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12-08-2012 10:40 AM
Than i have the cheaper of the 2 from VIP.
12-07-2012 10:58 AM
WeekenderATX ended up getting the poly one, since it's flatter and will take less room for storage. will advise on how it performs...
12-07-2012 01:13 AM
discochris 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.
12-06-2012 09:05 PM
TankinDem
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post


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.
12-06-2012 08:11 PM
ibwile 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.
12-06-2012 05:44 PM
tomthbomb
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Originally Posted by MarkII
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.
May we see a photo please?
12-06-2012 01:44 PM
MarkII 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.
12-06-2012 10:59 AM
WeekenderATX 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.
11-08-2012 09:05 PM
izulookin I was just looking at the hitch extenders to be able to use my bike rack with!! good point to use it with the hitch'n haul!! I bought my hitch carrier at bass pro a few years back think it was 79 bucks on sale and I grabbed a canvas bag that goes with it too!! great investment
11-08-2012 08:36 PM
Rick_W
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Originally Posted by archerdan View Post
I just got the Harbor Freight aluminum one that others have mentioned. I put it on my 2013 Sahara and problem is it barely butts up to the spare tire. It actually is touching it in order for me to install the bolt that holds it in place to the hitch. Does everyone else's do this? I can get the extender but was trying to avoid going that route.

I was thinking about just putting a little piece of foam or carpet b/n the two to avoid tire rubbing......what ya'll think???
My was "close" when I had the stock spare on the tire carrier (225/75-16 on steel wheels).

Now that I've installed 285/70-17's, my cargo carrier is all but useless.

I ordered this.
11-07-2012 08:50 PM
archerdan I just got the Harbor Freight aluminum one that others have mentioned. I put it on my 2013 Sahara and problem is it barely butts up to the spare tire. It actually is touching it in order for me to install the bolt that holds it in place to the hitch. Does everyone else's do this? I can get the extender but was trying to avoid going that route.

I was thinking about just putting a little piece of foam or carpet b/n the two to avoid tire rubbing......what ya'll think???
11-07-2012 04:27 PM
big-daddy-dumas I have 1 that was made for 4 wheeler it is bent kind of like a z so its good off road
11-07-2012 04:45 AM
tluke Thanks for the information. I thought that one was a good choice.
11-06-2012 02:42 PM
enjerhoo
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Originally Posted by SJ. View Post
I just used that exact one Elk hunting. Probably had about 200 - 250 lbs in it. Covered a couple hundred miles and it did fine, no issues. I have a aftermarket rear bumper with a built in class 3 hitch (bolts to the frame on both sides, not just the cross member). I would be a little cautious about using the standard OEM hitch with too much weight in the carrier.
SJ,

What rear bumper do you have?
11-06-2012 02:20 PM
suicideking I thought this was funny: I clicked on this thread and the banner ad on the side was for ETrailer.com and had a picture of a hitch mount carrier. Gotta love how the forum indexes everything and gives 'helpful suggestions'.

Link goes to this page:

Cargo Carriers for Trailer Hitch, Roof, Bags and Tie Downs | etrailer.com

Has a bunch of different hitch mount options.
11-06-2012 11:30 AM
TrueNorth
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Just before it twists the rear cross member...

300# on a trailer tongue is what it's rated for???

move that 18" back on that carrier and the torque
applied to the frame is the same with only about 70#
on the carrier...
JK crossmember is plenty strong. I've been hauling bikes to track and trail since 2007. No cracks, no twist.
Just make sure your RECIEVER is rated class III and your suspension is up to the task.
11-06-2012 11:14 AM
Strokerswild These guys make some nice stuff, and cheap: Loading Ramps, Hauling, Transport, & Skateboard Ramp Superstore - Discount Ramps.com
11-06-2012 11:04 AM
lvdaskns i have that one you are looking at, bought it from amazon.....dont remember the price i know it wasnt too expansive but is well worth it. i was looking for one of the biggest on the market to haul my tools/crap around. in other words just do it!!! you wont be sorry
11-06-2012 10:58 AM
SJ.
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Originally Posted by tluke View Post
I have had my eye on this one. It seems larger than most. Looks well built and lots of good reviews.

24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier for 2" Trailer Hitches Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier 63153

I wonder if anyone here has it and how they like it.
I just used that exact one Elk hunting. Probably had about 200 - 250 lbs in it. Covered a couple hundred miles and it did fine, no issues. I have a aftermarket rear bumper with a built in class 3 hitch (bolts to the frame on both sides, not just the cross member). I would be a little cautious about using the standard OEM hitch with too much weight in the carrier.
11-06-2012 10:50 AM
tluke I have had my eye on this one. It seems larger than most. Looks well built and lots of good reviews.

