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Old 02-03-2016, 10:08 AM   #15
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:21 AM   #16
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Welcome to the AirForums! A word of advice, asking Forum members to e-mail you information right off the bat kind of defeats the purpose of a forum, which is to promote open discussion. Taking the discussion straight to e-mail makes it a closed discussion by limiting participation.

But moving on… There are several hitch-mounted cargo carrier solutions. Many of them can be considered "good" depending on your requirements. Until and unless we know what your requirements are, none of us can answer your inquiry in a meaningful manner.

Do you need to retain access to your rear doors? What do you plan to carry in/on it? What weight capacity do you need, and what kind of dimensions will you require to fit everything you want to carry? The more information you provide, the better information we can provide in return.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:53 AM   #17
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I also have a Stowaway. ...As for security, no "out in the open" hitch mounted storage unit is very secure. ....
Not yet. We're working on an idea for a metal cage-like structure that will have an inner container of some sort. There are cages on the market, but again they are cheaply made. They are intended for storing pool toys, an inflatable raft, or the like - nothing substantial. I want to use bar metal that is large enough to provide some security but too large to be breached with ordinary bolt cutters. Part of the challenge involves identifying the sweet spot of weight vs. security. Security is largely a function of the time it takes a thief to breach the system. They can get through bar metal with hacksaws, but if it's too difficult, they will proceed to easier targets.

The other weak spot in the system is the locking mechanism that connects to the hitch. I have read that one good whack with a sledgehammer and most of those things are toast.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:37 AM   #18
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Any ideas send to us we have a2014.5 interstate ext thank you Susan.stambersky@yahoo.comm
We also have a 2014.5 AI. We purchased a StowAway2 (Max size) with the SwingAway Frame. With the SwingAway Frame you can open the left side cargo door fully and the right side door about 75%-no problem getting things from the back storage area of the AI.We used it on our 4000 miles-one month trip thru California, AZ, NM and mostly Texas. We experienced lots of rain and some very windy driving days. The StowAway manual tells you that the unit is not 100% waterproof so we just placed anything we didn't want to be exposed to moisture inside very large heavy duty trash bags. We had to fly to Ky from Texas for a few days so we had suitcases with "real" clothes (in the StowAway)for the airplane trip. Bottom line-for the entire trip the most water that got in the Unit was a few tablespoons. We did run a cable lock around the Unit to make it more difficult to open the lid if someone pried the lock open. However, we never had any problems (we kept the Yedi cooler inside the AI)
As mentioned , the warning system alerting you to traffic next to you will be deactivated, the same as if you were pulling a trailer (see you AI Manual).
Anyway, we love the StowAway.
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If strength is the main criteria, then Aluminess makes a combination rear bumper with swing aside boxes combination that is probably the most rugged on the market. Expensive though.
http://www.aluminess.com/mercedes/sp...3/rear-bumper/
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:23 PM   #20
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Wow, those are beautiful. That design would eliminate the hitch lock vulnerability.

We had a local case a couple of weeks ago of a fisherman who launched his boat from his trailer, and came back to the public boat launch a few hours later to find his truck present but his trailer gone. Presumably the thieves pounded off the hitch lock because nobody would leave a trailer unlocked. It was a Sunday so blue laws prevented his family from buying a replacement trailer in real time. They had to put out a social media appeal for a Good Samaritan with an open trailer to go haul this poor guy out. These thieves truly suck, who would leave a fisherman bobbing around in Galveston Bay with no way to get out.
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Made this box for mine. Cheap aluminum box on a hitch extension. Still working on a system to be able to access the doors.
No water issues.
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Made this box for mine. Cheap aluminum box on a hitch extension. Still working on a system to be able to access the doors.
No water issues.
What's the weight of it? Interstate EXT's are limited to 500 pounds tongue weight, so the heavier the box, the less weight is left for contents.

On the plus side, a heavy (or heavily loaded) hitch-mounted box helps to tame the rear seat bounce by pre-loading the springs.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:30 AM   #23
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No water issues.
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Looks VERY cool. Did you fab the box, or buy it off the shelf and then mate the components?

I've contemplated adapting a truck box, trailer box, trailer tongue box, or somesuch product... the problem if one wants to haul a cooler is that those products are too shallow. Realistically I need at least 20 inches in depth, and a couple more would be preferable because I'd like to be able to open the cooler lid without removing it from the enclosure. I haven't found anything that fits the bill yet.

The one thing we know for sure is that we're going to have a swing-away arm. Unlike lounge model Interstates, we have path-of-travel out the back doors, and I probably use them as much as the side door, so at least one door needs to remain unobstructed. Now, whether or not we build on someone else's swing-away mechanism or fab one ourselves... that remains to be seen.
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United welding service in perry Florida. I bought a hitch carrier from them and also a box for the carrier, all aluminum and very light.
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What's the weight of it? Interstate EXT's are limited to 500 pounds tongue weight, so the heavier the box, the less weight is left for contents.
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It's 500 lbs for the T1N also (assuming you don't over-do the interior luggage and come up with a bad overall total weight) - I just looked it up. I think the weight would be do-able for a number of configs. Here's an example config that theoretically might be possible to cobble together:

(1) Jumbo truck box 24" x 24" by 48" long aluminum diamond tread plate - 76 pounds (not sure I'd choose that, but use for sake of example).
(2) Swing-away apparatus by Stowaway for 2 inch hitch - 250 pounds (if we were to choose that)
(3) Peripherals, attachments, and security devices - perhaps 50 pounds
(4) Yeti 45 empty - 23 pounds

That leaves about 100 pounds for frozen food containers, dry ice, and whatever else we could put in the gap space in the box. Yeti would only consume half the space in that config so perhaps an inflatable kayak in there too. My existing Sea Eagle 330 weighs 26 pounds.
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At 400 lbs, you'll need an engine hoist to mount it. That swing-away must be really hefty to weigh 250 lbs.
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(2) Swing-away apparatus by Stowaway for 2 inch hitch - 250 pounds (if we were to choose that)
That sounds like it's way too heavy— The Stowaway Hitch Mount Swingaway Frame for sale on Amazon has a shipping weight of only 46 pounds. And that includes the weight of the packaging.

If it really weighed 250 pounds, the FedEx guy would need a forklift to get it from his truck to your door!
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That sounds like it's way too heavy— The Stowaway Hitch Mount Swingaway Frame for sale on Amazon has a shipping weight of only 46 pounds. And that includes the weight of the packaging.

If it really weighed 250 pounds, the FedEx guy would need a forklift to get it from his truck to your door!
My bad - that's what they said on their website, which was ambiguously designed. They meant that it could hold that amount, not that it weighed that amount. I actually can't find a weight statement, but looking at it more closely, it can't be anywhere near that much.
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