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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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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 800-298-8924 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

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

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

Item # 63153

Installation Details 63153 Installation instructions


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

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Video Transcript for Reese 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese Explorer 24x60 Cargo Carrier for two inch hitches. Offering steel construction and a 500 pound capacity, the part number is 6-3-1-5-3.Now, the typical uses we see for the utility style carrier like this is going to be kind of how we have it set up. You're going on a trip. You've got a lot of gear and you need room inside the vehicle for passengers, pets, or things that you really don't want exposed. This gives you a great way to get those items outside.Also, this can help protect the interior of your vehicle from dirt. You can use this for hauling bags of gravel from the landscaping company, maybe muddy sports equipment, things like that.Now that we've gone over why cargo carriers are handy, let's take a look at the features this one has to see if it's going to fit your needs.Now, the carrier is going to be 24 inches inside the rails this way, and it's going to be inside of the rails crossway.

That's a very common carrier size. There are several options for bags that you can add if you want some additional protection for your items.Here we can take a look at the shank of the carrier. It's going to be two inches by two inches, so you want to be sure you're using Class three or four hitch that has the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. This will also work out with the two and a half inch hitches if you use your adapter. You'll notice we do have a rise in the shank.

This is going to be about three inches. That's going to help elevate the level of the carrier.Now while that rise might not be terribly important on a vehicle like this 4runner, on hitches that sit lower to the ground, that can really help out when you're going in and out of un-level pavement or parking garages and keep it from dragging at the rear.As you can see, the carrier's going to have the expanded steel tight floor in it. I like this style floor just because if we do have wet or dirty items, it allows that stuff to fall down and through. It really won't sit on top of the carrier.It's also going to have the raised rail that goes all the way around the outside. That helps to provide some additional containment, side to side, and front to back.

It's going to be about five and a half inches to the top from the platform itself.Now, as we've said, the carrier offers sturdy, steel construction and a 500 pound weight capacity. It's going to offer a black, powder coat finish. The finish quality on it I would say is about average. It's not the thickest power coat I've ever put my hands on, but also not the thinnest that we get with some items.Now one thing to keep in mind when using a cargo carrier is as you start to get larger and larger items on it, they might block your lights or your license plate. If that's the case, you want to stay legal, those need to be visible.

We have light kits available. You see the carrier's already going to have the accommodation here for those to slide right in and with the bars going side to side, you can easily reattach your license plate right there just to keep you legal in all states.Now let's take a second. We can compare this cargo carrier with some other ones that we have available. The size on this one I like a lot. It's kind of in the middle of the range. It's not one of the great, big, huge ones that can be hard to manage, and it's not so small that you're not going to have some usefulness out of it and be able to fit your items on it.The overall quality of the construction I think is really good as compared to some of the other ones. The powder coat finish, as we've said, feels decent. It's certainly not the best, certainly not the worst. The size of the openings on the floor . I like this size, it's not so small so if you're putting some dirty items on there, rocks and stuff are going to get stuck or clumps of mud, but they're also not so big that if you have some smaller items you're putting on there, you have to worry about them falling through. We get that with some of the slat style floors, and some of the carriers.Now a few of the cons I see with this cargo carrier is it only comes with a standard pin and clip. You can see how much movement we have. You're going to have that with just about any cargo carrier that is secured with just a pin and a clip. That weight can transfer side to side. It'll be felt in the vehicle, so I strongly recommend picking up one of the anti-rattle devices to lock that point up so you're not going to have that movement. It leads to a much more enjoyable experience when you are transporting items.Also, this is a fixed carrier, so unlike some of the folding options where you could take this carrier and reduce the length off of the back of your vehicle, you won't be able to do that with this one.Now with this particular carrier, from the center of your hitch pin hole to the outermost edge here at the back, it's going to be about 38 and a half inches. Now, with that being said, in my opinion, this is going to be a good, quality carrier. It's going to give you a lot of bang for the buck and it's something that you'll get years of use out of.That's going to complete our look at the Reese Explorer 24x60 Cargo Carrier, part number 6-3-1-5-3.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (640 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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I received a confirmation email within several minutes of my purchase and two more over the next couple of days giving me the status of my order and shipping. My Pro Series Cargo Carrier hitch rack was delivered very quickly and arrived in great condition. The box was well designed, it showed a bit of wear from the handling but the rack inside was in perfect condition. It was easy to assemble and using a torque wrench as recommended ensured that the bolts are properly tightened. I was surprised that the box was shorter than the 60" length of the carrier, opening the box confirmed my guess that the body of the rack was in two sections. This was replacing another carrier that had been destroyed in an accident. I had presumed it, too, was one piece with the receiver needing to be attached. I hadn't picked up on the fact that the rack was in sections, probably my oversight. Never the less, the bolts holding it together are very substantial and the rack is very solid. I would buy it again without any question. I bought this primarily for our annual trip to the beach to carry coolers, supplies and a large, heavy duty utility cart that won't fit in the 4Runner but is used to haul the family's abundance of gear from the condo to the shore. I will use it for hunting and fishing excursions, too. I am very pleased with the excellent service from etrailer and with the rack itself. 139815



