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Highland 1042000 Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier


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  • Great for sports, camping gear and transporting garden and home improvement supplies
  • Up to 500 pound capacity - fits any 2 inch receiver style receiver hitch
  • Two piece construction bolts together in minutes
  • The platform is 60 inch x 20 inch x 2-1/2 inch with an expanded metal deck - includes convenient tie down points
  • Heavy duty steel construction with durable powder coat finish
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Highland 1042000 Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier + Highland 1041700 Rainproof Cargo Bag
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BrandHighland
Item Weight934 g
Product Dimensions54.6 x 81.9 x 8.9 cm
Item model number1042000
Manufacturer Part Number1042000
  
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ASINB003NBFKDK
Best Sellers Rank #681 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight16 Kg (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableOct. 14 2013
  
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The Highland hitch mounted cargo carrier is made from heavy duty powder coated steel construction. The carrier will fit any 2 inch receiver style hitch and has a capacity of up to 500 pounds. The 60 inch x 20 inch x 2-1/2 inch platform adds additional and convenient capacity for your gear.


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It's a large Item but for me very good, and not very heavy so easy to put behind my Vehicle.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
So far so good. Oct. 12 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Rather than get a huge MPG draining cargo bag for the roof, this was the next best option. I also wanted something big enough to handle a huge bag of duck decoys so I don't have to put them in my SUV after I've been out hunting.

It comes in parts and you need to put the whole thing together. I did NOT agree with the directions where the head of the bolts were on the outside and the thread/nuts on in the inside. This causes the sharp edges of the threads to point into the tray. I also purchased a waterproof bag for the cargo tray and if I put it in there with the thread pointed in, it could easily tear the bag. I reversed the directions of the bolts and its better now. Put some silicone on the edge of the threads now facing out so anyone walking around the tray doesn't get scraped.

The floor of the tray is pretty flimsy and definitely requires you to spread the weight. Putting anything dense on it (like a stump) can probably break the mesh floor, or at least it seems like it could. But since I plan on using it for luggage in a waterproof bag on long trips, I'm not really concerned about this issue.

I added some extra reflectors to it for about $5. I'm concerned with someone not seeing it in a dark environment and tripping over it or even a car not seeing it since it is rather low and black.

UPDATE: I have used this for about a year. Still no problems other than the occasional getting it scraped when going over steep dips. This is more of a problem of the road and car then the carrier. Used it for long trips from NJ to FL with multiple suitcases. You never know it was there unless you get to check it once in awhile. And certainly never effected gas mileage.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Nice carrier! Sept. 2 2011
By J. Penegar - Published on Amazon.com
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This carrier looks slightly different to what is pictured. I'll try to post a picture later. It amazon picture shows two braces on the bottom of the frame. Even the box that the carrier arrived in shows the same picture. Apparently Highland has improved the design. They have added more support (from what I can tell) to the frame pieces on each end of the main support bar and eliminated the pictured braces. It seems to be a much better design.

The carrier assembles easily. I did snap off one bolt, but it was easily replaced. It seems to be very sturdy. Obviously, at the center it's very strong. I put my 200 plus pounds on it there and it doesn't budge. I would not stand on either end though. If you're going to load it to it's 500 pound max, weight will need to be evenly distributed. I think it will work well for my planned use. I bought it for tailgating and plan to load a small Honda generator and coolers.

Overall, I'm very impressed and happy with this carrier.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good if you can get it, especially for the price July 19 2012
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to order this 3 times from the Warehouse before I got it. The first one mysteriously disappeared at a ups depot after being checked in and out 3 times, the second one was the wrong product, third time was the charm.

Its cheap, its decently made, its a little floppy and you'd best center or distribute your load, because if you put it on one side or the other, this will bend at I'd say around 80-100lbs. It came a little scratched and dinged, so it'll need regular spray painting.

Its also quite heavy compared to tubular or aluminum versions. As much as twice as heavy.

Serves my purpose well, with the matching waterproof bag that the same company (Highland) sells. I throw this on the back of the SUV when we go to the beach, and all our wet stuff, towels, inflatables, etc all goes into the bag. When we get home, I can sort everything out and no mud or water in the back of the car. It'll also be nice if I need to go grab 6-8 bags of mulch, I can load them on this instead of breaking out the trailer to avoid stains in the back of the car.

If you have a trailer hitch and don't have one of these, you're missing out. From hauling messy stuff to throwing a few bikes on it, its handy. Make sure you buy one of those nice little cylinder hitch locks to keep someone from stealing it, and put some extra reflective tape on it while you're at it. One of my ditzy friends turned into a parking lot last week and cleaned one of these right off the back of a parked car.

