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Hello All,
I’m curious whether or not anyone has any experience/recommendation for a hitch-mounted carrier with ramp. Many that I see available are <28” deck width, which won’t do: I’ve got commercial skid shoes on the machine, so 31” would be a safe fit with some wiggle room. There are others that look like they’d fit size-wise, but I’m looking for feedback if anyone has tried one.
 

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Love this one. A 32” with side skids won’t fit within the sides. But I’ve Fit a 30” machine. It’s heavy though, I welded a small tongue of metal to the hitch tube to make it easier to lay into place before lifting and inserting. It also makes it way easier to remove without the tube just falling out of the receiver and falling on the ground.

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Pro-Series/PS10401-10402.html

 

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Love this one. At 32” with side skids won’t fit within the sides. But I’ve Fit a 30” machine. It’s heavy though, I welded a small tongue of metal to the hitch tube to make it easier to lay into place before lifting and inserting. It also makes it way easier to remove without the tube just falling out of the receiver and falling on the ground.



https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/Pro-Series/PS10401-10402.html





Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me if the ramp folds down in to the carrier when not in use?
 

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Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me if the ramp folds down in to the carrier when not in use?
Mine did not, I modified the hinge to have it fold in on itself. The one listed one trailer looks to have a hinge that will allow it to. So they must have updated the design.

I would just caution folks who plan on doing that to make sure they have a Class IV hitch.
Class III hitches are rated for 500lbs of tongue weight. Class IV is a little overkill for a cargo carrier.
 

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My questions are how far are you traveling with those carriers and how do you deal with the slush, salt and dirt?

Seems to me to be the worst way to move a snowblower.
 

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I was also wondering about the slush, etc. deezlfan, but I assume the carrier is also useful for transporting the blower for service, storage etc, when there is no snow on the road.

I guess if you have to get your blower somewhere, the hitch carriers can come in useful if you don't have a trailer or pu.

I was considering one of the carriers just for convenience but decided to stick with my little 4x8 trailer for transport.
 

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Tongue weight isn't quite the same as a cargo carrier, though.

A trailer with 500 lbs of tongue weight is simply pushing straight down, at the ball, right next to the receiver. The trailer's hitch pivots at the ball, so it can push down on the ball, but it cannot try to bend the ball, really.

But if you were to put 500 lbs on a cargo carrier (or less weight), the weight is centered further away from the receiver, and it's creating a bending moment, trying to twist the receiver down. Especially when you go over a bump.

Hold up 50 lbs with your hands (tongue weight). Then grab one end of a foot-long bar, and have someone hang 50 lbs at the other end (cargo carrier). Trying to hold the bar level will be a lot harder on your arms and wrists.

A cargo carrier is a tougher situation for the receiver than just tongue weight is.

But if this works, and is safe for your setup, it's pretty cool. I just got a 4x8 trailer for my SUV, but I've got to expect a cargo carrier is easier for driving around. Backing up would be a lot easier than with a trailer, for instance. Also, you don't have annual registration fees, lights, etc, with a cargo carrier. I don't know how robust they are, but HF lists an 500-lb aluminum one for $80, or $170 with the fold-down ramp. It's an appealing price if it will carry what you need!
 

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I can't give any useful first-hand info on a hitch-mount carrier as I use a trailer and now a small truck, but there is a thread on transporting your snowblower:

http://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/general-snowblower-discussion/16970-how-do-you-transport-your-snowblower.html
I got this aluminum one:
https://www.amazon.com/MaxxHaul-70275-Aluminum-Carrier-Folding/dp/B008CE0O8Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516830819&sr=8-3&keywords=hitch+basket+aluminum+with+ramp

Aluminum is lighter and easier to handle, the steel support underneath is very strong. I can drive at highway speeds with no problem as long as I put straps on it. I drive from my house, to my dad's, and my sister's, without straps, but if I go further than that, about 1.5 miles, I strap down.

The ramp makes it easier to get it up and down, but when it's wet, the wheels slip. So I got the adhesive stair tread material. Been great since then. I use it every time it snows, works great.
 

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I have a trailer BUT pulling up to a snowed in driveway with NO parking place for a trailer CAN be a problem, So I am currently deciding on a hitch carrier myself.
 

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I have a trailer BUT pulling up to a snowed in driveway with NO parking place for a trailer CAN be a problem, So I am currently deciding on a hitch carrier myself.


I’m contemplating this one:

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/guide-gear-aluminum-cargo-carrier-with-ramp-60-x-32?a=1935505#TBD

- aluminum frame
- 32x60” inside dimensions
- bi-folding ramp that nests in carrier when not in use
- carrier folds up next to vehicle when not in use

I’d likely have to put adhesive traction strips on the deck and ramp though.
 

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That one looks good. Aluminum definitely has its perks with weight and corrosion resistance.
I was hesitant when I bought it because I couldn't see it. It is really strong compared to other aluminum ones I've seen. The shop I bought my simplicity was "iffy" when I told him what I had, but when he saw it he said "oh this is a good one".... so...

The Simplicity has to weigh in about 250 (no specific weight on their site) and it handles that machine fine. The large steel plate on the bottom helps.
 

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I’m contemplating this one:

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/guide-gear-aluminum-cargo-carrier-with-ramp-60-x-32?a=1935505#TBD

- aluminum frame
- 32x60” inside dimensions
- bi-folding ramp that nests in carrier when not in use
- carrier folds up next to vehicle when not in use

I’d likely have to put adhesive traction strips on the deck and ramp though.
I don't like the hinge on that, looks flimsy. As does the attachment that holds the steps up.

Here's a couple of pics of mine for reference. Note the hinges and the "U" bolts (sort of) that hold the steps up. Seems more robust.

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I don't like the hinge on that, looks flimsy. As does the attachment that holds the steps up.



Here's a couple of pics of mine for reference. Note the hinges and the "U" bolts (sort of) that hold the steps up. Seems more robust.



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Got ya. Thanks for the advice! The hunt continues for one that’ll fit 31-ish inches.
 

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Got ya. Thanks for the advice! The hunt continues for one that’ll fit 31-ish inches.
31 inches wide? Hard to find in aluminum. What I'm going to do in the summer is cut this one up the middle, and have a center piece welded in that is 6 inches wide. The reason being it isn't wide enough for a beach cart I'm building.

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31 inches wide? Hard to find in aluminum. What I'm going to do in the summer is cut this one up the middle, and have a center piece welded in that is 6 inches wide. The reason being it isn't wide enough for a beach cart I'm building.



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Looks like a very cool project. The blower bucket is 28” and with skid shoes just under an inch wide each, I’d like a bit of room to move. I’m open to aluminum, steel, whatever. I just don’t have space for a trailer and would like a carrier that’s ramp folds down nicely to tuck away in the garage for the majority of the year.
 
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