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About Pacrec

A big fan of camping, tailgating and road trips of all kinds.

Team Sports

September 6th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Team Sports)

sports cargo carrierThe day after Labor Day marks the beginning of school for many students around the country.  While you may not use a cargo carrier to drive your kids to school, the StowAway Cargo Carrier can be quite handy for after-school sports.

Whether its football, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, or any other fall sports, there is always gear and equipment that needs transportation to and from practices and games.  The StowAway is a great alternative to cramming the pads, balls, shoes, dirty clothes, and other items into your trunk or back seat.  The StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier stores 16 cu ft and 200 lbs of equipment.  Your gear will be dry and secure with weather strip and locking latch.  So consider a StowAway Cargo Carrier for this season for all of your athlete’s gear.

StowAway at Hood to Coast

August 26th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on StowAway at Hood to Coast)

Hood to Coast“The MOTHER of all relays” is the bold title claimed by the Hood to Coast Relay (HTC).  At 200 miles and 15,000 runners, it is certainly one of the largest relay races in the world.  The race begins at Mt. Hood in Oregon and ends at the Pacific Ocean in Seaside, OR.  The relay draws competitors from all 50 states and countries around the world.  Teams of 8-12 complete 3 legs ranging in distances from 3.52 to 8.09 miles to complete the relay.  The event is supported by over 4,100 volunteers and corporate sponsors.  There is even a full feature documentary about the event!

For the past few years, StowAway Cargo Carriers has sponsored the Helen’s Angels team with hitch mounted cargo carriers for the Portland to Coast walk relay.  This partner event allows for a diversity of participants, from serious runners/walkers to casual teams out simply to enjoy the wild adventure!  So if you are out there this weekend, look for Helen’s Angels and ask them about a special discount for HTC relay runners/volunteers (and blog readers).

Golf with the StowAway

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in More! - (Comments Off on Golf with the StowAway)

Whether you’re a duffer or a Tiger, bulky golf clubs can clog up your car’s interior in no time. A StowAway Hitch Carrier solves this problem by adding handy, much-needed storage space to the back of almost any SUV.

The MAX Swingaway hitch carrier is the top-of-the-line golf club hitch carrier and a hole-in-one for golfers nationwide. Equipped with all the necessary amenities– a drain plug for cleaning, a secure locking mechanism, and a swinging frame to provide easy access to your vehicle’s trunk– the MAX hitch carrier is 51 inches wide, perfect for accommodating those extra-long drivers. With a total of 16 cubic feet of storage space, the MAX will fit your shoes, balls, tees, and towels; it will even fit a full-sized cooler or two, so you can turn your vehicle’s tailgate into the 19th hole in a matter of seconds.

It’s no wonder golfers liken the convenience of our Hitch Carriers to that of a caddy (except without the required tipping).


August 15th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Specials & Contests - (Comments Off on Twitter!)

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Dog Owners

August 12th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets - (Comments Off on Dog Owners)

Whether it’s an AKC agility competition or a upland bird hunting outing, there comes a time when we want a little more room to carry our dog on those long trips.  Dog owners have used our products for many years, along with the other numerous application of the StowAway Cargo Carrier.  If you own a dog, you know how much room dog supplies can take up in your vehicle.  With a StowAway Cargo Carrier you can easily store all you dog supplies like food, toys, crates, water, and much, much more.

StowAway Dog

(WARNING! Do NOT travel with dogs inside StowAway!)

American-made StowAway Cargo Hitch Carriers have long been popular with dog owners across the country, as they safely and conveniently provide extra storage space for most SUV and minivan models. When it’s time to pack up for the dog show, hunting trip, or other canine trip, simply slide your StowAway hitch carrier into your vehicle’s hitch receiver, pack it to the brim, and let your beloved dog (and other passengers) enjoy a spacious back seat.

A StowAway Hitch Carrier ensures that your gear stays at ground-level, not hidden away on the roof somewhere. StowAway’s heavy-duty, high-impact polymer boxes and rugged steel frames keep your gear safe; a weather-tight seal makes sure everything stays dry. StowAway Swingaway frames even pivot 180 degrees to allow full access to the rear of your vehicle. The judges have spoken: when it comes to the hitch carrier breed, StowAway is clearly Best In Show.

Tailgating Gear

August 5th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on Tailgating Gear)

About two weeks ago, sports fans across the country got some good news and reassurance about their NFL teams. Although the end of the Players lockout may not be as monumental our nation’s debt ceiling crisis, it does allow fans to start gearing up for football season.  As we all know, tailgating before a game is just as important as the final score. has provided this handy blog to help revamp your tailgating gear.

One of the most important things a serious tailgater needs is a proper grill to prepare all those party foods.  Now we can debate between gas and charcoal forever but let’s highlight the important features of and tailgating grill.

  • Size –  Your grill has to be small enough to fit on your vehicle but large enough to feed your party.  When your tailgating skill improve to the point where you’re ready to feed the masses, consider upgrading to a larger grill and transporting it on StowAway’s Swingaway Cargo Rack
  • Mobility – Many of the newer barbecue grills have wheels or folding legs/stands.  These are a necessity when setting up before the game.

StowAway TailgatingThe next big items are seating and tabling.  Folding chairs are great and fit perfectly into the StowAway Cargo Carrier.  Make sure your chairs match your team’s colors.  As for tables, a great option is the Wood Grill Platform for the StowAway Cargo Rack.  It gives you plenty of surface area to prepare your side dishes and set down your plates.