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Well designed and made product....I added some lock washers for my own peace of mind. Plan to carry my 60 lb EBike 572831



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Great Carrier - Minor Defects I purchased this carrier, which for it's size and capabilities, this is a great deal. However, a couple of minor issues you need to be aware of. First off, there were a couple of minor defects where some weld had dripped on this rack, then was painted over, leaving a couple of large bumps on the surface. Secondly, and more importantly, I had to use washers as spacers along the support tube to prevent the platform from seperating at the center joint. No big deal, just be aware that before you assemble, to place a washer on each side of the support tube prior to inserting bolts. This will prevent the bolts from pulling the center joints apart. Lastly, the mesh flooring did not have big enough spaces to run the connectors for the tail light kit as described in the instructions. Be prepared to cut and splice the wires in order to have a professional looking installation. 133



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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. 100274


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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

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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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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! 25522



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I ordered this cargo carrier for my 2012 Chevy Traverse (along with the hitch receiver and cargo bag) for my recently completed family vacation. I wanted to wait until I got back before I wrote a review so I could give accurate info on the products. First of all, my items were received within 3 days of placing my order so I was already off to a good start! Assembly/installation took about an hour and the items came with detailed, clear instructions and all necessary hardware. I stored all of our camping gear (8-man tent, queen size air mattress, double sleeping bag, 3 self-inflating single air mats, 3 regular sleeping bags, 5 camp pillows, and a large plastic tub containing a camp stove, cookware, etc.) in the cargo bag and loaded it onto the carrier. It all fit nicely and there was a bit of room to spare. It was also below the tail lights of my vehicle so I didn't need additional lights for the carrier itself. (I did remove my license plate and used the bracket to attach it to the carrier...you'll need your own nuts/bolts for this.) There are canvas straps supplied with the bag, however, I just used 3 ratchet tie-downs that I already had and it worked fine. I also ordered the anti-rattle locking hitch pin which was $20 well-spent...I didn't have to worry about anyone stealing my carrier and it there was virtually no noise from bumps in the road. I chose to go with this carrier rather than a roof-mounted carrier for two reasons. 1) I think it was MUCH easier to get stuff in and out of without needing to stand on something or constantly reaching over your head. 2) The effect on my overall gas mileage was negligible as compared to something on top of the vehicle encountering all that wind resistance. I put 6200 miles on my vehicle over the span of a 4-week roadtrip from Ohio to California and all of these products performed exceptionally. No problems whatsoever and no worries. Purchase with confidence! 221666