Lastly, I somehow managed to assemble mine perfectly backwards so the reflective tape that does come on it is on the bumper end. Doh! I'd have had to take every bolt and nut out to fix it. I didn't notice that in the directions they had flipped the thing over between the two diagrams. Wasn't worth the trouble, as I have plenty of reflective tape and other than the Highland name printed, there is no difference to having the bed in reverse. Plus I'm sure it'll be a real conversation starter.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Did the job July 30 2012
By Coupon Ninja - Published on Amazon.com
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Put this on the back of my '12 town and country. Got everything balanced evenly and bungee'd it all down, with a tarp and ratchet strap over it all. Traveled to the beach 70/80mph, all was well. I forgot to reverse the bolts as another reviewer suggested, but the type of cargo I had (cooler, chairs, bag of toys, etc) wasn't too delicate.

Assembling by hand was a bit of a challenge, the two primary bolts to attach the tray to the hitch/support bar were very tight. I'm sure anyone with a wider selection of tools wouldn't have had that problem.

I had to be careful though, turning into parking lots and such, to go in at an angle to avoid scraping the back. It seems that the bottom of the bolt sticking out (prob a good 1/2" past the nut) took the brunt of the impact. Another thing worth mentioning, as I have a row of sensors along the back bumper, the rim of the tray blinds a few of them, causing the system to disable (park assist sensors). The first time I backed up, it started screeching, then shut off and gave me a "Service Park Assist" message. Once I removed the tray and backed up where there was something to detect, it reset and took away the message.

The price is right and does the job. It would benefit from being able to fold up when not in use, and have a slightly higher rim (6"-8" would be very helpful), but for the price, it is more than acceptable. I will definitely pop this on when getting mulch and other dirty things that are not worth towing on the trailer.

One last thing to keep in mind when considering this purchase, if you are using it on a van or SUV with a liftgate, you will need to pack AFTER you have loaded the back, since your gate most likely will not clear your cargo. That was sortof a "Duh!" moment after I put it on. You may also consider tying some rags on the cargo where your gate may hit if it is accidentally opened when you are fully loaded.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Packaging was good and professional July 5 2014
By Lectrichead - Published on Amazon.com
When we're traveling, whether to visit someone; for camping; or what-have-you, we like to allow a lot of room in the back of the Ford Edge for our two good-sized Boxers (the dog-kind) to move around in as well as allowing us to be able to take as many supplies and items that we need for the trip. Who doesn't want to be prepared?

Years ago we stuffed packed everything into the very back of the SUV (at the time we had the very versatile but eminently ridiculed Pontiac Aztek). Later we got a Highland Rainproof Cartop Storage Bag, which allowed us to pack some things in the back and the rest in the cartop carrier and still allowed us to bring more supplies but reserved room for the dogs to move around.

Packing everything and still having an open rear window as well as space for the dogs to walk around in was getting harder and more logistically complex for every trip, especially after getting a screened-in canopy and having to pack it also.

So we set out to look for perhaps a cargo trailer, a small camper, or something along those lines.

Eventually we decided to go for a hitch-mounted carrier. You see them everywhere more than likely, used for every purpose. And after reading some fairly good reviews for the Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray we decided to go with that model.

The specs say that it is made from heavy-duty powder-coated steel. It fits any two-inch receiver hitch and has a capacity of up to five-hundred pounds. It's also a good size, sixty inches wide by twenty inches deep, with a little ridge of about two and a half inches high around all four sides.

After researching various hitch cargo carriers it seemed as though they are all fairly similar in general with small variations, though there are some smaller ones. And you can certainly buy one of the more expensive ones - which might have a few more features (higher sides, raised hitch bars, light and turn signal kits, etc). But they all looked basically very interchangeable in general.

Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray Box
The Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray Box
We we ordered this one.

The box the carrier came in had a graphic of the carrier and was good and well-packed. It is surprisingly fairly small and relatively light.

The instructions and warnings are a one-page sheet of double-sided paper but that's all that is really needed. If you need instructions in a few different languages they are there too.

Assembly was quick and the instructions were just fine. Really, you barely need instructions as it's a pretty common sense and straight-forward assembly. A minimal amount of tools is needed to put it all together, and it goes quickly. One person can put the whole thing together in practically no time.

The bolts for attaching each side of the tray to the central part have washers and nylon locking nuts and the bolts for attaching the whole thing to the hitch receiver tongue are larger diameter and have washers but no locking nuts. I think it goes without saying that you want to recheck the tightness of each bolt once in a while anyway, both after an initial use as well as occasionally; all bolts including the locking nutted ones.

The assembled carrier, mounted on vehicle
The assembled carrier, mounted on vehicle.
The materials the carrier are made up of seem fairly heavy-duty, the welds are good and the mesh on the bottom is of moderate thickness and plenty strong. Even if you want to hook your bungee cords through it or around the mesh in addition to the provided holes in the frame.

The steel of the frame itself seems good-sized and moderately thick, as well as painted well, as well as the piece of square steel that goes into the hitch receiver. There's a few warning stickers on it and the corners have some nice reflective tape.

