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This enclosed carrier is great for any road trip. Swing away carrier, allows you to access the back of the vehicle without having to remove the carrier or any items. The multi-purpose storage container is removable to help carry or store your gear.
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Today we are going to show you an assembly process for the Rola cargo carrier, part number 59109. First were going to stick the bottom half of the assembly into the hitch, we will start from there. Next we will start installing the outriggers they will go on the bottom and support the cargo carrier itself. The next step we need to do is go ahead and install the wire harness. What we need to do first is go ahead and unpin the hinge mechanism and unfold it so we have plenty of working room to run our wires. Now we can go ahead and install our wiring. First we will install a zip tie loosely around the tube and then we will run our wires through it and then snug it up to secure it, to keep it from moving anywhere. We will leave all the zip ties reasonably loose for now, because we still have to work around and make sure we have plenty of length where it plugs into the cargo carrier as well as to the vehicle. Next thing we need to do is take apart the tray from the cargo box itself. We will go ahead and close the fold mechanism back up and we will start building on top of that.
We will go ahead and separate the cargo box from the tray, we will undo the latches, pick it up with some help and set it to the side. Now we will lay the tray itself onto the swing away assembly, and then we will line up our bolt holes. As you can see the tray has slots in it for where the rails fit into, so make sure you get it in the right spot. You can slide it right into place. Now that we have the tray in place, lets bolt it into position. If you notice there are eight holes in the tray and there are only four bolts. It is okay because the assembly only uses four bolts. It uses the outside holes for the installation. Now that we have our bolts in we will go ahead and install the nut and washer assemblies. At this point you go ahead and tighten all the screws down. The cargo carrier platform is installed, we can get back to the wiring, go ahead and hook it up, take up our slack and send the rest of it back to the trailer hitch. Go ahead and snip off the excess to keep it nice and neat. That pretty much finishes up the installation of it. We can go ahead and close it up, put our cargo carrier on there and test the operation of it. The cargo box itself is installed we will go ahead and check the locks for operation and your install will be complete. As you can see, relatively easy assembly, you only need a few hand tools. It is nice that it comes with this specific alan key with it. It should take you no more than twenty minutes to assemble.
Average Customer Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (20 Customer Reviews)This enclosed carrier is great for any road trip. Swing away carrier, allows you to access the back of the vehicle without having to remove the carrier or any items. The multi-purpose storage container is removable to help carry or store your gear.
Will suit my needs I purchased the swing away model. Its bulk requires two people to move safely when empty, though I have moved it myself. There is no point to having the unit for extra space but not being able to get to the back ½ of the vehicle. Defeats the purpose! The unit requires some assembly of the metal hitch mounted carrier to the plastic tray. The instructions recommend you mount the hitch into your car receiver and I echo that. During assembly, I ran into a problem. The washers that came with the unit were not correct. They sent eight ½ inch fender washers which could not be used. They sent four 3/8 inch washers which I actually needed 12 of. I had to purchase 8 more 3/8 washers to finish the assembly. Not a big deal, but inconvenient. It looks like they sent me a tilting hardware pack with the swing away model. I also purchased the license plate kit. This involved drilling a 1” hole in the tray. I was not thrilled about drilling the hole in my new tray. The other problem is that drilling the hole is not trivial. A 1” twist drill is probably not in everyone’s tool kit. You can not use a wood spade bit as it will drill a hole through the 2nd wall of the shell before you get the hole drilled in the 1st wall. I used a hole saw with no center tap. I drilled a piece of wood and used that to guide the saw into the tray where I wanted it. Other than that, the installation was straightforward. Upon opening the box I made the following observations. The shell of the pod seems adequate. I plan to use the pod for Ski trips and I hope that the plastic does not get to brittle in the cold weather. A cracked shell will render the unit worthless. I would like to have seen a better attempt at waterproofing the lid. Also, the pod drain in the literature is essentially a hole drilled in the bottom of the unit and a small friction fit plug you fit into it. Just seems flimsy to me. If the plug pops out, water could enter the unit without warning. The clips that hold the lid down and keep the pod in the tray look light to me. I have seen these types of brackets on my hardshell golf case and have had problems with them breaking. I suppose there is not a lot of stress on these but know from experience I will have to be careful in using them just the same. I especially feel that care will be needed when removing the pod from the tray. Be sure to close the clips on the pod bottom before putting the unit on the ground or you could break them. They hang down below the pod bottom. And don’t consider the clip’s locks as security locks. The locks will keep the clips from opening unexpectedly, but won’t keep a determined thief out for even one minute. I initially thought the removable pod and tray might be an asset. I now feel it to be a liability. I doubt I will ever use the tray without the pod, and now have a potential point of failure between the pod and tray. It does help to be able to remove the pod when mounting the hitch bracket as it is heavy and awkward. In all, I think this unit will meet all my needs. While I have some reservations about the Rola as noted, I seriously doubt I will have problems. Besides, it comes with a 5 year warranty! If I do have problems, then stay tuned as I will post back when I have more experience with the unit. 1041
by: Al W08/15/2013
