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I'm looking to get a hitch mounted cargo carrier and cargo bag for an upcoming road trip. I've found several that look pretty good, but my concern is the exhaust is roughly the same height as the hitch receiver. I'm afraid that the exhaust may get the cargo bag too hot and melt it. Does anyone have any experience with cargo bags on a WK2?
 

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I haven't looked into them yet but it's on my shopping list too. Never thought about the exhaust. You see those often on SUVs so figured they must be ok.
 

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Yes, that can happen. You'll want to test it before putting anything in front of the exhaust, or avoid that area.

Also, when looking for a carrier, there's a huge price range even though most have the same weight limits. I bought a cheap - $70- one. It fits pretty loosely in the receiver & wobbles. I think that to an extent you get what you pay for. Harbor Freight sells an aluminum one that has gotten good reviews.
 

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I have the Harbor Freight aluminum and I'm very happy with it on my Trailblazer. Keep in mind that the carrier sits above the 2" square tube protruding from the hitch.
 

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Yes, that can happen. You'll want to test it before putting anything in front of the exhaust, or avoid that area.

Also, when looking for a carrier, there's a huge price range even though most have the same weight limits. I bought a cheap - $70- one. It fits pretty loosely in the receiver & wobbles. I think that to an extent you get what you pay for. Harbor Freight sells an aluminum one that has gotten good reviews.
Put a couple of wraps of duct tape around the tongue before you insert it in to the hitch. Wobble solved.
 

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I have the aluminum one from Harbor Freight and yes, it does sit higher and does not get the exhaust air blown on it. Like amr40509 says, wrap the tongue w/ some duct tape for the wobble problem.

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Thanks for the input on this. I have my eye on the HF carrier for long drives where we have extra luggage to haul around.
 

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I pack 3 - 6 Gal & 1 - 2-1/2 Gal gas cans in mine to get gas for the tractors. Definitely don't have any tailgaters.

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Many of the carriers mention are small and you typically get what you pay for. If you are hauling for a family you will want/need a larger one.

After searching and comparing alternatives and reviews/advice I picked up the following surco cargo carrier and anti rattle device. I've been using it for a few years without issue. Very happy with it, and relatively inexpensive. It had plenty of room for moving my daughter in an out of a couple dorm rooms, couldn't have done it with anything much smaller.

24x60 Cargo Carrier For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier 52018

Anti-Rattle Device and Lock for 2" Trailer Hitches Lets Go Aero Locks,Hitch Accessories 63232

The cargo sits high and away from the bumper (above the hitch). The exhaust doesn't come anywhere near it. The carrier is lightweight easy for one to handle. Sits high enough for easy loading, with plenty of departure angle clearance. Takes maybe 15 minutes to put together. It is much larger than the HF model and most others. It sits far enough away from the bumper that the tailgate opens easily (unless you stack the cargo maybe 4 feet high). etrailer has some useful videos and tips on their site.

If I were doing a lot of night driving with it, I'd think about one of the lighting kits. If you stack cargo high enough to block the plate you may want to move it to the carrier. The nice thing about this carrier is that it is so large that there is rarely need to stack cargo. For storage, it stands on its side.
 

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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.
 

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I got the steel carrier from Harbor Freight for $39.99 on Black Friday. The cargo bag is from Rola. Both performed flawlessly on our annual Christmas trip to NY.

 

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I've got a HD hitch rack I got a few years ago that has a 2" ball on the back that's rated for a light trailer.

I've towed a PWC hooked up to the rack on multiple occasions with zero problems. I'll have to try and find a pic of the setup, it's pretty unique and always gets questions at the ramp.
 
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