Cargo Carriers (and accessories)
($80 From Lund International at www.lundinternational.com)
Lund International is a supplier both to the original equipment automakers
and to aftermarket retailers and auto shops and among its long list of
products are three new cargo carriers that fit into a hitch receiver.
Carriers come with 20 x 60 ($80-$90), 21 x 48 ($100-$120) or 21 x 61-inch
($100-$120) platforms, and the later two will fold up parallel with the
tailgate when not in use.
Lund also offers several accessories for its carrier units, including
a heavy duty, waterproof storage bag, cargo net tie downs, a cargo restraint
bar and a bike carrier attachment that secures the wheels of as many as
Modular H Bike Rack
($270-$450 from SportRack Automotive at www.sportrack.com)
“We designed this rack for cycling enthusiasts who own a variety
of bikes and don’t want the hassle of changing carrier systems every
time they transport a different style frame,” said Richard Borghi,
SportRack Automotive president. Thus the new Modular H Bike Rack has individual
360-degree rotating mounts to accommodate mountain, road, touring or junior-style
The H Rack is available in 2-, 3- or 4-bike sizes and is designed to adjust
so those bikes don’t bump into each other during transport.
A Modular H Base Unit also is available and has a tilt-away feature that
allows easier access to the truck bed (or to the rear door of an SUV).
for Pickup Trucks
($199 from OT LLC at www.twistep.com)
When their arthritic dogs became too large to lift into the back of their
SUVs, engineers and entrepreneurs Dan Knodle and Gary Bang created a step
that plugged into a trailer hitch so their dogs could climb aboard. Now
they’ve extended their idea with an extended step that works when
the tailgate of a pickup truck is in its horizontal position.
The push-and-turn knob lowers and extends the Twistep into position so
it can be used as a stair step, a platform (to ease access to a truck
rack) or as a seat for putting on boots or other sports gear.
The ‘step holds up to 500 pounds on a platform that’s 20
inches wide and 18.25 inches deep and extends three feet behind the hitch
to clear a lowered tailgate.
It also can be stored beneath the bumper and does not need to be removed
when not in use.