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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 MaxxTow 20 by 47 aluminum cargo carrier. No they've designed this for use in 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is MT70108. Now we've got a nice strong steel shank, but the aluminum construction really keeps the weight down on this, so if weight's going to be an issue this might be a really good choice. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier right into the receiver tube of our hitch. We've got a pinhole here.

We want to line that up with our hitch pinhole. Once we have those in line we're going to take our standard 5/8 pin . Went a little too far there. There we go. Slide our pin through.

Then we'll secure it on the other side here with our clip. Now the pin and clip are sold separately. If you don't already have one we have those on our website as part number PC3. Closest point of the carrier to the rear of our vehicle is going to be about 5-1/4" away. Overall we've added about 28" to the length of our Avalanche. Our carrier offers us about 12-3/4" worth of ground clearance.

Let's check clearance for our tailgate here. Yeah, as you can see, the carrier's going to allow us to fully open our tailgate, it's about 12" over the platform height. It looks like it extends over by about 10-1/4" so just keep that in mind if you want to stack anything up in the front portion higher than that. It may limit your access to open your tailgate. The exhaust on our Avalanche exits on the passenger side here. It's turned down and out so that really shouldn't have any kind of effect on heat-sensitive materials that we might transport.

Now that we've taken a good look at the MaxxTow cargo carrier and how is going to work on our 2011 Chevrolet Suburban, let's take a look at how that carrier 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 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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