Announcement: The Winners of the 2016 StowAway Summer Photo Contest

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Specials & Contests | StowAway in Action - (Comments Off on Announcement: The Winners of the 2016 StowAway Summer Photo Contest)

We love seeing our customers enjoying their StowAway products, especially during the summer months when everyone is out camping, road tripping, and adventuring. That’s one of the reasons why we held a 2016 Summer Photo Contest, and we were not disappointed with the many, many submissions that we received both on Facebook and through other channels.

We’d like to thank all of you who participated in the photo contest and all of you who voted on Facebook for the winners. The three tiered prizes — $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards — have been awarded based on the photos that garnered the most “likes” on our Facebook page, per the guidelines of the contest.

Now, without further ado, here are this summer’s lucky winners:

First place — and a $100 Amazon gift card! — goes to Susan Jones, who posted an amazing photo of the nice set-up she created as she was camping with her dogs. Her StowAway Cargo Carrier was able to fit her tent and other camping gear and made the trip a lot easier for Susan and her pups. Congratulations on the big prize!

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The $50 Amazon gift card will be going to Pedrinho Pavão, who used a SwingAway frame on the back of his ice cream truck to haul his generator! That’s one we haven’t seen before; more room for ice cream in the van, right? Congrats Pedrinho!

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And, finally, third prize and a $25 gift card to Amazon will be going to each Brian Smith and Heather and Chris Pettis, who earned the same amount of “likes” on Facebook. Brian took his StowAway on a trip down the beautiful California coast, and the Pettis’ are using their StowAway to maximize space in a sleek new SUV!

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Because there were so many amazing submissions from our customers, we just have to share a few staff favorites. These winners will receive $50 gift cards as well, because we thought they deserved a prize for their creativity and interesting content. We broke it down into three categories:

  1. Best Composition: Bruce Arrant and friends tailgating before Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Heart with the StowAway Hitch Grill at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado — rock on, Bruce!

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  1. Most Creative Application: Maria Stearns and her husband made their StowAway into a convenient camping sink — talk about creativity and practicality. Congrats, Maria!

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  1. Best Road Trip Picture: Congratulations to Eric Johnson, who took his dogs along a 3,000-mile road trip through picturesque Mendocino, California. Even the dogs are smiling!

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To claim your prize, please contact StowAway through Facebook, shoot us an email at customerservice@stowaway2.com, or give us a call at 1-800-943-5377. We’ll need your mailing address so we can send you your gift card. If we don’t hear from you within the next week, we’ll send you a message. Congratulations again to all our winners and thank you all for participating in the 2016 StowAway Summer Photo Contest!

Game time means grill time: The StowAway Hitch Grill Station

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in More! | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options | StowAway in Action | Tailgating | Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on Game time means grill time: The StowAway Hitch Grill Station)

Ducks-Hitch-Grill-woman-croppedGet ready, football fans — the season is upon us. That means tailgating on sunny fall Saturdays: Grilling up some burgers, cracking open a cold beer and, of course, cheering on your favorite teams with friends and family. If you’re serious about football season, you’re probably serious about tailgating.

But tailgating can be a hassle sometimes. Hauling the grill from the garage to the back of your vehicle, and then out to the lot; finding space for your cooler, grilling and eating utensils, food and drinks; not to mention the grease and smells from the grill that can dirty up the inside of your vehicle.

Fire up the StowAway Hitch Grill Station and these common problems will be so last season.

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The StowAway Grill Station is a tailgating necessity that will free up space in your vehicle and help to avoid grease marks and sooty smells that go along with a grill. The station simply slides into your hitch receiver, and includes all your
tailgating necessities – a grill, cutting board, cargo rack for your cooler and food, all mounted to a SwingAway frame. The SwingAway frame is designed to swing out and lock at 90 degrees for grilling safely away from the car, and to give you clear access to the back of your vehicle. The grill is a high performance Cuisinart Grill with 240-sq. inch of grilling area.

The StowAway Hitch Grill Station offers models for both 2-inch and 1.25-inch trailer hitches, and with a capacity of up to 200 lbs of gear. (The frame and rack come with a 10-year limited warranty!)

tailgate1Just imagine: More room in your vehicle for your friends, and simple setup at the game once you arrive. The StowAway Hitch Grill Station allows you to focus on what’s important on game day — grilling up some delicious food, showing your team spirit, and spending time with friends and family.

As football season is about to get started keep an eye out for the StowAway Tailgating Photo Contest and our blog for more ideas on tailgating recipes, games, and more. Happy tailgating!

Tesla, Tested: StowAway and Tesla Model X a Perfect Pairing

August 19th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier | StowAway Carrier Vehicles - (Comments Off on Tesla, Tested: StowAway and Tesla Model X a Perfect Pairing)

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The Tesla Model X is billed as the “safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history.” Now, no one is disputing that, but… What if we told you that it can be even more capable — by maximizing the cargo space that it offers?