Finally, you’ll need a canopy or awning.  Whether it’s Pacific Northwest rain or blazing southern sun, protection from the elements is absolutely necessary.  Again, team colors are critical to make your tailgating site complete.

Whether you are the casual fan or the die-hard enthusiast, StowAway Cargo Carriers can provide the extra space you need for your tailgating gear.

StowAway Accessories

July 29th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on StowAway Accessories)

Stowaway Accessories

For everyone out there using our cargo carriers and racks, we want to spotlight some of the many great accessories we offer.  Whether you have a MAX cargo carrier or a fixed frame bike rack, we have the StowAway accessory for you.

LED Cargo Carrier Tail Lights

These LED lights are brighter and last longer than our standard incandescent lights.  They are easy to install and fit perfectly on your current cargo carrier.  These lights give and impressive look to your already stunning StowAway.

Cargo Carrier Locking Hitch Pin

Provide your cargo carrier with extra security using this locking hitch pin.  This locking hitch pin easily slide into your vehicle’s hitch pin hole and fits both 1.25” and 2” hitches.

Cargo Rack Wood Grill Platform

Fits perfectly on your cargo rack and gives you a nice flat surface for preparing and serving food and drinks.  This unique platform is great for camping, barbeques, and tailgating!

Tailgating Accessories

Support your favorite team by customizing your MAX Caro Carrier with colored reflectors.  The tailgate package also comes with a large cutting board that fits inside your cargo carrier and is just right for the pre-game tailgate.  The colored reflectors are offered in blue, green, yellow, silver, red, and orange (Go Beavs!).

No matter what StowAway rack you have, we have the right accessory for you!

Bear Proof?

July 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on Bear Proof?)

Our StowAway cargo carriers offer three major benefits; Accessibility, Versatility, and Durability.  We are going to focus on the durability of our products this week, specifically the materials used to construct our cargo boxes.  So break out those chemistry books as we take a look at what makes linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) so durable for our hitch cargo racks.

Durable cargo carrierSo what exactly is LLDPE?  Simply, it’s a plastic.  It is a linear polymer that has been copolymerized with olefins.  This provides the material with some desirable traits that LDPE and other plastics lack.  For the StowAway cargo carrier application, LLDPE is used as a lightweight material with high tensile strength and greatly improved impact resistance.  In fact, our products are even bear proof!




ABS crackedOur competitors that use ABS plastic typically don’t fair as well under high stress impacts.  ABS material is more rigid and is prone to cracks.  Looks like the bear got through this one!

Consider Stowaway cargo carriers for the accessibility, versatility and especially durability we provide over the competition.

Rooftop vs. Rear Cargo Racks

July 15th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Racks - (Comments Off on Rooftop vs. Rear Cargo Racks)

This week at the blog, we want to compare the differences between a rooftop rack and a rear cargo rack.  So as we all know the main advantage of rooftop racks and rear cargo racks is the added carrying capacity to your vehicle.  We have all been on road trips where the luggage is crammed at the passenger’s feet or it’s stacked so high you can’t see out the windows.  Both styles can accommodate bikes, skis/snowboards, and cargo boxes.  Any kind of cargo rack makes bringing additional item for a long road trip easier.roof rack, rooftop rack, cargo carrier

So how do the different rack styles differ?  First, hitch mounted rear cargo racks attach to the rear receiver hitch, whereas the rooftop version is on the top of a car or SUV.  Let’s break it down, what are the advantages and drawbacks of the two cargo carrier styles?



rear cargo rack, stowaway

Rear cargo racks are easier to mount due to their location.  Rooftop racks are above ground level and make access to the carrier contents more difficult than their hitch mounted counterpart.






Both types of cargo racks increase the profile of the vehicle.  Rooftop racks make the vehicle taller and can reduce handling with its higher center of gravity.  Roof carriers can also cause clearance issues in parking garages too.  Rear cargo racks increase the length and can possible make city driving more difficult.


Rooftop carriers are inherently more secure due to their location above the vehicle.  Both styles are equipped with locking mechanisms on the boxes, and either the roof rack or hitch.

4th of July Travel Tips

July 1st, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on 4th of July Travel Tips)

We are all eager for the weekend to begin as the Fourth of July approaches.  With so many locales hosting celebrations for the Fourth, many of us will be traveling this Independence Day weekend. wants to give you some tips about preparing you vehicle before you hit the road this weekend with your hitch mounted cargo carrier.

  1. Check the tires.  Make sure tires are properly inflated as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual. This will give you better gas mileage as well as reducing the chances of a blowout.  Check the tread levels on you tires.  Inspect all four tires for deterioration beyond the wear bar.  Or place a penny on the tread, it should cover Lincoln’s head.
    check tires, travel preparation
  2. Check the spare tire.  The spare should be fully inflated.  Also check that you have a car jack and tire iron/wrench in your vehicle too.
  3. Check the coolant.  Many cars over heat during the summer because of improper coolant system maintenance.  Change out coolant with 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water if needed.
  4. Check the air filter.  A dirty air filter can rob fuel efficiency.  It should be replaced every 10-15k miles and takes less than 5 minutes.
  5. Bring a map.  It’s always helpful to have a current atlas, especially when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area.


As you prepare your car, a StowAway cargo carrier will provide the extra space you need for your Independence Day plans.  If you don’t have one already, this is a great product that will make your storage for traveling much easier.

Also keep in mind there will be many other travelers on the road this weekend.  These guidelines will help you be prepared for any potential problems.  Be safe and enjoy your trip!