steel block with an attached spring that sits inside the square tubing. To activate the anti-rattle devices, just insert and tighten each pin. The first pin inserts through the hitch pin hole; the second is placed in the passenger-side TwinTube base rail.


You can also add locks (ACC3250 - sold separately) to each Silent Hitch Pin to secure the GearDeck to your vehicle.



H00604 Lets Go Aero GearDeck 17 Slide-Out Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - 300 lbs



H00604 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details H00604 Installation instructions



Video of GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Lets Go Aero GearDeck Enclosed Cargo Carrier Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Let's Go Aero GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier, part number H00604. This 17 cubic foot cargo carrier is going allow you to free up space in your vehicle without sacrificing any of the weather resistant protection that your vehicle offers.It's also RV and camper approved so that you can bring along that extra unit to the campsite. While other cargo carriers are going to leave your gear exposed, the weather proof polyethylene construction is going to keep your gear dry and out of the elements.There's no mesh floor so you don't have to worry about road grime or debris. With its slide out base, the cargo carrier is not going to limit access to the rear of your vehicle. At the end of our telescoping arms, simply remove the pin, unscrew the lock bolt, and now we can pull it out, giving us full access to the rear of our vehicle.It features a safety cable to keep you from over-extending it. The hinge lid is secured at either end with the attached rubber straps.

As I open it, you can see the rubber seal. It's going to keep out moisture. And with it fully open, you can see how you put this 17 cubic foot of space to use.We've got our cooler, luggage, child's bike and you can store other items such as camping gear, generators, work equipment or other things that you wouldn't want to get wet. And with all your gear loaded up back here, it'll free up room in your third row for passengers and pets.You can also secure your gear with the lockable lid using a padlock here. A padlock can be found on etrailer.com using part number 131D.

The exterior dimensions are 48 inches long, 25 inches wide and 27 inches tall, while the interior dimensions measure 46 and a half inches long, 24 inches wide and 25 inches tall.It's a sizeable carrier that may obstruct your vehicle's tail lights, so it does come equipped with its own, that'll have running lights, brake lights and turn signals. The lights just connect to your vehicle standard four pole connection. And because it will obstruct your license plate, it comes with its own license plate relocation bracket. The two reflectors here at the rear will also provide additional night time security.The lid is removable, so you can haul larger loads that won't fit in the carrier. In this configuration our sidewall is going to be about four and a half inches deep.

To help you with clearance at the rear of the vehicle, the carrier is going to feature a six inch rise from the top of the shank to the bottom of the platform.Customers on our site compare the GearDeck to the Thule Transporter Hitch Mounted Enclosed Cargo Carrier. At 17 cubic feet, the GearDeck has more storage space that the Transporter's 13 cubic feet. The GearDeck also has a higher weight capacity of 300 pounds versus the Transporter's 150 pounds. The GearDeck extends away from your vehicle for more clearance, while the Transporter tilts to offer clearance. The GearDeck does not have a built-in lock, while the Transporter does.

Both cargo carriers include Cree wired tail lights.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go ahead and show you how to get it installed. It is for two inch by two inch hitches only. It features two hitch pin holes. It's recommended to use the closest hole to the box. However, if you have clearance issues, you can use the other hole. If you do need to use the inner hole, you'll have to slide the anti-rattle nut to the other hole.Since it is a sizable carrier, it's recommended to grab an extra set of hands to help you get it into the receiver tube. And then we can go ahead and install our included anti-rattle bolt, tighten it down to get out any shake and rattle on the hitch, and install the safety pin. With that installed, you can see we're not going to have any play and wobble in our receiver. And now we can hook up our four pole connection to our vehicles. And now we're ready to load up our gear. Keep in mind that it does have a 300 pound weight capacity.Now that we've got everything all loaded up, let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. First, we're going to go on to our slalom. This is going to simulate turning or evasive maneuvers.Next, we're going to be going over solid speed bumps. This'll simulate pulling out of a driveway or a parking lot. And finally we'll be going over alternating speed bumps. This'll simulate going over a pothole or uneven pavement.And that completes our look at the Let's Go Aero GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier.


Customer Reviews

GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black - H00604

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (28 Customer Reviews)

46-1/2" x 24" x 25" This lockable, weatherproof cargo carrier has a large lid for easy loading and unloading. The sturdy polyethylene box slides out on a steel base for access to rear of vehicle and has built-in LED tail lights.

