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    Hitch mounted carrier, 2" tube, only 1 1/4" on recieiver

    Sigh.

    I bought this for $50, it's a name brand, Erickson, really made and only 15 lbs.

    The problem is the square pipe that goes into the hitch is 2".

    The receiver of my curtis hitch is only designed for 1 1/4" stuff.

    I can buy a 2"->1 1/4" adapter but, 1) it's heavy, solid steel and like 10 lbs, and 2) it will move the luggage rack a good 8-10" further away from the Mirage.

    What should I do? I can buy a length of 1 1/4" tube and using the 2" tube as a template drill holes to fasten the two sides together. The fiddly part will be drilling new holes in the aluminum top straps.

    Or, I can cut off the 2" tube flush and find a way to mount a 1 1/4" tube inside the 2" tube. I think I'll be drlling just as many holes as the other method.

    Anyone encounter this problem and engineer a solution?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallythacker View Post
    Sigh.

    I bought this for $50, it's a name brand, Erickson, really made and only 15 lbs.

    The problem is the square pipe that goes into the hitch is 2".

    The receiver of my curtis hitch is only designed for 1 1/4" stuff.

    I can buy a 2"->1 1/4" adapter but, 1) it's heavy, solid steel and like 10 lbs, and 2) it will move the luggage rack a good 8-10" further away from the Mirage.

    What should I do? I can buy a length of 1 1/4" tube and using the 2" tube as a template drill holes to fasten the two sides together. The fiddly part will be drilling new holes in the aluminum top straps.

    Or, I can cut off the 2" tube flush and find a way to mount a 1 1/4" tube inside the 2" tube. I think I'll be drlling just as many holes as the other method.

    Anyone encounter this problem and engineer a solution?
    Wow, that's too bad. 15 pounds is pretty light - and you got it at a good price too. Do you have any online links to the item? I'll try to look it up but it would be good to see where you got it from.

    I have a bicycle carrier (we call it the missile launcher for it's looks) that fits in 1" receivers and came with an adapter to fit it to 2" receivers. I'm inclined to believe you're not the first to encounter this, and someone's devised a way to make it work.

    I wonder if you could disassemble the basket from the support tube and go from there? That main tube looks like it could be steel, and easily welded. For example, as you suggest that main support tube could be shortened and an adapter fitted inside to accommodate your receiver. I'm sure someone handy with a welder could make it happen for you.

    Just thinking out loud - not sure what sort of metal fabrication you have access to.
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    Hey Wallythacker looks like there's lots of solutions out there for you. I'll post a bunch of options I came across browsing Amazon.

    Yaheetech 18" Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter 2" Receiver Hitch Extension/Extender 551 LB Load Capacity


    Reese Towpower 7020500 1-1/4" to 2" Receiver Adapter - 6" Long


    MaxxHaul 70355 1-1/4" to 2" (Fits class II only) Hitch Adapter with 4" Rise and 3-3/8" Drop


    MaxxHaul 70032 1-1/4 inches to 2 inches Hitch Adaptor

    CURT 45785 Receiver Tube Adapter


    CURT 45790 Receiver Tube Adapter


    This looks really cool. What if you could attach both a bicycle carrier and a cargo basket?

    Towever 84191 Trailer Dual Hitch Extension Adapter, GTW 4,000 lbs


    Too bad it's 2" and not 1".

    Or there's this rack similar to yours but is built for 1" receivers and includes an adapter for 2" receivers.

    CURT 18145 Basket-Style Cargo Carrier


    Amazon shows it's only $10 more than what you paid.
    Since it's steel construction I'm sure it's a bit heavier though.

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    I see the latest iteration of my carrier from Erickson is designed first for a 1 1/4" receiver with an adaptor for a 2" receiver. I also note they dropped the capacity from 500lb. to a more reasonable 300lb.

    http://www.ericksonmfg.com/product/a...arrier-300-lb/

    The Curt carrier you referenced is $127 @Amazon.ca. No surprise, some things here are easily three times the US price for no real reason. I do want to avoid steel for cosmetic purposes as opposed to weight. When al. oxidizes that effectively creates a barrier against a lot of further damage.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISLA1WA I think this will do it. And it's only $34 on Amazon.ca vs. $28US $28US fees from Amazon.com

    In fact I like how I might be able to run it upside down and drop my carrier further. That could be the difference of opening the hatch easily or having to unload some things first.

    And I can weld having a variety of Mig/tig/acet gear around. But I'd rather not on a project like this.

    Great finds, thanks so much!!

    Edited to add:

    It's funny as the first thing I propose to move in the spring is my 220v MIG cart from another shop
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    When you do move it take some pics and post to this thread:

    http://mirageforum.com/forum/showthr...-G4-Space-Star

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    I'm going to build one of these for my car as soon as I gather all the materials. Great for carrying the trash cans to the dump, carrying the gas can home from the filling station, and other stuff i don't want inside the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01-7700 View Post
    I'm going to build one of these for my car as soon as I gather all the materials. Great for carrying the trash cans to the dump, carrying the gas can home from the filling station, and other stuff i don't want inside the car.
    All that while training to be a cage fighter. Such a busy life.


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