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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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My thoughts from earlier. (Ignore thread descriptions. Posts are still about hitch carrier. )

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Would a hitch riser resolve this?

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I have a 6 inch riser. I say go higher as long as it doesn't block rear hatch from opening. As stated above, the riser still scraps speedbumps relatively easily. Cargo box should be ok, unless it extends too far back and gets weighted down like my hitch carrier does.
Putting riser is fine to get more clearance, but I read that it would reduce hitch weight capacity/limit in ~half (most likely due to having 2 joints instead of 1).
Good point. I believe it is the additional distance that puts additional leverage that reduces load capacity. IIRC, hitch carriers seem to be rated around 200lbs which kind of works out within 375lbs tongue limit even at approximately double the rate.
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Thanks to all for the comments and suggestions. I've been giving this swing away hitch/box combo a lot of thought and even came across someone at a gas station who had one on his Subaru outback who was happy to spend some time talking and showing be how it works. The box mounts very near the vehicle, I would say about 12", the swing away is very secure and only takes a couple minutes to unscrew, release and swing away to get access to vehicle. Quite nice if it can be made a practical travel solution for the sienna. Unfortunately, the box blocks the backup camera.

I'm in the process of converting my van to a camper, currently both second and third row seats are removed. To date, I've fabricated/installed flooring and a convertible sofa bed removing more weight than installed. In the vans current state, I measure 13 3/4" from bottom of rear bumper to ground so installing a Torklift Ecohitch with a 2" receiver should put the bottom of the hitch receiver about 11 3/4" from ground (See pic, tape measure case adds 3"). I also hope to get a 3" lift installed which should bring the receiver height to a minimum of 14 3/4"

The van will only carry two, just me and my wife traveling but I do plan to add water and power to the van, otherwise just carrying a couple weeks clothes and camping items.

Anyone with a stock height sienna have an Ecohitch and use a cargo carrier? What was your experience. still to low?
How about with a 2 or 3" lifted sienna?

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I know I am stating the obvious, but there are plenty of cheap aftermarket solutions to add a high backup camera. With an Eco Hitch, and a 3 inch lift, hitch mounted cargo box would be my preference. If need be, a 6inch or higher riser would almost guarantee no scraping.

Btw, Check out @EricD 's posts. IIRC, he has an eco hitch and has used hitch mounted carrier of some sort.
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