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I’ve read a few reviews warning owners with daul exhaust to be careful when using hitch mounted cargo carriers. Excessive heat out of the pipes can start a fire or melt your gear. I’m happy to report with the ascents high mounting point this is not a problem.
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Excellent! I was worried about this with my bike, so this is good news. Which carrier is that? Mind sharing the link? :)
 

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I’ve read a few reviews warning owners with daul exhaust to be careful when using hitch mounted cargo carriers. Excessive heat out of the pipes can start a fire or melt your gear. I’m happy to report with the ascents high mounting point this is not a problem.
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing! We had also wondered about this! This will honestly be what our hitch gets used the most for!
 

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Nice! I got one as well. I decided against the ramp for the one I got (but it's an add on for those of us who change our minds later). This one sits a little higher because the hitch bar is offset.
 

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Rear suspension compression with load

Thanks to you both for posting the hitch-mount rear cargo carriers. We have an Ascent on order and I'm wondering how the rear-end will squat when additional weight is added – especially when you increase the distance beyond the rear axel.

We plan to add a 1Up hitch-mount bike carrier with add-ons for up to 4 bikes. Wondering how the Ascent is dealing with additional weight in the back. Our Gen-4 (2005-2009) Legacy GT Wagon and Outback would squat quite a bit with 2 bikes on the hitch and associated cargo. That's always bothered me and affects handling.

Hopefully the Ascent will improve things in these situations. Looks like you have real world experience
 

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Thanks to you both for posting the hitch-mount rear cargo carriers. We have an Ascent on order and I'm wondering how the rear-end will squat when additional weight is added – especially when you increase the distance beyond the rear axel.

We plan to add a 2Up hitch-mount bike carrier with add-ons for up to 4 bikes. Wondering how the Ascent is dealing with additional weight in the back. Our Gen-4 (2005-2009) Legacy GT Wagon and Outback would squat quite a bit with 2 bikes on the hitch and associated cargo. That's always bothered me and affects handling.

Hopefully the Ascent will improve things in these situations. Looks like you have real world experience
IF I don't go away on an adventure for the weekend, I will be working on doing the cargo cover cutouts of my spare cargo cover, and will load the cargo carrier and video how much it drops the rear of the car. Otherwise, it will be next weekend...
 

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I built one years ago. Built right they're extremely useful and keep nasty stuff outside the car. It does effect the ride some (think of the leverage of adding 500# to your back bumper), but otherwise there's no downside.

I added a basket to the front of my trailer a couple of weeks ago for our trip to nags head.
 

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Is there some way to beef up /raise the rear suspension of the Ascent when using a hitch mounted cargo carrier , if needed?
Air shocks(?) or heavy duty springs, or struts or ?.
I am obviously not a Auto mechanic type so I have no idea...Just asking.......
Or will nothing be needed....
I have a dip getting into my drive way & was thinking if the back sags it would probably scrape a lot....
 

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Nice trailer...l.l.

I built one years ago. Built right they're extremely useful and keep nasty stuff outside the car. It does effect the ride some (think of the leverage of adding 500# to your back bumper), but otherwise there's no downside.

I added a basket to the front of my trailer a couple of weeks ago for our trip to nags head.
I love your trailer...Did you make it from a kit or was it your own design.....? Does it happen to flip up for storage?
Looks great for off road...
 

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IF I don't go away on an adventure for the weekend, I will be working on doing the cargo cover cutouts of my spare cargo cover, and will load the cargo carrier and video how much it drops the rear of the car. Otherwise, it will be next weekend...

Hi Robert! Did you ever make a video of this? Would love your thoughts/feedback on how a hitch cargo carrier is working and how much it drops the back end of the car. Thanks!
 

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IF I don't go away on an adventure for the weekend, I will be working on doing the cargo cover cutouts of my spare cargo cover, and will load the cargo carrier and video how much it drops the rear of the car. Otherwise, it will be next weekend...
Hi Robert! Did you ever make a video of this? Would love your thoughts/feedback on how a hitch cargo carrier is working and how much it drops the back end of the car. Thanks!
Sorry, TBH, I never got around to it. Soooo busy. The thing is out of the box, but still wrapped in plastic. There are others who've done it and posted pics here and in the FB group though.

I just finally charged my Dremel on Sunday, so, if weather is ok Friday, I may do it and video it.
 

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Given the Ascent can tow 5000lbs and has a 500lb tongue weight limit, it should handle the extra weight much easier than an Outback (2800lb limit). When I had my camper on the other day the suspension held it just fine and I'm assuming about a 300lb tongue weight.
 
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Will the liftgate still open with all that cargo mounted on the hitch?
Maybe? :tango_face_wink:

Honestly, it depends. Using the carrier I have, I can put the Pelican on it, and it will just barely open. It won't with the table on top. It won't open with the travel trailer I towed a few weeks ago, but that was largely because of the bike rack mounted to the travel trailer (didn't bother taking it off to see if it would clear the rest). It definitely won't with my personal "cheapo" (high quality, but doesn't swing away) bike rack. It will with some of the swing away bike racks.

Some things sit far enough away from the back. Some don't. So, YMMV.
 

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I just got back from a hunting trip with a cargo carrier on back. I also used an eTrailer truck bag that fits the carrier perfectly and keeps the contents out of the weather. On the way out, I had a Yamaha 2000w Generator, a 5 gallon water jug and some gear and the tailgate cleared. On the way back, I had a 105 qt Yeti and it didn't clěar. I did not encounter any heat issues from the exhaust and my bag was very heavy vinyl. But once the loaded ice chest was on the tray the contents had to be accessed through the rear doors. And while I was typing this I remembered that I haven't checked to see if the rear window lifts open. Soo much to learn.....
 

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Excellent call on the 1up bike rack. Ours works great! I recently hitched my camper up. Don’t know what the weight is on the hitch , but I couldn’t lift it. It made very little difference on the back ride Hieght.
 

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I’ve read a few reviews warning owners with daul exhaust to be careful when using hitch mounted cargo carriers. Excessive heat out of the pipes can start a fire or melt your gear. I’m happy to report with the ascents high mounting point this is not a problem.
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Question: I may buy one of these aluminum cargo carriers for my Ascent Limited. Must I disengage the rear automatic braking system while using the cargo box? What about blind spot warning system, is it effected?


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Question: I may buy one of these aluminum cargo carriers for my Ascent Limited. Must I disengage the rear automatic braking system while using the cargo box? What about blind spot warning system, is it effected?


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Unless you wire the 4 or 7 pin to something. I plan on putting a brake and turn (and reverse) light strip on mine, which will be plugged into the 7 pin.
 

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So are you saying all we need to do to properly prepare the automated systems for a rear basket is to wire them up to lights similar to a trailer? Sorry, I have a basket, from a previous adventure that I may use once or twice in the future, just good to know what is needed in the event I do.
 
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