Never wear white pants when you’re on a road trip. It always goes badly.
So here I go, cruising down the road, doing everything in my power to keep taco crumbs and Diet Coke out of my lap. It is in the nature of road trips to stop and start, take breaks, eat on the road. And one of the last things I want to do is arrive at my destination with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on my butt.
So why, why, why do I store my cargo on the roof of my Jeep … knowing that I’ll have to climb on a door jam to get access to my stuff? There go the white pants. After all the effort of staying clean – no matter what I’m wearing – I always get dirty hauling my gear off the overhead rack.
Overhead racks are also inconvenient, unwieldy and often require two people get everything unloaded without dropping or damaging anything – including the side of the vehicle.
Fortunately, StowAway has a terrific solution: a rack that attaches to my trailer hitch instead of the roof. Ingenious! And – to give me access to the cargo in the back of my Jeep – the StowAway Hitch Rack has a unique swing-away frame that pivots 180 degrees. Sweet!
You can get a base package, that includes the heavy-duty frame and rack, the SwingAway frame for clear vehicle access and a hitch tightener to eliminate wobbling and vibration. Then you can add on features if you’d like, such as a cargo net, hitch lock and cargo bag.
If you’re fond of tailgating, or want to add a grill station to your campsite, you can get the Tailgate Grill Station Plus package, which includes a Cuisinart Grill and acrylic snap-on cutting board.
They really have thought of everything.
Vital Stats: The StowAway Hitch Rack fits 1.25″ or 2″ hitch models, carries up to 250 pounds, and measures 53″ in length, 25″ in width and 5″ in depth. The heavy-duty, steel cargo rack has a black powder coat finish to resist corrosion, 5” side rails to keep your gear secure, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
The StowAway Hitch Rack with SwingAway Frame gives me extra room for my gear and clear access to the rear of my vehicle. Which means me, my gear and my vehicle, all arrive in terrific form.
The ingenuity doesn’t stop there. Additional StowAway customization options include a bike rack for four bikes and rod holders to carry fishing rods. You can also remove your cargo rack and add one of their StowAway cargo boxes.