Photo Credit: Instructables.com

Photo Credit: Instructables.com

The fabulous, functional milk crate. What could be more handy, less expensive, and endlessly versatile?

I was thinking about tailgating the other day, and all the things I have to stow and organize and haul and set up and cook and serve. Then I have to pack it all up, stow it, and haul it home again.

[Insert light bulb here and enter the plastic milk crate!]

Beyond their use in storage, milk crates are also helpful in serving food and beverages. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and you can typically find them in your team colors. Below are my five favorite ways for milk crates to carry your tailgate to the next level.

1.  Stow & Haul Stuff

Photo Credit: AlwaysInTransit.com

Photo Credit: EverInTransit.com

Organize your kitchen tools, grilling supplies, condiments, paper products and other essentials in inexpensive, plastic milk crates. Put labels on each crate so the same things go back in the crates they came in. If you tailgate often, many of these supplies can stay in their crates, stacked neatly in the garage until your next outing. Just grab and go. When you get to the tailgate, crates can be turned sideways for easy access to all your things.

2. Paper Towel Holder

The folks at the food and travel blog, Ever in Transit, came up with the idea to turn a milk crate into a paper towel holder. How clever is that? Paper towels always seem to be unraveling themselves, blowing away or falling on the ground.

3. Stackable Buffet Line

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Photo Credit: Scholastic.com

It occurs to me that if you can use the back of your vehicle – say it’s an SUV, pickup truck, or hatchback of some sort, that you can safely use the vertical space to make more out of your buffet line. Turn the crates on their sides and stack two rows in the back of your rig. Plates, silverware and napkins go to the far left, food in the middle, and condiments on the end. How easy is that?

(Speaking your vehicle’s back-end, check out the Hitch Grill Station that attaches to your hitch receiver and pivots 90 degrees to create an outdoor kitchen space. More details below. )

4. Chairs

With the help of a pillow, milk crates actually make pretty sturdy little chairs. If you don’t need them to help you cook or serve the burgers and dogs, turn them upside down and sit on them while you eat the burgers and dogs. With dog-in-basket-on-bike-familyonbikes.orgsome extra time and attention, you can even turn ordinary mild crates into padded storage seats.

5. Be an Ambassador of Good Cheer

I can think of several things to do with a milk crate on wheels –strapped to a bike or a luggage cart or prefabricated with wheels and handle. You’ve just got yourself a mobile beer keg, a grocery cart, or a throne for the Traveling Tailgate Ambassador of Good Cheer.

Bonus Ideas:

Decorate with Ribbons: The store doesn’t have your team colors? Want to jazz up your look from basic plastic? Here is how to weave ribbons through your milk crate in team colors.

Seat Slip Covers: If you’re the creative, artsy, sewing type, here are directions for creating swanky slip covers for your milk crates.

Trailer hitch tailgate open frame

The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch, pivots to give you access to the rear of your vehicle, and creates a perfect outdoor grilling space

Hitch Grill Station: One of the very best ways to create a safe, convenient, functional kitchen space at my tailgate is with the Hitch Grill Station.

Features

  • Pivots 90° to the perfect grill station
  • Allows full access to back of vehicle
  • Cuisinart grill with 240 sq. in. surface
  • Large, removable cutting board
  • Rack allows room for cooler & extras
  • 10-year warranty on Frame & Rack

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grilled peaches recipe for hitch grill stationAnyone can throw on some burgers and ribs on the grill. In fact, who doesn’t? But you – griller extraordinaire – you can take grilling to a whole new level with some juicy, ripe fruit. Good thing tailgating season coincides with the peak harvest times for peaches, that’s all I have to say. But you don’t need to stop at peaches, I’ve found some sweet and savory recipes for your tailgating grill that involve cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, and bourbon-glazed plums for good measure.

Grilled Peaches & Ice Cream

Oh. My. Goodness. Peaches are in season in the Pacific NW right now, and I just had some fresh grilled peaches over vanilla bean ice cream. The combination of flavors is unbelievably seductive. I recommend serving in small bowls … or you just Will. Not. Stop. Total time to prep and cook: 15 minutes. Photo and recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Skewered canteloupe AllRecipesSkewered Cantaloupe

Butter, honey and mint make this recipe pop off the grill and into the hearts of naysayers, who might otherwise scoff at the idea of putting a melon on their manly grill. It cooks quickly, tastes delicious, and makes for great dessert … and conversation. Recipe and photo from AllRecipes.com.

