Available Class I-Compatible Hitch Cargo Carrier for Use on 2013 Honda Civic EX Sedan

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This fold up cargo carrier w/ full cage is what want but I am unable to find it for a 1.25” hitch and I don’t want to use an adapter. I own aHonda Civic EX sedan and it’s scheduled to have a 1.25” hitch installed. If you don’t carry this model for a 1.25” hitch do you think I should have a 2” hitch installed instead of the 1.25?

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The size and weight capacity of hitches made for any given vehicle will generally reflect the vehicle's own capacities. For instance, there would be no point in making/installing a hitch that has twice the weight capacity of the vehicle itself because one would still be limited to the lower vehicle capacity. Hitch classes are detailed in the linked article.

In the case of your 2013 Honda Civic EX sedan only two models of light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitches are offered, the Draw-Tite # 24763 and Curt # C11391. There are no 2-inch hitches made for your particular car because the vehicle cannot support more weight than what a Class I hitch can; this happens to be 200-lbs of tongue weight (TW) which is downward force as what a loaded cargo carrier would apply to the hitch.

You are right that a hitch adapter is not a good idea for use along with a cargo carrier since adapters cost you half of the hitch's capacity. Hitch capacity is reduced with an adapter since it moves the load further away from the hitch, increasing leverage and stress on the hitch. Using an adapter like # HTAD in a Class I hitch would allow installation of a 2-inch carrier like # M2205 but it would also reduce the hitch's tongue weight capacity to a modest 100-lbs. This 100-lbs limit includes the 54-lb weight of the Carpod carrier, so you would end up with a permissible cargo weight of only 46-lbs (100 - 54 = 46-lbs).

Your best option is to use a smaller cargo carrier that will be directly compatible with the 1-1/4-inch Class I hitches made for your Civic. We have several of these that are shown on the linked page and none will require an adapter, so you will retain the full 200-lb tongue weight capacity of the Class I hitch. I suggest the Curt Class I carrier # C18110 since it weighs only 30-lbs. This means you can load up to 170-lbs of cargo on the carrier without exceeding the hitch's limit.

If you want some protection for your cargo items you can use can use a cargo bag on the carrier, such as the Rola # 59102, or you can use a cargo net like # C18200.

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