This project converts an inexpensive Harbor Freight cargo carrier to fit either a 2-inch receiver or a 1-1/4-inch receiver.
My old Miata (and now my 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible) is equipped with a 1-1/4″ Class 2 receiver but all the cargo carriers that I found that would fit my reciever were over $125, so I decided to modify a cargo carrier that I bought at Harbor Freight to be interchangeable and fit either a 2″ or a 1-1/4″ receiver. Since I had a 25% off coupon, the Harbor Freight cargo carrier (Item 69858) was only $34.49.
The Harbor Freight Model #69858 Cargo Carrier I purchased in Pensacola, Florida has a 500 pound capacity but the same model number is also available with a 300 lb. capacity. Either would work for me since the Miata hitch is only rated for 200 lb.
See the slide show below to see how I made the 1-1/4″ hitch.