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Old 10-17-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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hitch cargo storage WTF

After oging camping I realized I dont have much room in the jeep. so Im gunna buy a hitch cargo carrier. just trying to get a little more cargo room without spending a fortune on a roof rack or bumper/tire carrier/tire carrier rack. although I would love to have a roof rack for a canoe but it seems they want an arm and leg for those

Now tell me the difference between this

and this with an optional riser for around 30 bucks

yeah the first looks to have all tube steel and can probably handle more weight (which isnt really an issue with my class II hitch max 300 lbs tongue weight)

But really is the cheaper one going to disentigrate as soon as I go off the pavement? (they even have a 49.99 one on that site but it looks a little cheap)


also.... I realize Im probably going to loose being able to fully open the tailgate with the riser, which isnt too much of an issue with me

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Old 10-17-2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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The only recommendation I have is to make sure that the reciever hitch is very strong. I have one of the reciever hitch baskets simular to the one pictured and a Smittybilt SRC bumper. After one use with a plastic crate holding dry goods,an empty cooler and 2 sleeping bags, the bumper receiver had bent downward. It held the cargo rack fine, but sagged by the time I got to my destination about 80 miles away.

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Old 10-17-2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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you get what ya pay for an all...

seriously doubt a cheap one will fall apart with a sneeze (people got lawsuits to worry about), but that fully welded up WP rack at 3 times the price could very well last 3 times as long... that's a lot of weight, a lot of jarring, and a lot of leverage, and better construction would be a huge plus...

on the other hand, the $250 you save getting the cheap one would pay for a cheap 110 welder, and that would extend the usable life out to whatever you want it to be... plus you'd have a welder...
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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I have one very similar to the $89 one from Curt Cargo about $140. Its plenty sturdy.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:38 PM   #5
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The only recommendation I have is to make sure that the reciever hitch is very strong. I have one of the reciever hitch baskets simular to the one pictured and a Smittybilt SRC bumper. After one use with a plastic crate holding dry goods,an empty cooler and 2 sleeping bags, the bumper receiver had bent downward. It held the cargo rack fine, but sagged by the time I got to my destination about 80 miles away.

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Hmm now Im worried, I know Ive seen a few smittybilt bumpers that say "hitch not rated for towing" maybe youve got one of those (Ive got an add on reciever hitch with stock bumper . The most I would ever put on the thing would be less than 100lbs
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:54 PM   #6
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The biggest reason that the Smittybilt (and most others for that matter) say that they are not rated for towing is like aelwero stated. Lawsuits. If they state that they are tow rated and someone attempts to tow with them, they don't want the liability if something breaks. Another way they get away with stating not tow rated is that the bumpers do not come with brackets for safety chains.

If you have welding skills or know someone who does, the bumper is a great start for you. Just beef it up a little. Good luck with which ever decision you make.

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Just a note, either one loaded with gear will require you to remove/unload it prior to opening the gate.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:05 PM   #8
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I have one similar to the smitty built one, it came from tractor warehouse. WE have used it on several long trips, even loaded large coolers full of drinks and ice and have never had a problem. On my TJ with the stock spare the tailgate will open. On the JK unkimited, the tire keeps it from opening.

I like the one with the 8 inch riser. It would keep it from dragging on trail rides like the other one does, but you sure couldn't open tailgate.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:59 AM   #9
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Most of these are rated to carry the same amount.
I have an aluminum one that is also rated at 500lbs.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:10 PM   #10
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I have one... use it for storage during trips with the fam to the beach.... wonderful little invention... but they are right... opening up the back is a huge issue. If you dont mind that little snag it will be worth it
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #11
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I have the $89 one and have been using it for nearly ten years. It has traveled across the country with me. You can't go wrong at that price.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #12
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i have a friend who runs that exact same $89 rack. he has had it for about 5 years now, it is holding up great with no issues what so ever.
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Get one that is not parallel with the truck. Because on inclines the bottom will drag. Ask me how I know.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #14
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Get one that is not parallel with the truck. Because on inclines the bottom will drag. Ask me how I know.
What you mean? get something that rises it?

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