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Old 06-11-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Anyone dragging a ATV Hitch Hauler on a TJ?

Reason I ask is that the dimension of some of these appear ideal for a Wrangler (TJ in particular but not solely)

They often come with a 1 1/4 receiver tube which I need.

They are often 53 or 53/5 inches wide, which is perfect really for staying inside confines of the body back there. And they have a typical 19 inch deep platform.

They are rated at 500 pounds which is all one would want to put on there. But yet typical of many of these.

And they are normally a tubular frame and smoother than the cheap Reese stuff and yet reasonably priced at about $60.

I ran into one old thread on a search where a member was using one but he seems to be the only one mentioned it. I would like to see some more pictures of these in service.

They have a rise that looks like it would be right but its hard to tell if it clears the tire real good. I don't have an oversized tire back there.



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Old 06-11-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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I do NOT wish to be the Guinea Pig on this one...

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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No one? I know its not true..
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:46 AM   #4
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
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Ok... I give up... I guess I will check it out and see. Might have wasted my money but I guess I can use it on something else around the farm here if it doesn't meet spec or work for this. Not a lot of money to find out. Will review in a few days.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:12 AM   #6
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A friend of mine bought a Harbor Freight model for his minivan to haul gas cans etc. That he didn't want inside. On sale for like $40. We put it together and thought it would be ok, only rated to 150 lbs but he wasn't planning to haul anything heavy anyway. Well a week later after he was back home he called me laughing hysterically. He had gone to the car wash and forgotten that he hadn't taken it off until the machine got to the back of the van and hot it. The first impact litterally lifted the front tires off the ground, it got hit 3 to 4 times with less power each time but still enough to shake the van violently. He was sure the rack was destroyed and just drove home without even getting out to look. When ge got home he got out walked around back to survey the damage and low and behold not a dent not a scratch not a mark on it! So i say give it a try its probably stronger than you expect.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Its not the strength I really am concerned with as its rated to 500 pounds. And thats a use for it I have too. hauling things you don't want inside or extra things along on a trip etc.

Its the overall size and interference with the tire is the main reason I am trying this one. These appear the right size for the Jeeps. They are 54" wide rather than the typical 60" like most of the typical HF, TSC and Walmart stuff. But they are 19" deep rather than the typical 20"... so really about the same loading area but narrower to just fit within the confines of the Jeeps body back there. Actually made a little better than the stamped out ones you see by Reece and such. Its the rise I am more interested in seeing and how that clears the rear tire. Otherwise they appear ideal for use with the Jeep TJ
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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I have one.... I wouldnt put 500 lbs on it since the tongue weight for the wrangler and the 1 1/4 hitch is only rated for 200lbs.... But other than that my 100 buck fold up one has worked great the 2 or 3 times I've used it....
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #9
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Pretty sure you wouldn't want to drive around with anywhere near 500 pounds on the back either!

But I think the Class II is rated for 350 pounds max?

OK... well.. other than an overly tight fit and had to do some grinding to get it in there (not sure which tolerance was off, the Hitch Haul or my Receiver) but I kind of like it. Much better build and finish than the Walmart/HF/TSC Reese type ones and a much better fit to the size of the Jeep. Looks to be a good choice...

This is how wide it is (perfect really)



It sticks out a little far, but then again, it creates maximum surface area to load stuff onto. Nothing is wasted. If it didn't have the rise in it, it would drag easier so I guess the rise is right too.



Overall... it fits really good.




This is how far it opens (unloaded though) before a 30" Tire hits. But you need that rise to clear dragging the tail unfortunately. A trade off I guess. But you can still get to your stuff if, and when, your not hauling stuff on the rack.




Not bad at all for $60 and fits nicely I think...

There is a Amazon deal that has Prime advantage so its like $59 shipped. But be prepared to possibly have to do some grinding on the tube to fit your 1 1/4 receiver hole.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #10
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I am going to get one of those racks soon so I can flop my deer on it this fall.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:45 PM   #11
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Exactly one of the plans I had for it too!

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