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product great so far Pain in A__S to put together , To many variables but can do looks better than other units and extra space is GREAT 523041


Comments

great long to put together but now all works as it should and seams to be better cuz of height and accessibility to get stuff in and out.

John - 06/17/2019

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Love it 590287



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Great box for hauling your "stuff". This thing is huge! I'm interested to see how well it holds up over time. But so far I'm really impressed. The sliding feature lets it get plenty far out of the way that we can still open the tailgate and get the dogs in. Definitely recommend this if you need a little extra cargo space. 612015



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The GearDeck 17 was the largest enclosed cargo carrier that I could find that would work with our Tiffin RV. We wanted the option to add a bit more cargo space to our wayfarer for extended travel. The concern was finding the right carrier that would not interfere with our rear slide. Dimensionally the GD17 seems to fit, I do not have the RV at the moment to say for sure. The hope is that with the rear slide out I can also slide the carrier out and still be able to access its contents. Assembly of the GD17 was more or less ok, the reason for deducting a star, is that 4 of the holes that should have been pre-drilled in the shell were not, but it was an easy fix. Also the left hinge for the lift up lid was substantially mis-aligned. only about 1/4 of the hinge pin was able to reach the hinge. Basically remove the lower hinge, drill holes for the correct location, and epoxy fill the provided holes. This moved the hinge about 1/2 inch over allowing the entire hinge pin to fit. There were a few small holes in the back corners of the stationary shell half that I also filled. While they were very small, I wanted the enclosure to be water tight. (They are most like a result of the molding process). Over all the materials used were good, the supporting carrier and hitch assembly are very sturdy and well made. I like the slide out capability. The tail lights and wiring harness are nice and work well (LED). The two little metal tabs they provide for the license plate relocation are in my opinion not worth the effort. I will get a real full frame license plate bracket and mount it to the carrier. 602360



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1) it allows the rear doors on a 2017 Mercedes sprinter 3500 to open fully which was a major concern. 2) however the wiring harness is not long enough when the box is fully extended and you need extension wiring on the vehicle plug in. (I am now having to splice very fine gauge wires together) 3) the folding part of the enclosure could use a third central hinge as the moulded plastic buckles, at the top of the hinged section leaving a potential water gap. 4) I purchased two locks for the two silent hitch pins, one on the box extension and one for the hitch itself. Unfortunately on the sprinter there is not enough room for the lock, as the van plug-in assembly is mounted closely to the hitch itself. 5) it is utiltarian and moulded plastic pieces of the body "almost" fit. Stupid things like the plastic drain plugs which insert into the pan floor are too big for the holes in the pan requiring you to drill them out slightly bigger. 6) the info on how to insert the metal stabizer angle strips on the side walls of the lid are not easily understood nor is there a video showing how to do it. Screw driver and 4 hands required. Overall relatively cheap versus fibre glass options and it should be functional. (It would be nice if they had an internal strapping system as it's a bit like using a toe and a hand cramming things into a closet when you try and shut the door and knowing the explosion when you open it) Terrific service from etrailer however, a remarkably efficient sales crew who follow up and also provide great back up. Thxs 516008


Comments

We do have a variety of 4-way flat wiring extensions that may be interested in, instead of splicing into the provided wiring for extensions.

-- Rachael H - 06/23/2018

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It has been about 10 days since our LetsGoAero Slide-Out Mount Cargo Carrier arrived. I just clicked on the link below and it is no longer available, so I am sending you a “review” that you may be able to use: First, the good news: etrailer is an excellent vendor: great web site, great prices, fast delivery, and they answer their phone. Second, the LetsGoAero Slide-Out Mount Cargo Carrier (17 cu ft) is an excellent carrier perfect for our Class B RV on a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis. The slide-out feature allows us to open the back doors and access the under sofa storage areas. The carrier takes some time to assemble, but the end result is worth it. The cargo carrier protects our stuff from the weather and should deter opportunity thefts. The twin tube slide-out is solid with no wobble. The clam shell opening makes it easy to get to the contents and is not so big that you end up carrying too much stuff. I have not tested for waterproof yet, but it looks like it should be OK. I highly recommend this carrier. Now the bad news: The instructions are not good and they make assembly a whole lot less fun that need be. The details/descriptions of the parts are not very helpful, as the screws, nuts, and bolts are defined only by diameter, not length and there is quite a variety of these parts. The drawings of the assembly are not always helpful or accurate and may cause you to assemble, disassemble, and reassemble when you use the wrong bolts. My favorite mystery is what 2 L shaped aluminum strips are for, where you remove weather stripping, put on these aluminum strips, and replace the weather stripping. There is no info on how or why the strips are supposed to fit on the lid. The license plate “holder” is poor at best, held on by tiny 6mm screws. I cannot imagine the license plate still being on the carrier after a few hundred miles or entering/exiting some fueling locations. I have called the LetsGoAero support phone, but no answer, no voicemail, just plenty of rings. I have emailed with my question about the aluminum strips, but no response yet. Again, really good product, but assembly is a challenge, instructions are bad, and support seems to be less than supportive. 616291