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Desperately needed a cargo carrier for camping in my F-150 Super Crew, and did a ton of internet research before buying. I have to say first off that this is one of the biggest carriers available, both in width @ 60" (foremost) and depth, and total weight capacity is excellent at 500 LB's. When you begin looking, what you'll notice right away is that carriers with brand names, and in smaller form factors are between $300 to $700! While I don't claim to be an expert on cargo carriers, I'm sorry but I don't want to spend that much money on something that you stack ice chests and cargo boxes on. I want to spend $$ on camping equipment that I have to have for my trips..... Further to this, I would say that the quality of construction on this carrier is excellent. The welds are very good, and the gauge of steel used (frame) and quality of the powder coat finish are perfect. They also can supply (option)a regular (bulbs) or led tail light kit (more expensive) for the carrier which in my opinion is a must. The tail light kit is superb and fits the oval openings perfectly with the supplied rubber inserts. The wiring harness supplied fits the lights well, however, as noted in other internet reviews is not of adequate length to reach some harnesses. My truck is already outfitted with a tow package, so all I had to do was hit the auto parts store and purchase an 48" extension. No big deal, and only costs around $5. Assembly was very easy. The Carrier comes in two halves, and the unit is joined at the center (floor level) by a very robust 2" receiver bar that has a height offset to keep the carrier higher off the ground. Three large bolts go through the carrier halves and through the bar using locking nuts, and then four smaller bolts, both leading edge and trailing edge (center) connect the top half of the carrier. While the smaller bolts come with washers, the big bolts on the bottom do not. I would strongly recommend that you purchase some large washers for the bottom bolts as well. Again, not a big expense, and they will help with wear and tear on the bar and frame. Weight of the assembled unit is significant, so plan on having someone there to help you put it in the hitch. Why pull your back out trying to do it solo. :) I'd guesstimate that the carrier weighs about 60+ LB's. One other item to note is that the height of your cargo in the carrier may cover your license plate on the rear of the vehicle, so it would be a good idea to mount a license plate frame on the carrier so that you can move your plate to the carrier instead, that way it will be visible. They also make a cargo bag for this carrier, which looked good, ballistic nylon I believe. I didn't need it because I won't be putting anything on the carrier that can't get wet in a storm, etc. In summary, for the money, I don't feel you can beat this carrier. BTW - Your unit will likely arrive with the outer cardboard totally destroyed, as they don't use very robust exterior packaging, however, your internals should be fine as they are zip tied to the carrier frame, and the corners of the carrier are protected by very thick foam. Mine arrived with the outer cardboard trashed, but the carrier and parts inside were just fine. First trip with the carrier will be in a couple weeks, so once I have road tested it I will update the review. 13166


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Man I am getting this one and will be total best bang for the buck
-- comment by: Scott R - 06/27/2015

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First, the assembly was really super easy and quick. Our plan is to use the rack behind our travel trailer to hold coolers so we can stop hurting our backs by not having to lift them into the truck bed. This rack will make that so much easier and we will be able to fill the coolers with more ICE. We also chose this rack because of its 60" width. Now this rack will hold both coolers. Great Rack! 438816


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The rack is working great! It is still behind our camper and we use it for coolers in the summer and then to haul deer home during hunting season.
John H - 10/03/2018

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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. 363830



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I love this thing. I use it all the time. I have a 2017 Jeep Rubicon and this set up has more than come in handy on multiple occasions. I highly recommend this set up it’s awesome. Also it took no time at all once I placed my order with etrailer it was only a couple day’s and it was on my doorstep in great condition right out of the box. 563298



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I was looking for a safe and sturdy cargo carrier for all that excess tailgating gear. This is perfect and holds a heap of gear. Putting it together was no problem, all parts machined to fit easily and align well. Highly recommend this carrier. I must add that the service from etrailer was outstanding. They kept me informed all the way through from order placement to early delivery - it arrived on my doorstep in perfect condition in just 3 days. Great company to work with and I will be back for sure. 65587


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Both have been great, thanks and looking forward to some more use with the tailgating season about to start!
Stephen - 08/13/2014

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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. 137227



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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. 4690


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

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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.

-- Patrick B - 12/3/2012

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@ 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

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Thanks for the follow up!

-- Patrick B - 12/3/2012

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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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Exactly what i ordered, box was a little beat up but the carrier was in good shape. Very simple to put together, took me 15 mins. As usual, service was great. Here are a couple of pictures with the carrier on my 2011 Outlander Sport. 15696



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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. 116118



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I would like to share my experience with this product. I needed a set-up to carry luggage for six (4 adults and 2 children) traveling 2100 miles from middle Tennessee with stops in Georgia, Orlando Florida, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Panama City Beach Florida, and home to Tennessee over the course of 10 days. I own a Mitsubishi Montero XLS (the full size Montero not the Sport) which has a 3rd row seat, but with the 3rd row up there is not much room for luggage. I purchased the Pro Series Cargo Carrier, the etrailer 20 cubic foot bag, the standard lighting kit and the anti rattle/silent hitch pin. The carrier arrived promptly and was easily assembled.The lights and harness were also easy to install. We were able to fit all of our luggage for the entire trip into the bag, to include a beach chair, beach umbrella, and luggage for six people. We traveled about 2100 miles and came home through tropical storm Lee. Due to the heavy rainfall, I was concerned about the waterproof integrity of the bag. I knew the heavy rainfall would certainly provide a "stress test" for the setup. When we arrived home, in the rain, we opened the bag and there was not a drop of moisture inside. The lights worked very well. The hitch pin reduced rattle to zero. I tightened the hitch pin once, before we departed Panama City Beach in route to Tennessee. We had excellent fuel economy even with a full load and the hitch set-up. After looking at all the alternatives, I would give this setup my highest recommendation, even when compared to the higher-end setups. I noticed that the bag can accommodate large and oblong shapes, to include things that would probably not fit into the fixed "box" carrier type setups. I had a gentleman with a rooftop carrier at a fuel station inquire about where to get this, and I passed along the etrailer website to him.I will likely use this on every vacation out of state in the future. Sincerely, Evan W. 23675



