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Rola Dart Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Review of the Rola Dart Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche we're going to do a test fit on the Rola Dart. This is a 23 by 56 folding cargo carrier. They've designed it for use with 2" hitches and it offers a 450 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59550. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we will want to line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our provided anti-rattle bolt; we'll slide that in and begin threading it through.

Now with it still just hand tight, as you can see, we've got some movement and play in our carrier so we're going to use our wrench to finish tightening that down. Then we'll take our provided clip; we're just going to slide that in the other side. As you can see, now a lot of that play and the movement in our connection's gone so we're going to have a good steady ride. Let's go over a few measurements now that we've got our carrier installed. We'll start at the rear here by getting the ground clearance. It looks like we're going to have about 13-3/4" worth.

At its closest point to the rear of our vehicle, be right down here; it's going to be about 4" away. Overall we've added about 12" to the length of the Avalanche. Now at the top of the carrier there's a large red handle right here. Lifting on that allows us to tilt the carrier out and away from our vehicle. With it in this position let's go over another set of measurements and see what we've got.

We're now going to have about 17" worth of ground clearance. Overall we've added about 38" to the length of the car. Our closest point should still be the same. Yeah, right there at about 4". Let's take a look at the tailgate here. See if we've got the room we need.

Yeah, as you can see, we're going to have some space under here so we'll be able to fully open our tailgate. It's located about 7-3/4" over the deck. It really only covers about the first 5", so if you're going to be stacking items up higher than that in the front just keep that in mind. It may limit access to your tailgate. The exhaust setup on our Avalanche is here on the passenger side. It's angled down and out over this direction so it really shouldn't have any kind of effect on heat-sensitive materials that we might be transporting. Now that we've taken a good look at the Rola Dart and how it works with our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, let's take a look at how that very same cargo 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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