For starters, sorry for the long read.
Short story: Don't buy the ForEverlast 50 lb. tailgate feeder and their Receiver Hitch kit from Academy.
I've been looking for a cheap and used, but effective road feeder to stick in my receiver hitch on the truck. Couldn't find one local anywhere so I saw academy had their Game Winner tailgate feeders that looked to be fairly decent. I procrastinated too long to order one, but hoped they had one in stock. They did not, so my next option was the Foreverlast 50lb. feeder. It looked good on the box, but if you want to attach it to your hitch, you have to buy their $40 receiver hitch adapter. Fine, cheap enough.
Once I get home and unpackaged everything, it is definitely cheap. The sheet metal for the main body was sharp and fairly jagged under the lid, and will cut the
out of you. They have sheet metal screws holding the feeder body together, with sharp screw points sticking inside the feeder...more finger grabbers/cutter. The motor and wire harness/switch seems nice and worked as it should, and the receiver kit looked fairly well built and powder coated...at first glance.
There are two plates that mount to the back of the feeder for rigidity and bolts lined up great with the feeder portion. The "L" shaped 2" square tubing that mounts to the plates, however, does not line up. I had to drill 2 new holes through the plates and the feeder. I'm talking close to an inch from where their pre-drilled holes are located.
Now don't get me wrong, I feel as though I'm pretty handy with tools, and didn't really have a problem getting everything attached (with some modifications), but you would think that if someone has a product that they are selling in a chain store (ie. Academy), all bolt holes should line up and the fit and finish of the product would be in tip-top shape. I can understand the possibility of the feeder and the receiver kit being two different brands, but in this case, they were the same brand.
For your average Joe Cityboy, taking it back would be the easiest solution, but I really didn't want to spend the extra time to drive back to academy, return the product, purchase something else or even order something. Hence the reason I just busted the drill out and went to town.
I work in product design and would be absolutely ashamed if this was my product. Sharp, jagged edges on sheet metal should be ground down or folded over. Sharp screws shouldn't be left protruding into an area that hands may be going into to fix a clogged hole. Bolt holes should not be an inch out of spec... Oh, and the hole to put your hitch pin in to attach to your receiver hitch, wouldn't even fit a hitch pin through it. The hole wasn't even close to round. Isn't that the whole point of a hitch? Being able to put a pin through it to attach it to a vehicle?
I guess this is more of a rant on quality control of a certain "hunting gear" product and I may get some flack on my review like I've seen on other peoples reviews, but just thought I would forewarn anyone who was planning on this particular road feeder.