Comments

The aluminum strips are placed between the weatherstrip and the rear portion of the box, to stiffen that edge. Youll need to partially peel back the weatherstripping back, place the angle strip then stick the weatherstripping back down.

-- Mike L - 04/03/2019

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Just got back from the first trip with this cargo box. It is plenty big for our needs and is easy to remove and reattach and there was no water intrusion, even though we went through some serious storms. The instructions for assembling this are poor and several of the holes didn't line up; have a drill handy. They don't explain which side of the box the lid gets attached. I was lucky; if I hadn't guessed right I would have had to tear it down and start over. Also, the box is made of thin, flimsy plastic; that makes it light but not secure. The locking :system" is 2 holes in the plastic lips of the box and lid. Regardless of the type of lock you buy, the plastic can be defeated with a pocket knife. If security is important to you (we didn't put anything valuable in it so it's not to me) this could be a deal breaker. You need to balance the security vs the weight savings of the thin plastic; it worked for us. Excellent and fast service and shipping from etrailer. 523434



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It works as advertised I only wish there was some way to incorporate a bike ?? rack with it. Recommend Highly 580193


Comments

There are a couple of options for adding a bike rack to your setup while still using the geardeck cargo carrier part # H00604. I recommend stromberg carlson bike bunk part # CC-275
Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs
$192.32
that attaches to the a-frame of your airstream. You can then carry a bike rack in the receiver of the bike bunk. The Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk can handle up to 100 lbs. I recommend the Swagman Original 3 bike rack part # S64152-2
Swagman Original - 3 Bike Rack for 2" Trailer Hitches
$123.59
because it is only about 24 lbs and is confirmed for use on the back of a camper. Another option would be the Jack-It 2 Bike Rack part # LC429756
Jack-It 2 Bike Rack for A-Frame Trailers - 22-1/2" Jack Clearance
$216.95
for A-Frame trailers. This bike rack will carry 2 bikes and handles up to 80 lbs of bikes. The bike rack fits around the jack on your trailer. It will fit around jacks with up to a 2 1/4 inch outer tube diameter and has 22 1/2 inches of clearance.

-- Heather A - 11/21/2018

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Unit assembly was easy. Very happy with purchase. Currently holding 2 five gallon gas cans, 3 dog run fences, 2 outdoor carpets, propane bbq, sewer hose and hose ramp. Really freed up room in the rv closet. 572798



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Great value! Performs admirably in all uses. Haven't had a single leak in heavy Florida rain. I would reccomend to anyone with extra cargo needs. (I use with my Jeep Rubicon) 562132



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Very good product to keep something covered up from the elements, I think it’s a little flemsy but a good product. 566192



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I purchased this product because of the design, reviews, and price. I will write the negative first and the positive second. From the Company's (Lets Go Aero) standpoint, if I had been the median purchaser I would have returned this product, which is really bad because I would not have figured this out until I had most of it assembled. The result would likely have been a very upset customer. I like the GearDeck 17 overall, but there are 3 issues that need to be corrected at the factory immediately. 1) THE INSTRUCTIONS: Why in the world would a company in the US, send such terribly written instructions out with their moderately complex product assembly requirements? They are incorrect and incomplete in both text and illustrations. 2) THOSE 2 ALUMINUM ANGLES: Do they go on the inside or outside? What are they for exactly? If they are to act as spacers to protect the gasket, could they not have molded in the solution? The really absurd part is that they expect them to be held in place by crimping the channel on the weather strip. That's BS. I corrected the instructions with help from reviews and figuring it out, and I corrected the angle stupidity by riveting them in place. 3) In regard to quality control in manufacturing, there is only one area (2 issues) the hinge placement and the hinge backing plate/bar. The left hinge was placed about 1/2" too far the the left (too wide). This can be lived with. If it had been to the right I would have gone to the trouble to return this product. The right 3 rivets did not hold the backing bar in place (one of which went through the hinge). The rivets appear to be defective. This should have been caught by the riveter. I removed these 3 rivets, purchased the appropriate length and diameter rivets, had to ream the holes with a 3/16" drill, and then reinstalled. Positives: 1) 17 cubic feet (no competition) 2) slides out 3) excellent light kit 4) clam shell hard enclosure 5) overall design 6) nylock nuts (why wasn't all of the fasteners stainless steel?) 7) the receiver hitch pin and slide out pin are an excellent design (does not rattle) 8) mounting height is not too low or too high 9) light weight 10) frame rigidity is excellent. I hope the quality control, instructions, and aluminum angle business are addressed immediately because overall this is an excellent choice for our filled to capacity Ford Expedition EL. 591420