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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. 44142



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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. 19627


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

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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:

-- Patrick B - 7/15/2013


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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. 200090



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Prompt delivery excellent condition no issues. Recommend. 772332



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We've only used it twice in the last year, but one trip was driving from Central Indiana to the Florida Panhandle and back. That trip counts big time. The carrier was a rock star! Of course now I know what happens to your gear when it rains and you haven't taken the necessary waterproofing precautions, but that's on me. Great carrier! 770319



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This cargo rack is very sturdy and pairs up nicely with the Roadmaster hitch-mounted spare tire rack. I had to relocate the license plate , but otherwise a simple two hour assembly and installation. 765110



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Installed this with the reese front hitch on my 1999 2wd tahoe. While pulling the camper I use it to haul my moped or my cooler, instead of putting the cooler on the roof! Hitch and all went up in less than an hour. 762091



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got package. have not put it together, yet. 760557



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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. 753795


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    With the 24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier, # 63153, installed in the trailer hitch, you will not be able to install anything else in the hitch and nothing can be installed in the tubing in the cargo carrier. What you could do is use the Curt Dual 2 Inch Receiver Tube Adapter, # D-192. However, the bikes will be hanging above the cargo carrier, limiting the amount of space on the carrier. Also this adapter/extension has a tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. This means that the cargo carrier,...
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  • Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-150 With Minimum Tailgate Interference
    Hitch mount cargo carriers were certainly not designed to be used as a step, but I will admit that I have used a cargo carrier to climb into the back of a truck before. The weight capacity should not be an issue since each of the cargo carriers you mentioned have a weight capacity of 500 lbs, but the wobble could make the step uneasy if you do not step directly in the center of the cargo carrier. You should also keep in mind that the floor of the cargo carrier is metal and moisture could...
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  • Weight of the 24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier # 63153
    The 24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier # 63153 has a shipping weight of 59 lbs. If you subtract the shipping materials that leaves you with about 55 lbs.
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  • Suspension of 2008 Honda Pilot Squats When Cargo Carrier is Installed
    So, what you are saying is that once the cargo carrier is loaded up with whatever you are carrying, the rear suspension compresses quite a bit, is that correct? If this is the case, it sounds like you would be a good candidate for a rear suspension enhancement kit. For a passive system that would only come into play when extra weight is applied to the rear of the vehicle, like when the carrier is being used, the Timbren # THROD2 system would be great. Install the system, and you would...
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  • Differences between Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153 and Pro Series # 63153
    There is a pretty big difference between the Pro Series cargo carrier part # 63153 and the Curt part # C18153 that you referenced. The Curt can fold up when not in use and the Pro Series is fixed meaning it can not fold. The folding feature is nice, but the hinge will add a small amount of movement to the assembly over the fixed hitch. I attached reivew videos for these carriers demoed on similar Subarus as yours as well.
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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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  • Can Items To Be Locked When Secured To the Reese Cargo Carrier Part # 63153
    There is not a height restriction for the Reese Cargo Carrier part # 63153 in regards to how tall you can stack items onto this so you will just need to use your best discretion. However, I don't really see a way to lock anything to this so if that is your goal then I have a better option for you, the Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier part # M2200-2201 which has internal dimensions of 47" long x 23" wide x 21-7/8" tall and comes with a locking lid. There is also a bag that will fit inside of...
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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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  • Adding Lights and Reflectors to Make Pro Series Trailer Hitch Cargo Carrier More Visible
    You have a couple of light kit options for the Pro Series carrier # 63153. For regular incandescent lights you can use # 20174. And for the LED light version use # 98174LED. I have linked a couple of videos on these light kits for you. To add reflective strips you can use # RE418T. You will likely have to trim them to fit but they will definitely make the carrier more visible. You could use marker # DM35RS to attach to the basket so that you can see it in your mirrors. The pole is...
