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Old 03-05-2019, 03:47 PM   #1
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Barker 32 gal blue tote riding in a hitch tote on the back of an Escape19

I'm looking for Devils advocates. Why shouldn't I do this?

We have an Escape 19 and we don't tote bicycles. We are planning an extended trip this fall and I'm thinking about buying a Haul Master 67599 (https://www.harborfreight.com/alumin...ier-67599.html) to install on the back of the Escape 19 to carry our Barker 27844.

The hitch tote weighs 50 pounds and the empty Barker blue tote weighs 40 pounds.
The hitch tote is 30" x 48" x 9" and the Barker fits inside it perfectly.

Your thoughts?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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32 gallons of water weighs more than 260 lbs. Add that to the 50 plus the 40.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:59 PM   #3
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I'm looking for Devils advocates. Why shouldn't I do this?

We have an Escape 19 and we don't tote bicycles. We are planning an extended trip this fall and I'm thinking about buying a Haul Master 67599 (https://www.harborfreight.com/alumin...ier-67599.html) to install on the back of the Escape 19 to carry our

The hitch tote weighs 50 pounds and the empty Barker blue tote weighs 40 pounds.
The hitch tote is 30" x 48" x 9" and the Barker fits inside it perfectly.

Your thoughts?
Are you planning on using this while camped somewhere you can dump or is your plan to carry the full tote on the rack while you are traveling? I think my answer would depend on which option you are planning.
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Ah, good questions. I would only transport an EMPTY tote like this.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:35 PM   #5
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Seems to me if you stay under the Escape recommended weight, what difference if its a bike and bike racks or a plastic tote.
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Ah, good questions. I would only transport an EMPTY tote like this.
You should be fine.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:22 PM   #7
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If you are only planning to carry an empty tote do you need the ramp? That is quite an awkward appendage sticking up all the time if you never use it. There are carriers that are just as big (but not as deep) without the ramp.
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo...PS1040100.html

I think your biggest challenge will be ground clearance as you deal with steep driveway skirts at gas stations. You might consider a modification that allows the rack to be mounted higher if needed. It takes some work but you can slide the spare over on a new support and put on a Blue Ox rise similar to what I did for our Stowaway cargo box.
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What is the purpose of the Barker tote? I don't understand.
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What is the purpose of the Barker tote? I don't understand.
Richard can fill in his reasons, but most people use these totes to empty the trailer's waste tanks, taking the waste to a central dump station, when the tanks fill before the stay at that campground is finished. This is only in sites without sewer service, of course. It's only likely to be a problem in sites with water service (since the fresh water tank runs out), but just as waste can be hauled away water can be hauled in. The tote is the alternative to breaking camp, hitching up, and hauling the trailer to the dump site.
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I gather. And I presume it still weighs almost 300 lbs. when full. Sounds like fun.
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