Adding a cargo carrier to your hitch is a quick way to improve your stowing capacity.
You can fold it up when not in use as well! Thankfully, there are many solid choices in this category.
Let’s take a look at the 5 best hitch cargo carriers with baskets:
1. MaxxHaul 70275 52-1/2" x 29" Aluminum Cargo Carrier with 60" Folding Ramp
Best Value if you Need a Ramp
If you are in need of a folding ramp option for your cargo carrier, MaxxHaul has a great option with this product.
This is suited for those who have mobility scooters or other needs where the ramp will come in handy. It’s rated to carry up to 500lbs.
Aluminum is highly resistant to the elements and will not rust. You can keep this on your vehicle year round without worrying about it wearing down. If you don’t like the look, it’s easy to detach and only weighs 30 lbs.
They’ve even added some reflectors on it to help with visibility. You will have to assemble it yourself and a common gripe is that the instructions are lacking. So that may cause a slight headache.
Overall, this is a well made product that should last a long time.
2. CURT 18153 500 lbs. Capacity Basket Trailer Hitch Cargo Carrier, Fits 2-Inch Receiver
Best Value Overall
CURT has a black powder coated trailer hitch carrier that has a smaller profile than most. Yet, it’s also rated to hold a high weight!
The walls are only 6 inches in height. Like with any cargo basket, if you frequently haul things that are tall in height make sure to tie them down.
This is far heavier than most options on this list, because it’s made of steel. It weighs 70 lbs. If you are going to be approaching the 500 lb limit frequently in load weight, steel is going to be stronger than aluminum generally.
With the double coating you shouldn’t have to worry about rust. You are able to fold this up when not in use. This is a truly heavy-duty option, and it is the best selling in this category.
3. MaxxHaul 70108 49" x 22.5" Hitch Mount Aluminum Cargo Carrier With High Side Rails
Another option from MaxxHaul has made this list, and that’s for one very specific reason!
This is by far the most affordable option here.
If you need something every once in a while that won’t undergo a heavy beating, then you probably don’t feel like spending 150 or more.
In that case, this option is something that would suit you. Unlike some other choices, it will not fold up and it’s more of a bare-bones design. We mean that in a good way.
This is perfect to get you through weekend trips camping or other adventures.
4. ROLA 59502 Vortex Steel Cargo Carrier, Hitch-Mount, High-Capacity Basket (2-Inch Receivers)
ROLA’s vortex carrier is our second steel option we’ve shown. It’s slightly heavier than the first at 73 lbs.
Visually, you can tell it’s going to last a long time. It’s has multiple brace points with a tight mesh bottom.
While other designs usually have reflectors as a shoe in, these are actually very bright and large enough to make a difference. They didn’t skimp on any material here.
There is even a plate to attach your license plate to if you’d like to make this a long term addition to your vehicle. This will hold up to 600 lbs of weight. One thing you may be curious about is if it folds up, and this version does not.
ROLA even sells their own cargo bag that will fit perfectly within the dimensions of this carrier.
5. Pro Series Black Reese 6502 Strong Arm Folding Cargo Carrier
If you’re planning on making a cargo carrier a long term addition to your vehicle, having the option to fold it up is invaluable.
Pro series has done just that, while having a strong steel frame. This can also hold up to 500 lbs.
This carrier will requires a 2″ receiver. The steel is powder coated and the even threw on reflectors. Customers are generally very satisfied with this option!
Cargo Carriers with a ramp vs without. Which is better?
Depending on your use you may want to purchase a cargo carrier that comes equipped with a ramp functionality. This is mainly for people who transport heavy things that they can roll into the cargo frame. Like scooters.
If you don’t have something that fits that description, then a regular style cargo carrier is going to be your best bet. They also tend to be more affordable.
What are some other good ways to haul cargo?
There are a few other popular ways to get some extra storage space for your car. One is a roof box, which mounts to the top of your vehicle. Another is a cargo bag, which can also be mounted to the top of your vehicle but is less secure.
The advantage of a hitch carrier is that it’s a steady heavy-duty setup for those who are carrying heavier items, but also need easy access to them. Many of these options even allow you to fold them up when not in use.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you make up your mind on a carrier that suits your situation and price range! There are a few different options here, ones that have ramps, some that fold, and some that don’t.
If you end up picking a cargo carrier from here or any option, come back and let us know how it worked out for you. We love hearing from our readers, and good look shopping!
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