etrailer 24x60 Cargo Carrier Review

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Review of the etrailer 24x60 Cargo Carrier


Randy: Hey, guys. Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the 24 by 60 Folding and Tilting Cargo Carrier. This has been designed for use in two inch hitches, has a 500 pound weight capacity on it, and it really goes above and beyond what you're going to find with most cargo carriers. To start with, not only like other cargo carriers like the Curt C18153, you can tilt that one up towards the rear of the vehicle. That's going to save you space.

But that's all it does, you can't tilt it away. In a lot of situations, once we get these cargo carriers loaded up, when we try to open the rear hatch, it interferes with the carrier. So we've got just a simple two pins to pull, allows that to tilt away, giving us the access that we need.Also, another very popular cargo carrier is the pro series. It's also a 24 by 60, same weight capacity, but it's just a fixed carrier. So with that one, we don't even have the ability to tilt it up and save space.

So we tried to do everything we could on this carrier to ensure that it's one of the best out there and something you'll be very happy with. Even with the connection point, you can see here, no real movement or play at all in that carrier. Most cargo carriers are just secured with a pin and a clip. This one has an actual anti-rattle bolt that you'll thread in and tighten down. It makes both the vehicle and the carrier almost into one unit so as you're traveling, as you load it up and making corners side to side, the cargo carrier is not shifting and transferring that energy through the vehicle where you can feel it.To operate the tilt away feature, we're first going to pull the upper pin, take the clip out of the lower pin, then we'll lift on the back of it just slightly.

We'll have that to rotate down. You can see once it's rotated, we've got no obstructions there. We've got no issues, we've got no problems with the hatch hitting that cargo. That means we're going to be able to get in the back of our van or SUV, get stuff in and out of there that we might need. Also, we've got a nice good length between the pinhole and the front edge of the carrier, so there's plenty of room to get in here and actually do something in the back versus a lot of the other ones that are so close you can't.