Grilled Pineapple AllRecipesGrilled Pineapple

Toss some slices of pineapple in a bag with honey, melted butter and a dash of hot pepper sauce and salt. The savory ingredients give these yum-yums a little kick and cut the sweetness, so you can serve as a quick-and-easy appetizer before the meat goes on the grill.  Recipe and photo from AllRecipes.com.

Grilled Banana Boats Betty CrockerGrilled Banana Boats

How can you go wrong with bananas, chocolate, marshmallows and Betty Crocker? We used to make these hearty confections in the campfire when I was growing up, and now you can make this family favorite at your tailgate party or campsite grill station. Add chopped pecans for the added crunch that people love. Photo and recipe courtesy of BettyCrocker.com.

Grilled Plums Food NetworkGrilled Fruit with Bourbon Glaze

Whoever invented the concept of combining fruit and liquor is a genius (or a college student). Paula Dean, “the queen of Southern cuisine,” offers this recipe that has a decidedly sophisticated yet indulgent appeal. Add brown sugar, fresh lemon juice and butter to the bourbon, melt and mix it all together, and brush it over ripe plums. If you haven’t died-and-gone-to-heaven yet, plop on some ice cream. Photo and recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.

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Tailgating party buffet table decorationAnyone can wear a logo sweatshirt or a giant foam finger. In fact, who doesn’t?  But in the spirit of competitive sports, why not score some tailgating points with a few unexpected plays? With tailgating season upon us, I scoured the web for fun tailgating ideas, from recipes to games to decorations. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Turn Your Buffet Table into a Football Field Ask the “Hostess with the Mostess” how to decorate for a tailgate party and Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular party blog, has plenty of ideas. One of my fav’s is the football field table cover. Sbranti explains, “Make a bold statement by covering your main buffet area with inexpensive artificial grass in order to mimic the look of a football field. Artificial turf is available at home stores like Home Depot and Lowes, and they can cut it down to size for you. Dark green felt or fabric will also work as an alternative option. Use white ribbon to add “yard lines”, or paint them on if you’re feeling extra crafty.”

Cake that looks like a fottball2. Bake a Football Shaped Cake Liz Ward, contributor to eHow, promises that cakes shaped and decorated like footballs are easy to make. (One might say “easy as pie” to make. Er … make that “a piece of cake” to make.) “You don’t need special pans or recipes to make football shaped cakes,” writes Ward. “And it doesn’t take a professional cake decorator to get professional results.” Link here to get a recipe for chocolate cake as well as decorating instructions.

3. Make Your Own Cornhole Game Cornhole has become the most popular pastime at tailgating parties, second only to the consumption of food and beverages. You can purchase a custom cornhole game, resplendent with your team colors from companies such as Victory Tailgate. Or you handy folks who have a saw and some sandpaper – and know how to use them – can construct your own. Download free diagrams and instructions to build your own cornhole game set. Learn more about cornhole, what it is and how to play, as well as the official rules from the American Cornhole Association (yes, there is such a thing!). More about playing the hottest new tailgating game here.buffalo chicken cupcakes

4. Serve Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes Touchdown! What’s not to love about this recipe? What started out as something of a joke, turned into a great, crowd-pleasing recipe. Served as an appetizer, the cupcakes – which include hot sauce and blue cheese in the batter – are topped with your favorite chicken wings. They’re sweet, because they are also made with sugar, but not as sugary as say a double- chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles would be. Note: They are only as spicy as you choose to make them. Give them a try and let me know how it goes! Get the recipe here. tailgating cocktail decorated

5. Customize your Cocktails I’ve seen several ways to give your drinks a little extra splash this season, including Astroturf coozies, sweet and simple labels to keep things straight, and – my fav – colorful drinks served in mason jars, dyed with a school color, and topped with a cupcake liner. Turn the back of your car into a cocktail bar

6. Convert the Back of Your Car into a Cocktail Bar Of the 41 tailgating ideas that BuzzFeed dubbed “borderline genius,” the cocktail bar most exemplifies the reason tailgaters can get a bad rap for inebriated guests. That said, it’s a cool idea. With a set of wooden shelves, you can store bottles, mixers, glasses, paper towels, ice bucket, etc. for easy access. (Please drink responsibly.) You could do the same with condiments, plates, cups, bowls, napkins, tongs, silverware, etc. to make your grilling station the most convenient kitchen in the parking lot.