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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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  • Light Kit Recommendation for a Pro Series Cargo Carrier 63153
    The Light Kit part # 20174 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the Pro Series Cargo Carrier part # 63153 that you also referenced. I attached review videos for both products for you to check out as well.
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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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  • Hitch Cargo Carrier Clearance at Spare Tire on 1998 Jeep TJ
    It is easiest to confirm the fit of a hitch-mount accessory by using the hitch pin hole (HPH) as the reference point. The linked article shows how to measure the exact amount of clearance needed. If you do not have a 2-inch hitch please tell me the hitch Class and tongue weight rating from its safety sticker. A good 2-inch carrier, which provides more clearance than most 2-inch cargo carriers, is the Pro Series 24x60 Cargo Carrier # 63153. This provides 12-3/4-inches clearance from the...
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  • Will the Pro Series Cargo Carrier 63153 Fit a 2006 Honda Odyssey and Not Get Hot from Exhaust
    You would be fine to use the Cargo Carrier part # 63153 on your 2006 Honda Odyssey. The rise in the shank will put the basket up 2-1/2 inches above the hitch opening. Also, the exhaust on your vehicle will be around 6 inches from the outside of the rear bumper. This carrier has 12-3/4 inches of clearance between the hitch pin hole and the nearest portion of the basket. It just so happens that the exhaust on your vehicle is about the same distance under bumper as the hitch pin hole when...
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  • Will Pro Series Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo carrier Fit a 2012 Toyota RAV4 and Clear the Spare Tire
    Provided that your 2012 Toyota RAV4 has a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, you can use the Pro Series cargo carrier, # 63153. The carrier measures 12-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest edge of the carrier. To make sure there is plenty of clearance, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the vehicle out to the distance required to clear the spare tire. If it is less than 12-3/4 inches, the carrier will clear the spare. If you need a 2 inch receiver,...
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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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  • Recommended Hitch Cargo Carrier for 2015 NIssan Murano with Draw Tite Hitch
    For your 2015 Nissan Murano with a Draw Tite hitch part # 75952 the Pro Series Hitch part # 63153 would be a great choice. The only other option you might consider is a folding carrier like the part # C18153. This is basically the same price and will allow you to fold the carrier up and out of the way when not in use. I also checked and this would have enough clearance to fold up on your vehicle.
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  • Hitch Cargo Carrier Recommendation that Has License Plate Mount and Light Kit Available
    The Rola Cargo Carrier, part # 59502 has a dedicated spot for mounting a license place if necessary and has an available light kit, part # 20174 for incandescent lamps or # 98174LED for LED lamps. This would fit the cargo bag part # 988501 that you are interested in as well so it would be your best option that wouldn't require any fabrication.
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier for Carrying Snow Blower
    Both Pro Series cargo carriers can handle the 270 pound snow blower. The difference is that # 63153 is 24x60 inches rated for 500 pounds and meant for use in a 2 inch hitch receiver. The # 63155 is 20x47 inches rated for 300 pounds and is meant for use in a Class I or II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. The weight of the carrier and the snow blower can't exceed the tongue weight capacity of the hitch. This information will be printed on a sticker affixed to the hitch. Since your vehicle...
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  • Will Contents of Hitch Cargo Carrier Melt from Exhaust
    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. We typically recommend at least 12 inches between the exhaust tip and the carrier to prevent melting. Other factors to consider are the size of the engine, climate, and road conditions. Engines are basically big...
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  • Can a Trailer hitch Mount Cargo Carrier be Used at the Back of a 5th Wheel Trailer for Generator
    I do have a solution for you but our contacts over at Pro Series have recently told us that the cargo carriers they manufacture, including # 63153, are not rated for use behind a 5th wheel trailer. MaxxTow has said that their cargo carriers can be used at the back of an RV or trailer. They have several options for flat, fixed carriers in steel like # MT70107 and aluminum. There is much more movement at the back of your 5th wheel trailer than on a vehicle so you will want to make the...
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  • Weight of the 24x60 Pro Series Cargo Carrier # 63153
    The 24x60 inch Pro Series Cargo Carrier part # 63153 that you referenced weighs 59 lbs. Check out the review video I attached for this carrier for you to check out as well.
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