Now to get it back ready to go, of course we need to tilt it up. We're going to place in our pins. I like to just put them both through there, replace my clips on the other side, and we're ready to head back down the road.Another common problem you're going to run into with cargo carriers is just that as we get these loaded up, especially with our etrailer cargo bag here, this is made for cargo carriers 24 by 60, when it tends to block the license plate, it tends to block the rear taillights. And that can kind of lead you to either a safety issue or a little legal issue. So we've come up with a license plate relocation kit. It'll allow you to take your plate, put it right back here on the back of the carrier, and we also have a light kit for it that's available with incandescent or LED lights. Put a light on each side. As long as you've got a working four pole trailer connector, just plug it in and hit your blinkers in the car. You're going to see it on the back of the carrier. Hit your brakes or you turn on your lights, you'll see it back here to keep you safe and legal.Now when working with customers with cargo carriers, we like the flexibility of them. They need a cargo carrier, but sometimes you don't have the room to store something this big. If you've got a garage, a shop, or a basement, it's really not a big deal. You can tuck it in there. But if you don't, if you're in a smaller apartment or a condo where you don't really have that luxury, we do have an etrailer cargo carrier similar size and capacity, but it folds up into a very nice compact, almost suitcase size. And that's going to allow you to store it in a lot more places, even in closets or little storage areas where you can't quite get a big one in. So that's a really great option that we sometimes recommend if you don't quite have the room for something like this.When it comes to cargo carriers, the 24 by 60 size is kind of different amongst all of them. Sometimes it's 24 to the outside and 60 to the outside. But we've designed this one to be a pure and true 24 by 60. So from inside to inside here it's 24, inside the inside there, it's going to be 60. So it really maximizes the room that you have to be able to utilize your carrier. Overall, the construction is really, really good. I've heard that from customers several times. Nice, sturdy, it's easy to put together so there's not going to be a whole lot of work in it for you. And it does include the tools that you're going to need to assemble it. So if you don't have a tool kit at home, you really don't have to worry about it. It's heavy duty steel, like I said, has a nice powder coat finish on it, and it's very resilient. We've had, I don't know, five or six of these out here that a bunch of people have used and really no issues with corrosion or anything like that, which I really appreciate.Something else I like is the floor here. It's kind of right in that medium size. It's not so small of a mesh that rocks or dirt, if we put dirty stuff on here, it can't fall down through. But it's also not so large that you'll have to worry about things poking down through. I really like that and I think it's going to be nice for you. If you do have some dirt on here, the rain's going to wash it out. But if you're trying to haul some chairs or something, you won't have to worry about the legs poking.Here's the hitch pin alignment tool that's included with the carrier. We're going to show you how to get that installed, but essentially it indexes the carrier, so as you slide it in, your pinhole is going to line up each and every time, which is very nice. You don't have to get down there and look, wiggle it a little bit, get down there and look again. But because ground clearance can sometimes be an issue, especially on vans that are a little bit shorter like our Odyssey here, you can see we've designed it with a raise in the shape that's going to help to get that up a little bit higher off the ground. But you also notice a slight pitch up as we get closer to the rear. All in all, that helps give us great ground clearance there at the back. So for going in and out of parking garages or steeper driveways, we're going to have much less of a chance of anything rubbing.Here's what I like most about that anti-rattle bolt. You can see here we haven't put it in yet. But any cargo carrier really, generally they're secured with just a pin and a clip. And as you head down the road, whether it's stored or you've got your gear on it, there's a lot of movement to it. When it's empty, it doesn't make that big of a difference. It just looks pretty unstable. But once you actually get it loaded up and you're headed down the road, every time you turn, you kind of feel that shift, feel it come side to side, it's transferred right into the vehicle. So by adding this, we've eliminated that. That it makes it much more enjoyable.And we'll show you how to install it and we'll check it afterwards. You'll see how much tighter it is. Just want to ensure that we get our threaded pinhole lined up with the receiver to pinhole. We're going to take our bolt, you want to have the flat washer on and the lock washer closer to the head. We'll just get that threaded in. Once we've got that nice and secure, we just bring our clip in on the other side here, get it, put it in place just for a little backup. Now with everything tightened down properly, you can see we're really moving the car more than we are the carrier, so it takes all that play out of it, makes it much better to use.Another thing we wanted to get rid of and we talked about a little bit earlier is the alignment device. As we slide the shank in, it's hard to get it lined up exactly right with the pinhole, and that's common across a lot of hitch mounted accessories. So we've come up with this. Basically, after the first time you install it, you're going to slide that right up to your receiver tube opening and then just tighten down the wing bolts here. Do that evenly on both sides. So now, each time you slide it into your vehicle, as long as this is touching, you know your pinhole is going to be lined up. Makes for a great user experience. You don't have to search for it. Worst thing in the world you can do is stick your finger in there and try to line it up. You'll come up a little bit short on that digit. So it's a really good idea to bring this right up there. Each time you slide it in, you know your bolt's going to go right in.Now let's go through the different measurements. We'll start with it in the folded position just like this. We're going to measure from the center of the hitch pinhole and that's going to be the same on every vehicle you've got a hitch, there's a pinhole on it. We'll measure to the closest edge here. That's going to tell you if it's going to work for your vehicle. We've spaced it pretty well and I haven't really run into a vehicle it doesn't work for. But as long as your pinhole doesn't sit further underneath your bumper than what that measurement is, it's going to work out. The next one we'll do in the folded position is the overall length of it. That's going to help you determine whether you could maybe pull in the garage and close the garage door behind it without having to remove it each time.For the closest from the pinhole to the front edge here is going to be about 10 inches. And again, most hitches don't sit that far underneath the vehicle. And then for overall length, it's going to be right at 19. So you'll measure from your pinhole back to whatever obstacle you have. As long as it's shorter than that or longer than that, rather, then you could get this in there without having any interference.Now to get it out of the transporting position into the road ready position or the position where you can load it up, you're just going to have the single pin here at the bottom you want to pull. Remove the clip, pull out the pin, allow that to rotate down. Then we just need to come over and we're going to reinsert our pin in the forward fold location. That slid through. We'll insert the clip. It'll be ready to load up and you can head down the road.Now here we're going to measure from the center of the hitch pinhole to the front edge of the carrier. This is going to help you to determine if you can get in between here as you're trying to load and unload things. We're right at 19 and a half inches there. And we'll get the overall. That's going to be right at 45 inches. Now this is going to help tell you in those tighter parking situation, parking lots, garages, things like that, whether you can leave this folded out and park in your spot or whether you're going to need to fold that up.So overall, guys, as you can see, this is a really well thought out cargo carrier. Offers the anti-rattle bolt so it's nice and smooth and it's going to be easy to use. It offers the alignment tool so you don't have to fight it trying to get it in and out. Tilts away from the vehicle so we can get into the rear hatch. It tilts up against the back for very good parking and just to shorten it up as you're driving around town. And overall, if I needed a cargo carrier, this would definitely be the one that I would buy.


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