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Old 10-23-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Cargo Carrier on Back Bumper

Anyone out there using a back bumper hitch mounted carrier? We are looking for one that folds up to use on the back of our 5.0 Classic. Interested in what others might be doing.
We are considering the Draw-Tite Hitch Cargo Carrier #6502
20x48 Pro Series Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Steel - Folding - 500 lbs Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier 6502
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:36 PM   #2
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My concern in choosing a cargo carrier was the weight of the carrier itself ( plus what you put on it ). The one I got was 38 lbs; the one you link to is 50 lbs.
Another concern that I have is the torquing of the carrier in the "bike ready hitch receiver". I've driven a couple wedges ( for axe handles ) into the receiver to try to reduce twisting. I have to wonder if the folding feature might not increase such twisting.
And, I originally had my box attached to the carrier with U-bolts, until I discovered that I couldn't get the spare tire off using a cross-shape wrench. I now have it held on with a ratcheting strap.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:40 PM   #3
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We too are wary of the weight. Do you know the brand/model of the carrier you are using?
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This one is only 28 lbs, and more expensive.
19x60 Curt Cargo Carrier for 2" Hitches - Aluminum - Folding - 500 lbs Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier C18100
I got mine at etrailer.com but I don't see it there now.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #5
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It would probably be prudent to verify the tongue to total weight ratio after installing and loading a cargo carrier. It is surprising how much anything added to the back of the trailer can effect tongue weight and, consequently, trailer handling.
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I have a coupon from Harbor Freight for an all aluminum cargo carrier for $50... 500# capacity. Weighs about 32 lbs.

Is this what you're talking about?
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:26 PM   #7
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I found that loading bicycles on the back of our 21 gave a 2 to 1 ratio for the tongue weight using our original bike rack. Another wards, loading 80 lbs on the back reduced our tongue weight by 40 lbs. I haven't checked the ratio using our current bike rack. The farther aft your weight is, the more affect it will have on the tongue weight.
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PS; Donna, I looked at the unit from Harbor Freight and found it to be very loose in their 2" receiver. I didn't buy it so I can't report on how it fits in the Escape receiver. They all seem to differ to some degree. Funny how two inches isn't always two inches. Tolerances do matter!
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Cpaharley had posted about gizmo that tightens up loose receiver connections in the not too distant past, he might know if they actually work.
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PS; Donna, I looked at the unit from Harbor Freight and found it to be very loose in their 2" receiver. I didn't buy it so I can't report on how it fits in the Escape receiver. They all seem to differ to some degree. Funny how two inches isn't always two inches. Tolerances do matter!
TMI.. two inches? hahahhahahahaha

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I found that loading bicycles on the back of our 21 gave a 2 to 1 ratio for the tongue weight using our original bike rack. Another wards, loading 80 lbs on the back reduced our tongue weight by 40 lbs. I haven't checked the ratio using our current bike rack. The farther aft your weight is, the more affect it will have on the tongue weight.
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PS; Donna, I looked at the unit from Harbor Freight and found it to be very loose in their 2" receiver. I didn't buy it so I can't report on how it fits in the Escape receiver. They all seem to differ to some degree. Funny how two inches isn't always two inches. Tolerances do matter!
OK. Given Donna's humor, I'm treading lightly!
I did buy the carrier from Harbor Freight for my trip to Chilliwack next May. Need to get all my camping equipment out there for the extended trip home. I measured and mine (the luggage rack, that is) is just under 2-inches. It does fit well in the receiver of the F150. I have found it is easy to eliminate rattle by pounding a Popsicle stick into the receiver like a small wedge to take up any slop.
I will transport it home in the "bike ready" receiver (don't know how tight a fit that will be) but will not use it on the Escape after that. I plan to sell it after it serves its one-time purpose, essentially 4 or 5 days of use. If it hadn't cost me over $100, I would discard it after taking delivery of my trailer.
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