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.

 

The StowAway makes its way through Yellowstone National Park on a fully-loaded camping trip

The StowAway makes its way through Yellowstone National Park on a fully-loaded camping trip

Here is a fantastic idea: Take your Dad to one of the West’s best national parks this year. Here’s a round-up of some of the most fascinating geological places in America, as well as those teeming with wildlife and great camping adventures. (To make your trip more comfortable, and to be sure you don’t leave anything behind for lack of cargo space, be sure to take the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier with you.) Follow the links below for more great information on camping in America’ national parks, courtesy of the National Park Service.

Glacier National Park: Experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

Grand Canyon National Park: A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.

Grand Teton National Park: Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Hawai’i Volcanoes: Volcanoes are monuments to Earth’s origin, evidence that its primordial forces are still at work. During a volcanic eruption, we are reminded that our planet is an ever-changing environment whose basic processes are beyond human control. As much as we have altered the face of the Earth to suit our needs, we can only stand in awe before the power of an eruption.

Olympic National Park: Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety.  A day’s exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like many magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its different faces.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon: This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).

Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone has the World’s Largest Collection of Geysers. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wild-land, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Yosemite National Park: Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Source: National Park Service.

Zion National Park: Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

 

 

Roadtrek and the StowAway Carrier: The Perfect Team

June 6th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in RVs - (Comments Off)
The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier adds 16 cubit feet of storage space to Class B RVs, such as the Roadtrek

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier adds 16 cubit feet of storage space to Class B RVs, such as the Roadtrek

I love having a Home-On-The-Go, a little RV that serves as my second home when I’m on recreational pursuits. A Roadtrek gives me the convenience and comforts of home, and a roof over my head – like a little hermit crab, taking my castle with me wherever I go.

Living the RV lifestyle doesn’t have to be a big, expensive endeavor. If you downsize your Class A motorhome to a more compact Roadtrek, for example, you can save greatly on fuel and still enjoy many of the top-tier amenities of larger recreational vehicles. Your trips don’t have to be cramped, pared-down affairs either, just because you opted for a smaller RV. For avid rubber-tire travelers, a Roadtrek and the StowAway Carrier make the perfect team.

With 16 cubic feet of space, the Max StowAway Cargo Carrier has the capacity to hold 200 pounds of gear and supplies. Many of the things you would normally store inside your motorhome can now be stored outside, in the sturdy, secure, easy-access cargo box behind your vehicle.

In my case, I always travel with the essentials: hair care products and the dog. In case “hair care products” don’t speak for themselves, here’s the lowdown: shampoo, conditioner, gel, Morrocan oil, styling spray, hair drier, two curling irons, hairspray, one comb, two brushes, hair clips and rubber bands. All too true.

Even more importantly, I take Pippin, my Golden-Retriever-On-The-Go, on all my recreational pursuits. Pippin loves to travel, but he has his essential needs, too, including: crunchy food, gooey food, food and water bowls, treats, his favorite bed, spare leashes, toys, and plenty of towels (he’s a water dog; no doubt he will always get wet and will often get muddy).

Then, of course I need the essentials of my recreational pursuits, which include always special gear, clothing and shoes. Biking, for example, requires clip-in shoes, padded shorts, helmet, gloves, water bottles, maps, tops of many pockets, and, well, the bike.

With the StowAway Cargo Carrier, I have plenty of room for all my essentials and even more room inside the RV for Pippin and me. And, conveniently attached to my trailer hitch, the unique SwingAway frame pivots 180 degrees to give me complete and easy access to the back of the vehicle.

Key Features of the Cargo Box:

  • Molded from the same high-impact polymer used in white water kayaks.
  • 16 cubic feet of storage capacity
  • Carries up to 200 pounds
  • Lockable lid for security
  • Fully functional taillights and wrap-around reflectors
  • Built-in carrying handles and a drain plug for easy clean up
  • Weep holes to deter water in wet weather
  • Box in black or white
  • Dimensions 51″ long x 23″ wide x 26″ high
  • 10-year limited warranty

Key Features of the SwingAway Frame:

  • Rises 5″ for ground clearance
  • Pivots up to 180º for clear access to your vehicle. Locks at 90º for tailgating.
  • Rugged steel with dual safety feature

No matter what I’m packing or where I’m going, I know I don’t have to sacrifice my essentials – or a reasonable amount of indulgences – when I’ve got the StowAway Cargo Carrier behind me.

