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Why Does Curt Hitch for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Hitch Require Stabilizer Strap but EcoHitch Does Not

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In response to this compare, etrailer expert Jameson made the comment that the curt hitch required a stabilizing strap when using bike racks, but the ecohitch did not require this strap. Can you explain why? The curt has a higher tongue weight capacity vs. the ecohitch, so it would seem that it could handle more force than the ecohitch.

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Curt recommends the stabilizer strap with non-supported loads like bike racks to help support the hitch when going over bumps to prevent some of the vertical shock from being transferred to the hitch.

Curt does this as a precaution, it's not that EcoHitch are necessarily stronger. Both hitch brands make outstanding hitches that are typically stronger than what they are rated for. I would say that Curt just happens to approach the idea of a bike rack/cargo carrier being used in a lower capacity hitch a bit more cautiously.

If you don't use a strap like the part # 18050 with a Curt hitch the warranty will be voided. I attached a review video that shows how to use the strap.

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