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Auto Attachment Adds Cargo Space
Here's a handy new carrier that doubles the cargo capacity of "hatch-back" cars.
Developed by Lon Tharaldson, Minnetonka, Minn., it fits most 1982 and 1983 American-made hatch-backs. He notes that the carrier is more convenient than a trailer and, unlike some top-mounted carriers, you can fit your car into the garage without having to first unload the cargo. Tharaldson says he can pack enough cargo in the carrier, including a tent, sleeping bags, fishing gear and supplies, for a one-week camping trip for his family of five.
Made of 3/4 in. galvanized tubing, the carrier frame extends 11 in. off the car's rear bumper, bolting to the rear bumper and to the car body. The carrier is the width of the car and sits high enough over the bumper so the license plate and taillights are clearly visible. An added feature is that the bed of the carrier hinges on its frame so you can flip it back for easy access into the back of the car.
Tharaldson provides a foam pad to fit over the hatchback window, protecting it from scratches. You can cover the cargo on the carrier with a plastic or canvas tarp. Or, you can purchase an optional custom-tailored zip-up canvas that fastens with snaps to the underside of the hatchback door.
Tharaldson explains that the carrier's weight capacity, tested up to 700 lbs., is limited by the car's shocks. "Most car shocks will handle loads up to 500 lbs. Heavier loads may require that you install air shocks, or put air bags in the springs," he notes.
He adds that car handling isn't affected by the carrier but that gas mileage will be reduced. On his Ford Escort, mileage drops 7% with the carrier loaded.
The carrier comes in a kit that you can assemble and install in about two hours. Sells for $149.95, plus shipping. An optional custom-tailored canvas cover costs an extra $159.95. Air bags for the car springs are available for $81.95 per set.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lon Tharaldson, 13510 N. Knollway Drive, Minnetonka, Minn. 55343 (ph 612 544-4249).

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