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Hitch mounted cargo box

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I’m leaning toward a hitch mounted cargo box, perhaps the stowaway, swing away standard box.
Would like to hear from those who currently use any brand of hitch mounted boxes and your experiences with them.
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I have a swing away hitch mounted carrier on my 2013 FWD, with this box on the carrier:

I also have a lift kit, which adds 3-1/2 inches overall height and clearance to the vehicle.

I just completed an 18,000 mile trip to Alaska and the Canadian arctic (all the way to the ocean), then east to Nova Scotia and a lot of points in between. We camped all the way. Included in that was 2000 to 3000 miles of gravel roads and a lot of poor highways holes and jeep trails. I also had Goodrich T/A KO2 tires, which added another 1/2”, and air bags in the rear coil springs, but I really don’t think that they added anything except a bit of cushioning against bounce.

The system worked flawlessly and I never dragged once, anywhere on the vehicle including the hitch or the box, except in some snow in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula earlier this month. The box swing at 90 degrees was enough to be able to open the rear hatch, and we often used the top of the box as a table when cooking.

The lift kit worked great, the box and hitch rack worked great. Highly recommended.
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18k trip, this must have been a fantastic experience that I am sure you have many stories and advice for other van travelers to learn from, is your van converted to a camper or did you tent camp? Have you written your trip up anyplace or perhaps you're on YouTube?
I just returned last week, and the winter's project is to review 600 GB photos and present them in some sort of series of viewable YouTube videos. I converted my 2013 Sienna and camped in it every night except for 4 (our anniversary, seeking shelter from a hurricane, and a huge winter storm). It took about a year to convert, but it has a furnace, fridge, solar panel, 120 volt inverter, water and a sink, and of course a bed. Cooked outside, mostly wild camped (outside traditional campgrounds for free), stopped at many dozens of microbreweries 🍺, and saw a huge amount of Canada and northern USA. I highly recommend retirement.
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