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I know there are a bunch of threads on hitch cargo racks, but I can't seem to find one that is right for me. I'd like an inexpensive ($100.00-$150.00) cargo rack with side rails that I can use to carry camping equipment, firewood, or a cooler. My biggest concerns are clearing the spare tire, and the exhaust heating up my cooler/wood. I would also like the best fit possible in the hitch, but I think I could resolve this with an anti-slop hitch pin. Any suggestions are much appreciated!
 

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I have been using one from Harbor Freight for 2 years now. I have 3 Rubbermaid Totes that fit in it perfectly. 1 has the camp kitchen in it, 1 with Dry goods, and the other with general stuff. I have never had an issue with it. With the tounge of the basket, it clears the rear tire well, and is far enough out that the exhaust is not an issue. I think I payed maybe $50.00 for it. Good Luck.
 

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My money's already been spent on this one - http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...ch/116915-rola-59502-hitch-cargo-carrier.html

NOTE: With an OEM Toyota Hitch it will NOT allow the rear door to open fully, but with an aftermarket hitch (Reese, Curt Mfg, Etc) it will clear the bottom of the spare tire.

It all comes down to your specific needs. Do you want one that folds up and is convenient to store? Maybe one that is made from aluminum that is easier to handle? Are you more concerned about load capacity? Do you want the option to mount lights? My choice was based the 500lb capacity, having a place to mount my plate when the carrier was heavily loaded, being able to add lights, and having the main support angle upwards so that it doesn't drag the basket. The basket I bought weighs +60lbs all by itself but it should last forever.

Whatever your needs there is a cargo carrier out there that will fit the bill. Good luck. :cheers:

EDIT: Here's a site with some good examples and reviews - http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hitch_Cargo_Carrier-sz-Class_3.aspx. I'd check prices elsewhere before committing, though.

My solution was to instal a front hitch. I use my hitch basket up front.Just a preferance of mine. Hope the idea helps
That is definitely on my must-do list. If you don't plan on getting a full replacement bumper then, in my mind at least, you just can't beat the versatility that a front receiver gives you for having a rod holder, a cargo carrier, a winch mount, or just a solid recovery point up front. Check out the simple bolt-on install in the video - http://www.etrailer.com/Front-Hitch/Toyota/FJ+Cruiser/2008/31367.html?vehicleid=20087988
 

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[/IMG]Cabela's has one i just bough that was 60.00 and it's raised up.not to big but perfect for what your looking for. i needed the same,something to put firewood and cooler maybe chairs on. take a look at the website and i will try and get a picture up of it.
the great thing is it sticks out aways but you can slide it in and drill a hole if you want to have it closer in. it will hold 300 pounds of stuff and when i spoke to the guys at cabeleas they said that they sell a ton of them for suv's and jeeps.
 

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[/IMG]Cabela's has one i just bough that was 60.00 and it's raised up.not to big but perfect for what your looking for. i needed the same,something to put firewood and cooler maybe chairs on. take a look at the website and i will try and get a picture up of it.
the great thing is it sticks out aways but you can slide it in and drill a hole if you want to have it closer in. it will hold 300 pounds of stuff and when i spoke to the guys at cabeleas they said that they sell a ton of them for suv's and jeeps.
X2 I just bought the same rack and it fits my FJ like it was designed for it and this is with an Expedition One bumber and swingout tire carrier holding a 35" tire. It was so close to the tire that I just cut the rail off. Even though it did clear it was too close if I did move the rack in with a new hole drilled as suggested above. I also cut the rail off so it could be more versatile as in carrying longer loads. It's real bargain at $60 and better made than a lot of them. I may do another mod so it will fold up.
 

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I have a better built diamond pl. aluminum carrier it came with a hinged rec. hitch,but then i made a new one that raises it 18 " higher with the same type of hinge so it would be higher for ground clearance,pd 125.00 at northern.
 
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