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The metal portions are great, built to last and very sturdy. The PVC box is strong but the hinge for the top piece did not totally line up. The LED lights needed to be located lower to fit properly. Over all, simple to assemble, but take care to properly align the box to the rails and brackets. 563042



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just put together today, straight forward assembly. Have yet to use. 430736


Comments

Both items work very well.

Randy E - 09/10/2018

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The instructions has an issue. The bottom of the carrier on page 7 shows that there are two holes on the tray facing away from the vehicle. That's actually not the case. The side with 2 holes should be mounted on the side nearest the vehicle. The side with a single hole faces away from the vehicle. The two aluminum angles are VERY SHARP! Putting this in the inside of the carrier is a bit dangerous without filing the corners down to protect your hands/fingers from getting cut. The instructions are assuming you're assembling the carrier on the hitch so it starts with the pin to attach the carrier frame to the hitch. There are NO instructions about wiring the LED lights. Customer support was no help either. I haven't used the carrier yet, this is just the stuff I came across while trying to set it up. I'll write a separate review after using it. 573649



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I got this recently to be able to increase my SUV's cargo capacity especially on long trips with the family and large event DJ set ups that I do. It took a while to get to me, but the guys at etrailer helped get it to me on time for an event I played recently. Thank you! Tools and assembly required. There were a lot of parts and a bit of reading to do but the whole kit was packaged nicely. Instructions were clear, but you needed several kinds & sizes of tools (sockets, wrenches, etc) to assemble to box and fasten it to the hitch bars. All in all I am very happy with the purchase. This is one of the easiest storage solutions I have used. Once assembled, the unit comes on and off easily. Once the unit is dismounted, everything fits in the box itself for storage. I slid the box out completely and put all the accessories and stinger inside the box. This makes stowing away easy compared to other swing away systems. etrailer has the lowest price on the geardeck 17 I have seen. 433864



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Everything there is perfect working order. Fairly easy-to-follow assembly directions. Nicely designed and soundly manufactured. It is just what I need and I look forward to using it on our upcoming trip. The only surprise is that my backup warning buzzer sounds the entire time I am backing up; No big deal, but I guess I'll look into disabling it when I have the box attached! 505343



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Just returned from a 2k round trip to Boise, Idaho. Can’t believe how much this outfit held and how was it was to use. HIGHLY recommend this! Lots of interest in it along the trip, had one gentlemen tell us, he ordered one from his hotel in Boise, and a half dozen more interested. Great product. 505203



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Definitely a 2 person project. Nice step by step instructions. (Except for the “SS” strip installation on the “BB” lid. I did not understand the “Crimp the lip of the weather-stripping over the lid and angle to provide a tight grip” Does that mean? Crimp the metal strip over the weather-stripping over the lid? The only othe issue was th hole drilled on the base and the cover secured by bolt and nut was drilled to low on the base. (picture included) Overall we are quite satisfied with the product. 581511


Comments

Yes I do believe that you are supposed to crimp the metal piece over the weather seal gasket for a more secure fit. This is discussed in step 4 of the current version of the installation instructions. I have linked them for your reference.

