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Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the 17 x 46 Curt Cargo Carrier. Now as you can see here, they have designed this for use with inch and a quarter or with the hardware two inch hitches, part number on it is C18145. Now this compact cargo carrier is still going to offer us a very large five hundred pound weight capacity, so you're not giving up anything other than a little bit of space with it as compared to some of the other ones. The first step is that we need to slide the shank into the receiver tube of our hitch and line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line, we've got an anti-rattle bolt which is provided. We're going to place that in and begin threading it through. As you can see, when we just have it hand tight, we've still got some play and some movement to our carrier.

We're going to take our wrench, place it on our bolt and we're going to begin to tighten that down. This draws the shank of our carrier over against the receiver tube. As you can see once that's tight, all that play and all that wiggle is really gone. We're going to have a nice steady ride. We then have the provided pin. Just slide it in the other end of the bolt there.

Overall, we have about two and three-quarters of an inch from the rear of the vehicle to the front of our carrier. We've added about twenty-two and a quarter inches to the length of our Avalanche. The carrier offers us about thirteen and a half inches worth of ground clearance. When we open the tailgate it looks like, yeah, we're going to be able to fully open our tailgate. It looks like the closest point of it to the platform is about thirteen and a half inches away. As you can see, it's going to cover up most of our carrier with the exception of about four inches here at the rear.

If you plan on stacking stuff up higher than that, it may limit the room you have to get your tailgate over. The exhaust outlet is here on the passenger's side. It's turned downward and also comes out to the side so this shouldn't have any kind of effect on heat sensitive materials that we may transport. Now that we've taken a good look at the Curt Cargo Carrier and how it fits on to our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. Let's now take a look and see how that very same cargo carrier performed when they had it out on the test course. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. T his is going to show us the side to side action.

This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or a driveway. .

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