Curt Cargo Basket (hitch mount)
Hi - I am considering getting a curt cargo basket for extra storage off my hitch. Specifically the one at the link below. Does anyone have one and know if you can still open the rear doors when it is mounted? I recognize that items in the basket may block the door.
Also, I welcome any opinions on hitch cargo baskets as well.
We used one on our trip to Alaska and it was nice to have extra space for tools, parts and gear that we didnít need to access daily. With the storage boxes in the carrier, the right side door could open just enough to reach in there and get the electrical cord out, but not much more than that. The left door could not be opened. Would I use one again? Absolutely.
I carry a motorcycle on the back often- for day trips I don’t use the ‘swing hitch’ but great for trips.
My recommendation is that you decide EXACTLY what you want or need to carry, and then design around that.
Hubster and I were disgusted by the hitch carrier options on the market - nothing would fit our unusual needs, especially where food was concerned (see this thread). We settled on a design that always allows one of the rear barn doors to open, and if we need both opened, we remove the Yeti cooler and set it on the ground beside the van (tethered by a security lock). Our long, arduous, highly-rewarding hitch carrier custom welding job is described in this blog series, and here she is - Miss America:
We also carry an inflatable kayak under the leading edge of our vaulted solar panels:
We also added an ATV bag on the roof for more storage:
I use a Telesteps 1400E to access all roof assets:
Anyway, the point being, there are MANY ideas that you can develop for exterior storage. It all depends on what you need to carry, and how much work you are willing to do (or money willing to spend) to get it.
IB makes some excellent points. The one thing I donít like about the off the shelf hitch carrier is finding a container that will maximize the storage space. Mine was a compromise that required an additional water resistant bag around the containers. Getting into the containers was a chore that I came to dread. This resulted in certain items finding their way into the van.
A custom hitch carrier might be a better option designed around your container. Decide what you need to carry, find a container to fit that and then build or buy the carrier.
You may want to invest in a swing away hitch device
We just got a "rack attach" unit and now have full access to the rear
Unit is good for up to 300 lbs
Take a look at the stowaway storage units for the back of your RV. We bought one and it and it is great take a look at the web site stowaway2.com.
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