-- Rachael H - 11/09/2018

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Let me start by saying that etrailer was once again an excellent company to deal with and did everything they said they would do with my order in a timely manner. That said, this product is a miserable, overpriced excuse for an enclosed hitch cargo carrier. I did a LOT of research into these products before placing this order and determined that this one had the features i was looking for (weight capacity, volume, weather resistance, etc.) so I coughed up the money and got this unit in preparation for a 1200 mile trip. The unit arrived in one big box (disassembled) and I laid out the parts and (gasp!) read the assembly instructions. It seemed straight forward enough so i started putting tab A into slot B. Now, I am very handy with tools. I run a farm, I have a BS in construction management, I am a certified small engine mechanic, I weld, do woodwork, plumbing, electrical work, 3D print, and I’m a sys admin at a small data center (don’t ask). In short, I’m handy. Believe me when I tell you, this will take you longer than two hours to assemble, and there are points where you will need two people (I’m also a very large man and still needed help handling this beast at certain steps because of its size, not weight). I first realized this was not the unit I had in mind when I came across a small square of material that I couldn’t identify in the parts bag. The instructions distressingly told me this was a wax block and I was to rub the wax on every surface of the slide bars on the vehicle side of the frame to “lubricate” the slide mechanism. Huh? No roller bearings? No nylon, low friction strips for the outer frame to slide on? WAX?!?! I was sure I just paid over $600 for this thing! Yup, I did! Ok, let’s just move on. The next rinky-dink design “feature” was two anti-rattle bolts that get installed in the hitch bar that secures the hitch to the vehicle and the other in the end of one slide bar that keep the hitch and bars quiet. This sounds like a good feature, however, the execution of this idea leaves much to be desired. The nut that goes inside the hitch tube and slide bar each have a spring welded on so you can slide the nut down inside the steel tubing and the nut has some friction to keep it in place. That’s all the nut has to keep it in place. No retainer clip, no ridges inside the tube, no fitted flange on the nut that could drop through the hole and prevent slippage. One not-too-hard bump to either of these tubes while the bolt is out and the nut could wind up plunging into the depths of a steel tube with no way of getting it out without some inventive tool manufacturing and a fishing expedition. The one on the hitch side had the added disadvantage of having no lock, so you could either have quiet or a secure trunk, but not both. I finally went with two other products, a u-bolt anti-rattle device that fits outside the bar and hitch tube, and a good, old fashioned, pin lock. The bolt on the slide rail was better, but still had to be turned way too many times to bring it up tight, adding about a minute to each trunk slide cycle. A pin lock (not included) could be used in a hole in the opposite slide bar for security. On the the next disappointment. The top of the box is made of a decent grade of fairly thick plastic, so nothing unusual there. The gasket for weather proofing runs around the edge of the forward part of the clam shell, down to the bottom edge where it meets the floor pan of the box. There is no gasket around the top of the floor pan or at the bottom of the clam shell, just an overhang. Additionally, the way that the clam shell comes together while closing pinches the gasket between the edges of the two halves of the clam shell and eventually cuts into the gasket, which happened very soon into my trip. The back half of the clam shell was slightly pinched in, making it necessary to walk to either side of the box to maneuver the edges to the outside of the front half of the clam shell. I swallowed an urge to rent an enclosed U-Haul trailer and soldiered on. The next assault on good sense and honest marketing was the lockability of the box. This was laughably achieved by a hole drilled through the bottom overhang of the rear half of the clam shell and through the lip on the box base, through which you could run a small padlock to “secure” the box. Considering I could then lift the outer corners of the top and stick my arm well inside the box, without permanently deforming the plastic, it wouldn’t take much more to bend the plastic back and have your way with my precious possessions, if I were foolish enough to trust them to this design monstrosity. I wound up investing almost $100 additional to purchase Master Python cable locks that could be wrapped around the box and cinched up tight to secure the outer edges of the box. This took a lot of extra time every time I had to get into the box, but I was leaving the next morning on my trip and had no choice but to McGuiver a solution. Over $600, right? Yup... Some minor points, but still worth mentioning, the license plate bracket is not really a bracket, but rather two short metal straps that bolt on to the tail light assembly on the bottom. I feared for the safety of my plate the whole time. The wiring harness for the tail lights was wired with non-weather resistant connectors that would last less than a season in any extream climate like the Northeast or Midwest. The reflectors inserted into the rear slide tubes keep falling out with just a slight bump. After I stopped crying over bad design and wasted potential, I left on my trip. I was lucky enough to make it all the way to my destination and unpack into the hotel before the rain started. Over the next several days, I checked the inside of the box for water and found a fair amount every time. This box is NOT water proof and not even very water resistant. On my return trip I wound up wrapping each suitcase in a trash bag to keep it dry. This, and the Python locks wrapped around the box, had the effect of making my family look like the Beverly Hillbillies when we showed up at a very nice hotel in Washington DC on the return trip. The vallets were openly laughing at us as they parked Mercedes and BMWs around us. I avoided sliding the box back for most of the trip because it took so long to deal with the anti-rattle bolt, so I was glad my SUV has a lift glass on the rear hatch so I could access most of my stuff. So, if I haven’t made it clear, this box was a huge disappointment. I would never buy it again. I would return it in a heartbeat if given the opportunity. I would never recommend it to a friend (although I can think of a few enemies I might wish this on). I will be selling this (at a substantial loss, I would imagine) and getting a competing brand. I will never buy another GearDeck product. Over $600, right? Yup... 453759