Team Sports

Win big by packing for team sports with the Hitch Cargo Carrier

The camaraderie, competition and collective energy of team sports is intoxicating. Whether you’re part of a relay race, cycling in the peloton, kicking your way down the soccer field, driving the SAG Wagon with support and gear, or cheering others at the Finish Line, the team spirit takes you places you simply cannot go on your own.

To get you and your team where you’re going, with all your gear and supplies safely intact, you won’t find a better teammate than the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. The cargo carrier gives you up to 16 cubit feet of extra storage space in a heavy-duty box with a locking lid latch, rear tail lights, and a 10-year warranty.

Here are some fantastic, real-life applications of sports teams using the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier:

• In the photo above, you’ll see the professional cycling team, “Team Basis,” who used the hitch cargo carrier as they traveled across America competing in events.

• Baseball teams can store bats, balls, cleats and gloves in the hitch cargo carrier, making more room on the inside for players, hot dogs and apple pie.

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is a great teammate for team sports packing

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier makes a great teammate

Capacity: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity. The MAX cargo carrier, for example, can hold four carry-on bags, two duffel bags and two camp chairs. The standard carrier box, with 12 cubic feet of storage capacity, accommodates four carry-on bags and two camp chairs. In either sized box, you can load up to 200 pounds of gear – from bike parts to basketballs, swim suits to suitcases, and wine bottles to bottled water.

Accessibility: Rather than balancing on your vehicle’s door jam to access your rooftop carrier, StowAway Cargo Carriers are exponentially more accessible, because they are mounted directly into your vehicle’s trailer hitch providing easy, ground-level access to your gear. The StowAway SwingAway frame pivots 180 degrees so that you can open your rear lift gate, door, hatch or tailgate, allowing full access to the contents in the back of your vehicle. The SwingAway frame will lock at 90 degrees or pivot up to 180 degrees for gear access.

Durability: 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.

Packing for team sports – with easy access to everything inside your vehicle as well as that in the cargo box – is a team advantage with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

How Can You Use Your StowAway SwingAway Frame?

June 6th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Frames Only - (Comments Off)
The StowAway SwingAway Frame can be used for a multitude of ingenious purposes

The StowAway SwingAway Frame can be used for a multitude of ingenious applications

With its 180-degree swivel capacity, the StowAway Frame makes the hitch cargo carrier the best, easy-access method to haul your extra gear and supplies. But its ingenuity doesn’t stop there – especially when you add some of your own great ideas. What can you do with 180 degrees of moveable space on a heavy-duty, welded steel frame on the back of your car/jeep /truck? Here are some great ideas to get you started thinking out of the box and onto the frame. And when you come up with your own … send photos!

The easiest, ready-made use of the StowAway SwingAway Frame is to turn it into a tailgating grill station. Add your own grill or take advantage of the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station Plus, which comes with a Cuisinart gas grill, acrylic cutting board and two folding side shelves. Read more about the Grill Station Plus in this “Ramp Up Your Game” blog.

Also with the StowAway SwingAway Frame, you can tow a wide variety of useful things – in various sizes and shapes – up to 200 pounds:

The StowAway SwingAway Frame isn't just for pulling and hauling

The StowAway SwingAway Frame isn’t just for pulling and hauling

• Tow a portable generator to your cabin or campsite in the woods to power everything from bug zappers to coffee pots.

• Haul your motorcycle or dirt bike far away from civilization for some fun on the back roads.

• Take your Vespa on a road trip so that when you get where you’re going, you can cruise around town quickly and easily, with less gas and fewer parking hassles.

• Carry your bikes on the StowAway Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier, which holds and protects up to four bikes – wherever you want to take them – with soft rubber cradles and straps.

• Some avid Jimmy Buffett fans we know actually used their StowAway SwingAway Frame as the foundation for a Tiki bar in the parking lot. And what if – heaven forbid – you need to get more ice and limes? The whole affair swings out 180 degrees to give you easy access to the rear door/s of your vehicle.

