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Unread 12-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Reciever Hitch Racks

Does anyone use or have experiance with the Reciever Hitch racks? I figured since MBRP does yet make a Roof rack for the 2011 Unlimited why spend $1000 on a roof rack I dont like so just spend $120 on one that can do the same job. So anyways can i get some opinions on Hitch Racks?

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Unread 12-01-2010, 12:00 PM   #2
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Planning on building one myself in order to get a shaft long enough to kick the whole works out behind my 35" spare.

Roof racks are cool, but hunting I want a rack a bit closer to the ground to roll a deer into!
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Unread 12-01-2010, 12:28 PM   #3
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I have one from Harbor Freight. Think I paid around $50 for it and it worked great. Even with getting a few scrapes on it when going across the Mojave it has held up.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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I have a polypropylene one made by Reese. It's plenty strong enough, but if I had to do it again I'd probably get a metal one with rails. The polypropylene can be pretty slick and without any rails I'm always paranoid that stuff will slide around, even though I use ratchet straps.

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Unread 12-01-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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Receiver racks are cool. My dad has one, he used to hitch it to his Expedition on trips. You can get a big rubbermaid-type sealing footlocker type box that fits perfectly, and then bungies to tie it down. Since it fits multiple vehicles, its more versatile than a roof rack. Plus, its easier to access than mounting up high.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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ive got one from wally world, paid maybe 50 for it, says it holds 500lbs, ive put it to the test with wood, holds great
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Unread 12-01-2010, 06:21 PM   #7
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Planning on building one myself in order to get a shaft long enough to kick the whole works out behind my 35" spare.

Roof racks are cool, but hunting I want a rack a bit closer to the ground to roll a deer into!
Why not just get an 11-18" hitch adapter to push it further out? And Quadratec has a 20"x60" basket on sale for $79 right now.

Hidden Hitch 1040000 - Hidden Hitch Cargo Carrier 20" X 60" for 2" Receiver - Quadratec
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Unread 12-02-2010, 07:10 AM   #8
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Good idea. Thanks.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:28 AM   #9
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I got mine at Tractor Supply 4-5 years ago. It was $50+ or - at the time. It doesn't extend entirely past the spare, but I only use it to cart around a pressure washer or other such dirty/wet stuff every now and then, so that is not a problem. Just strap it down and go.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 09:47 AM   #10
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The Harbor Freight one extends past the spare no problem.


Works great as a working surface as well.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:24 AM   #11
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Here's the Harbor Freight one- on sale for $59. 55"x19"

500 Lb. Capacity Deluxe Cargo Carrier
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Unread 12-02-2010, 02:56 PM   #12
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I bought my rack(Rola) from etrailer.com, great service and price. I also highly recommend getting the Tow Ready receiver lock silent hitch pin, it stops the rattling.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 05:58 AM   #13
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I have an aluminum and steel Hitch Haul rack that I use to hold a large cooler. I deliver hot meals to the needy and shut-ins 2 times per week and having the rack keeps me from having to open and close doors 50 times. The alumninum Hitch Haul is expensive (over $120) but it is light and can be removed easily. Plus, we use it to transport luggage in a waterproof bag when going to the beach house. I like it.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 08:15 AM   #14
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I have the same rack as Insane_Bee has and really like it. Very heavy duty but is pretty heavy, maybe 50lbs...I like how it sits higher up then the hitch. I have used it to carry my buddies 250cc dirt bike around a couple of times out to the trails and it takes the load without even trying. I picked mine up at a Stiers RV, it was being discontinued for a lighter cheapy looking one and got it for a killer price.
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Unread 12-05-2010, 11:28 AM   #15
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I have the same one as insane bee also. I had it from my ZJ. The only issue to watch out for because of it's raise shaft is that the basket it higher. This prevents you from opening the rear door because the tire will hit the basket.
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