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Old 02-04-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Talking Tow hitch-mounted carrier

Really thinking about one of these
Ultra-Tow Premium Folding Cargo Carrier — 500-Lb. Load Capacity | Receiver Hitch Cargo Carriers| Northern Tool + Equipment

Would appreciate honest feedback, obviously from fellow Jeepers who have used this on their rig, and it's overall pro's/con's.

I've seen other version 'dangling' from SUV's & minivans (going 70mph down the highway) and it looks like the carrier is about to fall off to one side. My intended use is hauling lighter items when in route from home to hunting lease and to transport any game harvested as well, primarily hogs & deer. My trek in that respect is 100 miles one way. Some factors I'd appreciate hearing about:

1. sturdiness?
2. weight distribution - seems extremely important when loading items?
3. the capacity states 500 lbs, for those that have used these, are those estimates real or inflated?
4. is there any brands to stay away from/gravitate towards?
5. other pro's/con's that anyone can share?

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Old 02-04-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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$69 aluminum version from harbor freight

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Old 02-04-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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I don't know about this particular one but I have built several of them over the years for guys..mostly for hunting..they hold up good..everyone that ever bought one from me loved them
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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I have the one from Walmart. I have had it 12+ years. I have hauled deer, firewood, stinky fish buckets, huge plastick tubs full of luggage and big full coolers.
I would say I have had 350+ pounds on it from time to time. The tongue wait for the JK is 250 lbs I think.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Good Information... thank you for what is posted so far. Keep it coming
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Old 02-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #6
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This is like mine.

This the one I have mentioned above.
48" Bumper Hitch Cargo Carrier Tray: Automotive : Walmart.com
I bought it back when I had a new 2000 Cherokee sport and the wife said
no bloody deer and buckets of fish in the new Jeep. I also use to have to bag a lot of leaves and I would pile about 8 bags and take them to the dump.
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Had this one loaded many times !! It also made the trip from new York to Florida way way over loaded. The jeep handled it fine... The springs and shocks not so much. I have since upgraded to rubicon springs and new shocks.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:16 AM   #8
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Had this one loaded many times !! It also made the trip from new York to Florida way way over loaded. The jeep handled it fine... The springs and shocks not so much. I have since upgraded to rubicon springs and new shocks.
this one hangs out the back more than the ones I have seen or built.No doubt,that is to clear the spare.But,the more it hangs out the back,the more leverage the weight on it will have,putting more load on the springs and the hitch
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
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True but after upgrading the shocks and springs I have almost no sag with it. Also after shearing some of the mounting bolts and getting frustrated trying to drill them out. I welded my hitch to the frame .... So it's not going anywhere...
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I could see where hanging back like that would enable you to carry more under some situations.Especially bulky items that didn't weigh a lot..
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And look at the up-turned tongue on that carrier. I like that; I have to be careful pulling into and out of driveways w/my HF carrier. I've scraped it a couple of times, including one really *good* "bump". :o
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:58 PM   #12
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I bought this one about 7-8 years ago and used it a ton on multiple vehicles.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_144586-29318...rgo&facetInfo=

After a couple years it was getting pretty worn so I hit it with bedliner and it's looked great since.

I had to purchase an extension for use on the Jeep though so it clears the spare tire.

I've definitely had 300+ lbs on it though, it fits a large Igloo cooler perfect.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:54 AM   #13
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Well, there is a Northern Tools locally and they are clearance pricing one model to close them out. (apparently switching manufacturers) It was regularly $129 and I got it for $65. It's the same item in my initial post. Put it together, seems sturdy, I stood on it and moved around all 167 lbs of myself. I'm pleased considering its price and how stable it seems. This will be primarily for coolers and any game I harvest from hunting. I do appreciate the feedback - it really does help in my research / analysis prior to making this purchase.
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Do any of these cargo carriers fit and clear the spare tire or do you always need an extension?
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
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Most of the strait ones do. I am not sure about the ones with the turned up tongue. I can still open my tailgate with mine on.
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I tow a Kayak trailer and have a splitter, ( double 2 inch reciever), which acts as an extension and then have the cargo carrier with the 45 degree angle in it inside the top reciever so it rises above the trailer tongue.
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