• We also know someone who mounted a Rubbermaid tub on the back of his Tesla roadster, to give himself some extra cargo space with his space-age electric car.

This space-age electric car gets a space upgrade

This space-age electric car gets a space upgrade

The strength, versatility and convenience of the StowAway SwingAway Frame invites new and innovative ideas for towing, transporting and celebrating. Because it is so strong and well made, you can let your imagination soar, knowing the frame will always be there to support you.

It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Camping - (Comments Off)
Bears can be creative - and aggressive - when foraging for human food

Bears can be creative – and aggressive – when foraging for human food; protect your supplies with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

A bear needs to make its living in the world, just like we all do. When times get hard in the mountains, self-respecting bears head to the lowlands, foraging for food and water. And if human beings are kind enough to bring some food into the wilderness, well, that’s all the better for the bear.

Take, for example, the 3-day rafting trip my friends and I took on the Deschutes River. Two days into it and we were having a wonderful time. We’d raft all day, dip and splash in the cool water when we got hot, eat a marvelous meal at our campsite, raise a few glasses to our great adventure, and sing around the fire until we dropped into happy sleep.

Not only were we happy, we were clever. Before we went to bed, we put all our food into our raft and anchored it 10 feet out into the river, safe from bears on the prowl for hamburgers and potato chips. Or so we thought.

On the third day, we woke to find our raft safely bobbing in the river’s current. We also found a bear, sitting in the raft, enjoying a hearty breakfast from our stores of food.

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

As you can see, it’s important to protect your supplies – food and otherwise – when you’re camping in the wilderness. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, which conveniently attaches to the bag of my rig.

Unbeatable in durability, StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived car accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from the highest-quality materials. The StowAway boxes are molded with 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. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.

With 16 cubic feet of storage and 200 pounds of carrying capacity, the MAX Cargo Carrier is StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo carrier. Made of high-impact polymer, the Max Box is durable and roomy. The MAX cargo carrier includes taillights, side reflectors, a lock and weep holes for wet weather. Available on StowAway’s patented SwingAway frame or fixed frame.

Included With Your StowAway MAX Base Package:

  • Max Cargo Box
  • SwingAway or Fixed Frame
  • Lockable Lid
  • Taillights with Wrap-Around Reflectors
  • License Plate Bracket
  • Hitch Tightener

When we were stranded on the river’s shore, with a bear taking up residence in our raft, we were very lucky. Other revelers on the river saw our predicament and rescued us, sharing their food and giving each of us a ride out of the canyon. I know I won’t always be this lucky. So now I plan ahead and protect my gear and supplies with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Ramp Up Your Game With a Hitch Mounted Grill

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Tailgating - (Comments Off)
Ramp up your tailgating menu with the Grill Station Plus.

You got “game” with the Tailgate Grill Station Plus

I’ve spent my fair share of time in stadium parking lots, wearing my team colors, tossing footballs, and eating hot dogs, macaroni salad and potato chips. No more! Actually, I still love tailgating with my friends at football games, but the bill of fare (read: menu) has evolved exponentially with the acquisition of a Cuisinart hitch-mounted grill from StowAway.

Now “we got game” with kebabs, fajitas, stir-fry, cheesy bread, toasted buns, roasted veggies, steaks, and sautéed mushrooms. We have definitely ramped up the quality of our food and thus the whole tailgating experience. (We know that because everyone wants to party under our canopy. And I don’t think it’s the satellite-fed 54-inch flat screen.)

StowAway’s Tailgate Grill Station Plus also works great for car camping – knocking camp stoves right off the picnic table. With a Cuisinart 12,000-BTU gas grill, the grilling station offers a generous cooking surface (19.8″ x 27.8″ x 12.8″), two folding side shelves for added workspace, and a snap-on cutting board that provides a 25.5″ x 18.5″ work surface. The patented SwingAway frame is also included, which opens 180° from the rear of the vehicle, so you can “get your grill on” while still having complete and easy access to the back of your rig.

