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Hey campers,

I've got a week off in Feb and plan to scoot over to UT for a few days of exploring.

Wondering if anyone has a hitch-mounted carrier I could borrow for a week?

Hoping to not take my trailer if possible.

Thanks,

Nate
 

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Harbor Freight has them for around $129. I've been using one for three years without problems.
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Harbor Freight has them for around $129. I've been using one for three years without problems.
You might want to update your profile to include who you are and where your from.
Sorry.....newbie to the forum. Will update my profile to include a detailed bio. :D

I had a Versa-haulr carrier that I sold awhile back....regretting that now.

Nice ones pop up on CL every so often. Will look at HF as well.

Nate from Denver (burbs)
 

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I always feel a little skeptical buying HF myself but this rack has worked perfect and I have peace of mind with my bike on the back of my truck. You will need aux lights for safety...here's a thread I started awhile back.

[video]http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/14457-adding-lights-hf-motorcycle-rack.html[/video]
 
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I always feel a little skeptical buying HF myself but this rack has worked perfect and I have peace of mind with my bike on the back of my truck. You will need aux lights for safety...here's a thread I started awhile back.

[video]http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/14457-adding-lights-hf-motorcycle-rack.html[/video]
Thanks Rick.

Nice light install.
 

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Before you assemble the rack I would repaint any steel parts with a better paint. My rack is stored outside under a tarp and needs a fresh coat of paint.

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The strap hooks don't fit in the holes so I added these...

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I also don't attach the truck side straps the these brackets. I hook them to the safety chain tabs of the Receiver. It adds extra security and helps to hold my bike tight against the truck.

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That's about It enjoy your adventure :D
 
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Rick,

Thanks for the tips. I picked-up the rack yesterday and hope to get it assembled and test tomorrow. Will order some lights tonight and get those installed.

Nate



Before you assemble the rack I would repaint any steel parts with a better paint. My rack is stored outside under a tarp and needs a fresh coat of paint.

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The strap hooks don't fit in the holes so I added these...

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I also don't attach the truck side straps the these brackets. I hook them to the safety chain tabs of the Receiver. It adds extra security and helps to hold my bike tight against the truck.

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That's about It enjoy your adventure :D
 

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I bought the uber cheap one. Looks like u have the aluminium? I looked at both and saw the steel was practically the same weight and $30 cheaper. But it's looking like the aluminium has a one piece rail bed. I would go for that now. Mine came in two pieces and bolted in the middle. It sagged. I modified by running a couple of 1x2 oak sticks inside the tubing to stiffen it up. Also had to add some angle steel where the bolts go thru as the paper thin tubing just collapsed. It's what u get for $99.
 

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I saw a post of a failure on the aluminum plate that wraps around and secures the Harbor Freight motorcycle platform to the steel receiver hitch tube. Fatigue cracks occurred in the aluminum likely due to repeated flexure from inadequately secured hitch carrier. Hitch tighteners are vital, everything should be as tight and wobble free as possible. If one can eliminate the flex there should minimal fatigue stress resulting in cracks in the aluminum cradle that mates the ramp with the receiver tube. With an overhead lumber rack I am able to pull upwards from the corners as well as downwards to the bumper supports. This really helps.
 
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