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Old 01-06-2013, 04:16 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by MRBB View Post
I think these type carriers are meant for small mopeds or scooters and not for anything over 250 lbs. They may have a limit of 500# but do you want to load them up that much? I'll bet that guy who lost his on I-10 wishes he didn't buy one. The one in the picture above looks to have a 1 1/2 inch single alum. receiver. How much is that going to hold before it bends and snaps off?
Was the carrier found on I10 overloaded? Or improperly mounted? Was an anti-tilt bracket used on the receiver? What was the welding like on the second receiver? Was the hitch still on the tow vehicle? Had the rear of the carrier struck the road while mounted (dip, too low)? I would bet that the answers are close to what we are thinking.

A properly designed and built carrier mounted and loaded securely and within Manufacturer's specs will not fail as descibed on I10. They and the load on them become part of the tow vehicle, adding weight and length but not wiggle or movement.
I did some research and saw a lot of questionable designs and material choices in other products before deciding on mine. It was not the cheapest (like anything else of quality) or lightest unit available for sure. Cutting corners with something involved with towing safety rarely pays off.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by MRBB View Post
The one in the picture above looks to have a 1 1/2 inch single alum. receiver.
It's 2", and it's steel. And it's rated for 400 lbs. Bottom line, Ford and Thor have rated the receiver for 500 lbs. of tongue weight. The carrier manufacturer has rated the carrier for 400 lbs. I have less than 300 lbs on it. If either somehow failed and the scooter ended up lying on the highway who has the liability? I think I'm pretty well covered.

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