cargo carrier trailerBefore installing your hitch mounted cargo carrier, do you know how to calculate the distance between the hitch hole and the carrier? This may be such a simple question, but it may cause trouble later on. Especially when you install the carrier by yourself, it is important to learn about the clearance distance.

General Guidance

First of all, you need to learn how to count X distance. It will help you determine what kind of frame is suitable for your car. X distance is basically the distance of your hitch hole to the bumper.  You can have either type of frame as long as the X distance is maximum two inches.

Some cars that have longer X distance (two to fourteen inches) are recommended to use the swing frame. In some rare cases, the X distance has bigger digits up to approximately sixteen inches. For this car, you need to add hitch extender before installing the swing frame. Otherwise, there will be not enough space for clearance.

Swing Frame

Is your extra tire attached to the rear door? If yes, then you should calculate X distance up to the tire. For instance, the result will exceed two inches. Therefore, your car could only install swing frame.

When you got flat tire, swing the carrier to the side before pulling it. You don’t need to unload the luggage.

Fixed Frame

The standard X distance measurement from the hitch hole to the bumper applies for this frame. Most cars have this appearance, although some cars have more protruded bumper than others. If the X distance of your car is two inches or less, then go with fixed frame. Don’t worry about opening the box: the arm length and height will give you access to open the box lid.

Nothing could be more stressful than having trouble while installing the hitch carrier. Too long or too short distance will disturb the carrier. Moreover, fixed and swing frame call for different clearance distance. As the result, the hitch mounted cargo carrier installation should also consider the anatomy of the car.

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