Topic: Rear Overhang Warning for Your Sport Utility Vehicle
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If you have anything like bicycle racks, ski racks, or cargo carriers mounted to the rear of your SUV, you need to exercise care when driving on some 4 wheel drive trails or other roads with significant dips or gullies in them. Whatever might be attached to the back could drag on the road, damaging the rack and the SUV.

We have attached an imaginary cargo box to the back of our SUV in the bottom photograph (yellow box). The vehicle is just beginning an abrupt transition from a level road to a steep climb (note the level red line changes to an upward red line moving from right to left). As the front of the SUV begins to move higher than the rear, the cargo box comes lower and lower to the ground. If the transition from level ground to a steep grade is steep enough and abrupt enough, the box will drag on the ground.

In a severe transition, the lower right portion of the box will dig into the ground and then eventually bend the mounting bracket, shoving the upper left corner of the box into the rear of the SUV. Always get out and check the ground clearance in these situations to avoid damage to your SUV.
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