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Old 11-10-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Hitch mounted storage???

Curious for recommendations on hitch mounted storage racks or boxes.

We take many trips to the beach and I would love to take the new Wrangler next summer.

Problem is all four seats are occupied and you can't exactly store a whole lot of beach gear behind the rear seat with the top down.

I specifically ordered the tow option just for this reason. I currently have a "back porch" but I was looking for something a little more secure and with more capacity. Towels, umbrellas, and boogie boards take up a lot of room

I'm interested to see what you guys use for extra storage in your Jeeps!

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I found mine on Creigs Lost for $50.00. 500# capacity. It was "lightly" used. I carry firewood, my hunting gear and anything that will fit. I have taken trash barrels out to the dump and carried all sorts of crap around with it.

I do a lot of deer hunting so it is a must for a deer.

Just remember IT STICKS OUT....I damn near parlayed my neighbors Toyota backing out the other night. These come from various places from $99.00 new to exotic alu at $199.


The steel is super, easy to change in and out with your hitch ball set up. I 'think' it weighs 35#'s empty. I love the damn thing and if you have a hitch I say its a must have option. Coolers, beach chairs all have gone back there with ease! Jim.
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Here are some different options. I myself do not have any of them. So I can not speak on how well they work. Jeep Cargo & Sport Racks - Quadratec
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I imagine most of these extend beyond the spare tire, yes? Im planning on getting one of these for cargo carrying as well as bolting a bike fork mount onto it for hauling two bikes. If they dont extend beyond the spare, then Ill have to reconsider
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I have something like this now. My only complaint about it is you can't open the back gate with it on, the spare won't clear it.

I was looking for something that would provide some coverage. Something I could throw towels, clothes, whatever in and it would be protected from the elements and not blow out.

I see they make bags that fit in the cargo racks, that may be something to look at...
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I found mine on Creigs Lost for $50.00. 500# capacity. It was "lightly" used. I carry firewood, my hunting gear and anything that will fit. I have taken trash barrels out to the dump and carried all sorts of crap around with it.

I do a lot of deer hunting so it is a must for a deer.

Just remember IT STICKS OUT....I damn near parlayed my neighbors Toyota backing out the other night. These come from various places from $99.00 new to exotic alu at $199.


The steel is super, easy to change in and out with your hitch ball set up. I 'think' it weighs 35#'s empty. I love the damn thing and if you have a hitch I say its a must have option. Coolers, beach chairs all have gone back there with ease! Jim.
I like that one. Like I said above the one I have blocks the rear gate from opening. Your's is flat enough that it will clear.

like you I bought it for hunting. Put a couple deer back there last season hooked to my Liberty. Will hopefully be using for a fresh kill tomorrow morning (fingers crossed).

Well until I find something better I will use my back porch
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I like that one. Like I said above the one I have blocks the rear gate from opening. Your's is flat enough that it will clear.

like you I bought it for hunting. Put a couple deer back there last season hooked to my Liberty. Will hopefully be using for a fresh kill tomorrow morning (fingers crossed).

Well until I find something better I will use my back porch
None of them will allow you to open the gatge all the way when they are loaded. Mine has an extension and even when it is fully loaded, I can open my gate enough to get things in and out.
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So if we put the whole 500lbs back there does it
help when we are trying to do wheelees ?

Seriously I use mine a lot. I put magnetic trailer lights
on it, plug them into the 4 prong. It keeps the texters,
eaters, and others not paying attention, from getting
too close, especially when its empty.
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None of them will allow you to open the gatge all the way when they are loaded. Mine has an extension and even when it is fully loaded, I can open my gate enough to get things in and out.
^^^^^^this. We have an aluminum carrier w/ extension to clear the spare too, harbor freight had them at a really good price, and a coupon
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Got the rack at Pepboys and the bag at Autozone, the bag is really nice, heavy duty but a little bigger than the rack but it works great.
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Keep in mind the rack is rated up to 500# but the hitch (mine anyway) is only rated up to 200#
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Put one on the front too.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:12 PM   #13
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They have this at Amazon. Thinking this could work out. Only bad side is there's nothing to prevent somone from stealing it very easily. I guess when you get to where you are going you can take out what you need and throw the rest into the back seat

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:34 PM   #14
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I carry a deer cart on the back all during the season. I have a 6 foot loop of chain I run thru my hitch chain hook up openings, (whatever they are called) and then back thru the rack and thru whatever I have like the cart on it.

I just took the carrier off and slipped in my 2" ball hitch to go get my boat from its winnterazation.

I'll post pictures in two hours with the before and after with the chain set uip for hunting. The chain works so too would a strong cable......but it only works for honest folks. Evil dooers will just steal the JK!

BTW: The mag lights are a GREAT idea. I will get a set!!! Smart you is!
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Those magnetic light sets are on sale (as of last week) at Harbor Freight, for $9.99. They have both the aluminum and steel ones there, and I think the aluminum one is on the ad too.

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I'm thinking the magnetic lights won't work so well on the aluminum cargo rack.
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Its raining hard here so the photo quality sucks a bit, but here is what I do when carrying my deer cart on the back. I'm sure you figured out from my description how I did it but a couple of pics dont hurt.

Tom: WHY?
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Try to stick a magnet to some aluminum and you will have your answer. Magnets stick to other magnets, as in cobalt, nickel,iron and some other alloys. Aluminum is not one of those metals.
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I'm thinking the magnetic lights won't work so well on the aluminum cargo rack.
Tap screw or ubolt a metal plate to the outside corner.
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ACE Engineering has a great one go check it out I luv there products
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Thule has a very cool and secure hitch mounted cargo box buy they are very, very proud of it - see link below. I considered buying one but ended up with a carrier from BassPro, Rubbermaid plastic bins from Home Depot, and bungee cords to hold the whole mess together.

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Does any of the flipup one work with wrangler spare tire?
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Thule has a very cool and secure hitch mounted cargo box buy they are very, very proud of it - see link below. I considered buying one but ended up with a carrier from BassPro, Rubbermaid plastic bins from Home Depot, and bungee cords to hold the whole mess together.

Thule*-*Cargo Carriers for Hitch

That looks real nice. I like the built in lights too. Just don't know if I can bring myself to pay $500+ for something like this. Looks like a real good product though
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I saw one at the PA Jeep show two years ago that was painted the same color as the Jeep.
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this Thule version only tilts slightly back....you still cannot open the tailgate all the way with it on. the version they no longer sell in the US (Thule 684 terrapin) was the version that could swing out and allow you to open the tailgate when installed. It was also about $200 more.
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I made my own out of some 2x2" square tubing I had laying around, but it's the type of metal you see used for signs, so it's galvanized and has a lot of holes in it. Been working great for a couple years now and I can unbolt sections and rebolt them to fit different objects like a cooler or my bike.

If I were to buy one, HF sells a very nice one, of course it takes some patience to assemble it, otherwise it's very strong and durable.

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