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24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Steel - 500 lbs

24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Steel - 500 lbs

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are planning to add taillights to be street legal

No, if you:

  • Want to avoid the hassle of unloading your gear to access your cargo area
  • Park in a garage and want to leave the carrier on your vehicle
Easily transport gear with this hitch cargo carrier. Raised rails help keep gear in place and provide tie-down points. And the rise shank offers an extra 2-1/2" of ground clearance. Optional light kit sold separately. Call 800-298-1624 to order Reese hitch cargo carrier part number 63153 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for 24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Steel - 500 lbs. Hitch Cargo Carrier reviews from real customers.
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Reese Hitch Cargo Carrier - 63153

  • Flat Carrier
  • Fixed Carrier
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • 60 Inch Long
  • 24 Inch Wide
  • Class III
  • Class IV
  • Steel
  • Reese
  • Heavy Duty

Easily transport gear with this hitch cargo carrier. Raised rails help keep gear in place and provide tie-down points. And the rise shank offers an extra 2-1/2" of ground clearance. Optional light kit sold separately.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, basket-style cargo carrier lets you tote extra gear
    • Frees up space inside your vehicle for passengers and pets
    • Keeps wet and muddy items from dirtying up the interior of your vehicle
  • Raised shank elevates carrier platform by 2-1/2" for better ground clearance
  • Side rails help keep cargo in place and provide multiple tie-down points
  • Mesh floor is easy to clean
  • Black powder coated steel is durable and resists rust and corrosion
  • Optional light kit (sold separately) is required if cargo blocks vehicle's tail lights
  • 3-Piece design requires assembly
  • Hitch lock or hitch pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Weight capacity: 500 lbs
  • Outside dimensions: 61-1/2" long x 25-1/2" wide x 5-1/2" tall
  • Inside dimensions: 60" long x 24" wide x 5-1/2" deep
  • Shank rise: 2-1/2"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest edge of carrier: 12-3/4"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to bend in shank: 5"
  • Limited 1-year warranty


Reese cargo carrier with optional light kit

This sturdy steel cargo carrier has oval cutouts so that you can install an optional light kit (sold separately). A light kit must be used if your cargo blocks the tail lights on your vehicle.



63153 Reese 24x60 Railed Hitch Cargo Carrier - 2 Inch Hitches - Black Powder Coated Steel - 500 lbs

Alternate 63152

Replaces Draw-Tite 40101

Installation Details 63153 Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Steel - 500 lbs - 63153

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (920 Customer Reviews)

Easily transport gear with this hitch cargo carrier. Raised rails help keep gear in place and provide tie-down points. And the rise shank offers an extra 2-1/2" of ground clearance. Optional light kit sold separately.

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This a very nice hitch rack. Well built, lots of space, long hitch tube works very well with Jeep Wrangler JL spare tire, however, you will not be able to open the swing tailgate with the rack on. Its not a big issue as it provides a good amount of clearance to the ground. If you use this carrier with one of the hitch rack cargo bags, it really adds to the cargo capacity of the rack. I have been very happy with this rack, I also like that you can add additional tail/brake lights to the rack.


Comments
Update, Still supper happy with the carrier. It did great during hunting season hauling heavy loads. One word of caution specifically for Jeep Wrangler owners. If you run a larger tire than stock ie-35x12.50x17, like I do, the racks tubing is not long enough to make it into the hole for the hitch pin to line up. You will either need a hitch extension or another hole drilled in the tube most likely NOT recommended by the manufacturer. Still keeping the 5 star rating.
Jeff - 05/28/2020

I do not recommend drilling a hole however the Hitch Extender for 2" Trailer Hitches part # 80307 will work to extend the hitch. It does cut the tongue weight of the hitch in half so you will not want to exceed half of the tongue weight rating of your hitch.

-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 5/28/2020


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The Reese cargo carrier and anti-rattle lock both arrived quickly and in perfect condition. My 14 year old son and I put the carrier together in about 15 minutes and installed it on my 2019 Toyota 4Runner. Very happy with the the quality of the carrier. It is very sturdy. We hauled (3) 5-gallon gas containers to the gas station, filled them and returned home without incident. The carrier performed as I hoped it would. This was the first of many jobs I expect this carrier to help with in the future. Although the photo may not show it, the containers were secured with heavy duty bungee cords during during our trip.


Comments
One year later and still using the Reese carrier frequently. Its holding up well and is super easy to use.
Bryan G - 12/30/2019



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Assembly was easy and looks great! We can't wait to use it on our trip.



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First off, etrailer is great. I shopped numerous other sites and they had the best price on his cargo carrier. Second, they kept me in he loop from start to finish and had the cargo carrier delivered on the 3rd business day (maybe it was the 2nd). The cargo carrier was easy to put together. I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on that but will follow-up once I have. I do believe I will eventually order an anti wobble hitch pin though. There is quite a bit of play in my 2" receiver but maybe that won't be a factor once I have some weight on it.


Comments
Looks really nice - Im looking to get one for my Jeep too. Have you had any troubles since you wrote this review ? Did you need the anti wobble pin ? How easy is it to put it on and off, my concern is that I will need to take it on and off a lot.
-- comment by: Sam - 06/13/2014

Comments
This is for Sam. No, I have not had any problems with the cargo carrier. It is a little heavy but I can take it on and off by myself. I hang it on the wall in my garage so it stores nicely out of the way. It does wobble but it doesnt really seem to affect anything. I usually try and make sure my load is balanced.I think it is a perfect addition for the wranglers limited storage space.
-- comment by: Chris b - 06/19/2014


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I have used this twice on long distance trips. It has helped tremendously because my girlfriend always overpacks the SUV. Tip: IF the carrier is in short distance from your exhaust pipe air flow you may want to purchase a flame/ heat retardant blanket to protect your items. My first trip i had a new Igloo cooler on it and when I got to my destination 6 hours later, the wheels were melted to the trailer. Also you may want to add some reflective tape to it just for added safety. I would definitely recommend this Trailer.


Comments
Used it many times and I highly recommend it. I did learn a lesson on the first use. My exhaust heat melted a wheel on my Igloo Cooler that was positioned behind it. I ended up buying a heat retardant blanket to place under everything and now more cooler melt. I also added reflective decals around the trailer perimeter. This is a sturdy product and has already seen about 5000 miles of road. Getting the Trailer Hitch lock is important too. There is zero wiggle or noise when used.
jeff j - 01/14/2021


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As described. Easy assembly and looks/ feels appropriate for the advertised weight rating. I recommend getting an anti rattle device for the hitch receiver.



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Solid carrier with plenty of room! Wow, I put this carrier to the test on a 1,600 mile road trip with our 2007 Toyota Highlander and was not disappointed. Plenty of room to store luggage for a family of four plus a load of Christmas presents. We kept everything secure and dry with the etrailer.com 20-cubic foot cargo bag and kept side movement to practically nil with the anti-rattle hitch pin. All around, the whole set up was rock solid and looked great! I highly recommend the light kit as well. With the cargo bag fully maxed out, the Highlander's taillights were blocked. And since we do a fair amount of driving at night I also added some reflective tape all around the top bar to give not only the sides some visibility, but also the back to get the attention of those not-so-attentive drivers behind me. Lastly, the kit was easy to put together; it came with spacers but I did not need them to obtain a flush assembly; the separation problem some have reported during assembly was avoided by torquing down the bolts around the nameplates before the main bar bolts, just as others have reported to have worked for them.


Comments
How did you mount the license plate to the carrier?
-- comment by: Bob D - 11/30/2012

It looks like he might have used some self tapping screws to secure it to the railing, but I am not sure. I can send an email to him so he can come back and respond.

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 12/3/2012

Comments
@ Bob - I drilled two holes to accomodate the standard bolt size used to mount the license plate to the car and then used nuts to secure the assembly.As a side note, two years later the carrier is holding up well. Have used it numerous times for short and long hauls and even my neighbors are borrowing it :-
-- comment by: Ray J - 12/03/2012

Thanks for the follow up!

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 12/3/2012

Comments
Thanks Ray... I dont like self taping screws, taking them in and out will eventually mess up. Your idea of through bolting the plate is what I was going to do, but I was concerned about weakening the structure. Glad to see this is not an issue with you two years later.... C-Ya! BfD
-- comment by: Bob D - 12/03/2012


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I bought this carrier rack as the base unit for a generator box that I installed on the back of my travel trailer. It worked perfectly, and I've been using it for almost a year with no issues other than instant rust on the lower parts of the frame the first time it rained. A can of rust inhibiting spray paint took care of that issue. I did a ton of online research and chose this model because it actually has a large distance between the hitch receiver and the carrier and I needed it to stick out far enough to clear the spare tire. This model also has about a 4 inch rise between the hitch and the carrier which helps prevent it from dragging on the ground when going over gullies and steep driveways and such. This was the only one I found that didn't sit straight out from the hitch. The carrier itself is quite robust. It was easy to assemble, and I installed the LED light kit (super easy to install) and added some reflective tape for additional visibility. It is a bit heavy and awkward for one person to install on a vehicle, but I managed to do it and an "anti-rattle" hitch pin (also purchased from etrailer) took care of the sway. I didn't worry about the up and down movement because I bolted a metal box inside to carry 2 portable generators and the weight seems to keep it pretty stable. I've attached a couple of photos... please note that my trailer is backed up against a 6 inch retaining wall, so the rack is 6 inches closer to the ground than it is when I'm driving.



