Selecting Folding vs. Fixed Hitch-Mount Cargo Carrier

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Can this carrier be used without the folding bar? Can the center support bar just be ed directly into the trailer hitch and used that way? Thanks

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The Curt Folding Cargo Carrier # C18153 provides a folding function thanks to the hinge mechanism in its 2-inch shank (please refer to the photo I linked for you). This is an integral part of the carrier and it cannot be removed. The center-positioned square bar that is visible at the rear edge of the carrier is not equivalent in strength to the shank, and while it does resemble a receiver opening on a hitch it cannot be used to mount the carrier in a hitch nor for any other type of hitch accessory.

We also offer fixed cargo carriers that do not fold up. You can view these by clicking on the link provided. A cost-effective and lightweight 2-inch fixed carrier is the MaxxTow # MT70422.

Before you select a carrier you will want to note the distance from the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the vehicle as this affects the fit of the carrier. Make sure you choose a carrier that offers enough clearance to avoid bumper contact. You can refer to the linked article for more on checking this clearance.

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