Tow hitch-mounted carrier - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Jeep Discussions > General Jeep Discussion

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-04-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
yellowtailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Wandering, but not lost
Posts: 395
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?

Thank you in advance.

yellowtailfan is offline   Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
HELLBENDER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 276
$69 aluminum version from harbor freight

HELLBENDER is offline   Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
Moderator

::WF Moderator::
 
harleydragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: south georgia
Posts: 3,931
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
harleydragon is offline   Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
gunmn74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Newton Kansas 25 miles North of Wichita
Posts: 620
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.
__________________
2010 JK added 17" rims and 32 inch At tires, hitch, Ace rock sliders, Barricade bumper,
light guards, grab handles, floor mats, Grabars, Rock Ridge hood latches and fuel door, and 2" Rancho sport lift with 9000XL adjustable shocks.
gunmn74 is offline   Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
yellowtailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Wandering, but not lost
Posts: 395
Good Information... thank you for what is posted so far. Keep it coming
yellowtailfan is offline   Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
gunmn74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Newton Kansas 25 miles North of Wichita
Posts: 620
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.
__________________
2010 JK added 17" rims and 32 inch At tires, hitch, Ace rock sliders, Barricade bumper,
light guards, grab handles, floor mats, Grabars, Rock Ridge hood latches and fuel door, and 2" Rancho sport lift with 9000XL adjustable shocks.
gunmn74 is offline   Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 11:59 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Slater451's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Syracuse NY
Posts: 1,124
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.
Slater451 is offline   Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 10:16 AM   #8
Moderator

::WF Moderator::
 
harleydragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: south georgia
Posts: 3,931
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slater451 View Post
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
harleydragon is offline   Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
Slater451's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Syracuse NY
Posts: 1,124
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...
Slater451 is offline   Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 10:52 AM   #10
Moderator

::WF Moderator::
 
harleydragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: south georgia
Posts: 3,931
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..
harleydragon is offline   Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
OlYellerTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: East of the CT River
Posts: 556
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
__________________
This message is composed of recycled electrons. None of these electrons has been harmed or injured in the creation and transmission of this message but they have been shamelessly exploited for this use.

Ol' Yeller TJ
OlYellerTJ is offline   Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 12:58 PM   #12
HOUND

WF Supporting Member
 
bills1974's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Posts: 667
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.
bills1974 is offline   Quote
Old 02-18-2014, 07:54 AM   #13
Jeeper
 
yellowtailfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Wandering, but not lost
Posts: 395
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.
yellowtailfan is offline   Quote
Old 04-24-2014, 02:59 PM   #14
Newb
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1
Do any of these cargo carriers fit and clear the spare tire or do you always need an extension?
jshafer556 is offline   Quote
Old 04-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
gunmn74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Newton Kansas 25 miles North of Wichita
Posts: 620
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.
__________________
2010 JK added 17" rims and 32 inch At tires, hitch, Ace rock sliders, Barricade bumper,
light guards, grab handles, floor mats, Grabars, Rock Ridge hood latches and fuel door, and 2" Rancho sport lift with 9000XL adjustable shocks.
gunmn74 is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2014, 10:33 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: So. West Calif
Posts: 19
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.
Dual Hitch Extender

300 lb. ATV Cargo Carrier





Salty Dawg is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:48 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC