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MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the 17x50 MaxxTow Cargo Carrier. This is designed for use with 2-inch edges. Even with its compact design, it's going to offer us a 500-pound weight capacity. The Part Number on it is Mt70107. To begin our test fit, we're going to slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We're going to slide it in far enough to line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole. We're then using a standard 5/8 pin.

See there. I'm just going to slide this through and we're going to secure it on the other side with our clip. The pin and clip will be sold separately. Those are on our website as Part Number Pc3. If you don't already have one, pick one up. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our Avalanche is going to be about 3-3/4 inches away.

Overall it's added about 22-3/4 of an inch to the length of the vehicle. We've got about 13 inches worth of ground clearance there at its rear. Let's open the tailgate here and take a look. As you can see, we are going to have all the room we need to get our tailgate open, but we're going to be limited to about 13 inches off of the deck of our carrier before we start to make contact with our tailgate. If you want full access to your tailgate while using your cargo carrier, just keep that number in mind. The good news with the Avalanche is that the exhaust exits, the passenger side here and it's turned downward.

This should have no affect on heat sensitive materials that we may be transporting. Now that we've taken a good look at the 17x50 MaxxTow Cargo Carrier and how it's going to work with our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, let's see how that very same cargo carrier performs when they have 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 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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