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Hitch Accessory 4: Cargo Carriers

A hitch-mounted cargo carrier is helping this family to bring all the essentials along on a beach trip.

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Most of the time, you'll use your hitch for towing a trailer. But wouldn't it be great if you could make better use of a hitch when you're not towing? Enter the hitch-mounted cargo carrier. This handy accessory fits into the hitch receiver on one end and, on the other, provides a flat cargo deck capable of carrying up to 600 pounds (272 kilograms). It's an ideal solution to transport a wide range of items, including garden equipment, lumber, and gear for camping, hunting or fishing.

There are two types of cargo carriers. Open-style carriers may or may not have side rails to help hold cargo in place. Most have attachment holes on the side that let you easily secure items with a bungee cord or strap. Some are made of polypropylene, a plastic polymer; others are made of steel. Enclosed carriers have lockable lids to protect your cargo. They are available in stationary or swing-away models.

Not quite satisfied with your hitch? Learn how you can modify it with two simple pieces of equipment next.

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