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Old 12-08-2014, 01:38 AM   #1
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Question Rear storage container for trailer

I was looking at the new 2015 Escape Calender when I noticed that for the month of May they have a three picture collage. And in the number three picture, the trailer on the far right has just what I've been looking for, a rear storage container. It looks like it attaches to the bicycle rack receiver. I've scoured all the local RV places and even Walmart and stores like that, but no luck. Does anyone out there know were you can get something like that? Any and all help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:03 AM   #2
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Go to www.etrailer.com/ and you can find all sorts of cargo racks and containers, but keep in mind that you need to keep the weight down or you will un-weight the tongue which can cause sway.
I got the lightest rack that would accommodate the aluminum box I already had. I still take care so it doesn't get too heavy. I use it for bulky, but light items that I don't want inside.
You also have to set it up so it doesn't prevent you from accessing the spare tire. Initially, I had my box secured to the rack with u-bolts so you had to get inside the box to remove it. Then, I discovered that the box prevented me from rotating the tire wrench to unbolt the tire. It would hit the box.
I now have the box attached to the rack with a ratchet strap so I can remove the box to unbolt the tire.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:48 AM   #3
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BTW. If you find what you need at etrailer.com, phone in your order and ask them to ship it from their Ontario warehouse. If they have it in Ontario, that can save customs hassles.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:12 AM   #4
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Just be careful, with the Escape 15, your hitch weight is less than 200#, any rear weight can lead to sway. Maybe better to put the weight in your tow vehicle or up front in the trailer.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:23 AM   #5
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Harbor Freight has a 500# capacity aluminum rack for $99. I've seen them as low as $50 at HF: Aluminum Hitch Cargo Carrier - 500 lb. Capacity
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The only issue is there is either a 200 or 100 lb limit on the rear hitch, unless you get it reinforced. Something about the weak link in a strong chain........
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I got mine from Princess Auto or Cap-It. I tried one, this is also with 2-20lb propane & 2 12 grp 27 batteries on the tongue. 100km/hr no sway after that it got progressively worse. All that I put in the back attachment carrier was 5lb bbq propane,bbq [small] 3 gals gas, IMO don't do it. Unless you have sway bars & are lighter on the right foot than I..
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Would a small cargo trailer like this (SS Aluminum Body Motorcycle Cargo Trailer) work? The cargo might need to be kept in the rear to keep the weight off the trailer's rear hitch and maybe the tongue should be shortened. But might it work?
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Would a small cargo trailer like this (SS Aluminum Body Motorcycle Cargo Trailer) work? The cargo might need to be kept in the rear to keep the weight off the trailer's rear hitch and maybe the tongue should be shortened. But might it work?
It would legal only behind a 5th wheel in some (a few?) states/provinces. It would never be legal behind a "bumper pull" trailer.
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It would legal only behind a 5th wheel in some (a few?) states/provinces. It would never be legal behind a "bumper pull" trailer.
Thanks for the info.
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