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Worked out great for me, especially to throw things that would have messed up the storage in my motor home. Very easy to clean up. I really like the bolt mechanisms because they screw in to place and don’t wobble. It would be great to have ones that could easily be locked though. This would be a great additional item to purchase to secure, as well as a larger hope to attach a lock for the cover. 5 stars if that is fixed. 690846



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The GearDeck meets our needs perfectly. After extensive research, here are the key points for me (I had recent back surgery). 1. The door hinges at the top and is open to the floor. 2. Large capacity. 3. Plenty of clearance when traveling. 4. The cargo carrier slides back so I can easily wash the windows. 5. It was a little pricey compared to other units; however, well worth it. 6. It looks good as an accessory on our Montana fifth wheel. This is a good quality product and I have received many positive comments. 689998



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I have to give this product a rating of 2 because the assembly instructions were terrible. My husband followed the instructions provided for assembly and found out while putting it together that the instructions were wrong. He had to take the product apart several times after realizing the instructions were not in the correct order. It took him all day to put it together and we were not exceptionally pleased with the item as far as construction. Seemed quite flimsy and not as sturdy as it is depicted to be. 658145



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Product is made well, but Instructions are not as clear they should be. If you look at the details of the bottom tray the holes to attach the top are in the incorrect spot in the beginning of the instructions and then corrected in the subsequent steps. Just a pain if you set it up as shown just to disassemble and fix later in the install process. Also the brake light holding bracket needs updating, the lights must have changed and did not see the back of the light itself does not fit flush as it should. Will it fall off? Most likely not, just looks like a [poor] job. All in all very pleased with my purchase, just little annoying things I found while putting it together. 655818



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Great product, fits perfect and is very user friendly. It does take a while to set up and instructions are not great especially for the different type of screws. We love the product much easier than roof top and give us los of excess room. We have been using it for one month for different purposes to go to cottage and it as past the test, even off road.....you can see the dirt. 651369



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Great product. Could use a more secure latch to lock down the load. 629534



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This carrier is everything I was expecting to get. I read reviews about problems with water getting inside but after using it on a 6000 kilometre trip my carrier always remained dry inside. It made the perfect spot to put my generator and fuel. There was lots of room left for my Webber bbq. I also purchased hitch locks (4)which all are keyed to my pickup. Great product etrailer, when I’m not using my cargo carrier on my trailer I use it on my pickup. There was a bit of play on the receiver but I made up some shims and problem solved. Good job would recommend to everyone. Thanks again. 615467



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Works great had no issues drove from central Nebraska to Destin Florida with the storage unit attached to our vehicle. We plan to do it again this year too. We where able to hold 5 suitcases 1 large, 1 medium, and 3 smaller ones for kiddos. Still had room to pack little things around them. Great product. 610996


