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Old 02-02-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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best hitch cargo box

there are several choices of trailer hitch storage boxes with several options--some swing away, some slide away and some tilt away-have any of y'all used these and can you please give me some advice--want to make sure we can still open both back doors and they hold up
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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Welcome to Air Forums, and IMO there is not any such device as you seek. It doesn't yet exist, at least not in a form upon which you could reasonably rely.

One of the most popular choices is the Stowaway carrier, which I researched extensively a few months ago. (Do a google image search for 'Stowaway on Sprinter' and you will see the product to which I am referring.) The problem reported with this product is that it takes just a matter of seconds for a thief with a crowbar to pry it open. Some of the folks on this forum who report owning it state that, for this reason, they only store cheap objects in there - beach chairs and the like. Or they don't leave their Interstates unattended while storing stuff in it. Well, for the configuration that I would need, the quote works out to be $878. Pardon me, but I'd like a tad bit more security for that price, so this product became a non-starter for me. I actually wrote to the company asking them if they had any product improvements planned so that this vulnerability would be less of a problem in the future, but I never received a response.

My husband and I have every intention of designing a product that will do the job for us; in fact, I talked to a local inventor about a potential collaboration just a few days ago. I want to be able to securely haul my Yeti cooler on my Interstate hitch, and reasonably not have to worry about it being stolen (realizing that no system is 100% foolproof). Yetis are high targets so this requires careful design. We are very, very close to finishing our solar system and this hitch project moves up our priority list after that is done.
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Thanks--Please let me know when you complete your carrier. I also read about the stowaway/thule/etc and they all look fairly easy to break into--the Aerfoil or Let's go aero carriers seem a little more sturdy but I am not sure if you can still open the interstate doors (these models are very expensive)--these models slide out and not very far
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Thanks--Please let me know when you complete your carrier. I also read about the stowaway/thule/etc and they all look fairly easy to break into--the Aerfoil or Let's go aero carriers seem a little more sturdy but I am not sure if you can still open the interstate doors (these models are very expensive)--these models slide out and not very far
I will. I delayed the hitch carrier project in part because I thought the market might catch up to demand in this respect. There have been actual Yeti fencing rings busted in the greater Houston area. The authorities have found rental storage lockers piled floor to ceiling with hundreds of Yeti coolers. Some of these guys were reported to have generated illegal income in the tens of thousands of dollar range from their activities. Usually in a situation that blatantly obvious, someone will come along and develop the responsive market niche. No so in this case, unfortunately. Because it really would be easier to purchase an effective item right off the shelf. Until that time, it is as the fishermen say - the best way to keep a Yeti from being stolen out of your truck is to buy a Coleman.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:17 PM   #5
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It seems like the bicycle carrier market is in about the same condition. A good, secure hitch box big enough for a couple of larger mountain bikes doesn’t exist. It would also be nice to arrive at a destination and NOT have to wash the bikes before they can be used. For now, a big heavy chain and lock with a canvas cover is as good as it gets.


I’ve looked at getting one of the platform type hitch carriers and building a box on that. So far the wife isn’t even considering the possibility. I guess she has standards.
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:49 PM   #6
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It seems like the bicycle carrier market is in about the same condition. A good, secure hitch box big enough for a couple of larger mountain bikes doesn’t exist. It would also be nice to arrive at a destination and NOT have to wash the bikes before they can be used.
And that is why I opted for a couple of good quality folding bikes which go under the rear seat. However, one downside is they are not trailbikes, just good enough for fairly smooth surfaces.
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:52 PM   #7
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Just a consideration if you are shopping. I have the Stowaway Max on a 2016 and am happy with it. HOWEVER; you will be deactivating your blind spot monitor sensors when you are using it. If you don't rely on the sensors it is fine.
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Had a Stowaway Max on my 2005 Interstate. My only complaint was that it was difficult to water seal the lid. Never got it totally sealed.
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Had a Stowaway Max on my 2005 Interstate. My only complaint was that it was difficult to water seal the lid. Never got it totally sealed.
It probably didn't leak when you were parked, only when you were driving, because your slipstream can cause water to move in odd directions in the eddies behind the van.

The same type of weatherstripping that you have on your sliding door, applied to the rim of the cargo box so that the lid compresses the weatherstripping, ought to do the trick— but only if you also shield any drains to make it harder for water to be carried up through the drains by the slipstream.

I haven't tried the weatherstripping/shielding idea myself, because I quit using a hitch-mounted cargo carrier when I started pulling a toad. I'm simply tossing the idea out there for anyone else to experiment with…
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It probably didn't leak when you were parked, only when you were driving, because your slipstream can cause water to move in odd directions in the eddies behind the van.

The same type of weatherstripping that you have on your sliding door, applied to the rim of the cargo box so that the lid compresses the weatherstripping, ought to do the trick— but only if you also shield any drains to make it harder for water to be carried up through the drains by the slipstream.

I haven't tried the weatherstripping/shielding idea myself, because I quit using a hitch-mounted cargo carrier when I started pulling a toad. I'm simply tossing the idea out there for anyone else to experiment with…
Stowaway sent special weatherstripping. Didn't work.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:57 AM   #11
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We have the Let's Go Aero GearSpace 34 which has a removable fork mount for two bikes. It also on a track that allows it to slide back, though not far enough to fully open the rear doors you can access things back there one door at a time.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:50 AM   #12
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Aerfoil TT6

We just got the Aerfoil TT6. It's a behemoth. After a few calls to the factory I adjusted it so the doors open fully with the box pulled out on its slides. The top is corrugated plastic, so anyone with a lever and intent could bust it open--probably as easily as breaking a window on the coach.

BTW, It took 3 trips to the dealer to get this installed, due to the LED Lamp Out trailer light issue described in other threads here. The Tow Ready 20141 adapter is the solution, though even the shop where I found one wasn't aware of the problem, not to mention all of the RV and trailer shops I called.
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I also have a Stowaway. It leaks when it is just sitting while parked. Not a lot, but enough to gather about a quart of water on the bottom. I can't really tell where it comes in. While the Stowaway does stow gear well, you can't put anything in it if it could be damaged by water. As for security, no "out in the open" hitch mounted storage unit is very secure. If someone wants to get in, they will. I use mine all the time, but it's limited to items like hoses, leveling blocks, and outdoor items such as folding chairs, bbq grills, etc. And certainly nothing I could not replace inexpensively. While on longer duration trip, sometimes I throw a bag of dirty clothes in there to get them out of the way until we can wash them. It helps with the limited storage in my standard length Interstate. With the newer models that are extended, it probably wouldn't be needed.
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Any ideas send to us we have a2014.5 interstate ext thank you Susan.stambersky@yahoo.comm
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