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I waited to use this for a weekend camping trip before the review. Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic of it loaded with firewood and the cooler. It worked great. Didn't hear any wobbles or rattles. I definitely knew it was there when riding over humps and dips in the road. My only complaint was that the expanded metal mesh was too small to allow the hooks of my ratchet straps through to secure items using the mid-rack supports. I was able to get bungee hooks through just fine though.



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Ordered this cargo carrier, extra large bag and light kit. Shipping was extremely fast; arrived in less that 4 days. Easy to assemble, I did however run to my local hardware store and got extra heavy duty washers to be sure all was nice and snug when assembled. The cargo carrier assembly was as easy as described; however no matter how I put in the lights, the plug wire was not long enough. Bought a $4 extender at Walmart. Be sure to put the rubber grommets in first, then put the lens in !!! Packed 3 large suitcases, 2 large duffel bags, smaller bags and still had room!! We did a 800 mile round trip to the beach, ran through some terrible rain storms, but everything stayed bone dry inside the cargo bag. Great product, fast shipping; wish I would have bought this long ago.


Comments
Thank you for the picture of bag!What is the brand and model of the extra large bag?
-- comment by: DC - 07/12/2013

The bag in Todds photo is the the etrailer.com Extra Large Cargo Bag, part 988501. 54 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches tall. It is designed to fit the largest cargo carriers like the Pro Series carrier that Todd is using it with. Check the link:

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 7/15/2013


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Assembly was very simple and fast. Cargo carrier sits level when on the truck. This carrier is superior to the cheap bolted carriers.



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I have three pics of our new cargo carrier that we bought from you. Also the light kit and cargo netting. The cargo carrier went very good. I did have to buy a hitch adapter, which i have a pic of because the cargo carrier was a 2" and i have a 1 and 1/2 inch reciever. As you can see we do not travel lightly.



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I bought one of these racks 2 years ago to take to the beach. Three trips to the beach and many trips camping, and to the home improvement store an this rack rocks! I just purchased a second one as a gift to a friend that goes to the beach with us (we take a lot of stuff). The 500 pound rating is no joke as I've had close to that on it several times. If my picture comes through you will see it loaded for the beach with an inflatable dinghy, outboard, gas can, water trampoline, fishing gear, chairs, beach toys, inflatable kayak, and more. This trip had to have 400 pounds on the rack.



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My wife and I spend the winters in southern GA and needed a cargo carrier as we make our move between TN and GA. Everything we pack will fit into the car with ease, but we're a tad cramped. When I say we, I mean our dog and two cats. :) Having the cargo carrier will allow us to pack our clothes, etc. outside the car while everyone has more room inside the car. On this particular hitch (Curt Class III), I can haul 300lbs back there. The three containers you see in the pics will probably be full, but not weigh anywhere near 300lbs total. This will definitely make our travel more comfortable. It also alleviated the need for a larger car where the bigger volume of cargo space would only get used a couple of times per year. Smaller car for a daily drive equals less gas. The cargo carrier is a bit on the cumbersome side so my wife helps me get it connected. It's heavy duty and expect it to last many years.



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This is LONG overdue! We bought this tray in 2013 for our 2010 Ford Flex (still on the road today!), along with the thick cargo bag that attaches to this tray very easily. We have used this tray EXTENSIVELY over the past 4 yrs., and prior to that for at least one long distance family vacation per year. We also got the rack to install on garage wall, so that we could easily hang the tray in the garage wall, very handy!! For the past 4 years I have been tagging along with my hubby as he has jobsite changes every 3-9 mos. This tray/bag has let me take the items I need very easily all across the country - literally. It has been in FL Summer sun, MN subzero temps, Idaho snow! It allows us to easily open the back liftgate, sometimes you have to pull the top of the bag out of the way if you have packed it full, so ALL is ACCESSIBLE. THIS IS A GREAT INVENTION and you will not be disappointed by its durability!



