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Review of the Reese 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese Explorer 24x60 Cargo Carrier for two inch hitches. Offering steel construction and a 500 pound capacity, the part number is 6-3-1-5-3.Now, the typical uses we see for the utility style carrier like this is going to be kind of how we have it set up. You're going on a trip. You've got a lot of gear and you need room inside the vehicle for passengers, pets, or things that you really don't want exposed. This gives you a great way to get those items outside.Also, this can help protect the interior of your vehicle from dirt. You can use this for hauling bags of gravel from the landscaping company, maybe muddy sports equipment, things like that.Now that we've gone over why cargo carriers are handy, let's take a look at the features this one has to see if it's going to fit your needs.Now, the carrier is going to be 24 inches inside the rails this way, and it's going to be inside of the rails crossway.

That's a very common carrier size. There are several options for bags that you can add if you want some additional protection for your items.Here we can take a look at the shank of the carrier. It's going to be two inches by two inches, so you want to be sure you're using Class three or four hitch that has the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. This will also work out with the two and a half inch hitches if you use your adapter. You'll notice we do have a rise in the shank.

This is going to be about three inches. That's going to help elevate the level of the carrier.Now while that rise might not be terribly important on a vehicle like this 4runner, on hitches that sit lower to the ground, that can really help out when you're going in and out of un-level pavement or parking garages and keep it from dragging at the rear.As you can see, the carrier's going to have the expanded steel tight floor in it. I like this style floor just because if we do have wet or dirty items, it allows that stuff to fall down and through. It really won't sit on top of the carrier.It's also going to have the raised rail that goes all the way around the outside. That helps to provide some additional containment, side to side, and front to back.

It's going to be about five and a half inches to the top from the platform itself.Now, as we've said, the carrier offers sturdy, steel construction and a 500 pound weight capacity. It's going to offer a black, powder coat finish. The finish quality on it I would say is about average. It's not the thickest power coat I've ever put my hands on, but also not the thinnest that we get with some items.Now one thing to keep in mind when using a cargo carrier is as you start to get larger and larger items on it, they might block your lights or your license plate. If that's the case, you want to stay legal, those need to be visible.

We have light kits available. You see the carrier's already going to have the accommodation here for those to slide right in and with the bars going side to side, you can easily reattach your license plate right there just to keep you legal in all states.Now let's take a second. We can compare this cargo carrier with some other ones that we have available. The size on this one I like a lot. It's kind of in the middle of the range. It's not one of the great, big, huge ones that can be hard to manage, and it's not so small that you're not going to have some usefulness out of it and be able to fit your items on it.The overall quality of the construction I think is really good as compared to some of the other ones. The powder coat finish, as we've said, feels decent. It's certainly not the best, certainly not the worst. The size of the openings on the floor . I like this size, it's not so small so if you're putting some dirty items on there, rocks and stuff are going to get stuck or clumps of mud, but they're also not so big that if you have some smaller items you're putting on there, you have to worry about them falling through. We get that with some of the slat style floors, and some of the carriers.Now a few of the cons I see with this cargo carrier is it only comes with a standard pin and clip. You can see how much movement we have. You're going to have that with just about any cargo carrier that is secured with just a pin and a clip. That weight can transfer side to side. It'll be felt in the vehicle, so I strongly recommend picking up one of the anti-rattle devices to lock that point up so you're not going to have that movement. It leads to a much more enjoyable experience when you are transporting items.Also, this is a fixed carrier, so unlike some of the folding options where you could take this carrier and reduce the length off of the back of your vehicle, you won't be able to do that with this one.Now with this particular carrier, from the center of your hitch pin hole to the outermost edge here at the back, it's going to be about 38 and a half inches. Now, with that being said, in my opinion, this is going to be a good, quality carrier. It's going to give you a lot of bang for the buck and it's something that you'll get years of use out of.That's going to complete our look at the Reese Explorer 24x60 Cargo Carrier, part number 6-3-1-5-3.


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