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The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch

7. Set Up a Convenient, 90-Degree Kitchen Space

Speaking of a grilling station … by using a hitch-mounted grill on a pivoting frame, you can create the perfect grilling kitchen for your tailgate party. With complete access to the back of your vehicle – where you’ve stored coolers, condiments and chairs – you’ll be able to reach, grill and serve in your own personal tailgating kitchen. The Tailgate Grill Station includes a Cuisinart Grill (available in 3 colors) that runs on propane, and a jumbo-sized, commercial-grade cutting board. Stow the cutting board on the bottom of the rack and you have plenty of room to haul the cooler on the back of your rig, because the rack supports over 200 pounds.   Decorate-cooler

Extra Point: Decorate Your Cooler

Here’s one more great idea for your tailgate party: Decorate the cooler. Your cooler can be so much more than a place to store cold food and beverages when you paint it with your team spirit. Here’s a tutorial on painting coolers, which gives you the inside tips on making paint stick to plastic.

A little extra effort earns you lots of extra points at your tailgate party. For more tailgating ideas, games and recipes, join us on Facebook.

Wrigley and Meghan travel to competitions with their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley jumped over 26 feet to land the longest jump of the Dock Dogs Regional Championships in August

The farthest dock-jumping Weimaraner in the history of the sport, Wrigley, owned and trained by Meghan Williams, didn’t seem to be a born leaper. He started late in life (4 years of age), never swam before, and had to wear a life jacket to dock-jumping class.

But don’t tell him that. Wrigley just leapt away with two titles at the Dock Dogs North Central Regional Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 8-10, 2014.

“It’s not natural for Weimaraners to jump into water,” reports Williams. Given this, and the fact that there are only ten competing across the country, Willams calls Wrigley’s success “astonishing.” At 9½ years of age, for example, Wrigley was the most decorated veteran jumper at the regional championships, with invitations to compete in the World Championships. His average jump is 25 feet; his farthest is nearly 28.

To travel to competitions, Meghan, Wrigley, and their family of four pack themselves into a small Trailblazer. “We wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without our hitch cargo carrier,” says Williams. “We’ve got two children and Wrigley in the back of the car. Everything else goes in the StowAway. It’s incredible.”

‘Everything else’ includes suitcases, chairs, all of Wrigley’s gear – leashes, collars, toys, dog food, and water bucket, plus a 24-pack of water bottles for the family, and more. “It’s amazing how much stuff will fit in there,” says Williams. “Once we put in a double stroller, and they’re huge!”

Meghan and Wrigley after the toss

Meghan has perfected the timing of the toss that enables Wrigley to jump nearly 28 feet

The wife, mother of two, full-time employee, and Wrigley’s trainer/partner, Williams is a busy woman. Add to that, her skill at throwing Wrigley’s toy off the dock is 50% of the team effort that has brought them so much success.

Kudos to Wrigley and Meghan for these amazing results at the Dock Dogs Regional Championships, where they competed in Big Air Elite and Big Air Veteran Divisions:

  • 1st place in Elite Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • 1st place in Veteran Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • At 9-1/2 years old, Wrigley out jumped every single dog at the competition, with an incredible 26’1″ for the longest jump of the weekend – of all dogs, all ages
  • Re-titled himself into the Super Elite Division (25′+ average) by having countless jumps over 25′ during the weekend competition. (This has only happened a handful of times in the history of the sport)
  • 16th overall world ranking in Big Air (out of 600 dogs)
  • Ranked 2nd in the World for DockDogs Worldwide Veteran Dogs
Wrigley and Meghan travel to regional and national championships with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley always travels with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Where’s Wrigley Going Next?

Wrigley and Meghan’s next event will be September 6-7 in Springfield, Illinois at The Super Retriever Series. They will also be jumping in Carol Stream, Illinois at the Ultimate Air Dogs on September 14. Follow them on their Facebook page, and the StowAway Facebook.

