Sudsy

Hitch mount Swing away arm and cargo basket

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There are a lot of choices for both, and the reviews are all over the place, as are the prices.

This will be attached to a mini RV build on a Ford Transit Connect, extended wheelbase. 

(There's a separate thread about which hitch to get)

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I'm looking for a way to transport firewood, grills, coolers the occasional small live well - the stuff that wont fit, and we don't want in the back of the van. Might have to be able to handle some weight (firewood is heavy)

 

Any recommendations ? What should I stay away from ?

 

 

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Thule makes a hitch cargo box that pivots down so you can open vehicle hatch. 

Can the Transits suspension handle the weight of a fully loaded hitch rack?  

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It's a must have so if the suspension gets saggy I'll bump it up

That's why God created airbag suspension mods

It's rated for a 200# tongue load, which is plenty

 

Is a tongue load calculated on while you're driving or parked as well ? As the arm swings out the load becomes considerably more.

Math that I am totally incapable of

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10 hours ago, z-man said:

Thule makes a hitch cargo box that pivots down so you can open vehicle hatch. 

No help there, it has to swing out of the way so we have access to the rear

(this is a possible idea with some minor changes)

 

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I am very familiar with cooler rack set-ups as I have had them on multiple trucks when I lived on LI. I now live in Canada and discovered by accident (on a recent trip up here) that there is a huge network of wind-surfers who frequent some areas up here. They are all set up in a very similar manner as the beach buggies in NY however many hundreds of these guys had rear mounted HUGE storage boxes built on the back of their rigs. Full sized #2500 series vans were their vehicles of choice. Many of these were custom fabricated however many were bought stock, many made  from aluminum and many injection molded plastic compete with legal lighting, reflectors, external ladders to reach their roof racks and internal lighting, etc. These were complete with racks to internally carry wet suits,board kites and wet gear. I found this sub-culture shared very much the same philosophy as the surfcasting communities only with a different purpose. Many of these pre-made rear mounted boxes were manufactured in Quebec, Canada (where they also make the finest truck caps ever made in my opinion and I've had several and seen hundreds of brands - Fibrobec - Had mine since 02). Maybe a search in the wind-surfing groups will disclose the manufacturers and pictures. Sounds like it is exactly what you are looking for. I have never seen anything like this in New York or New England but every wind-surfer seems to know about them. Good luck.

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On 3/23/2019 at 9:16 PM, CDubbs said:

That rig needs a custom roof rack also.

That's turning out to be far easier said than done

 

 

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On 3/22/2019 at 8:19 PM, Sudsy said:

It's a must have so if the suspension gets saggy I'll bump it up

That's why God created airbag suspension mods

It's rated for a 200# tongue load, which is plenty

Dont worry about these things handling load. I have a external hitch mount auto glass carrier that I use for my oversized windshields that dont fit into my van. I can easily handle 250 lbs & better without issue's. This is also when my cargo area is full of windshields also. 

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Excellent !

 

What do you think of it ?

So far I'm happier then I thought I was going to be

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21 hours ago, Sudsy said:

Excellent !

 

What do you think of it ?

So far I'm happier then I thought I was going to be

Im very happy with it.  2017 XLT model with 160,000 miles on it. Its a daily workhorse for sure 

 

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