How Much Does a Hitch Cargo Box Hold?

October 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers
Vacatuib with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

“Now where are those marshmallows?”

Camping? On vacation? Planning a road trip? Your weekend trip can be daunting to plan. You’ve got luggage, sporting equipment, food, maybe a tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, lighting, furniture. Where will you put all this stuff? Where will the kids and the dog sit? The answer may be in a hitch mounted cargo box.

How Much Does a Cargo Box Hold?

One question that is often asked by StowAway customers is: How much can a cargo box hold? Surprisingly, more than you might think. StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo box adds 16 cubic feet of extra storage to the rear of your vehicle. How much is that really? Well, for most vehicles, the box easily doubles your vehicle’s capacity.

StowAway tried this theory out at our manufacturing facility. Staff brought in luggage and gear and loaded the box down with ordinary items travelers might take on a trip. Once the cargo box was all packed and closed, then we took a good look at its capacity. Essentially, the MAX Cargo Carrier was able to hold four roller bags, two carry-on bags and two folding chairs. Our bags of average size weren’t overstuffed and all of them fit inside the carrier. Customers also dissemble bikes and store them in the cargo box.

Cargo Box Dimensions and Weight Capacity

The dimensions of our largest carrier are 51″ x 23″ x 26″ and supports up to 200 lbs. on a Class 3 hitch, which is 2″. Our Standard Cargo Carrier is slightly smaller but can also accommodate a good deal of luggage and gear. Its dimensions are 49″ x 21″ x 24″ and adds 12.5 cubic feet of extra storage. The standard cargo box can be used with a Class 2 hitch, which has a weight limit of 125 lbs., still a generous amount. It’s a whole lot more than you can take on an airplane.

Advantages of a StowAway Cargo Box

The StowAway is the ideal combination of storage, security and convenience. It slides quickly and securely into the receiver hitch of nearly every make and model of SUV, minivan, truck and RV. More importantly, it offers easy ground-level access to all your gear, making it a snap for any family member to grab what they need at rest stops or destinations. This convenience is preferable to the rooftop car rack. A lock secures your gear safely while you’re at diners, trailheads and other roadside attractions, and protects your cargo.

Manufactured in the USA, the StowAway is mounted on a steel frame and tigthened onto the hitch to minimize wobble as you’re heading down a rugged back-country road to your favorite remote campsite. A weather tight seal keeps everything nice and dry should the weather turn wet, and there’s a well-placed drain plug for easy clean-up.

So grab your gear and head on out. With a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier you’ll have plenty of space to haul everything safely and securely on your next great adventure.

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