24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier for 2" Trailer Hitches Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier 63153

I wonder if anyone here has it and how they like it.
11-03-2012 12:30 PM
71K5
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Originally Posted by sandbaja View Post
I also have the 2" HF aluminium carrier and it held up on 60 miles of some horrible rough baja off roads. I do have an issue with slop in the receiver which causes the carrier to droop down. The slop exists on different receivers so it is the carrier and not the receiver.

Anyone know of a proven method to shim the receiver?

I too bought the Harbor Freight Aluminum receiver carrier for the weight savings. Got it on sale with added coupon for $58.

I added this deviceAmazon.com: StowAway Hitch Tightener: Automotive to tighten up the "slop" in the receiver. Once installed, I never heard it rattle at all on a 1500 trip. It also gets rid of the "droop" associated with using a receiver carrier. Carrier rides nice and high with the Hitch Tightener installed.

I added thisAmazon.com: Bully CR-007A Tail and Brake Light: Automotive and thisHopkins 47115 48" 4-Wire Flat Extension : Amazon.com : Automotive , to increase visibility and safety when using the carrier. Light MUST be model CR-007A for it to work properly when brakes and turn signals are used. Light functions as additional Tail and Brake light.

I also redrilled the Harbor Frieght Aluminum carrier receiver square tube to move the carrier box further back to allow for clearance of my spare tire.

Just remember that once the Aluminum carrier is mounted to your JK, you cannot open the rear door without removing the carrier.

Also remember the proximity of the exhaust pipe to the carrier may effect whatever you are carrying in the Receiver Carrier. Aluminum foil or a cookie sheet tie wrapped to the carrier box may help as heat shield if needed.
11-03-2012 11:52 AM
Than i just got a cargo carrier from VIP for $82ish, its good for up to 500lbs.
just not 100% sure what the jk hitch can hold.
i got it for deer hunting & taking trash cans to the dump.
07-15-2012 12:09 PM
sandbaja I also have the 2" HF aluminium carrier and it held up on 60 miles of some horrible rough baja off roads. I do have an issue with slop in the receiver which causes the carrier to droop down. The slop exists on different receivers so it is the carrier and not the receiver.

Anyone know of a proven method to shim the receiver?
07-15-2012 10:59 AM
thomslife I got one from Auto Zone, had a $10 off coupon , for $50 after the coupon was applied. Used it for a week down Hwy 101 to California and back with 4 people and a weeks worth of camping stuff. Worked great. Rated for 500#. Stayed at the KOA cabins and stored it under the beds there when not in use.

2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport
6 speed
07-15-2012 09:59 AM
sporty952
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Originally Posted by jeepester12 View Post
just remember get what u pay for. i paid 200.00 for one i have but it will hold almost 800 lbs.
Just before it twists the rear cross member...

300# on a trailer tongue is what it's rated for???

move that 18" back on that carrier and the torque
applied to the frame is the same with only about 70#
on the carrier...
07-15-2012 09:53 AM
G-Mike Just got the HF aluminum ($90) for a 2000mi trip to CA (behind my Grand Cherokee). Highly recommend and its lightweight easy off/on.
07-15-2012 08:56 AM
canyonrat Depends on what you want it for...

I bought a Rola Polypropylene carrier off of Amazon, and the matching Rola bag to put stuff in. Reasoning was to use it for "road trips", so car-camping, to-and-from mountains to ski, etc. I can load it up with my large tent, other loose gear, it is up out of the way of the exhaust, and the bag keeps things dry. It is also lightweight (35 lbs) and flat, so I can pull it off the vehicle at my destination and stash it easily, and store it without consuming as much space in my garage (up against the wall next to where I park the jeep.) The Rola was pretty decent for the price also, I would have spent more to get a steel one since the basic steel ones look really cheep.

If I wanted something to carry more diverse, utilitarian things (lawnmowers, tools, heavier equipment, etc.) I would have considered a steel one. I did not want to deal with the size, weight, and corrosion issues. But obviously a steel basket is a lot stronger and can carry heavier, more random-shaped items.
07-15-2012 08:34 AM
InfernoGirl We have the aluminum carrier from HF and it is about perfect... Light weight, and sturdy enough to haul crap for 4 people 1200 miles. Price was good too with a coupon. Get a net and some ratchet straps to secure everything and you'll do fine.
07-15-2012 07:07 AM
MacCTD
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Originally Posted by jeepester12 View Post
just remember get what u pay for. i paid 200.00 for one i have but it will hold almost 800 lbs.

What hitch do you have? Most JK hitches are rated for a max of 350lbs tounge weight.
07-15-2012 06:56 AM
TwinThumbs Here is my HF unit plugged in.
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