Re: Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier
I had (actually still have, but don't keep it at my house anymore) one that a buddy made for me. It was way bigger than the ones you see pre-made and was made from some heavy steel. I used it with my Bronco (class IV frame mounted hitch) and put a BUNCH of weight on that sucker many times. Then with my Pathfinder - rated for 600lbs tongue weight, I used it to haul a cooler and 6 five gallon gas cans back and forth to the lake for years.
The thing worked great, but I'd guess it was around 100lbs. It was just a pain to store because it was so heavy and awkward that it really was borderline too much for me to mess with by myself.
I later bought a small enclosed trailer and an open utility trailer, and really wasn't using the rack any more, so it's stored away from my house.
I think I will pick up one of the Harbor Freight aluminum ones though. I bought one years ago and bolted to in-front of the box on my enclosed trailer to carry a small generator and it seems to be of decent quality and is light. It seems like something that would be good to throw a cooler on and take duck hunting to keep some mess outside of the new truck. My Pathfinder is 'used' enough that I haven't really minded to make a mess in it the past few years.
2014 Granite / Frost Beige - Limited - Lux II - Off Road II - Block Heater - CRD - 275/65/18 Michelin LTX A/T2 Tires