My DIY Trailer Hitch Cargo Carrier:
If you've looked for a Class II 1 1/4" trailer hitch cargo carrier you already know our choices are limited. I wanted one that would flip out, out of the way when not in use. A nice option for city parking. I mean really, how uncivilized is it to go anyware with less than 2 coolers right?
I got my Class II hitch from E-trailer.com. It took longer to get out of the box than it did to install. Delivery time 3 days. If they haven't updated the listing YES the 2009 does fit the 2010.
I found this on their site: etrailer.com - 10184 Rola Assembly Bracket and Fastener Kit for 59108 Enclosed Cargo Carrier
Rola Assembly Bracket and Fastener Kit for 59108 Enclosed Cargo Carrier
The 1st step I did was to simply switch the brackets so that the flanges were on the outsides vs. the Rola intructions. This would facilitate the flip up design I had in mind. The support arms come with two sets of holes to give you cleance options. I have dogs that will use the platform to jump into the XB so I used the interior set to not have a gap between the bumper(your choice based on need). I installed bolts into the bottom holes (one each side) using nylon washers and snugged them tight enough to pivot. I rotated the arms up and drilled an additional hole for the pins I use to lock the arms in the upright position.
The arms were a bit too long. So I took them to my friendly neighborhood Custom Rod shop and had them use the plasma cutter. They cut, following the origanal lines taking the end down 2" to appx. 20" lenght. They cleaned up the cuts & touched it up with a little black paint. I was very happy with the results.
Next, I used a 3/4" finished cabinet grade brich plywood. mine was cut to 20"x38". I put on 5 coats of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Exterior paint. Black on the deck, bright yellow on the the molding. That's a good water proof product that comes in semi or gloss.
The yellow does jump right out at you in traffic. I learned this after the 1st one I bulit for my Sub got nailed at a traffic light. I used an indoor/outdoor mat on the deck for load surface. It also makes it easier for the dogs to get footing on.
After the 1st assembly I still didn't like the open space from the front of the deck to the bumper BUT, I could not use a wider deck as I could not pivot it to the up position as the crossbar was in the way. I added a 4"x 36" pc of plywood (size of the matt) with two 4" door hinges. Now the small spacer pc. could be folded out of the way to allow the unit to fold into the up position.
Here you can see the spacer board folded up. This also allows easier access to the hitch pin lock.
This it a close-up of the pin assembly
I've stood on it and it held my 200#s with out issue. So two cooler with ice & beverages should work. The Big Box Hareware stores also have some nice heavy duty PVC storage boxes that could be used instead of a platform. OR, one could change from one to the other based on need.
And of course I had to add my Pirate Flag