 Congrats Wrigley and Meghan! All of us at StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers are so proud of you.

Cornhole tailgating game

Cornhole is the #1 tailgating game in America. Photo courtesy of Victory Tailgate

In the olden days, we used to throw around a football at tailgate parties and call that good for gaming. Not anymore. Tailgaters today require a most diverse and sophisticated “palette of choices”. (As opposed to “palate of choices”, which requires special menus. But more on that – and the best tailgate hitch grill on the market – another day.)

According to the folks at Infographics Mania, who illustrated a national survey, cornhole is the most popular game at tailgate parties these days. (Other than the game of football going on inside the stadium, of course.) Ladder Ball, also known as the – ahem – “balls toss” for reasons that will become apparent once you’ve seen it, comes in second, followed by Beer Pong. Then comes the Washer Toss, in which players attempt to throw large metal washers into a small hole.

Seeing as cornhole is # 1 in the competitive arena of tailgate parking lots, I decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon, which reportedly originated in the Midwest, where reserves of whole kernel corn are available in abundance. The corn goes in a bean bag, which is thrown in the hole on the board. Ergo, “cornhole”. Imagine a group of farmers sitting around one evening, wondering, “What are we going to do with all these extra kernels of corn laying around?” Answer: “I know. Let’s sew them inside little square bags and throw them into a hole on a big board. Like horseshoes, except not.” Thus was the game of cornhole born. (except maybe not.)

At any rate, cornhole is great for the entire family, according to the folks at VictoryTailgate.com. “Cornhole, also known as ‘tailgate toss’, ‘bean bag toss’, ‘baggo’, ‘corn toss’, or just simply ‘bags’ is a lawn game in which players take turns pitching cornhole bags (duck cloth bags filled with whole kernel corn) at a raised wooden platform with a hole in the far end. There are several versions and sizes but the most well-known size is 2 feet wide by 4 feet long with a 6 inch hole centered 9 inches down from the top. The surface sits 12 inches high off the ground in the back and 4 inches high in the front. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a player reaches the score of 21. The game can be played as either doubles or singles and uses two boards with 8 bags (4 of one color and 4 of another).

“Ok, so why is it fun? It’s fun because the entire family can play. It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 years old or 80 years old. Just about anyone can play. It’s great for parties, special events, tailgating, or just for some fun in the backyard to get your family out of the house every once in a while. It’s easy to learn and can be challenging at any skill level. You and your opponent alternate throwing the 8 bags at the hole, which almost always results in some humorous situations and/or precise throwing strategies at the higher skill levels of play.”

You can even order custom cornhole boards and bags created in your team colors, with logos from all the college football, NBA and major league baseball teams.

Whoever your team is, and whatever your favorite tailgating game might be, we invite you to share it on our Facebook Community Page. Happy tailgating!

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Oregon Duck fans are setting the stage with the Tailgate Grill Station

A great friend and all-around great person, Joni Carlson is an avid booster of the Oregon Ducks football team. She bakes cookies for the players.  She serves on the Oregon Club board of directors. And she tailgates from dawn ‘til dusk.

“Tailgating is a great way to be a part of the college football scene,” says Carlson. “At Autzen, everyone is your friend when you get there.” Carlson has been tailgating for 30 years with the same four or five families. After a week of preparations, the crew pulls into the stadium parking lot at about 10am on game day. “Then we roll out the Astroturf and the fun starts!”

If you wander onto Carlson’s patch of Astroturf, you’ll find green and yellow flowers, and matching balloons, cups, plates, silverware and chairs. Everyone sports clothing head-to-toe in team colors, of course.  They grill everything from tri-tip to burgers and dogs, and Carlson makes duck-shaped sugar cookies frosted in bright yellow confection called Quackies.

“The three main ingredients to successful tailgating are friends, food and beverages,” says Carlson. Having perfected the tailgating scene over three decades, Joni is willing to offer up her recipe for “Winning Poppers,” the crew’s post-win tailgate tradition.

