How to Secure a Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier to Keep it From Bouncing Around

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Hitch-mounted cargo carriers allow you to store items in a container that attaches to your vehicle's trailer hitch. While a bit of wobble may be okay, you generally don't want the cargo carrier to bounce and shake around. This can be a driving distraction and may cause wear to the connection. The manufacturer or your carrier may also sell accessories designed specifically to enhance stability. Check their website to find out, since a manufacturer-specific part is most likely to fit your carrier.

Things You'll Need

  • Cargo carrier's instructions and/or owner's manual
  • The same tools you used to initially install the carrier
  • Re-read any provided assembly and/or installation instructions. Ensure you've followed every instruction exactly. Go through the process with the appropriate wrenches and screwdrivers and re-tighten every bolt and screw to ensure they're all tightly secured.

  • Ensure that the cargo carrier and its mounting equipment were designed for your vehicle type and trailer hitch class. There are five trailer hitch classes, each designed to hold a different weight. For example, while type one features a capacity of about 200 pounds, class five hitches have capacities higher than 500 pounds.

  • Check the documentation to ensure you're not going over the suggested weight limit for your specific carrier. If it's holding more weight for which it is designed, it may cause the case to bounce around more than it would with less weight.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your rack was installed properly and is of acceptable quality, it should not bounce around any more than the manufacturer deems "safe." If you've checked the installation process and ensured it was installed correctly, consider returning it for a different carrier if you're not satisfied with its sturdiness.

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