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  • Which Enclosed Hitch Cargo Carrier is Most Secure from Theft
  • Between the three you mentioned we can eliminate the Rola cargo carrier part # 59109 right off the bat as it has by far the weakest lock system. The locks are similar to what you'd see on a briefcase and the lid is position in such a way that it would be the easiest to pry off. The winner in my opinion is the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 when used with a padlock part # ACC3250 because not only is the pad lock more secure than the Thule Combi # TH665C lock the way the carrier...
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  • Enclosed Cargo Carrier for a 2018 Audi Q7 with 2 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • We have numerous enclosed hitch mounted cargo carriers so the only question is how big do you need? Rola carrier # 59109 is a great option because it is both an enclosed carrier and a flat carrier. The enclosed part can come off if needed! Also this version swings off to the side to allow you access to the rear of your 2018 Audi Q7. There will need to be less than 8-1/8 inches from the center of your hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the Q7 bumper for this carrier to clear the back...
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  • Enclosed Hitch Cargo Carrier that Can be Used in Hitch of RV
  • We do have a 2-inch hitch enclosed carrier that is suitable for use in the hitch on the rear of your trailer, the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604. This enclosed carrier offers a 300-lb cargo weight rating, it includes LED lighting for safety on the road (which requires a 4-pole wiring harness) and it includes anti-rattle pins. It slides to give you better access to the vehicle. You can add a lock # ACC3250. The Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier # M2205 is intended for use in a...
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  • Using a Generator on a GearDeck 17
  • The Gear Deck 17, part # H00604 is able to carry a generator, however, it is not recommended to run the generator with the fully removable lid installed. Our recommended use is to completely remove the lid and unpack the carrier and then use the telescoping base to slide the generator away from your vehicle prior to use. If your generator does have exhaust that points downward, I recommend removing the generator from the carrier prior to use. If you are looking to use the generator...
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  • Enclosed Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier without a Base or Shank
  • The enclosed part of GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black Item # H00604 attaches to the tray part which attaches to the base/shank so it wouldn't go together correctly without all those parts. We do have the similar replacement pod, # 10188, but it is smaller at 13.5 cubic feet. The replacement pod measures 53" long x 27" wide x 19" tall. This is slightly larger than the outer dimensions of the GearDeck 17 which is 48" long x 25"...
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  • Enclosed Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Mercedes Benz Sprinter RV
  • Not all enclosed cargo carriers are approved for use at the rear of an RV like the part # M2205-01-02 that you referenced but I do have a great solution for you that is. You'd want the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier part # H00604 which is RV approved and will work well. This can carry up to 17 cubic feet of storage space and has a 300 lb capacity. I attached a picture of what the carrier looks like installed on an RV as well as an install video for more info as well.
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  • Recommendation for Enclosed Carrier to Transport Generator on Coleman Trailer
  • The Stromberg Carlson Trailer Tray Cargo Carrier # CC-255 that you referenced is a great option for securing your Honda generator to the A-frame of your trailer, however there isn't a similar model available with an enclosed design like you are wanting. If you want to secure the generator to the A-frame, and its 32 inch long, 20 inch wide dimensions are large enough for the generator, then you might be able to add a cover like the Classic Accessories # CA79537. This cover is designed for...
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  • Will 4 Sets of Golf Clubs Fit in the Rola Swinging Enclosed Cargo Carrier # 59109
  • I'm not a golfer so I can't say how large the average set of clubs is so you would have to go by the inner dimensions of the Rola enclosed cargo carrier # 59109. In the inside: Bottom of pod: 47" length x 21" width Pod is widest in the middle: 52" length x 26-1/2" width Pod opening is 46" long and 20" wide Inside of pod is about 17" tall The GearSpace # HGK819 would be plenty big enough. Might even be able to throw a golf cart in there as well! But it is seriously huge and 34...
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  • Internal Dimensions of GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604
  • The inside dimensions of the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 that you referenced is 46-1/2" long x 24" wide x 25" tall. The box does not have a slope or angle to it either.
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  • Cargo Carrier and Hitch Recommendation for 2015 BMW 328d Sports Wagon
  • I really wish we had an enclosed cargo carrier that would fit the hitches that also fit your vehicle. At this time though we do not have anything that would work. If you'd be okay with an open style cargo carrier we can help with that but nothing enclosed. The hitch you'd want for your 2015 BMW 328d Sports Wagon is the Draw Tite part # 24945 which I recommend as it does not require a stabilizer strap when carrying a non-supported load like a cargo carrier which the Curt equivalent does....
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  • Fitting a Geardeck 17 to a 2008 Toyota Highlander with a 2 inch Curt Hitch
  • The GearDeck 17, part # H00604 is compatible with a 2008 Toyota Highlander. You'll want to use a hitch like the Curt Custom Fit Class III 2 Inch Receiver, part # 13534. The distance from the hitch pin hole to the rear of the Gear Deck 17 is about 14 inches. The distance from the hitch pin hole on the Curt Custom Fit Class III to the bumper is 3 inches, meaning your GearDeck 17 will sit 11 inches away from the vehicle. Generally we recommend at least 6 inches to avoid damage from exhaust...