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Etrailer once again provided great customer service by expediting my shipment and by reviewing some photos of the assembled product to answer my questions. The cargo carrier assembled pretty quickly and easily. I bought it to use with hauling things like my lawn mower for service. The pictures will show how that worked out, which was great. I know that I will find some additional uses like moving and hauling bulk items.



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Carrier was perfect size for project I needed it for. Fits loose in receiver hitch like everything does. Like the factory mount for lights.


Comments
Carrier works good but after 1 year it has rust stains all over coming out of the bars on the sides.
Conrad - 05/11/2021


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Well designed cargo carrier! I own a jeep liberty with a tire on the back. I have hunted for the perfect hitch cargo carrier that has a good sized platform, doesn't scrape the ground when driving up inclines and isn't extremely heavy. This one is it! The hitch leave roughly 1/4" gap between the tire and basket so its a nice tight fit and doesn't stick to far out. It elevates upward from the hitch so I don't need to worry about hitting the ground on inclines. The sides are good for keeping everything in place and piece of mind. One downfall is that I can't open the back on the liberty because of the tire. I can open the glass through. Overall highly recommended carrier!



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I want to thank you for a very excellent product. It took me just over an hour to put carrier together and install lights (I took my time, it was hot). I fits perfect on my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I have a large spare tire on the back, on an aftermarket tire carrier and the fit is perfect (See enclosed photos). Your price was great and the ship time was, well I could not ask for better. Thank you gentlemen, I will be heading to the Panamint Valley soon and now I can carry all the equipment I will need, thanks again.



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Received shipment in timely fashion. When assembling I noticed the platform posts that are supposes to slid in opposite platform were bent and prevented assembly until I had to straighten them with hammer, so minor set back. Total assembly 10 minutes. When installed on hitch it does have a little wiggle room, probably 1" each way. Suggest wedging a shim into hitch if it bothers you. On initial use I hauled 20 bags of mulch and all well. Yet to install light kit and not sure I will as anything I haul will not interfere with vehicle lighting. Recommend this product.



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Product arrived in good order. Although assembly time was longer than advertised, assembly was simple and straightforward. A little concern about the strength and possible cantilever, but the generator fits with plenty of room for fuel cans and other materials. Eager to give it a road test.



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Awesome product! easy to put together and carries so much gear without impacting gas mileage. I got the light kit so I can really load it but it rides so low with my Subaru Outback they're not really needed.


Comments
Continues to impress friends how much gear I can carry and still get 30 mpg!
Kirk - 10/22/2019



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Very well packaged, arrived in good shape. Easy to put together. Have 12.50 x 35 inch tires plenty of clearance, can not open tail gate with large tire. Ordered light/wire kit, changed to different lights. Will work great for what I need.



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I purchased this cargo carrier for my 2013 Jeep Wrangler. It came disassembled and following the instructions, I had it set up in less than 30 minutes. I mounted it to my Jeep's hitch and it sits perfectly. I have over-sized Nitto Terra Grappler tires (305/55/R20). The goose neck on the carrier clears my rear tire by 4" (see photo).


Comments
Hi Bill,I also own a 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Can you open the rear door with the unloaded cargo carrier installed?
-- comment by: Brad - 06/13/2015



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I ordered the bag and Hitch Basket together in one order for a trip in July. I will follow up with a review after the trip. I can say that it was super easy to put together and the quality is evident as soon as you open the box. Super quick shipping also, ordered it Friday, got it Monday. My only question is on the back of my 2013 Durango with dual exhaust is it going to get hot enough to damage the bag when i'm going down the highway at 80mph? I did a test run without the bag and it didnt seem like the basket got hot, a little warm. Any one that has driven any distance that can let me know would be a huge relief for me.


