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etrailer RV Bumper Cargo Carrier Review

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Review of the etrailer RV Bumper Cargo Carrier


What's up, everybody. It's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're gonna be checking out the etrailer RV Cargo Carrier. So, this one is gonna be the 64 by 24 inch version of that. If you look and see how it's mounted, it actually mounts to the bumper of your rig so you don't have to permanently attach it anywhere, you can take it off anytime you need and it helps you get those items that might be taking up space on the inside, outside and giving you more room inside. Let's check it out.

Now, this cargo carrier setup, this kit is gonna be the 40 base version with the extension in there, which adds the 24 inches and makes it 64 inches. So, you can do it two ways. You can just put together the 41 and use that if you don't need all of the space that it gives you, but that's the nice thing about this cargo carrier is that it grows with you. So, some people might buy the 40 base, buy the extension afterwards to get that extra spot. They can even add another extension as long as it goes within their bumper on their rig.

You don't want to exceed the size and stick out any further. You can see that the bars in there are sturdy. It looks like it's gonna hold up like it's supposed to. It's got a 500 pound weight capacity, so keep that in mind when you're loading up with things. Also got this side wall and open rail design so you can run the straps through there and like all around is gonna be tie on points, so you can always get where you need to tie something down tight.

Something to point out would be look at your bumper and how it works, you've got this support arm here in the middle with that extension, so you're gonna need three spots to attach to the bumper, which means you've got to watch out for obstructions. So we had to remove the hitch from this bumper, we're gonna install that center arm or else we'd have to go from one side or the other the hitch, which can be a little bit cumbersome when you're trying to get this to work. Another nice addition to the cargo carrier is gonna be some prime support. That's something you might think about. But after leaving it over time, putting down all this stuff on the cargo carrier, that 500 pound weight capacity is gonna put a lot of stress on your sub-frame.

So, that could put stress on the welds, which isn't good. So, this is gonna help out with that. You can install this on the sub-frame where it's square, S-type or I-type, and what it's gonna do, you're gonna have to drill some holes in there to get this mounted, but this is gonna help support it over time so it won't put that stress on there. Take a look at this, while it's already installed, you can see and maybe have a better idea of how it actually does help the bumper and the beam. So you can see right where those welds are. It's where the bracket goes above long and underneath, kind of giving that extra support. So, if it starts to sag a little bit, or just the carrier pulls down that beam right on those fragile welds, you can see that it's gonna help support it, keep it upright and not bend down. So that over time is gonna keep it looking better. With the straps removed, I'm gonna go ahead and unload this and give you a better idea of what all is on this carrier. So, I'm gonna have to remove the totes. Here's the small five gallon ones. We have a bigger one on here. We've got a bigger cooler. Smaller cooler. Another five gallon tote. And then a generator. We talked about measurements earlier, but another measurement to consider probably is how far it comes back from the bumper. So, I'll go to the bumper to the end of the carrier. It's gonna be about 26 inches from the back of your rig. So, just remember that that's back there. One thing this has above other cargo carriers though is that it can fold up. So, let's check out how that goes. Come over here to the pins. There's gonna be each one on the support arm. Just remove those. With those removed, I can tilt it up towards our rig. So I'm gonna come back through, with this positioned, replace the pins here in this spot and that'll help hold it in place. Now let's measure how far it sticks out. From the bumper level, oh, it's about six and a half inches. So, that's far less than it was before. We're gonna compare this to one of the other RV cargo carriers I'm working with is the GennyGo. This one works pretty well, that one's more of a flat, just metal on the bottom. That one didn't instill that much confidence in me. I like this one with these bars you can see and just, I don't know, I look at this and I go, this can hold the 500 pounds it says it's going to. And also the smaller side rail around the outside. So, that's a little bit less keeping things from falling off and not to mention that this one can fold up, that one cannot fold up. All in all, I really like this cargo carrier, I like the fact that you can put it on the bumper and it's not permanently attached anywhere. That part is really nice. Now, when you add the support brackets, that's gonna be a more permanent thing. But it really helps you out overall. First, I was looking at it, like, well, I don't really want to drill holes in the bumper, but when you go to think about it, as much weight as you're gonna put on this, I'd rather the sub-frame be supported and not stress out those welds. I'd rather it last longer. So, that's the whole thing, with that 500 pounds of capacity, throwing that cargo on there, I know that it's gonna hold up as I'm going down the road. The other thing I like with this style is it grows with you. You could put another extension in there if you wanted to, just make sure that you watch the size of your rig, you don't want to extend past there. But that's the whole thing about this, I like it. You can start with the base one, get an extension, it can grow if you get more gear. If you decided you're not taking that much gear on that one trip, or you're not taking as much as normal, you can bring it back down and have less of a footprint on the back of your rig. But still, get all that stuff from the inside out and it gives everybody more leg room on the inside. Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out and hope this helped..


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