Why this cargo carrier? There are plenty of options out there, and some are quite pricey. We chose this one for its 500lb capacity, aluminum construction, and the fact it doesn?t weigh very much (we weighed ours at 26lbs).
Overall, we're very satisfied with the product. It's built to handle loads far heavier than we will ever use it for, it's deep enough to keep its contents in place, and being tucked behind the Jeep were not adding any wind drag (gas is over $4 so it matters) as overhead carriers do.
The Cargo Carrier is rated for 500lbs, but before you go out there and start loading up you need to understand a few things about your vehicle and its receiver.
What "Class" receiver do you have? If you don?t know, and it?s not listed on your receiver, it all becomes clear as mud? very thick mud.
Common wisdom, although wisdom is not the right word, is that if it has the smaller 1? receiver then it is a Class 1. This is NOT necessarily true. In our research we found there are some Class 1 receivers set at 2 inches, so file that ?common wisdom? in the appropriate place.
Once you figure out what Class of receiver your vehicle is equipped with, you need to know how much tongue weight it can carry. Sure the carrier can handle 500lbs, but if the receiver on your vehicle is only rated for (Class 1) 200lbs you?re limited to loads no greater than 200lbs.
This brings us to DYNAMIC LOADING. What the heck is that? Stand on a scale and bounce, really, go do it. It doesn?t take much to cause your reflected weight to increase substantially for a brief moment. This bouncing of your weight is dynamic loading.
All we can say is when loading your cargo carrier, be mindful of the terrain you plan to cross. The weight I load in this carrier for road travel will be quite different than it will be if I?m heading through bouncy rocky trails of the Rocky Mountains looking for a camp site.
The short version of all this is: Keep the heavy stuff in the Jeep, and pack the lighter, bulkier stuff on the cargo carrier. And the best part for me personally? I can bring my full sized chair.