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Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1

Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1

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Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle. 1-800-940-8924 to order CURT accessories and parts part number 18050 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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  • Hitch Bike Racks
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Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle.


  • Strap provides extra support for your hitch receiver when you use a hitch-mounted bike rack or cargo carrier
    • Limits torque placed on hitch receiver by heavy accessory
    • Evenly distributes weight to stabilize hitch accessory and prevent bouncing
  • Cam buckle design allows for quick connection and release
    • Attach one end to the bike rack and the other end to the vehicle
    • Pull strap through the cam buckle and towards front of the vehicle to increase tension for a secure fit
  • Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle


  • Dimensions: 61" long x 1" wide
  • Quantity: 1 strap
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Note: Remove the hook before opening or closing the hatch or trunk to avoid damage to your vehicle.

This strap is recommended for use with bike racks and other hitch-mounted accessories to avoid putting too much strain on your trailer hitch. Some Class I and Class II 1-1/4" hitches may require that you use a stabilizing strap to ensure that the hitch does not experience excessive torque while transporting your gear.

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Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap for Hitch-Mounted Accessories - 61" x 1" - Qty 1 - 18050

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (583 Customer Reviews)

Stabilizing strap provides extra support when carrying your bike rack or cargo carrier. Cam buckle design allows for secure connection and easy release between your vehicle and hitch accessory. Vinyl-coated hook won't scratch your vehicle.


I've used before, and the service is excellent. The step-by-step video showing the receiver installation on my model year car was extremely helpful.


Product came quickly. I was expecting this strap support would be more effective than it was. Used it a couple tines and it helped somewhat with the bikes swaying but not as much I wanted. I guess the best solution is the platform type bike carrier.

The 18050 strap is designed to relieve some of the downward force applied to the hitch from the weight of the rack and bikes. It wont help much with side-to-side motion. Youll want to determine the cause of the movement. Is there wobble where the hitch meets the shank of the bike rack? If so, an anti-rattle hitch lock or anti-rattle device can eliminate this. If the movement is caused by some slack at the bike rack shank where it connects to the bike racks upright, unfortunately this movement is unavoidable in a bike rack that has the capability of tilting rearward as tightening that connection too much would render the rack unable to tilt rearward.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 09/09/2022


I used these quite a bit when I transport my recumbent bike on the hitch rack. I also gave one to my daughter for her rack (not sure if she has used it yet)


I use use a Curt Hitch "Flat Carrier"
loads on my 2005 Prius.
Bought the recommended support strap and liked the way it took the up-down bounce stress off the hitch, but the carrier still wobbled left to right, rotating slightly within the hitch receiver. Bought a second strap and the two stabilized the load very nicely. I needed a light cord between the two straps at the top of the hatch door to encourage them not to slide off the corners of the door.
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I am quite pleased with our flat carrier. We keep the loads low enough & centered enough to not block the brake lights and the license plate. Weve used it to carry bikes as well.
Richard F - 09/18/2018


My purchase was an easy choice with advice I received from customer service. The hitch is working great no problems. You can't go wrong making your purchase from etrailer.

Product works great just like day 1. I look forward to many years of use when maintained properly.
Michael W - 10/03/2021


Purchased this strap as a backup support for the bike rack that I will be using with my new etrailer hitch.


Very well designed and made, generous length.

really like the premade loop and the provision for bundling excess webbing neatly. The buckle is solid and easy to use, and the strap really does the job of stabilizing a bike rack.


Does great for keeping the cargo basket from moving around too much, but would like more of a ratchet to make it taught. I often have to tighten and tie the excess in a knot to make sure that it doesn't slip while going down the road.


We were very impressed with the quality of the Curt Trailer hitch we purchased, its price and how quickly it arrived.
We had the hitch installed by a very good local mechanic for a fraction of the cost quoted by our Honda dealer.
The hitch support strap that was recommended works perfectly with this hitch.
We highly recommend this hitch to anyone.


We are headed to Alaska in September and needed a trailer hitch receiver for our 2015 Forester so we could mount a full size tire to have in case we blew a tire. Husband very happy with the quality of the hitch receiver plus the spare tire lock, hitch alignment collar, anti -rattle hitch pin lock, wiring harness and the stabilizing strap. Fast service! Thank you!!!


The hitch was easy to install and fit perfectly on the vehicle.


The hitch is great, the fit and finish is outstanding. It fit the SUV perfectly, no prying,no drilling and no beating it into place. It took less than thirty minutes to install by myself. The price was the best I found, but that doesn't mean it's cheap, this thing is solid. Best purchase I've made in a long time.


The strap helped to stabilize the bike rack .. Strong & sturdy .. If you get the bike rack & hitch spend the extra for this ... Worked great on my 2013 vw beetle convertible ..

It still works perfect .. very happy
Elizabeth A - 07/05/2018


I was told that if I did not use this, then the warranty on the hitch was invalidated. I got it after the hitch was installed and it does make the loaded bike much more stable. Works as advertised.


Outstanding product. The stitching and material are heavy duty. Looks great on my Honda Accord and Thule bike rack. Thanks!

Rating the best. Super good company to deal with.
-- comment by: Robert S - 10/18/2013


Works great on the back of my Jeep Gladiator. 4 bikes easily.


Easy to attach with my 2017 Subaru Forester and Swagman Chinook Bike Rack. Did a great job eliminating any rattling motion on the highway.


Install was very easy, instructions were clear.

Be sure to use WD-40 to loosen up the muffler attachments. That one step alone made this job easier than I expected.

This hitch is used to attach a goal post, so I can carry my kayaks on top.

Great customer service, the best.


I've bought from etailer actually 4 or 5 times in the past. Each time the quality was spot on in the installation was as the videos. Would buy again if needed.

Excellent. No changes to my review a year later!
Capt V - 05/10/2022


Box to hitch 1 minute.
2 ebikes and
ready to roll 10 minutes.
A whole new world has opened up. This is absolutely the easiest, most versatile rack ever. At 65, my days of putting a light bike on a roof rack are over. This will handle almost anything.
The service and attention to detail was amazing. The eTrailer team seems like friends at the local bike shop. BUY IT HERE!
Gotta go, mountains to ride.


This is a good quality part and the hooks are rubber coated so they do not damage your car's paint.


We used our new hitch thanks to !

The bike rake fit perfectly .. we used the support strap too!

Off we go!


This is a sturdy strap with a coated hook end to not scratch your paint. Perfect for giving extra support to a bike rack.


This strap easily attaches to my car and bikes. After tightening it greatly reduces motion of my bikes and gives me peace of mind when I look in the rear view mirror. We’ll worth it.


simple and effective. Works as advertised. Actually one of the better stabilization straps on the market. the buckle is strong and has a durable non marking coating. I'd recommend buying 3 at a time (two to stabilize to an overkill level, and one backup because you know how life is)

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