One Tesla Model X owner discovered that he needed a bit more room for equipment and other items during his long road trip from Los Angeles, California to Laughlin, Nevada. A roof rack was out of the question, as the Falcon Wings on the Model X would almost completely limit access. To solve this conundrum, he turned to the StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier for some much-needed additional cargo space.

All 600 miles of the trip went along without a problem.

“I was a little worried about how it would work out,” the customer said. “My primary concern was whether I would have a hard time supercharging, due to the increased depth.”

Because the StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier offers 16 cubic feet of extra storage space and holds 200 lbs. of gear, it was a reasonable concern that supercharging a Model X in a back-in charging station would be a problem (assuming all the pull-through stations were unavailable).

Like a good roadtripper, the customer thought ahead and ordered the MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier on the signature SwingAway frame. This allows the box to swing 180 degrees away from the rear of the vehicle, granting full and easy access to the trunk (and more room to back in if need be).IMG_4828

However, to this Tesla owner’s pleasant surprise, the power cords in the back-in stations reached the outlet on the side of his car with no issues whatsoever.

“We had no problems backing in to charge,” he said. “I could see where it might be difficult if the Tesla parking sign was too far forward or something, but one other option you might have in that situation would be to have a passenger swing the carrier out completely, opening up more of the rear/center of the vehicle area to allow for backing in further.”

Our customer’s original review of his experience with the StowAway on his Model X was posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum, complete with more photos and details about accessories. In every regard, the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier is a perfect solution for Tesla Model X owners — and other electric SUV drivers — looking to maximize their cargo space.

But you don’t have to take our word for it: Our customers speak for themselves.

Horseshoeing — Anvil and All — Goes Mobile with the StowAway SwingAway Hitch Frame

August 16th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway in Action | StowAway Owner Profile - (Comments Off on Horseshoeing — Anvil and All — Goes Mobile with the StowAway SwingAway Hitch Frame)

Farrier Anvil1We’ve seen StowAway hitch-mounted frames come in handy for camping enthusiasts, business owners, bike race competitors, world travelers… the list goes on and on and on. Now, we can add farriers to that list. (You know, farriers, the people that take care of and shoe horses.)

One StowAway customer, a mobile farrier working in Oregon, ordered the SwingAway hitch frame for his vehicle and is using it in a very creative way: he mounted his anvil on it. While many people keep their anvils and other farrier supplies in a stall near the stables or on a work bench (or even in the trunk of their car), this customer’s solution allows for increased convenience and unlimited mobility when horseshoeing.

Tired of making horseshoes using an anvil in the bed of his pickup, this creative customer mounted a steel platform onto the SwingAway frame — putting his anvil at the exact right height. After adding a trailer wheel jack for shock absorption, he was ready to hit the hay (which of course has a different meaning in this context).

Now when he shoes horses, there’s no need to go back and forth between a work bench and the stable, or a need to set up a horseshoeing station for every job. With the anvil mounted to the versatile SwingAway frame, it’s a mobile shoeing station that maximizes the cargo space of his vehicle at the same time.

The patented StowAway SwingAway frame is designed for 2” hitches and is able to hold up to 250 pounds of gear or equipment. It’s manufactured in the USA of heavy-duty steel tubing and swings out 180 degrees to allow quick and easy access to the cargo space in the rear of your vehicle. It also comes with a hitch tightener to prevent any rattling or hitch wobble.Farrier Anvil2

For farriers, ranchers, and farmers of any sort, the SwingAway frame can provide you with the ability to maximize your cargo space by carrying machinery and other gear outside the vehicle. But, if you’re not a rancher, farrier, or farmer of any sort, the SwingAway frame can still be a solution to your cargo space needs — it’s also compatible with StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers, Hitch Cargo and Bike Racks, Hitch Grill Stations and much more.

So, whether you’re a farrier looking to create a portable horseshoeing station, a small business owner trying to make some more room for equipment, or even a parent hoping to keep your kids’ muddy football gear out of the trunk — StowAway frames and cargo carriers can be used in countless creative ways!

 

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The Case for Extra Space: Cargo Options for the Ford Transit Connect

August 4th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Carrier Vehicles - (Comments Off on The Case for Extra Space: Cargo Options for the Ford Transit Connect)

The Ford Transit Connect is a great vehicle for business owners in need of a reliable and economical delivery vehicle. It offers ample room and is easily accessible from the side or from the back. But what happens if you need more cargo room than the Transit Connect allows? Or, what if you are transporting items that you don’t want inside the vehicle because of smells or contamination?

pic1To meet this need for extra space, there are few options for the Transit Connect owner. One might be a rooftop carrier, but these can be difficult to access and offer limited weight capacity, which is not conducive to an efficient mobile business operation. A hitch-mounted carrier is a better alternative— ideally one that is enclosed, provides a locking latch and, if necessary, can swing out to allow access to the Transit’s rear cargo area.

