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    cargo box and bike rack

    I'm looking for a hitch mounted cargo box similar to this

    ROLA 59108 - Fixed shank with 1/2 in. pin hole 1.25" Receiver - Hitch Cargo Carriers

    but with another hitch attachment for a hitch rack

    anyone know if one exists? the closest thing I can find is this

    B-Dawg BD60203TO Steel Cargo Carrier with towing option 60" x 20" x 3"

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    That really starts moving the weight away from the hitch. The hitch adapters are designed to only handle so much torque (not to be confused with load), and when they get extended out like this, it can easily exceed the torque. I'd look for a hitch box where you can mount a bike on top of the box instead. I've actually added a fork adapter to a metal cage hitch box. Put the bike in the box, pack stuff around it, and go.
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    the only problem is that the suv i want to look into purchasing has crap cargo space, so i'll have to add some room somehow...would like to avoid anything on the roof for gas mileage, and would need to carry at least two bikes

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    Two bikes plus some cargo, easy.
    Two of these fork mounts :
    http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Cycle-Hi.../dp/B000ACAM7E
    attached to a hitch rack with U-bolts.
    Aluminum Hitch Cargo Carrier - 500 lb. Capacity

    Bike carrier when you want it, added cargo space when you want it, carries both bikes and cargo when you want it. This is a 2" hitch, but I know amazon carries 1.25" hitch cargo racks too.

    If you really want to push it, it looks like you could also drill out a hole for a hitch rack on the back of that alloy cargo rack. I'd try to keep it as far forward as possible though.
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    i'd like to have as much covered cargo space as possible...in my first post, second link, they have a cargo rack and the towing hitch available...wouldn't that exceed torque specs on the hitch?

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    Does that mean the SUV you are looking at is too small? Consider the amount of time you will be transporting bikes and the amount of time a solution like a roof mounted cargo box would be required.

    If you are transporting bikes a lot more than hauling cargo, a nice hitch mount rack would be ideal. If you are only using the cargo box a few times a year, finding a easy roof rack system and box would be ideal. Maybe find a SUV w/ a good factory roof rack and simply add a cargo box. Honestly, when you think about the % a cargo box degrades the fuel econ, it ain't that big of a deal (as long as it is not on 24-7/365).

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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    That really starts moving the weight away from the hitch.
    Agreed.

    Would a trailer be a better idea for you?

    Not sure if there's a European style rear hatch rack available for the SUV you have in mind, but here's a setup I had on a VW Eurovan. Paulchen bike rack with a Stowaway2 cargo box.

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    If the SUV you're looking at has "crap interior space", then what's the point of looking at it? The "U" is supposed to stand for UTILITY.

    Or get a wagon. My Volvo 70 series has more interior room than most so called "suv's".
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    right now started looking at a grand cherokee ecodiesel...all other SUV diesels have scandals attached to them

    need the diesel to be able to pull about 4500 lbs and for better mileage on long distance trips

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    Pulling 4500lbs and good highway gas mileage hardly require a diesel engine. I'll bet there are MANY gas suv's that pull that much and get at least equal mileage. I think you are severely limiting your options by focusing on a diesel.
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    what other options are there? a 2014 used grand cherokee diesel getting 22 city/30 hwy towing up to 6500 lbs can be had for 28k on the low side...420 ft lb of torque at 2k rpm

    i haven't really looked into any gas engines but am open to all suggestions

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    I'm not going to do all of the research for you but a 2014 Ford Explorer gets 20/28 mpg which is close enough that the price difference between fuels more than offsets the diesel. It also tows your limit. I'll bet it has more room inside too.
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    the explorer has even crappier cargo area...not finding much

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    Fair enough. I own a diesel Excursion so I get the appeal. If I had a smaller SUV, for myself, I'd definitely go gas for less expense.
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    Then why not pick up a Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel..

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    GMC has a Canyon Duramax diesel this year if you can roll with a pickup and cap?

    Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD
    Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD

    Canyon Small Truck Duramax Diesel Details - GMC Life
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    I may look into trucks, thanks for the suggestions, but man that 1500 is a little too big...in the end, I may just go with a roof cargo system plus hitch rack

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