Banana peppers tailgating recipe

Photo courtesy of RecipeGreat.com

Nelson’s Winning Poppers

  • Fresh banana peppers, sliced down the center, seeds removed
  • Fill with:
  • Jalapeno cheese, shredded
  • Bay shrimp, rinsed and dried
  • Cooked Italian sausage (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Squeeze of fresh lime

Grill on barbecue, seam side up, until cheese is melted and skin is softened.

 

If you’re looking for a great grill to take to the tailgate party, check out the Tailgate Grill Station from StowAway, with a Cuisinart Grill and SwingAway Frame.

Trailer hitch tailgate open frame

The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch, pivots to give you access to the rear of your vehicle, and creates a perfect outdoor grilling space

  • SwingAway Frame: Pivots 90°/180° and locks to create a safe and convenient grill station
  • More Space: The grill stays outside your vehicle to create more space inside – and keep gas and grill odors outside
  • Extras Included: Cuisinart Grill, commercial-grade cutting board, patented Swingaway frame, rack for your cooler/tailgate gear, and hitch tightener
  • Hitch Grill or Tabletop: Grill converts to a tabletop for homegating, camping, fishing and hunting
  • Best Warranty: 10-year warranty on the Swingaway Frame & Rack; 3-year warranty on the Cuisinart Grill

Tailgating Grill Recipe: Sesame Shrimp

August 29th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Tailgating | Taligating Grill - (Comments Off)
Sesame Shrimp for the Tailgate Grill Station

This tangy recipe is great on the grill at tailgate parties

I tried out this recipe last weekend on my Tailgate Grill Station (though I took off the Cuisinart Grill and put it on the back patio, lickety split) for more of a “homegating” experience.

Anyway, the recipe was fantastic. Tangy, sweet and flavorful. I can highly recommend it for your next tailgate party.

The recipe comes from former NFL tight-end, Reggie Kelly, who certainly knows his way around a football field, and also has a terrific line of barbecue and other sauces that you can buy on the world wide web from KYVAN Foods.

With this recipe, I sprung for the jumbo-jumbo shrimp, because they have the best flavor, and grilled for 4-5 minutes on each side. Yum City!

KYVAN™ Sesame Shrimp

  • 2 lbs. jumbo shrimp
  • 1 cup KYVAN Sesame Garlic BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Season shrimp with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate up to one hour. Cook shrimp on grill set to medium heat, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and in a large bowl combine with Sesame Sauce and toss thoroughly. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve. Enjoy with fresh vegetable and rice.

Recipe and photo courtesy of KYVAN™ Foods.

 

Trailer hitch tailgate open frame

The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch, pivots to give you access to the rear of your vehicle, and creates a perfect outdoor grilling space

If you’re looking for a great grill to take to the tailgate party, check out the Tailgate Grill Station from StowAway, with a Cuisinart Grill and SwingAway Frame.

  • SwingAway Frame: Pivots 90°/180° and locks to create a safe and convenient grill station
  • More Space: The grill stays outside your vehicle to create more space inside – and keep gas and grill odors outside
  • Extras Included: Cuisinart Grill, commercial-grade cutting board, patented Swingaway frame, rack for your cooler/tailgate gear, and hitch tightener
  • Hitch Grill or Tabletop: Grill converts to a tabletop for homegating, camping, fishing and hunting
  • Best Warranty: 10-year warranty on the Swingaway Frame & Rack; 3-year warranty on the Cuisinart Grill
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Fans at Notre Dame gather for tailgating reverlies

With football season upon us, I found myself wondering who first thought up the idea of tailgating. Who woke up one morning and said, “Hey, I know. Let’s drive our rig to the parking lot, pull out a cooler of beer, slap some dogs on the Hibachi, and pre-function ourselves into a frenzy!”?

As it turns out, the first partisan-based pep rally/picnic in America can be traced to the Civil War. Stephen Linn, in The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook (Rutledge Hill Press) explains, “Consider the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. Enthusiastic Union supporter from the Washington, D.C. area arrived with baskets of food and shouts of ‘Go Big Blue!’ to watch the opening battle in America’s Civil War. Historians generally agree this was a case of the right idea at the wrong time, war not being a spectator sport. Still, for those who attended, there was socializing and tradition, tension and excitement.”