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  • Will GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier Clear Spare of 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 will fit a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and clear the spare. This carrier has 14 inches from the center of it's hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the carrier which should be an inch or two more than needed to clear a Wrangler spare. The platform of the rack has a rise of 6 inches though so you'd need your spare to sit up higher than that from the top of the hitch opening. Most Wranglers need either 12 or 13 inches of clearance so 14...
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  • Will GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier H00604 Fit 2015 Ford Escape with 2 inch Hitch
  • If you have a 2 inch hitch installed on your vehicle the GearDeck part # H00604 will fit it and work well. It slides out to be 50 inches away from the hitch pin hole of the hitch it is installed in so would have plenty of clearance to allow your hatch to open. Inside dimensions are 46-1/2" long x 24" wide x 25" tall which may fit a golf bag but you'll need to measure first. Installing and removing the rack is very easy although the weight of it being 93 lbs might make it a little awkward.
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  • What is the Exterior of the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier Part # H00604 Made Of
  • I do have an option for you but the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier part # H00604 is only offered with a polyethylene exterior. However, we do offer the base separately with part # HMK901 which you could then take to a metal fabricator once you sketch up the layout and I think you would be much more satisfied as you would have something made to your exact specifications. We have even had customers do exactly what is described above which you can see in the attached review.
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  • Can Cargo Carrier Be Carried at Hitch While Towing Trailer
  • The only way to be able tow a trailer and carry a cargo carrier at the same time is if you use a dual hitch adapter like the part # D210 which will give you an upper hitch opening for a carrier like the GearDeck 17 part # H00604 that you referenced and a lower ball mount platform for towing a trailer.
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  • Will GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier Platform Allow Barn Doors to Open on 2017 Mercedes Sprinter
  • When we measure rise we measure from the top of the receiver opening to the top of the highest point on the slide-out platform. In this case that measurement was 6 inches. If you are measuring from the top of the outside of the receiver then it is possible that there will be interference. But when slid out the nearest edge of the carrier will be 50 inches out measured from the center of the hitch pin hole. You can check to see, when 50 inches back from pin hole center and 6 inches up...
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  • Do Tail Lights on GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 have a License Plate Light
  • I went out to our demo area and personally checked the lights on the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604. While there isn't a specific white light that shines down on the license plate the red lights for the other functions do illuminate that area slightly so the license plate would not be complete in the dark at night. For greater visibility you could splice in an LED license plate light, # LPL31CB, and be in compliance for sure.
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  • Hitch-Mount Cargo Carrier for Use on Rear Hitch of Camper Trailer
  • We do have a 2-inch hitch carrier that is suitable for use in the hitch on the rear of your trailer, the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604. This enclosed carrier offers a 300-lb cargo weight rating, it includes LED lighting for safety on the road (which requires a 4-pole wiring harness) and it includes anti-rattle pins. It slides to give you better access to the vehicle. You can add a lock # ACC3250. The Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier # M2205 is intended for use in a hitch that...
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  • Can Shank be Removed from Spine on GearDeak 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier
  • The shank on the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 referenced in your question is actually welded to the spine portion of the assembly, so it cannot really be removed. Also just note that modifying this or any cargo carrier will likely void the manufacturer's warranty and might also affect its performance.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • For your 2017 Toyota Highlander the best hitch option is the Draw Tite # 75896 as it has the best capacity and has a great price. Hitch installs are pretty basic for qualified mechanics. The best advice I can give would be to find a local mechanic to you with a good reputation and let them install it. I attached an install video as well for you to check out to see if you might be able to tackle it yourself.
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  • Will the Kuat Pivot Swing Away Work With the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier?
  • The Kuat Pivot Swing Away Hitch Extender for Bike Racks is rated for a maximum weight of 250 lbs. The GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Slide Out - 17 cu ft - 300 lbs - Black # H00604 can be used with this extender as long as you account for the 80 lb carrier and keep the cargo in the carrier to 170 lbs or less. You will also need to account for the 46 lb swinging extender in your hitch tongue weight capacity max when accounting for the complete load. I don't recommend...
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  • Solution for Needing Additional Cargo Space Beyond Enclosed Cargo Carrier
  • We have carriers that can slide out for access to the rear cargo door of the vehicle like the GearDeck 17 Enclosed Cargo Carrier # H00604 but we don't have any that can have cargo added to the top of the carrier. I think that is a really great idea though. Another option you might consider is a small enclosed trailer which will allow you more space for your larger items.
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  • Should Geardeck 17 Enclosed Carrier part # H00604 be Used with Hitch Adapter
  • We do not recommend using the GearDeck Enclosed Carrier part # H00604 with a hitch adapter like a riser as it will cut the capacity by 50 percent for most applications. Now for what you described of using two hitch adapters we would definitely not recommend that as that would be just a bad idea all around. Especially in a lower capacity hitch like what you have installed on your 2009 Mini Clubman. You should note that this only fits 2 inch hitches and your Mini Clubman would have a 1-1/4...
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