Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ford Flex

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Review of the Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2012 Ford Flex


Today on our 2012 Ford Flex we're test fitting the Curt 20x60 folding cargo carrier. They've designed this for 2 inch hitches and it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18151. As you can see we've got a nice heavy duty carrier here, it's got the expanded steel type platform in it, or base in it. It gives us plenty of room for that water, dirt, debris and stuff like that to fall right down and out. We've also got a raised edge of about 5-1/2 inches that's going to go all the way around the outside. Not only will that give us good front to back and side to side load stability, but it's also going to offer us some good connection points all the way around there so we can get that load secure. We're going to have about 12-1/4 inches worth of ground clearance there at the very rear.

Overall the carrier adds about 33 inches to the rear of the vehicle. Then it's closest point is going to be about 12-1/2 inches away. You'll notice here on the driver's side down low we've got a single outlet exhaust here on the driver's side. It's about even .. I guess that's a dual outlet exhaust, but it's just one sided.

It's going to be about 15-1/2 inches from the front of the carrier, so just use caution if you're going to be transporting heat sensitive materials. Another nice thing I like about it is we do have access to open our rear hatch door. It is going to break of the plane of the carrier, see where that happens at here. It's going to be about 25 inches. If you're going to be stacking items up higher than that you might run into a little bit of interference there where the door swings. Something else that's nice about the carrier is it's ability to fold up into a stored position. You're going to have a pin and a clip here in the middle.

The pin just jumped right out of there. Once we've got those pulled out we can rotate the carrier to the rear of our vehicle. This is a brand new carrier so sometimes it's hard to get our holes lined up here. Kind of wiggle it around a little bit there it usually comes right through. There we go.

With our pins in we'll slide our clip back in to secure it. Now let's figure out what new measurements we're working with. We've now got a ground clearance of about 9-3/4 inches. We've added about 10-3/4 of an inch to the rear of the vehicle. Now it looks like our closest point is going to be on either of the outside edges here. It's going to be about 7-1/4 inches away. Now you've probably noticed the carrier kind of moving around while we've been using it. That's going to be very typical of a cargo carrier secured with just a pin and a clip. If you want to secure that or tighten that up we've got plenty of anti-rattle devices on our website that will work great with it. Now that we've had a good look at the Curt folding carrier, we've seen out it fits our 2012 Ford Flex, let's take a look and see how it performed when they had it out on the 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 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 log, parking garage, or driveway.

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