Can Curt Dual Receiver Adapter # D-192 Be Used to Tow and Support a Cargo Carrier on 2011 Jeep

Question:

Can I use the part #80232 with the part #D-192 to tow a trailer with 1000-lb GVWR and use at the same time a cargo carrier? Thank you for your help.

Expert Reply:

Use of any hitch adapter or extender, such as the Curt Dual 2-Inch Receiver Tube Adapter, part # D-192, will reduce your hitch capacity by 50 percent. This reduction in hitch weight capacity occurs as a result of the change in the geometry of how the weight load is applied to the hitch.

In the case of your 2011 Jeep Wrangler all of the 2-inch hitch receivers we offer all have a 350-lb tongue weight rating; with this cut in half by use of an adapter/extender, you would have only 175-lb tongue weight capacity. This would not be adequate to tow your 1000-lb trailer and also use a cargo carrier.

But we do offer the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, part # D210. This one-piece unit provides a 2-inch shank ball mount for towing use plus a 2-inch receiver opening for an accessory item such as a bike or cargo carrier. Because this is one single piece there is no reduction in hitch weight capacity. Please note that this part does not include a hitch pin and clip; these are available separately as part # PC3 (you will need 2 of these). You will also need a hitch ball with a 1-inch shank. If your trailer coupler calls for a 1-7/8-inch ball you can use part # 19260 from Tow-Ready. If it accepts a 2-inch ball size, you can use part # 40038.

You will need to keep in mind that the total tongue weight on your hitch includes the trailer tongue weight, plus the weight of any cargo carrier, plus the weight of what you load into the carrier. Typically trailer tongue weight is about 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. If your trailer weighs 1000 lbs then the tongue weight is likely to be about 150 lbs. This leaves about 200 pounds of tongue weight capacity for the total weight of your cargo carrier and what you load into it.

If you do not already have a cargo carrier you might consider the expected weight of your cargo because the weight of carriers themselves varies significantly. For example, the Curt 20x48 Cargo Carrier, part # C18145, weighs about 29 lbs (please see linked video) while the Pro Series 24x60 Cargo Carrier, part # 63153, weighs double that at 61 pounds (please see linked video for this item). The less your carrier weighs the more hitch capacity is left for what you load into it.

I have included a link to our product page for all class III 2-inch flat carriers where you can use the filters at the left-hand side of the page to sort products by the features you prefer. We offer folding carriers as well.

If you already own a carrier you will want to determine its weight so you will know how much cargo weight you can safely load into it. You cannot exceed your trailer hitch rated tongue weight.

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