CURT 18153 Folding Basket Hitch Carrier Auto Cargo Management

Last updated: June 7, 2022


This auto cargo management carrier keeps all items secure and in place during transport. It is adaptable and easy to fold. The carrier is made from high-strength yet durable steel.

We looked at the top Auto Cargos Management and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Auto Cargo Management you should buy.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: This auto cargo management carrier ensures items stay put.

In our analysis of 13 expert reviews, the CURT 18153 Folding Basket Hitch Carrier Auto Cargo Management placed 2nd when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Even with the roomiest of vehicles, packing the car for a long trip can quickly turn into a frustrating game of Tetris. CURT cargo carriers are a simple yet effective solution for maximizing the storage area of your vehicle. The advantage of a hitch-mounted cargo carrier is that it can be mounted on the rear or front end of the vehicle as long as the vehicle is properly equipped with the right receiver hitch. Mounting a cargo carrier in the front opens up the rear receiver hitch for towing a trailer or adding a second carrier or bike rack if needed. The hitch-mounted design also makes installation quick and easy. CURT basket cargo carriers feature a strong bolt-together design and are made with heavy-duty carbide steel and a tubular construction for increased strength. One of the advantages of the basket style is its 6″ high sides. These provide extra security and peace of mind during travel. This particular basket cargo carrier features a 2″ x 2″ bent, folding shank to provide more ground clearance and to fold up and out of the way whenever necessary. It also comes with a strong mesh platform to accept up 500 lbs. of cargo and has a durable black powder coat finish to resist rust, scratches and UV damage. Whether you prefer the hitch-mounted carrier or the roof rack option, CURT has cargo management solutions to meet your needs.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

An incredibly affordable option, and the quality craftsmanship associated with the brand, as well as the ease of setup and use more than justifies that price.
Very inexpensive. Up to 56 inches long. Stretchy enough to accommodate virtually anything.
- Heavy
Three pockets help organize and store groceries, gear, tools, and other items. Secures grocery bags well. Keeps round items from rolling around.
Easy to clean. Durable. Adaptable. Enhanced security.
Folding shank to save space, 500 lb maximum load capacity, fits most 2" standard hitch mounts, 6" tall sides, powder coated finish.
Angular folding shank. Tall sides to secure luggage. Great for low-riding vehicles. Easy to clean mesh.
Curt uses a robust bolt-together design for this carrier. They also use heavy-duty steel carbide steel plus tubular construction for the carrier. Add these together, and you've got a super-strong carrier will help you haul your gear for years and years.

What reviewers didn't like

Certainly not the most rugged of options. Not meant to carry your items outside your car. Cars of a certain era included these for free.
- Heavy
Does not seem to fit some pickup trucks well.
Doesn’t have the largest capacity.
Uses a bolt instead of a pin, so removal is a bit slower.
Installation difficult. Badly made fabrications.
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