sorry for taking so long to reply, but been busy. As you can see from the pictures attached the box is installed and works very good. I have a few comments on it and how it goes together. The main part went together very well and quite quickly, it does take two people for the most part, which is no big issue, my main concern is why the licence plate light is not supplied with the box, already installed, as this is necessary in most states/ provinces and therefore should already be part of the complete box assembly. The other concern is the quality of locks provided on the box and the rack. The ones provided are very inferior to those provided on the Thule box. To date I've not used the box on a trip, but feel it will work very well. 95249
by: Nick D.04/22/2015
This is a really cool product. It was a piece of cake to assemble and even looks good! We have a Toyota Highlander and with the third row seat up, we have very little luggage room. The cargo carrier does not hold suit cases very well, due to it's size and shape. However, this problem is easily fixed by using duffle bags or something similar to store your clothes in. The only complaint I had with the product is that the zip ties that were supplied to tie down the wiring harness, were to short to do the job. Fortunately I had more on hand that were long enough so it wasn't an issue. The wiring harness was also to short to reach the connection on my vehicle. You'll want to hook up the carrier side 1st, then work your way back with the zip ties, tying it down. Then get an extension to go from the vehicle to the carrier. This may sound like a headache but it's really not. I always carry an extension on hand anyway because it's a common problem. Anyway, it's a great product and I highly recommend it. 187362
Important to note, ETrailer is a great supplier/st This review of the Rola is no reflection on them. Rola Swinging Enclosed Cargo Carrier: Pros: -works for carrying items -having a removeable cargo box is convenient -swing arm is a real asset -nice looking Cons: -leaks when wet (to fix, put silicone sealer on the rivets which hold the lid on the carrier; mfg should have noted this but didn't) -the way the box hangs on the brackets is a little frightening as if the simple welds fail, especially the way it tends to bounch, the box may fall off and hit another vehicle... After owning this product for over 5 years, the welds are failing (there has been no more than 125lbs in the box at any one time). -locks are very hard to work and cheap. 50460
Nice Product I bought this product for my SUV. I haven’t used it yet, but the assembly was easy. Even though the product says it’s water resistant, I believe that with the size of the lip and the design that everything will stay dry like it was water proof. The only thing I wish the product company had done differently was to build a better license plate mount into the design; the attachment location is not the best. I don’t like the idea of drilling or using self tapping screws on my new box. The box is a nice size and will be a great addition on long trips with a large group. 3087
Stinks, leaks. Locks suck. Don't buy this unit. It is poorly constructed and the company won't stand by their warranty. The hinges on mine bent because they never used backers on their rivets and now it leaks. The locks are pieces of junk and half the time don't work. If they get these flaws fixed it is will be a great unit. Right now, stay away. 2534
Happy with product and company Installed this on our Jeep Rubicon. Installion was a breeze as long as you follow the instruction. Be sure the wiring for you lights are on the bottom of the cargo frame. If not you will find out why real fast when trying to lock unit in place. My wife and I are very happy with the product. GREAT PRODUCT. Also doing business etrailer was very smooth and enjoyable. Getting ready to buy some other items we need from them now. Great Company. They would of got EXCELLENT, but I only give that to my family. 973
by: Garret B08/29/2014
The swing-out feature for this product is an excellent idea. Works great! Installations is a snap. etrailer.com provides a good video that walks you thru the assembly/installation process - gives you a good how to demo. Good amount of storage capacity. A lot easier alternative to using my roof mount carrier. Would be nice if there was flag or some type of indicator on the unit to help the driver when backing up. 149189
by: Mark A10/03/2010
Excellent Product Easy to assemble, everything works smoothly and all assembly holes line up perfectly. Just used this unit on our first family vacation, and even while loaded to the limit with heavy luggage the very heavy steel hinge handles the load with ease even in the full swing out position. The locks are on the lightweight side but with proper care should be no problem. 3496
Bad placement of Wiring harnes The heat of your exhaust melts the wiring harness. I also lost all the paint off that side of the post due to the heat of the exhaust. The ease of use and ability to open rear door in my opinion does not out weight the down side of the wires melting. 972
Could be better. This product is not weather resistant as stated. We have owned our product for 3 weeks and it has rained three times leaving approximately a half-inch of water on the bottom. This also fully soaked all of our luggage, and everything else we had in the carrier. 942
Extra Space Has the extra space I need for my minivan. I also use a dual hitch extension. It raise the cargo carrier (for better ground clearance) and it move it further back (allow opening the rear hatch without swinging the cargo carrier open). 3466
Not worth the money! Get Thule The Hitch plug bounces in the receiver because it is a few millimeters too small. The package was missing washers and bolts. The keys and locks are garbage . I am upset I chose this over Thule ! 2156
by: BJ K12/27/2014
Really solid product. I would recommend having help installing and un-installing this however. It isn't really heavy, but it is awkward and the weight is a little off center. But, it works very well for what I use it for. 167091
by: Bob T.08/09/2012
So far, so good. Delivered on time. A breeze to install. (one person). All wiring hook-ups work. Seems sturdily built. Haven't traveled with it, yet. It will make our trip next week a lot easier. 51068
by: John B.10/27/2011
WOW! What a great job. I will definately be ordering from this company in the future. Excellent service and product was delivered on time. Easy to install and great customer care. Job well done! 26217
by: Myron M.03/25/2012
Easy to assemble and install. Looks nice on vehicle. Taillights are good to have. Swing away system works good. 35041
by: Matt M03/28/2012
Very easy to assemble and looks great, can't wait to use it. Customer service was awesome and very attentive. 35410
by: Chris S.08/08/2012
Amazing service and delivery. Thanks a gain 50951
by: Pat B06/01/2012
Best hitch Cargo Carrier Made !! 42318
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