The carrier even came with a hitch pin and cotter pin. Some of the reviews seemed to show that some people didn't receive the hitch pin but we did.

The whole thing isn't very heavy. Which makes fitting it into the hitch receiver on the vehicle pretty easy.

But there was a bit of play and extra space around the sides between the hitch receiver and the hitch bar when it is attached. This seems to be fairly normal with some hitch receivers - no matter what you put into them; cargo trays, bike carriers, even some trailers and campers, etc. I have had two bike carriers that are the same way. From what I have read manufacturers seem to have a bit of leeway when it comes to two-inch hitch receiver sizes perhaps.

Hitch receiver shims
Hitch receiver shims
Once I put weight in this cargo tray it was much stabler and didn't seem to have the movement that I had noticed when it was empty. Despite that I did also use a few pieces of thin tin slid in between the hitch receiver and hitch bar piece on the top and sides and zip-tied it all so the tin wouldn't work its way out. Very important as you don't want something flying off and hitting someone else's vehicle.

I don't know if this was strictly necessary; as I said it didn't seem to make as much difference once weight was on it.

They do make a multitude of solutions if you don't like this play and slight extra space/movement around the hitch part, everything from something like what I did to brackets and clamps and hitch pin tighteners.

Once on the vehicle it was easy to start putting things on the carrier and tying them down. The tray has multiple tie-down holes along the front, back, and sides, big ones and some smaller ones. And the wire mesh bottom seems to be heavy-duty enough to hook cargo straps to if needed.

I found the whole thing plenty wide enough and deep enough for anything we needed to carry, and in fact it was deeper than our cooler as well as the large Tupperware container we were planning on strapping on it to store more things.

Also, a bungee hooked around from the front of the carrier, over the cooler and Tupperware thing, and down the front and hooked to the mesh instead of one of the rear tie-down points helped to make sure both stayed in place and didn't slide back, though I don't think it would have anyway, or mattered if it had. A combination of ratcheting tie-downs, rope, and bungee cords worked well to secure everything front-to-back as well as side-to-side.

I also used a few bike cables and locks to make sure nothing could get stolen while at rest stops or other places where the carrier and it's contents might be left unattended.

Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray on Ford Edge, at <a href="http://nysparks.com/parks/135/details.aspx">Robert H. Treman State Park, NY</a>
Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray on Ford Edge, at Robert H. Treman State Park, NY
You can hook the bike cables through your vehicle hitch's safety chain attachment and around this cargo tray, taking up any slack by looping any extra cable around sections of the metal mesh floor or over things you are tieing on until it's fairly tight. That way no one can unhook the whole carrier from the hitch receiver and pull it all out. It's even an extra safety in case the hitch pin came out, which is very unlikely. You can also use this same method for bike carriers and probably other things that are hitch-mounted too.

You can also take another bike lock cable and lock and go around your cooler (and through any handles) and other things to secure them to the cargo tray, including snaking the cable through the one coming from the hitch safety chain and wrapping around the carrier. I guess the only thing you want to check on here is wear in the bike cable if it's hanging a little loose in placed where it might wear against the steel of the carrier or other things.

Perhaps this is overkill, and I likely won't bother doing this next time as we don't leave the whole thing unattended for any amount of time. But it may be something others might consider if it's going to be left somewhere questionable, or for a long period of time, or you have something valuable on it.

After taking this cargo tray with us while making the trip to a camping spot a distance away, driving down highways, secondary roads, and some lightly gravelled roads (like the sight-seeing access road along the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge) it performed well. Same with the trip back. On a Ford Edge we barely noticed anything while driving.

All bolts stayed tight, nothing felt like it was jiggling or loose (though of course I had the hitch shims in), and the multiple tie-down points made it easy to hook and unhook what we were carrying.

I don't think I would want to put the full five hundred pound capacity on it, but a few hundred pounds, at least, is going to be just fine on it I believe.

A hitch converter for use on a one and a quarter inch receiver probably would work fine, though it would extend the hitch bar/tongue out a bit. If you had a low vehicle you might want to be extra aware of that while going into driveways and things of that sort. You could get a converter with a rise which would lift it up a bit if you had a very low vehicle, which might work better.

Unfortunately though using the hitch size converter on a smaller receiver is going to decrease your total cargo capacity weight, by possibly a few hundred pounds. So that is something to consider if you have a smaller hitch size. But unless you are carrying a moped or large mower this probably isn't going to be a concern.

All-in-all, a very good purchase at a great price and of seemingly pretty good quality. The paint seems to be thick and coats every surface except the bolts, and I think you could even disassemble it all easily for storage if you really wanted to, though I am going to just store it assembled as it takes up very little space as-is, and isn't heavy to move.

You can see more pics on my blog posting here - http://randombitsbytes.com/highland-hitch-mounted-cargo-carriertray/