Here are my three favorite things about StowAway’s Tailgate Grill Station Plus:

1. Convenience
• Haul your grill and cooler to the game without taking up a bunch of space inside your vehicle; plus set up is a snap
• The grill swings out 180 degrees for grilling at the game, giving easy access to the back of your vehicle
• The grilling station includes a big, snap-on cutting board

2. Versatility
• Grill can easily be removed and used on your patio or elsewhere
• Frame and rack also be used to haul gear for activities other than tailgating (camping, vacations, road trips, etc.)
• Room to add a second grill if additional grill capacity is needed

3. Durability
• Heavy duty SwingAway frame, with black powder-coated finish that minimizes corrosion; Transports up to 200 pounds of gear with a 2″ hitch and 125 pounds with a 1.25″ hitch
• Stainless steel Cuisinart grill with temperature gauge for thorough cooking and twist-start ignition for easy start-up

If you already have a StowAway hitch cargo carrier, you can take off the cargo rack and put your own grill on the same frame. The heavy-duty frame and rack carry up to 200 pounds.

Tailgating, camping, or rocking the family reunion, StowAway’s Tailgate Grill Station Plus makes you the Master Griller of the Day and gives you game.

StowAway's buffet board lets you prepare and serve an elegant email in the great outdoors

StowAway’s buffet board lets you prepare and serve an elegant meal in the great outdoors

One of my favorite things about recreational pursuits – aside from the recreation itself – is creating a juxtaposition of the elegant with the rustic. For example, I once trekked to the top of Tumalo Butte in Central Oregon, in the dead of winter, on Nordic skis, with a backpack holding warm brie baked in a puff pastry, rice crackers, grapes, and champagne.

At the risk of bragging, I will tell you that while my friends shared granola bars, cheese sticks, mini-carrots, and apples, I rocked the adventure with my four-star menu and a checkered tablecloth.

So, to create an elegant picnic by the beach, after spending the morning kayaking in the sea, is my idea of … perfection.

Imagine my delight when I came across the MAX Hitch Carrier Team Package with a buffet board from StowAway2.com. This is a rock star accessory to the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier that rides behind my SUV (also very cool).

The thing I love most about this carrier team package, is that I can pack everything I need for my gourmet picnic in the Hitch Cargo Carrier and then lay out my banquet on the buffet board. (Anyone who has ever gone camping or picnicking knows the value of a solid, horizontal surface off the ground.) The board fits snugly at the top of the cargo box, creating a generous surface (23″ x 19″) to prepare my food and then present it on a buffet table. Voila!

On the technical side, the buffet board is made from a commercial-grade polyethylene that will not dull my knives, which I appreciate. On the practical side, for large gatherings, I can place two boards side by side to create a work space and buffet table twice the size. When our meal is over, I store the buffet board inside the carrier. The artistic side? That’s all up to me. And it makes me happy to create an elegant meal and serve it in the rough and rugged beauty of the natural world.

The MAX Hitch Carrier Team Package also comes with an assortment of Custom Taillight Reflectors in the rainbow colors of blue, green, orange, red, silver and yellow, adding a little more bling to my rugged adventures.

Want some other ideas for incorporating the buffet board into your recreational pursuits? I would suggest an afternoon picnic of after a day of hardcore mountain biking. To eat as vigorously as you rode, create an abundant Italian antipasto buffet of prosciutto, roasted turkey, salami, Havarti cheese, assorted olives and sliced baguettes.

Camping? Serve hearty omelets stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese. Then tuck the dishes and pans inside the cargo carrier while you head to the lake or the river or the mountains – wherever your heart leads you.

 

Teaming your Airstream with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier gives you room inside for all the extras you thought you'd have to leave behind

Teaming your Airstream with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier gives you room inside for all the extras you thought you’d have to leave behind.

Many Airstreams today are not the over-sized silver torpedoes of olden days, when size and fuel economy weren’t on the worry list of many rubber-tire-travelers. Smaller, sleeker, and more fuel-efficient RVs are ruling the roads these days.

While these sassy new models make road trips accessible to more people, their compact size means travelers must be selective and sparing while packing for their excursions. Extras – such as camp chairs, spare clothing and choices in recreational gear – are often left behind for lack of space. Alas.

