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Cargo Carrier
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:14:26 AM »
Anyone had any experience with the cargo carrier that hitches onto the towbar ???

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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 06:24:06 AM »
Louie all the ones I have seen have been designed for utes, i.e they don't swing away. So if you fitted to the prado how would you open the rear door.

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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 10:00:19 AM »
Firstly, no, never had any experience with them.

But, another question to think about is how it effects the departure angle of the vehicle when off road.

Obviously no problem when driving on roads, but off road may be a little different.

Quite often when dropping into a creek (dry or otherwise), as the car back wheels "drop" off the bank and into the creek, anything that hangs behind the wheels may hit the bank on the way down.

Obviously this depends on the size of the drop off but if you look behind your back wheels, you will notice that you only have a foot or so before things start to get in the way. The further behind the vehicle the item is, the more prone to getting hit.

Similarly, as you climb out the other side of the bank (or go up a steep driveway in suburbia), as the front of the car goes up, whatever is hanging behind the rear of the back wheels pivots down.

So in either case, having a storage case that is mounted to the tow bar (low) and extends out the back by half a meter to a meter may give you grief.

As I said, I have no experience with these so am not fully across the design of them. But when I was looking to fit a steel rear bar to Sooty with twin wheel carriers on it, this was a consideration for me too. That is, if the new bar was going to improve or restrict my clearance.

Food for thought.
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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 12:22:00 PM »
Ok you both make very good points I am looking for something to carry like my esky etc on the outside of the car for say day trips without having to tow a trailer, is there anything that would make that possible taking into account being able to open the back door and clearance and that a full esky would be too heavy for roof racks.....

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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 01:11:42 PM »
Check out some of the solutions available to go on the spare tyre. Jeep owners seem to have a few options that would suit and I can not see why they would fit a Prado







All of these images are from the US but I am sure that one of the Jeep specialist here in Aus would have something?

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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 01:09:40 PM »
Hey Kris made some enquiries about the carriers in those photos you posted this is response I received "There is an Australia wide statute that limits the amount of rear projection
that a motor vehicle can have based on 60% of a vehicle's wheelbase.
To make a carrier such as the one pictured the width if the tyre would
be included in the overall width dimension limiting the basket probably
to around 300-350mm.
The device pictured most probably is sold in the U.S. where there are no
compliance laws of any kind regarding motor vehicles." Guess I will have to keep looking cheers :)

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Re: Cargo Carrier
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2013, 01:26:56 PM »
Linda,

You are going to run into the whole debate of legal/illegal with just about everything that you ad to the vehicle.

I can not comment specifically on what you have been told however I would pose one question - How do they explain bike carriers that fit on spare wheels or into tow hitches as they would be this sort of length?

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