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So far not so good
on April 18, 2012
Item arrived having obviously sat in water for a long time, long enough to stain the edge of the box it was sitting in and to allow the hitch to push through the corner of the box. In addition the hitch had become rusted about six inches up from where it was touching the water. As this is advertised as being sold and shipped by Amazon, I will put that blame on them for the poor storage and rusting.
For the rest of the problems, which appear to be manufacturing ones, the rails looked like someone had scraped them along cement or something equally abrasive, removing the paint down to the metal. I have some Rust-Oleum I can use to cover the bare metal, but don't think I should have to do that until I do the damage. The pieces of the basket don't fully connect, that is they push together, but where you would expect them to fully seat together the male piece only extends about halfway. The basket is rated as 60" x 20" but the rounded corners prevent a rectangular box from taking advantage of that entire space and the bolts that are used to hold the pieces together reduce the width by 1/2" each side so you really end up with a space that's about 58 3/4" x 18" if you have a rectangular box that is not flexible in its side. As well, if I had a cargo bag I was using in the basket I would be worried about the bolts puncturing or tearing it. We reversed the bolts on the side of the basket that faces the truck and gained a little room. But, we didn't on the outside edge because we were worried about getting scraped by them as we moved back and forth. The bottom of the basket has the part that slides onto the hitch and is bolted down. That piece is much wider than the hitch meaning that if you don't hypertighten the bolts the basket doesn't sit firmly on the hitch. The diagonal supports that come from the side of the basket to the part that hooks onto the hitch are not evenly spaced with one touching the hitch connection and the other a good 1/4" away. Finally, the hitch piece rattles around when connected to the hitch. I know there is supposed to be some play in there so you can get it in and out, but I'd say without measuring that there is a good 3/16th's of an inch leeway and that let's it rattle pretty good; more than when I've towed trailers. I'd return this if I had the time but I don't and will just hope that it makes it through this one trip. For all the reviews I read that liked this product across the web, I have been very surprised, and disappointed, at what seems to be a product that was not constructed or cared for (before being sold to me) very well.