Best Hitch Cargo Carrier Review

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Best Hitch Cargo Carrier Review

Today we're going to go through and take a look at the different types of cargo carriers available. We'll talk about some the pros and cons of each one, help you navigate through our page a little bit easier and find the one that's going to be the exact right fit for you. Now, cargo carries can be utilized in many different ways. A lot of times people are going to use it to free up some space inside of their vehicle for passengers or pets. Mobility scooters are becoming extremely popular and if you don't have a truck or an SUV big enough you need an area to haul that. People like to get dirty items out of the inside of their vehicle.Maybe you've got some equipment that has mud on it, you want to get that out.

Maybe you don't want the gas tank inside of your car, causing that stink. So, this is going to help us out a lot in allowing us to free up a lot of that space inside, or helping to keep our care much cleaner. And we have several different types of carriers available. We have a fixed, utility style carrier. We offer folding utility-style carriers.

Enclosed or cage-style carriers. And also, the alternative-style carriers. Those are going to be something for your scooters, which can also be used as a utility-type, golf bags, generators, even motorcycles.Now, the first style carrier we're going to look at is going to be a utility-style carrier that has the fixed shank. Essentially, what that means is this is the position it's going to be in. Now, there are a lot of pros with this style rack, they're very basic, simple, easy to use, be able to slide them right into your hitch.

These are designed to work with the inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. Just have to pick the appropriate one for your application. Something I would caution you on, if you are using a hitch that sits lower to the ground, you want to choose one like we have here that has a slight rise in the shank. It's going to give you better ground clearance here at the back as you're going in and out of parking lots, garages or something like that.Now, with this style carrier, you're going to have multiple sizes to choose from. There are gonna be multiple weight ratings to choose from.

So you want to pick the one that's going to live up to your expectations. You want it to have the appropriate weight rating for what you intend to haul. And you'd certainly want it to be sized large enough you could fit those items in there. Now, the cargo carriers are also available in different material makeups. This one's going to be a solid steel-type carrier. They're also available in aluminum constructions. With that being said, if weight is an issue for you, we would highly recommend one of the aluminum cargo carriers, just for ease of use.Now, the only real con that I see, personally, with a fixed-style cargo carrier like this is going to be that it's always going to be this long, whether you've got it loaded or you've already reached your destination and it's unloaded. This is going to be sticking off the back of your car unless you remove it. With the folding-style that folds here in the middle, we're able to rotate our basket up behind the vehicle saving us some room in garages, parking lots, things like that. Now, this is an example of a folding cargo carrier. This is the exact same size, it's 24 x 60, that we we're just looking at. Just has that folding option. You can see how much room that's it's going to save behind your vehicle.Now, most of your folding cargo carriers are going to be very simple to operate. Typically, it's just going to be a pin and clip here at the bottom that you'll want to pull. Then you can rotate that down into its usable position. Once there, you'll just replace your pin and clip. Now, as you can see in the usable position, there's not really a big difference between a folding and a fixed-style cargo carrier. There are also a few things that I'd like you to keep in mind with this or that style cargo carrier, in your decision-making process.There are a few difference from make to make or carrier to carrier. One is going to be the height in which the rail comes up off of the platform. The higher your rail, the more stability you're going to have side to side, so keep that in mind. Also, talking about stability or keeping things secure, different carriers are going to have different connection points for your tie-down straps or for your bungees. So, like in this one, you could go on either side here. Some are more limited, some are going to have a few more carriers.The next style we'll look at are going to be the enclosed-style carrier. Now, these carriers are going to be designed for people that want ultimate protection for whatever items that they are going to carry with them. I see these a lot of times with clothes and stuff like that. The fully enclosed design's going to allow you to haul even real tiny small items without any risk of those falling off of an open or more exposed-style carrier. Now, these are going to come in a couple different types. The type we have here is going to be more of a hard box-style carrier. The interesting thing about this one is that we can remove the box from the top here, leaving the tray on the bottom. So, I kind of like that feature, it kind of gives you an enclosed carrier and a flat-style carrier.We also have something that's like a ca . it's called the Carpod, which would be a cage that you could fold up. It has a bag that goes inside of it and then a lid that you could lock. So, those enclosed-styles of carrier are going to offer, really, the ultimate protection for whatever we'll be hauling. Another issue we sometimes run into is with hatch clearance. With this particular application, we've still got five, five and a half inches of room here. But with this particular style. The option is to swing it away to give you full access if you've got a larger box or something you might need in or out. They also have some of these versions that will tilt away. So instead of pivoting this way, they pivot back and away from the hatch to give you a little more room.Now, we've gone over the pros of this style carrier. Let's take a look at a couple of the cons. With this particular style, with this being a hard box you're going to need more room for storage then what you would with the different type of carrier. Also, with this style and with the other cage-style that folds up, you're going to be size limited to items that will fit inside of those walls. Typically, with your other style, more open cargo carriers, those give you a little bit more room for a little overhang here or there.Now, when we get into the alternative-type cargo carriers, you've probably got a specific need that you want to fill. Maybe you've got a generator, they're going to make those specific for the size of the generator. You're going to have the ones for your electric scooters or for your motorbikes. Those are going to be a cross-load design on the back of the vehicle. The one that is in the alternative category, but can also be used pretty utilitarian-style, would be your wheelchair or scooter carriers. Those are typically going to be a pretty base utility style rack. They're a little bit large, but they're going to have a ramp incorporated onto those.Now, with that ramp, any wheeled object you can easily load on and off as long as it's under the weight limits of the carrier. A con that I do see with the mobility-style carriers though are that with them being very large when they're constructed of full steel, they get very heavy. It's almost a two-person job to get it mounted into the vehicle. So, again if weight is an issue, or you don't always have two people on hand to help you load that in the car, one of the aluminum options is going to be a good fit for you.Now, let's kind of sum up what we've talked about. When it comes to general-use applications, I think your fixed or folding-style carrier is going to be just fine. For maximum protection for the items you're going to be hauling, one of the enclosed carriers is going to fit the bill there. As far as ramps for loading and unloading wheeled objects, that goes to the alternative-style. Now, to minimize the amount of cargo carrier you have hanging off the back of your vehicle when not in use, one of the folding-utility or folding-mobility or scooter-type carriers might be the best choice. Now, when it comes to minimizing the amount of cargo carrier hanging off the back of your vehicle when not in use, either the folding utility-style or the folding-mobility scooter type might be a good option for you.And that's going to complete our look at the different types of cargo carries available. We hope it's been helpful in you deciding which is going to be the right one for your application.

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Andrew 02/17/2019

Can you use a motorcycle carrier with a Subaru Crosstrek like featured in this video? Would a 600lb weight be too much weight for the car? 49618

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Rachael H 02/18/2019

You would want to check the owner's manual of your Crosstrek and see what the tongue weight limitation would be for your vehicle. We always recommend abiding by the lowest rated component of the system and sometimes that is the car. You will also want to take into consideration for your tongue weight calculation the weight of the motorcycle carrier. 45381