One Transit Connect owner recently found the answer to all his spatial problems with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. The StowAway offered him just what he needed: easy to access, ample storage capacity, a locking latch for security, and taillights for safety. It simply slides into the Transit’s hitch receiver and—voila!—he was back in business. Once he saw the StowAway on his Connect, he knew it was the perfect working solution he needed: a professional and efficient way to maximize his business operations.pic2

So, if you find yourself in need of more space in your Ford Transit Connect—because businesses grow and, unfortunately, vehicles don’t—the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is guaranteed to solve that problem, whether you’re traveling around town or around the country.

StowAway vs. Rola vs. Thule

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier - (Comments Off on StowAway vs. Rola vs. Thule)

See why the StowAway is the best choice for your cargo carrying needs!
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Tracey and Sophia’s Stow-ry

June 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier - (Comments Off on Tracey and Sophia’s Stow-ry)
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Tracey and Sophia

StowAway is lucky to have amazing customers that share their stories and adventures with us! This particular story arose when our customer, Tracey, was installing the StowAway with her granddaughter, Sophia…

Tracey loved camping and sleeping under the stars. She remembers playing outside as a kid and the excitement of outdoor adventures. Motivated to get Sophia outdoors, Tracey decided to take her on a camping trip!

It had been years since Tracey went camping, but she remembered how fun it was when she took her two daughters and was excited to share the experience with Sophia. However, Tracey had a smaller vehicle now and as the gear began to stack and the list of supplies grew longer, she realized her Nissan Versa would not carry everything. Especially since she was planning to bring her Yorkie and its kennel!

Tracey began looking for a solution to her cargo carrying problem. She didn’t want to have her gear on a hitch rack covered with a tarp and bungie cords – as she had seen other people do – because it didn’t seem secure or weather proof. And rooftop carriers were inconvenient and didn’t keep things very organized.

Tracey typed “cargo box” into a search engine and found an array of hitch mounted carriers. After browsing other options, she landed on StowAway Cargo Carriers. She discovered that our cargo box was equipped with a SwingAway frame that allowed full access to the back of her vehicle. The SwingAway frame made it convenient to load both her hatchback and the StowAway easily – maximizing accessibility and storage capacity.

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Tracey contacted us via the live chat on the StowAway website when she was installing the cargo carrier. With only a few questions, she easily installed the StowAway – just her and her granddaughter. Tracey said the most difficult part was getting the StowAway out of the box it arrived in! Her friends and family were all impressed that she installed it with ease. Not too surprising when you meet Tracey though. She is a hardworking, single mom that is used to accomplishing a lot on her own. So if you are single and concerned you can’t install the StowAway by yourself, Tracey wants you to know, YOU CAN!

So what did Tracey fit inside the StowAway standard carrier?

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  • Tent (6-person capacity)
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • Full size inflatable mattress
  • Camp stove
  • Table lantern & tent lamp
  • 2 large folding mesh chairs
  • 7-piece pot & pan set
  • 2 large bags of miscellaneous camp gear – candles, bug spray, bungee cords, clothes line, cooking utensils, dinnerware for 4, camp toaster, lighters, etc.
  • Large beach bag of bath, kitchen, and beach towels
  • 10’ x 12’ tarp
  • 15′ extension cord
  • Tub to wash dishes

Sophia and their dog, Sadie!

Plus, she had room to spare! Tracey says, “…this extra space makes me very happy. I leave it on the car so we can just grab a few clothes, pick up food on the way – and go!”

With a comfortable ride and the ability to bring everything you need for the journey, the StowAway makes road travel more enjoyable!

A special thank you to Tracey and Sophia for sharing their Stow-ry and photos! Happy travels, happy camping!

Time For the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder!

June 16th, 2016 | Posted by Kyla in Accessories | Fishing & Hunting - (Comments Off on Time For the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder!)

Fishing Season is Here! Time For the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder

Each StowAway Fishing Rod Holder accommodates three rods, safely and securely

Each StowAway Fishing Rod Holder accommodates three rods, safely and securely

Fishing season has finally arrived and you’ve got your plans laid out. You’ve got your fishing license, all your gear is packed and ready to go, and you’re heading to the perfect fishing spot. You’ve made camping/cottage/hotel reservations and your rig is loaded up with food, clothes, coolers, tackle boxes and all your other needful things.

But where, oh where, will you put the fishing rods? It’s not safe to put them inside your car, lest they poke someone in the eye. Which is only slightly worse than getting them bent or – gasp – broken. Seriously, where do you put your fishing rods when you’re hitting the road for fishing season?

