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Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Nissan NV 3500

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Review of the Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2012 Nissan NV 3500

Today on our 2012 Nissan NV-3500, we've got off the Curt 20 by 60 folding cargo carrier. We're going to test fit it and see how it kind of stacks up against the back of the vehicle here. Now this cargo carrier has been designed for use in 2 inch hitches and it'll carry 500 pounds. Part number on it is C18151. You can see here, we've got the medium sized mesh floor, another expanded steel floor. Lots of room for that dirt and debris to fall down and out but still going to give us the support for even smaller items.

There's also going to be a razed rail that goes all the way around the outside. It's going to be about 5 and a half inches. Not only is that going to give us good support for the load front to back and side to side but you can see here it's also going to offer some really good connection points for strap, so once that gear's all tied up, we can get it secured. Now here on the back side of the carrier, we've got about 16 and a half inches worth of ground clearance. At its closest point or I'm sorry, overall, we're going to add about 34 inches to the overall length of the vehicle, and at its closest point where it would first make contact with the car, it's about 13 and a half inches away. However, if we we're to slide it forward, it would make contact with that well and it wouldn't allow it to go any further.

Let's check our door clearance here. As you can see, it is close but we're going to have about an inch of space there. From the center point, the door starts to swing over the carrier at about 9 inches and when fully extended, it's going to come back from the front of the carrier right about 13 inches, so from 13 inches back on the carrier to 9 inches from center in this triangle shaped area on each side. If you're going to have items stacked up too high, you might run into a little bit of interference, so just keep that in mind. The exhaust is a passenger side exit exhaust that's going to come out this way. Really no danger when transporting heat sensitive materials, of any discoloration or melting.

Another nice thing about the carrier is going to be the pin and clip located here in the middle. This one will pull those out, rotate our carrier into its stored position and then we just take that pin and clip and get them reinserted there. It's like that. That's going to change a few of our measurements. Let's go over them again.

Looks like we're now going to have about 13 and 3 quarters of an inch worth of ground clearance. Our closest point is going to be about 3 and 3 quarters of an inch away. Overall, we're going to add about 12 and a half inches to the back of the vehicle, so drastically reduces that. That's going to give us some more options especially with something of this size. Parking, parking lots, garages, things like that, but folded up, we should have plenty of room. Now that we've had a good look at the Curt folding cargo carrier and we've seen how it's going to fit our 2012 Nissan NV-3500, let's take a look and see how that carrier performs when they're headed 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 curve 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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