Most legends, however, set modern tailgating firmly in 1869, when the first football game was played between Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4, FYI). Fans traveled to the game in carriages and arrived hungry and thirsty. So they collected themselves at the – ahem – “tail” of their horses to eat, drink and socialize. And thus, a great American tradition was born.

Today, 240 million people tailgate at least once per year, according to a report published by Quicken Loans Racing and Beckon Media . And some organizations, such as the Tailgating Industry Association, estimate that fans spend $10 – $20 billion per year on tailgating for football alone. (Other popular tailgating sports include NASCAR racing and baseball.)

Many tailgate parties have become elaborate bacchanals, involving RVs, satellite dishes, corn hole games, gas grills, themed menus, and super-secret recipes. These are civil wars of a different kind: Michigan vs. Michigan State, Texas vs. Texas A&M, Army vs. Navy, Ducks vs. Beavers, etc., etc. – in high tailgate style.

Trailer hitch tailgate open frame

The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch, pivots to give you access to the rear of your vehicle, and creates the perfect outdoor grilling space

We’ve also come a long way from throwing a few hotdogs on the Hibachi with potato salad on the side. Thanks to propane-fueled grills, tailgate menus now include more elaborate cuisine, such as kebobs, barbecued ribs, pork tenderloin, and chili poppers – as well as the traditional burgers and dogs.

If you’re a tailgater (or homegater) you can take your grilling game into the end zone with the Tailgate Grill Station – a hitch mounted grill that goes where you go and always stay outside your vehicle. Also great for picnics, camping, fishing and hunting trips, here are 5 of my favorite things about this groovy trailer hitch grill:

  1. Swingaway Frame: The patented frame pivots 90 degrees to create a safe and convenient kitchen/grill station – while giving me complete access to everything inside my vehicle. The grill also stays outside my rig to create more space inside – and eliminate gas and grill odors.
  2. Versatility: Not limited to tailgate grilling, the grill station is also great for camping, fishing and hunting. I can also take the grill off and use the frame/rack year-round for hauling up to 250 pounds of cargo.
  3. Hitch Grill or Tabletop: The Cuisinart grill converts to a tabletop for “homegating” – parties on the patio, dinner on the deck, or barbecues on the block.
  4. Extras Included: The Tailgate Grill Station includes a Cuisinart Grill, commercial-grade cutting board, patented Swingaway frame, rack for your cooler/tailgate gear, and hitch tightener.
  5. Best Warranty: It gives me great confidence to know that there’s a 10-year warranty on the Swingaway Frame & Rack and a 3-year warranty on the Cuisinart grill. Better, by far, than anything else I’ve found on the market.

Now that football season is here, I’m reminded of the great traditions, games and gatherings inspired by this sport – from as far back as the 1800s and well into the future.

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The “Almost Angels” team walks 100 miles from Portland to Seaside, Oregon each year to raise money for cancer research

Every year, more than 12,000 people gather into 1,050 teams and spend roughly 24 hours getting themselves – on foot – 199 miles from Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood to the coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. The Hood to Coast Relay celebrated 16 years in 2014 and has become the self-proclaimed “Mother of all Relays.” This year, the first place team finished in 17 hours, 32 minutes and 17 seconds.

StowAway is proud to support the team, “Almost Angels” in the Portland-to-Coast version of the event, with 12 women walking 127 miles to the Oregon Coast. Hats off to these champions who begin the grueling relay at 5:30 in the morning … Those of us snug in our beds at that hour salute you! Our “Angels” completed the relay event this past weekend in 30 hours and 26 minutes.

Tina Lingenfelter, co-captain of the “Almost Angels,” says the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier they use makes for a terrific picnic table – as well as an invaluable place to stow pillows, blankets and bottles of water for the team. On the challenging  route, sleep deprived and psychologically weary, the team relies on each other for support. “The comradery of the women you travel with is second to none,” says Lingenfelter. “We all face personal demons and confront our physical challenges head on with amazing support from one another. You leave it all on the road … with the support of these ladies, you feel like you can do anything!”

The "Almost Angels" haul pillows, blankets and water bottles in their hitch cargo carrier. Closed, they say it makes a great picnic table!

The “Almost Angels” haul pillows, blankets and water bottles in their hitch cargo carrier. Closed, they say it makes a great picnic table!

