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Hitch-mounted Cargo Carrier
#11
I think I'd be way more inclined to go with a roof top carrier on a car.
You're going to give up mpg's with either.
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#12
On my 2009 Honda CR-V, I have a rooftop and hitch carrier.  The rooftop is a Yakima Skybox 16 and the hitch is a Thule 665C Transporter.  My standard/EPA highway mpg is 27 with no carrier on the car and driving up to 73 mph.  With one or both carriers on the car and on, I get 25 mpg and drive around 70 mph on the interstates, 60 on highways.  I have attached a photo of my car with the carriers attached.  The hitch carrier has a pin that I can take out and it will shift backward so I can open the back hatch easily.


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ascii_man (02-24-2016)
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I use the Rightline Cargo Saddlebag - no loss in MPG - it works great.
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mayble (07-22-2016)
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(02-25-2016, 05:01 PM)cortttt Wrote: I use the Rightline Cargo Saddlebag - no loss in MPG - it works great.
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Is your  license plate mounted on the carrier and if so how do you get away without having a license plate light.
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another problem I foresee with that soft carrier, if you travel desert off highway, dirt is going to get between the carrier and the paint. this will act like sandpaper on your paint. when the bras became popular people who drove off highway soon learned the hard way what I am talking about. highdesertranger
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#16
One note I'll add. DON'T BLOCK THE LICENSE PLATE. The local and state gendarmes kind of want to run your plate seeing if you have warrants and such I had a class 3 and so got a rear carrier (500 lbs limit) and I got a knock on my door (From a state cop) that "You cannot block the plate from being viewed" so.....

Just remember to not block it....
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Hi all. Hmmmm Wal Mart has a 2" adapter that willfully raise your cargo carrier straight up when nothing is stored on it. Will help your clearance problems . Cost me $18 .HoboJoe
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myway_1 (05-14-2016)
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Hi all - I wish I had written it down at the Summer RTR when Bob spoke about this: What's the brand/model of hitch-mount, swing-out cargo carrier Bob uses? I recall it was fairly inexpensive. Thx Smile
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(07-21-2016, 12:56 PM)VanGuy6678 Wrote: Hi all - I wish I had written it down at the Summer RTR when Bob spoke about this: What's the brand/model of hitch-mount, swing-out cargo carrier Bob uses? I recall it was fairly inexpensive. Thx Smile

Here's the link to the carrier that both Bob and I are using:

https://www.stowaway2.com/hitch-frames

They aren't cheap as compared to something you can get from HF but they are very, very well built.

We each bought only the frame (well I bought the hitch lock too) and then added our own boxes. You can buy  a complete box and hitch from them and they look wonderful - I've seen them up close in person, but they are kinda expensive IMO.

I added the same Husky Tradesman box that Bob already had on his fixed carrier. It's about $70 at Home Depot. After I had it all mounted, I found much nicer ones made of diamond plate at Tractor Supply. The Husky box is deep enough that everything is three layers deep in it and it doesn't take all the widthwise space that I have available on the back of the van. The diamond plate one I saw was shallower but longer so I wouldn't always be digging for stuff in the box and I'd be able to strap my 10'x10 shade canopy on the top.
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I just ordered the Stowaway 2 Max with swing hitch today.  A couple members of my family have them and really like them.  As far as rear ground clearance the stowaway hitches angle up to help with this.
   
Bob
2016 Ford Transit 2500, 130" WB, Mid roof
Full time since Aug 2016
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