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  • How Much Weight Can Be Loaded in Cargo Carrier on 2015 Wrangler Unlimited w/ Class III Hitch
    If the hitch in on your Wrangler Unlimited has a 350 lb tongue weight capacity, it means that no more than 350 lbs can be safely suspended from the receiver. The weight of the carrier would be included in that 350 lb figure. If the carrier is used with an extender like part # HES6, the tongue weight capacity of the hitch would be reduced by 50 percent. The further the load is moved away from the receiver, the more leverage is exerted. If this leverage becomes too great, the hitch receiver...
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  • Is it Possible to Attach a Bike Rack to Pro Series # 63153 Cargo Carrier
    There's a couple of options for carrying bikes with the Pro Series # 63153. If you don't mind removing the bike's front wheel, the Swagman # S64703 would be a good choice for bikes with a 9mm skewer diameter, and would allow you to carry one bike on your carrier. Installing wheel hoops like part # CC-125 would also work well, allowing you to carry two bikes. If you're speaking of installing a bike rack into the back of the shank of the cargo carrier, that's not possible with this...
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  • Factors that Contribute to Exhaust Melting Hitch Cargo Carrier
    Exhaust melting cargo on a cargo carrier isn't a super common problem, but we are aware that it does happen on occasion. Especially if the cargo carrier is at the same height as the exhaust, relatively close to it, and/or the material in the carrier is susceptible to melting. Other factors to consider are the size of the engine, climate, and road conditions. Engines are basically big air pumps. The bigger the motor the more hot air is pumped out of it. Hotter climates will also allow...
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  • Cargo Carrier for Carrying a Cooler on Front Mount Hitch Receiver
    Yes, the 24 x 60 Cargo Carrier for 2 Inch Hitches # 63153 will work for carrying a cooler on your front mount trailer hitch. Any of our 2 inch cargo carriers should work on your front mount. Keep in mind, you do not want to block your headlights. You also do no want to prevent enough air flow from hitting your vehicle radiator that could cause overheating problems.
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  • Can A Cargo Carrier Be used as a Hitch Extension for Towing a Boat
    A cargo carrier like the Pro Series # 63153 you mentioned cannot be used as a hitch extender, primarily because the extended length would place too much leverage upon the receiver hitch and its mounting points. This excessive leverage would most likely damage the receiver and could cause the hitch to become detached from the vehicle. I would recommend using a Multi-Purpose Ball Mount like the Curt # D210. The ball mount is rated at 7500 lb towing, 750 lb tongue weight, and the receiver...
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  • Can Hitch Mounted Bike Racks be Added to Hitch Mounted Cargo Carriers to Carry Bikes and Cargo Items
    We do have some options that will allow you to carry cargo and bikes on your 2012 Toyota Highlander, however, bike racks should not be mounted to a hitch mounted cargo carrier. The opening that you see on this cargo carrier is simply a hollow tube, not a receiver. Adding a bike rack to a hitch mounted cargo carrier would place too much weight too far back from the trailer hitch. This will create additional stress that the trailer hitch and your vehicle frame cannot support. It is similar...
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  • Recommendation To Relocate License Plate When Using Tow Ready Hitch Cargo Carrier, # 63153
    On the Tow Ready Hitch Cargo Carrier, # 63153, the license plate can be mounted to the back of the cargo carrier by drilling two holes of 1/4 inch or less and attaching the plate with two screws. I also have a Optronics License Plate Holder, # LP35BB, that you could use. It mounts by one screw in the center and then the license plate attaches to the holder. If you have the Optional Light Kit, # 20174, on your cargo carrier you could use the Optronics License Plate Light And Bracket,...
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  • Ground Clearance Difference for Pro Series # 63153 and Curt # C18130 Cargo Carriers on 2008 Sienna
    Both the Pro Series # 63153 and Curt # C18130 cargo carriers have an angled shank to provide better ground clearance than straight-shank types. The Pro Series has 2-1/2-inches of rise in the shank while the Curt has 3 inches of rise. Also the Curt carrier has the ability to adjust the placement of the carrier basket on the shank and includes the required hitch pin and clip, while the Pro Series does not. You can use part # PC3 or a locking anti-rattle hitch pin such as # 63232. The Pro...
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  • How To Install License Plate And Light Kit On The Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier # 63153
    On the Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier, part # 63153, you can use the Optional Light Kit, part # 20174. This light kit will install on the Pro Series cargo carrier and plug into a 4-flat connector on your vehicle. This will give you operating taillights on the back of your cargo carrier. To mount your license plate on your vehicle and illuminate it I would recommend using either the Optronics License-Plate Light w/ Mounting Bracket, part # LP55CB, or the Peterson License Plate Light with...
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  • Recommendations for Preventing Exhaust From Melting Tarp Covering Cargo in Cargo Carrier
    Exhaust melting cargo on a cargo carrier isn't a super common problem, but we are aware that it does happen on occasion. Especially if the cargo carrier is at the same height as the exhaust, relatively close to it, and/or the material in the carrier is susceptible to melting. Other factors to consider are the size of the engine, climate, and road conditions. Engines are basically big air pumps. The bigger the motor the more hot air is pumped out of it. Hotter climates will also allow...
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