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is a super-durable cargo container that attaches to your trailer hitch, instead of the roof, for easy access. The patented SwingAway frame pivots up to 180 degrees to give you full and complete access to everything in the rear of your vehicle. The StowAway Max holds as much as four carry-on bags and two camp chairs, plus two duffel bags. The Standard Cargo Box fits four carry-on bags and two duffel bags. Both hitch cargo carriers hold 200 pounds of payload and fit 1.25” and 2” trailer hitches. The cargo box and frame are made in America and come with a 10-year warranty.

The Hood-to-Coast and Portland-to-Coast relay races are “helping to find a cure for cancer through the world renowned Providence Cancer Center,” according to the Hood to Coast website. Teams raise money, as well as awareness, to help fund the latest technological research in cancer treatments and patient care programs. “Each of us on the team has been touched by cancer in some way, either through direct loss, or as a caregiver or family member,” says Lingenfelter. Motivation is easy when your with a great group of ladies, relying on each other for support and encouragement to reach personal goals and it benefits cancer … what’s not to love?”

There isn’t one of us under this roof at StowAway whose life hasn’t in some way been touched by the dark hand of cancer. It is our pleasure and our privilege to support a team supporting the cure. Together, let’s finish cancer forever.

 

Top Photo (left-to-right): Julie Hajduk (co-captian), Melissa Harrington, Tina Lingenfelter (co-captain), April McFarlan, Monica Eckrich, Nancy Bieber, Myra Mendoza and kneeling in front from left to right, Linda LaGraff and Diana Moses

Pleasure-Way & StowAway: The Perfect Team

June 27th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in StowAway Carrier Vehicles - (Comments Off)
Pleasure-Way and the StowAway Hitch Carrier make a great road team

Pleasure-Way and the StowAway Hitch Carrier make a great  team on the road, with a place for everything you can’t – or won’t – leave home

“A place for everything and everything in it place.” This is my RVing motto, where space is limited and organization is the order of the day. And … I don’t want to leave anything behind that is vital to my recreational pursuits, such as camp chairs, helmets, gear, extra towels and blankets, a wide variety of shoes, and a suitcase of hair care products.

Many lovers of the RV lifestyle are downsizing, as smaller, more economical vehicles offer many of the same amenities as their gargantuan counterparts, but in a more compact space. The crux of this arrangement always boils down to one big question, however: What to take and what to leave behind? With less storage space, people sometimes feel that they have to sacrifice some fun by leaving certain essentials behind.

Not to worry: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is the perfect solution to your storage needs when you’ve downsized – or just need a little extra cargo space.

On the road again: The Pleasure-Way and StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

On the road again: The Pleasure-Way and StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Being on the road and 100% self-contained with a Pleasure-Way RV is a beautiful thing. Everything you need is at your disposal, and the wide-open road stretches out in front of you for countless miles and endless, enchanting destinations. Now you can pack more adventure into your adventures, by un-cluttering the inside of your Pleasure-Way and adding more storage space to the outside. You’ve just created the perfect road team.

The ingenious StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriercomes in two sizes. The Standard Cargo Boxoffers 12.5 cubic feet of storage, measures 49″ wide x 21″ deep x 24″ high. It comes in black or white, has rear taillights, and fits a 1.25″ or 2″ hitch. It holds – for example – four carry-on bags and two camp chairs.

The MAX Cargo Boxhas 16 cubic feet of storage, measures 51″ wide x 23″ deep x 26″ high. It comes in black or white, has rear taillights and side reflectors, and fits a 2″ hitch. The MAX Cargo Box will accommodate four carry-on bags and two camp chairs, plus two duffel bags.

To allow complete and easy access to the rear of your Pleasure-Way RV, StowAway makes an optional, patented, and very convenient SwingAway Frame. The frame is constructed from heavy-duty welded steel, it pivots 180 degrees to access your vehicle, has a 5″ rise for clearance, and fits a 2″ hitch.

As to durability you won’t find a more durable cargo carrier on the market. StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of some competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking.

The RV lifestyle is often a team effort. I know my most successful RV trips definitely go smoother when everyone has a specific job, knows what that job is, and does their share of pulling and hauling. StowAway introduces the team behind the team: Pleasure-Way and StowAway. A marriage made for the road.