You may be happy to hear that such sacrifices are actually not necessary. By teaming your Airstream with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier you can increase your cargo capacity by as much as 16 cubit feet of space. That’s enough to carry two camp chairs, four carry-on bags and two duffel bags.

With all that cargo on the back of your Airstream, safely out of the way, think of all the extra food, gear, towels, cooking supplies, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, tableware, etc., etc., etc., that you can have inside and easily accessible for your every need.

Speaking of easy access, the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier also comes on a patented SwingAway frame, pivoting 180 degrees to give you quick and easy access to the back of your Airstream. The cargo box carries up to 200 pounds, has a locking lid latch, and comes with a free hitch tightener and a ten-year warranty.

If you like choices – because you pursue a variety of recreational pursuits – you will want to know that the StowAway is the only cargo carrier that uses one common frame for the cargo box, cargo rack and bike rack.

If you’re taking your Airstream to the big game, and don’t need the cargo space as much as a grilling station for burgers and hotdogs – or steaks and potatoes – you can team your Airstream with a StowAway Tailgate Grill. The Tailgate Grill Plus Package comes with Cuisinart 12,000-BTU gas grill, a snap-on, acrylic cutting board, and the patented SwingAway frame.

Wherever you are going, for whatever purposes, ask yourself, What would you do with an extra 16 cubic feet of space? In my case, all the stuff I store in the hitch cargo carrier instead of inside the Airstream, makes extra room for the dog. (I don’t leave home without him.) It also makes space for his bed, his food, his toys, and his food and water bowls. It also makes room for a wide variety of extra gear … because I like to have choices – on the road and when I arrive at my destination. (I am someone who can pack one whole suitcase with shoes and boots alone. So you can see why space is important to me.)

But what I do with extra space doesn’t matter. The only question left is this: What would YOU do with an extra 16 cubic feet of space?

StowAway Lid Rack – What Can You Carry?

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in HItch Racks - (Comments Off)
Strap bulky, wet, dirty or extra items to your StowAway Lid Rack

Strap bulky, wet, dirty or extra items to your StowAway Lid Rack

Packing lightly has never been my strong suit. I need choices … many, many choices. I might change my mind. I might go mountain biking instead of hiking. I might go mountain biking in addition to hiking. I might stay an extra day or two, or three. I might need extra beach chairs, a rubber raft, or a duffle bag full of diving gear (or hair care products).

Which is all just to say that I pack lots of gear and supplies. More is more, right? So in addition to my Hitch Cargo Carrier, which attaches behind my vehicle instead of inconveniently on top, I have added a StowAway Lid Rack.

The Lid Rack lets me strap bulky items, wet items, and dirty items to the top of my cargo carrier, giving me extra room inside my vehicle to help keep it clean, organized and accessible. The Lid Rack mounts to the top of the StowAway cargo carrier lid with heavy-duty brackets and anodized aluminum tubing for strength and security … because my gear is precious to me and I want to make sure it arrives in the same condition in which it was loaded.

Other gear you can safely load onto the StowAway Lid Rack include:

  • Wet suits and dry suits
  • Duffle bags
  • Tents
  • Air mattresses
  • Sleeping bags, bagged bedding
  • Small boogie boards
  • Umbrella awnings
  • Life jackets

Having the option to add more gear – safely and securely – takes a lot of the stress out of packing for me. I don’t have to choose. I don’t have to leave things behind that I may need or want. I get it take it all with me.

Installation of the StowAway Lid Rack is easy, though it requires two people and some tools. These are the parts included with your StowAway Lid Rack:

  • Pre-drilled Lid Rack with outside mounting brackets and three tubes
  • Inside mounting brackets for inside of lid
  • 1/4” Phillips head screws
  • 1/4” Locking Nuts
  • Washers

Tools of your own that you will need for installation:

  • Electric drill with 1/4” drill bit
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 7/16” wrench or socket
  • Tape measure

When I don’t need the extra carrying capacity, the StowAway Lid Rack is unobtrusive and doesn’t get in the way. But it calls to me … elegantly, patiently, beckoning me to load up all my goodies and take those one, two, three extra days on the road. No limits, nothing left behind.