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Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to do a test fit on the Pro Series Solo. This cargo carrier is 31 x 47. It offers a 400 pound weight capacity. As you can see, it's been designed for use with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is Ps1040100. As you can see, this is one of the larger cargo carriers that we offer. We'd recommend maybe having two people to help put it in the vehicle.

If you don't have a second hand, I had adapted a pretty good strategy for getting it loaded up. What I'd like to do is just bring the carrier forward until the shank is resting under the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then come around to the rear and we'll lift up as we push in. That will get our shank started. Now, we've got a pin hole here that we want to line up with our hitch pin hole. Slide it in until those line up with one another.

Then we'll take our standard 5/8 pen here. We'll slide that through and secure it with the other side with our clip. Now, the pin and clip are sold separately. If you don't already have one, you could find those on our website. Part number is PC3. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our vehicle is going to be about 8 1/4 inches away.

Overall, we've added about 40 1/2 inches to the length of our Avalanche and the carrier is going to offer us a ground clearance of around 15 1/4 inches there at the rear. Now, let's check our tailgate and see what kind of clearance we have when we open that. As you can see there, we're going to be able to fully open the tailgate to get in there anything we might need out. The tail gate will cover the front section here. Closest point of the tailgate to the platform of our carrier is going to be about 10 1/2 inches. It looks like it comes back about 9 inches.

Just keep that in mind if you're going to be stacking items up probably around this area, it may limit your access to your tailgate. The exhaust on our Avalanche exits here on the passenger's side. It's turned down and out so it shouldn't have any kind of effect on heat-sensitive materials that we may be transporting. Now that we've taken a good look at the Pro Series Solo and how it's going to work on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, let's take a look and see how that very same cargo carrier performs when we 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. It 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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