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Old 12-06-2012, 11:59 AM   #31
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I'm thinking of getting the aluminum HF one too and I've been concerned about spare tire clearance.
One of the posters above said he just re-drilled his holes to get the clearance he needed.
Someone else above also mentioned the polyproylene one...
Amazon.com: Rola 59500 Polypropylene Cargo Carrier: Automotive
Now I don't know which one to get.
I like the fact that the poly one is flat, for storage.
Here's a pic of the HF aluminum and steel one in the store.
Decisions, decisions.

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:44 PM   #32
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Just went through this last week. Went to HF and was tempted by the aluminum one but reviews that the corner plastic pieces can melt from the exhaust was concerning. Picked up the steel one, put it all together, very nice and well built and worth the money (on sale all the time. $40 cheapest I saw and that was Black Friday.) However, didn't pay enough mind to the fact that it is too narrow in width (front to back) to carry a trash can. It was hanging off like an elephant on a ball at the circus. Reluctantly returned it.

Splurged on Quadratec Hidden Hitch Cargo Carrier http://www.quadratec.com/products/12033_11_07.htm It's a beast! Very large, heavy, well-constructed. Added n=6 washers for the main bolts and used blue Threadlocker to keep it all sure. Used it today to haul a ton of trash and recycle up to the road and am happy I got the larger unit. Will be able to haul a good amount of gear and feel good about the integrity of the carrier.

Good luck with your decision.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #33
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Just went through this last week. Went to HF and was tempted by the aluminum one but reviews that the corner plastic pieces can melt from the exhaust was concerning. Picked up the steel one, put it all together, very nice and well built and worth the money (on sale all the time. $40 cheapest I saw and that was Black Friday.) However, didn't pay enough mind to the fact that it is too narrow in width (front to back) to carry a trash can. It was hanging off like an elephant on a ball at the circus. Reluctantly returned it.

Splurged on Quadratec Hidden Hitch Cargo Carrier http://www.quadratec.com/products/12033_11_07.htm It's a beast! Very large, heavy, well-constructed. Added n=6 washers for the main bolts and used blue Threadlocker to keep it all sure. Used it today to haul a ton of trash and recycle up to the road and am happy I got the larger unit. Will be able to haul a good amount of gear and feel good about the integrity of the carrier.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #34
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I bought the same carrier via Amazon- listed as "Pro Series" instead of Hidden Hitch. It feels heavy and solid in the frames. The mesh is flimsy and will probably get destroyed before long. I was wondering about adding some strapping from the rear end of the rack up to the spare or something to help spread the tongue weight.

In the long run, I think I'd rather have the cargo overhead and hope to get a rack up there. I don't like that I can't open the gate with the rack in. (Forgot that the bungies and ratchet straps were in the storage compartment.)

Great to have for the recycling runs, Lowes, and would definitely support a camping trip.

Anybody rig lights to these? Loaded up I can see it would interfere with the tail-lights.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:05 PM   #35
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Love HF. Can't get enough of that place.
Nothing has failed me yet. I have their 3 ton low profile jack, stands, combo wrenches, Earthquake brand impact which rocks, etc
From China but oh well
x2, Earthquake impact gun is amazing. And i worked at a Tire Kingdom for a while in college where we only used $300.00 ingersall rand one's. The earthquake is just as good imo. Harbor jacks/stands are also great, been using those my entire life. Only thing i don't buy at HF are ratcheting tie downs.

Oh, i also own one of the $60 hitch carriers from northern tool. It's obviously cheap and a little unstable if more weight is on one side but it has held up so far. Used it twice. If you rarely use it i would say it's fine but if you plan on using it more than once every few months i would encourage you to invest in the solid, welded version. Good luck with your choice.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:13 AM   #36
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Northern Tool (all over the place because they're based here in MN) is just a higher end version of Harbor Freight. Most of their stuff isn't really any better.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:58 AM   #37
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ended up getting the poly one, since it's flatter and will take less room for storage. will advise on how it performs...
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:40 AM   #38
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i have the cheaper of the 2 from VIP.

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