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Old 01-07-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Hitch cargo boxes and bike racks

Hi All: Planning to buy a hitch cargo box and stowaway 2 seems to be the best. However, i also planned to carry bikes but stowaway says no way to use the box and bike rack simultaneously. They suggested utilizing a front hitch for the bikes. Anyone using a front hitch on their Interstate for carrying anything?
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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With all due respect, these things are a pain in the ass, especially when you have tourist town diagonal parking. Your 22' Interstate becomes a 29' rig sticking out in the right of way or it takes up two spaces. Sorry for the rant.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Actually, so are trailers that take up four spaces in a normal parking lot. With the hitch box on the back, I backed into as many places as possible. Diagonal parking is iffy even without a box. Jim
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So far, I've carried either a cargo tray holding a deflated inflatable kayak, or a bike rack, but not both at once. Nothing on the front. Given that the Interstate has a custom front bumper, not the MB standard Sprinter bumper, I don't know if you CAN mount a front hitch without mutilating the front end. Sprinter-compatible nudge bars or winch kits certainly won't fit, so I doubt a front hitch will, either.

Later this month I'll be outfitting my new daily-use car (a Honda Fit hatchback) for towing behind my Interstate. When I tow, there won't be a bike rack or a cargo box on the Interstate, but i'll have the inside of the car for overflow cargo.

I honestly doubt that I'll tow the car on any trip that's less than a week in duration, unless it's a hurricane evacuation. Which is the number-one reason why I bought a daily-use car that's towable. Much better than driving off in my Interstate and leaving a non-towable car behind at the mercy of the elements.
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That is a very smart idea -- a Fit is small enough to function as a dinghy, but yet large enough with the four doors to work as a DD. They also are very light on the wallet when it comes to the gas pump.

If I were going out for a long trip, since I don't have a usable small car, I'd consider either a hitch mounted cargo rack (with the disadvantage being the additional length), a lightweight trailer like Yakima's "RackAndRoll" which can fold up and take a fraction of its normal space in a garage when not needed, or if one is taking a substantial amount of gear, perhaps an enclosed cargo trailer. The advantage of trailers is that they can be parked at a CG or RV park and not get in the way.
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I bought and am very happy with a folding hitch basket. I'll post the links below. I also bought a waterproof bag that has built in tiedown straps that attach to the basket which held up with a drop of water leaking on a 6 hour downpour.

Advantages of this basket:
1. Folds up when not in use. Sits less then an inch from the rear doors in the up position but will not ever hit the door.
2. Wide 60" basket allows more room then most baskets I looked at and the looks fit in well with the Van.

Small disadvantages:
1. Rear doors can't open when installed because they hit the rail.
2. Hitch bolts to the mount (very secure) but requires you to carry a 7/8 wrench and it installs on the left side (which is a little harder to access on the Sprinter because that's where the trailer plug is located)

I absolutely recommend the folding basket, since you can still fit in a regular parking spot with it folded up when not in use.

If anyone has a similar folding hitch that DOES allow the rear doors to open, please post it. It's never been a big issue, but it would be nice.


Here are the exact models I have:
Amazon.com: SportRack A30850 Folding Hitch Basket: Sports & Outdoors
Highland 1041700 Rainproof Cargo Bag : Amazon.com : Automotive
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I also bought a waterproof bag that has built in tiedown straps that attach to the basket which held up with a drop of water leaking on a 6 hour downpour.

Highland 1041700 Rainproof Cargo Bag : Amazon.com : Automotive
You've had better luck with yours than I did. I can't for the life of me figure out where the water got in, but after a three-hour drive from Lake Bruin State Park to home, my Highland rainproof cargo bag had about two gallons of water in it, and all of the contents were completely soaked. Didn't leak while sitting at the campground, just while driving in the rain.
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Wow!

Sorry to hear that. I guess it'd be advisable to fill it with several gallons of water on the ground and see if you can tell where water leaks out.

I didn't think of that until now, but I probably should have done that when I bought it to make sure it was really waterproof.
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