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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
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.

 

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.