Here’s a grand idea: The Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder. This handy cargo device safely carries three surf fishing rods on the StowAway Hitch Rack (not included). It can also be installed quickly and easily on the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. Both the cargo rack and cargo carrier come with an optional SwingAway frame, which pivots 180 degrees to give you full access to the rear of your vehicle.

Surf fishing rods can be as long as 18 feet, and have special storing and carrying considerations

Surf fishing rods can be as long as 18 feet, and have special storing and carrying considerations

The Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder is particularly helpful to surf fishers, whose poles typically range between seven and 18 feet long. (The extra length allows anglers to cast further into the water from the shore.)

With the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder  attached to the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, you can conveniently store all your gear, as well as food and a cooler full of beverages, in the cargo box between your fishing rods.

Some other features of the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder include:

  • Anodized aluminum tubes
  • Tubes are 20″ tall x 2″ diameter
  • Vinyl end rings protect rods
  • Bolts with polyethylene brackets
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Includes bracket and hardware

 

Casting about for various solutions for storing, hauling and accessing your fishing gear can be time-consuming, expensive, disorganized and discouraging. This year, celebrate the opening of fishing season with a comprehensive solution. By combining the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, you’ll have everything you need – safe, sound and at your fingertips.

By combining the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, you’ll have everything you need - safe, sound and at your fingertips

By combining the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, you’ll have everything you need – safe, sound and at your fingertips

All StowAway components are sold separately, which gives you a great deal of flexibility in how you choose to use your cargo system. In a mix-and-match configuration, you can carry many things in addition to your fishing rods, including bikes, a grill station, and up to 200 pounds of essential cargo.

And that makes for a great start to any season.

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Install your StowAway, BY YOURSELF!

June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier - (Comments Off on Install your StowAway, BY YOURSELF!)

You’ve got the strength, and we’ve got the steps how!

With a long list of things to do before leaving on a trip, your friends and family are scattered in different directions trying to get everything done in time. Before you pack anything, you need to install your StowAway. You look left, you look right, and no one is around.

How are you going to install the StowAway by yourself? Luckily, you aren’t alone – well, you know what we mean! Other customers have had the same question, which is why StowAway wants to share the steps to complete an installation by yourself.

Note: Upper body strength is a must for lifting the StowAway and sliding it into the hitch receiver. If you have back problems, it is best to wait for assistance.

To install, you’ll need:

  • ¾” socket wrench
  • Hitch tightener
  • Hitch lock and pin
  • Good upper body strength

 

Step 1 – Align the StowAway frame with your vehicle’s hitch and slide it into place. If it is not aligned, the hitch pin will not go in.

Step 2 – Insert the hitch pin and lock.

Step 3 – Next, slide the hitch tightener into place and use the ¾” socket wrench to tighten the nuts evenly.

Step 4 – Plug in cord for taillights.

Step 5 – Lock the StowAway in place and tighten the T-bolt. If you have a SwingAway frame, don’t forget to insert the frame pin to keep the StowAway in place.

Helpful tip: Install the wheel kit to make moving your StowAway from garage to vehicle as easy and effortless as possible. They attach to the existing frame and won’t get in the way. Therefore, you can leave them on permanently, so they are there when you need them.

While installing and removing the StowAway is much easier with two people, it is helpful to know how to do it by yourself. Schwarzenegger strength is not required, but please be careful and watch the How to Install by Yourself Video in advance!

StowAway’s Happy Camper Checklist

June 8th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier - (Comments Off on StowAway’s Happy Camper Checklist)

Need a fun, inexpensive adventure with your family? Go camping! Camping is a great way to spend time with your family, without dumping a lot of money into a vacation. Once you have the gear, all you’ll pay for are campground fees. Most park or campground fees are between $10 and $25 – you can’t find a hotel for that price. Plus, with no cell reception, your kids will be forced to put down their devices and interact with their surroundings, and you!

To make your camping trip a success, bring plenty of food and games. Don’t forget to check your camping supplies list… or forget to make it in the first place. Get your family involved in the process and discuss what you all want to bring. However, if you’re like me, even if I make a list I usually forget something. Which is why I suggest checking out what other people and camping sites suggest to bring. For example:

StowAway’s Happy Camper Checklist 

  • Tent(s)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Shower sandals
  • Multiple changes of clothes, for both warm and cool weather.
  • Socks!
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Bag for dirty clothes
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Waterproof matches
  • Toilet paper
  • Water bottle
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Tissues
  • Flashlight (spare batteries)
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Whistle
  • Bug net
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Food (trail mix, granola bars, s’mores, jerky, hot dogs, etc.)
  • FIRST AID KIT (For a first aid check list, click here)

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And don’t forget your StowAway! All of your supplies and gear will fit in the StowAway, providing you a convenient way to access everything and stay organized. With the StowAway, you can bring everything you want and need for the trip to be happy campers!

For additional camping information and articles visit http://campersupplies.camping2u.com.