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does anyone have experience with trailer hitch cargo carrier?

Hi Folks,
I own a toyota tacoma pickup truck that I have used to transport my blower around on occasion. I'm usually alone and it scares the **** out of me rolling it up and down the somewhat steep ramps as the bed is pretty high off the ground. I was looking into one of these trailer hitch cargo systems. Does anyone have any experience with one of these? It's much lower to the ground than the bed plus it has a built in ramp!

UCC500 Hitch Mounted Carrier Basket

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That looks really great, looks likeit's well constructed. I have a friend that uses a simlar one from HF and very happy with it, the only bad thing about it according to him is when the roads are messy the machine gets VERY dirty back there. I think he devised some sort of cover for it that he can bungee on to keep the road grime and salt off.

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Detdr has one like that.

I have this one, and it works really well.

Ultra-Tow Adjustable Cargo Carrier with Ramps | Receiver Hitch Cargo Carriers| Northern Tool + Equipment

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I have the aluminum one from Harbor Freight with a ramp but the usable width is ~28", so if you have a 26" snowblower with skids on the sides, it'd be a tight fit:



All of mine are in the 24-26" bucket range so that's OK with me, and it was only about $150 with shipping after using a coupon code.


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I use the Harbor Freight version with my 2012 Tacoma; I've been happy with it. The only limitation is width...not wide enough for the big mouth blowers. MH

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My bucket is 27", so I figured about 29" with the skids, but I gaven actually measured it yet. This has 30" usable so it should fit perfectly.
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used for machinery

I used one like this for a snow blower and transporting machinery. I secured two ratcheting tie down straps at each outside corner. I hooked them to the door hinges on my van. This kept everything tight and stopped any rocking. I think using one of these secured only in the truck's receiver has too much flex and movement.
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I used one like this for a snow blower and transporting machinery. I secured two ratcheting tie down straps at each outside corner. I hooked them to the door hinges on my van. This kept everything tight and stopped any rocking. I think using one of these secured only in the truck's receiver has too much flex and movement.
That was my concern as well. All that weight basically mounted to the vehicle receiver by a single middle mount point. It would just be carted around town to get the machine to elderly relatives houses and perhaps to bring it in for service. I don't mind a little flex as long as it doesn't snap.

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Something like this might reduce some of the flex:

Curt Manufacturing Anti-Rattle Kit, Model# 22321 | Receiver Hitch Cargo Carriers| Northern Tool + Equipment

And something like this, could give you a little more clearance:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...2655_200612655

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