Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Honda Pilot

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Review of the Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2011 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2011 Honda Pilot, we're going to be taking a look at the Curt 24 by 60 folding cargo carrier. This is all going to offer a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Part number is a C18153. Now we just loaded it down with 100 pounds to give you an idea of kind of the stability it's going to offer. With any cargo carrier that's secured to the vehicle with just a pin and clip, you're going to have some movement. We've got some anti-rattle and anti-wobble devices available for that on our website, if you would like.

Let me get it unloaded here. We can take a quick look at the, at the construction and the buildup of it. It's going to have the expanded steel floor that allows all that dirt and debris to kind of fall down and out, and it won't build up and cause corrosion. Nice wide rail. It's going to go all around the outside and help hold our gear in place.

It also offers a lot of connection points there for any kind of tie-downs. The carrier offers about 21 and 1/2 inches of ground clearance here at the rear. At its closest point to the rear of the vehicle, it's going to be about 6 inches away, and let's see what we've added overall. Looks like about 43 and a quarter inches to the rear of our Pilot. As you can see, the exhaust, its a dual setup on this one, one on your side there, one on my side. It exits well below the bottom of the carrier, so we're really not going to be in any danger of any heat-sensitive materials having any issues.

When opening our rear hatch, it comes up quite a ways before it ever crosses the plane of the carrier. This is going to give us about 27 and a half inches of clearance to this point, and then very minimal overhang, once we continue to open it there. To bring our carrier up into the stored position, we're going to remove the clip and pin that we find there in the middle, and then just by lifting on the rear, it'll collapse right up against the vehicle. We'll then take our pin and slide that back in. Secure it with our clip. This is going to offer us a lot better solutions as far as maybe being able to leave it on the vehicle when you're parking it in the garage, or something like that.

We're now going to be to about 19 inches worth of ground clearance here underneath the pivot point. Our closest point's still going to be that same area that we had down there. Overall now, we've just added about 16 inches to the length of the truck. Now that we've seen how it looks and how it fits on our 2011 Honda Pilot, let's take a look and see how that cargo carrier performed when they had it out on our test course. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage or driveway. .

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