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I have a Highland Hitch Rack and Cargo Bag for my 2010 Honda CRV EX, I traveled 3500+ miles in a 5 day period and when I reached my destination to California I noticed that there was a 8x8 in hole in the rear corner where the exhaust is. Putting 2 & 2 together I realized that the exhaust burned a hole right through the bag which in return melted all the plastic bags in the cargo bag (had a number of vitamins/supplements) that melted all over bags of clothes, golf clubs other knick knacks. Ultimately, had to toss the cargo bag and some sentimental clothing as well as losing all the vitamins/supps which cost the most. It also charred my rear bumper but I think I can buff that out. So the question remains, the hitch rack and bag are setup behind all exhausts, is this a known issue? I wrote to the manufacturer too. Here are some photos:


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Did you ever resolve this? I'm in the market now, and I think we need a cargo holder with a "riser", but then I don't know if we'll be able to open the hatch without removing the cargo! Any advice or experience is appreciated.
 

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Is there a 'downward-pointing' exhaust finisher or tip that would eliminate this issue?

 
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