Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2009 Jeep Wrangler

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Review of the Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler


Today on our 2009 Jeep Wrangler we're going to do a test fit on the 24 by 60 CURT folding cargo carrier. They've designed this for us to use with 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18153. Now to begin our test fit we simply slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Once we have those lined up we're going to slide through our standard 5/8 pin and secure it on the other side with a clip.

Now the pin and clip are sold separately. We have that listed as part number PC3 on our website. If you don't already have one, you can pick one up. Looks like we're going to have about 10-3/4" from the front part of our carrier here to the rear of our bumper. On top here if we push the carrier all the way in we're going to have about 1" of clearance between our tire and the face of the carrier. Now in this folded position we will have up to 3" worth of clearance on both sides.

The tire that we're showing here now is a 255/75R17. You will have some room if you've got some larger tires in that, about 3" worth there. Just keep that in mind. The ground clearance here at the rear of the rack is going to be about 18". That should give you some good ground clearance to clear any obstacles. Now we've got a pin that's located here at the rear.

Pulling this will allow us to tilt the carrier down and away from our vehicle into its platform or its loading position. We'll just reinsert the pin up here in the new hole and we'll secure it with our clip. We're now going to have about 13" worth of clearance between the spare and the front of the carrier, and about 21" from the face of our carrier to our rear bumper. Overall with the carrier in this position we've added about 46-1/4" to the length of our Jeep, and we're going to have about 21-3/4" worth of ground clearance there at the rear. As we open the rear hatch it is going to make contact. As you can see, the spare tire makes contact here with the front of the carrier, but it does allow us to open our door where we'd be able to get some things in and out.

Maybe not a larger cooler but a lot of items we'd have the access to get it out of there. The exhaust on our Wrangler is a single outlet here on the passenger side. It's turned downward, exits under the carrier so we really shouldn't have any worries about transporting any kind of heat-sensitive materials. Now that we've taken a good look at the CURT folding cargo carrier and how it works with our 2009 Jeep Wrangler, let's take a look and see how that same cargo carrier performed when they had it out on our test course. Here on our test course we'll start by going through the slalom. This 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 driveway. .


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