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Erickson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

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Review of the Erickson Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado


Hey, everybody Rob's here at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Erickson Big Bed Extender, Jr. On our 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. Our bed extender is going to do exactly what it sounds like. It's going to allow us to carry elongated loads and have the support and tie down points of the back here, so we don't have it hanging off the back of our bed. We have a ladder right here.

You can see it easily supports the ladder and we have plenty of room and plenty of spots to tie it down. But, it's not only good for ladders. It's going to be good for any kind of elongated gear. If you're in the construction work, we can put lumber back here. If you're a plumber, lengths of pipe.Or even if we just want to take a trip down to the lake and we take a kayak with us, it's a lot easier to put it in our bed and have the support where we need it to make sure it's secure.

Because let's face it, our Colorado only has a five foot bed. So even if we go down to the hardware store, we're not even going to be able to get a full sheet of plywood in here. Now our bed extender is going to give us an additional four feet from the hitch, but to give you a good idea how much we're going to get on our Colorado, you measure from the tailgate. We're getting just under three feet of additional support back here, to where we can have a load extend past it and again, have those tie down points to make sure it's nice and secure. So, I'm going to go ahead and unload my ladder here so we can take a little bit of a closer look and check out some of the details.Now at the end of the support here, you can see we have those tie-downs, just a nice loop welded onto that steel bar.

And even with most normal size ratchet straps, you can see there's plenty of room to get them hooked on and secure your load.Now, the back right here where the upright support comes, you're going to notice that we have several holes. Now, this is to allow us to adjust the height so we can get it level with our truck, make sure our load sitting at the angle we want it to, but we're going to be able to adjust the height on this up to seven inches and each hole is going to be an inch and three quarters of difference to the next one.Now, being able to carry a long load in our bed is really nice. Again, some of those plywood sheet goods, maybe some lumber, a kayak, anything like that, that we want to put in our bed, but sometimes we don't have the luxury of putting all those in our bed and we need to get that load up higher.Now the nice thing about our Big Bed, Jr. here is that it can be put in the upright position and if we have a roof rack, we'll be able to curate elongated gear towards the back of our truck and still have the support back here. It's extremely easy to switch and it only takes a few seconds.

We'll start back here at the upright. I'm just going to pull the pin, take the pin, and clip out for now. I'm just going to put the upright support down. You can move over to the hitch side where our bed extender's going to slide directly in. I do want to mention that it does not come with a pin and clip to secure it to your hitch. So you will need to provide that, but you can pick them up here at etrailer.com along with some locking devices if you want to make sure it's nice and secure. We'll go ahead and pull our hitch pin and clip. Then we can pull the bed extender out. I'm going to flip it around, line up the hitch pinhole here and secure it down with a clip.Then we can grab the upright support and then in reverse order, we're just going to slide it down, and line up whichever hole we need for the height we need. Put our pin and clip through and secure it down. Now we would be able to load up something a lot higher and leave all the space we need inside of our bed.Our Big Bed, Jr. is going to be made completely out of steel, so we know it's going to be nice and durable, but it's also going to have this nice black powder coat finish, which means it's going to help resist rust and corrosion over time. And it should stay looking nice for a long time. As far as the weight capacity, our Big Bed, Jr. is going to have a 350 pound capacity. Now, that may seem like a lot, especially if you're just carrying around, especially a fiberglass ladder, maybe an aluminum ladder.But if you are carrying some of those larger items, lumber, pipe, anything like that, you definitely want to keep those weight capacities in mind. Now, one thing I do want to mention is that whenever you are carrying an elongated load, most states and most municipalities are going to want you to mark it with a red flag or something like that to show where the end of the load is. Now, the Big Bed, Jr. does not come with a flag, but make sure you check your local ordinances and you want to make sure you follow them.For overall, I really like our Big Bed, Jr. It's just a really nice solution to carry some elongated gear and not have to come up with this crazy contraption to get it there. Because let's face it, again, truck beds are getting smaller and smaller. The cabs are getting bigger and nicer, but the problem comes in when we need to get something large and carry it with us. And this is just a really easy, nice solution to that. But again, I'm Rob here at etrailer.com and that'll finish up your look at the Erickson's Big Bed, Jr. load extender on our 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.


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