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etrailer Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2018 Honda Pilot

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Review of the etrailer Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2018 Honda Pilot

Colin: Hey guys, it's Colin here at Etrailer and today we have a 2018 Honda Pilot. We've been test fitting some hitch mounted accessories on it. Right now we have the tilting cargo carrier installed. And this is a really versatile cargo carrier and it's also very high quality. One of the features that really sets it apart from all the others is that you can tilt it away from your vehicle while cargo is loaded. It is going to have a 500 pound weight capacity.

So, I do highly suggest having an extra set of hands if you're going to use the tilt away feature with three or 400 pounds loaded up there. You don't want to risk hurting your lower back.One thing I want to show you real quick is if we come on from a straight on angle, is that whenever you open up your hatch with your Pilot, you could see how at a certain point it's going to make contact with any of your cargo that's stacked up here. Now, because the Pilot doesn't have necessarily as long of a hatch as maybe an Odyssey would, it still could be relevant if you have your cargo stacked pretty high. Now here, I'll go ahead and close it up to the point where it would make contact. You can see it is pretty high like I said.

You may not run into an issue very often, but it still is possible. It's about 36 and a half inches up. So, unless you got a lot of totes that you're stacking up, you're probably not going to have to worry about it, but you never know what you might be hauling.So, in case you do have cargo stacks like that, we'll go ahead and just tilt it away. With no cargo loaded, obviously, it is going to be pretty easy, but like I said, having that extra set of hands will help out a lot. Someone to hold the carrier and someone to remove the pins.

So, just remove both these pins and clips, just like that. Carrier tilts down at a nice angle. Just going to set these pins on the ground real quick right here. Now, let me get my tape measure out and get it ready. So, when I open the trunk again, you can see that it doesn't even come into contact with our cargo carrier.

Or I even get this at the right angle for you guys. You could see as it comes down, my tape measures at the right angle that the cargo would be and it doesn't even come close to making contact. So, you're going to have plenty of space to be able to get in there, get anything you might need out of your trunk, maybe stuff that you didn't want to store outside of the vehicle.Now, when tilting it back up, all we're going to do is lift it up. First, lets grab these pins and clips. We'll replace the top one first. And I'm actually going to go ahead and leave the second one out just because in a little bit, I'm going to have to remove it. So, we'll just go ahead and skip that step, but always never forget to put that back in. Now, you can see we have a nice mesh bottom to our cargo carrier. That's going to make for very easy cleaning. Whenever you're done, you can just take a power washer or even a hose and just spray it off. So, a lot of times when you might have some muddy gear that you want to haul, you don't want to get it on the floorboards of your Pilot. So, just store it on the cargo carrier, spray it off, you're going to be good to go.We have a really nice sturdy steel construction on this cargo carrier, and it's got a nice black powder coat finish as well. So, that's going to make it look really nice and sleek, but it's also going to help it resist rust and corrosion so it will be around for the long haul. As far as storage dimensions, let's go ahead and measure inside rail to inside rail. It's going to be 60 inches on our length. We'll have 24 inches on our width right there. And let's go ahead and measure the depth from the bottom floor board to the top of the rail. It's going to be five and a half inches. So, a lot of storage space in there and just like I said earlier, the 500 pound weight capacity, you're going to be able to load this bad boy up and hit the road.Now, with any hitch mounted accessory, you are going to have added length to your vehicle. So, in the case of our Pilot, let's go ahead and measure from the bumper to the outermost point of our cargo carrier. It's going to be about 42 or maybe 41 and a half inches added onto the back of your vehicle. And when the cargo carrier is empty, if you don't want to remove it from your hitch, because you're planning on using it maybe the next day, we can just go ahead and fold it up towards the vehicle. And we're going to do that Like I said earlier, the pin and clip that I did not replace, you would just pull those out and then we can just fold it up and now we'll replace it.Now, if we measure again from the bumper to the outermost point, it's kind of hard to make contact with the outermost point just because of where the tape measure is sitting with the cargo carrier, but we'll try our best to get the accurate measurement. It's about 16, 16 and a half inches added on to the back. So, we took away a lot of space. Again, keep this in mind for any close quarter situations like maybe parking in your garage or just a tight parking spot around town. Now, let's go ahead and come down here and see how it attaches to our hitch. We're going to have a two inch by two inch hitch receiver on our Pilot. This is what this cargo carrier is compatible with. We've got a nice anti-rattle threaded hitch pin that's tightened down. That takes away the shake and play from our cargo carrier while we're traveling so it's going to get rid of all that rattling, all that noise that you might hear with other cargo carriers that just have a standard five eighths pin.We also have a nice hitch pin aligner that's on our shank. Basically, what this is going to do for you is whenever you remove your cargo carrier, before you do it, you set this hitch pin aligner to the face of your hitch. And that way, the next time you insert the shank of your cargo carrier into your hitch receiver, it's going to automatically line up your hitch pin holes so you no longer have to lay on the ground trying to get your head up there and figure out if the hitch pin holes are lined up. You can just reach in there, get that bolt in, tighten it up, you'll be ready to hit the road.Well, thank you all for watching. That'll do it for our test fit of the tilting cargo carrier on our 2018 Honda Pilot. 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 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. 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.

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