Lightweight Cargo Carrier Needed for Use on a 2017 Subaru Forester


Please recommend easy on /easy off cargo carrier for 2017 Subaru Forester. Want to use it to haul four filled- 5 gal gas cans, up to 12 bags of mulch and/or garden soil at a time, and garbage from my summer home. Need to be able to take it on and off easily when the jobs are done. I am a woman and need something light enough to handle. Is there such a thing on the market?


Expert Reply:

We do have a few options for you to choose from. I recommend going with an aluminum carrier because they are much lighter than a steel cargo carrier.

The Curt # C18100 is a 19x60 carrier that weighs in at 29 lbs and has inside dimensions of 60" long x 19-1/8" wide x 2-3/4" tall. This carrier also has a folding feature for extra rear clearance when you aren't carrying anything. A hitch pin and clip like part # PC3 are sold separately.

For a comparable carrier that has higher sides we have the 20x47 MaxxTow # MT70108. This has internal dimensions of 47" long x 20-1/2" wide x 5" deep and it also weighs 29 lbs. The trade-off for the higher sides is that this is slightly smaller on the inside and it doesn't have the folding feature. The hitch pin and clip are included.

The lightest option that we have is the 21x48 MaxxTow # MT70422. This carrier only weighs 23 lbs and it has inside dimensions of 48-3/16" long x 21-1/16" wide x 2-1/8" deep. It weighs less because it doesn't have taller sides or a folding feature. A hitch pin and clip are included with this option as well.

All 3 of these carriers have a 500 lb weight limit and install in a 2" trailer hitch like part # e98839 for your 2017 Subaru Forester. If you would like to add an anti-rattle and locking pin to any of them I recommend the Let's Go aero # 63232.

Review videos have been linked for you to check out.

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