StowAway Cargo Carriers – Versatility in action.

January 25th, 2017 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping | Hitch Carriers | Road Trips | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carriers – Versatility in action.)
Show Dishwasher and Generator as options for the StowAway

How many times have you wished you had more space for your road trip?

Packing up for a road trip requires careful planning – how much to take and where to put it.  Too much gear and your passengers will end up riding with duffel bags or suitcases on their laps for hours.  Not enough gear and you won’t have what you need when you stop along the way.  So where do you put the gear that you need but don’t quite have the room for?  You could try a travel trailer but driving and parking with a trailer can be a bit challenging.  Plus where to store it when not in use, or the cost to rent one if you go the rental route.  Or you could use a rooftop carrier, but loading and unloading a rooftop carrier requires a foot stool for a lot of people, let alone the impact of a rooftop carrier on your gas mileage.  And don’t forget you have it up there when going into the garage or you may tear it off.

Is there a better solution?

Everything, INCLUDING, the Kitchen SinkShow Dishwasher and Generator as options for the StowAway

We think there is, and it’s the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.  The StowAway Carrier slides easily into your hitch receiver, providing you with ample, ground level access to your gear. The box itself is rugged and roomy, and the StowAway carrier swings out so you can access the back of your vehicle to let the dogs out.  And the StowAway box design is not only perfect for carrying your luggage and your gear, it can also be converted to a kitchen sink once you get to your destination. Talk about versatility!  It even has a drain plug.

What about Other Uses?

The versatility doesn’t stop there. The StowAway SwingAway Frame has plenty of different functions just by itself. You can combine this hitch mount carrier with one of our Cargo Carriers, a hitch cargo rack, a bike rack or even our Hitch Grilling Station. However, the uses are practically endless. In addition to the many options we offer, several of our customers have come up with their own uses, including the homemade kitchen sink above. Anyone who has ever gone on a long camping trip knows how nice it would be to have a kitchen sink in the woods. With the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, that dream can be a reality. Plus, if you can turn it into a kitchen sink, just imagine what else you can do with it.

Endless Possibilities

Of course, you can haul just about anything you’ll need for your trip in the cargo carrier, up to 200 lbs. with a two-inch hitch. That includes golf clubs, luggage, food, recreation equipment and even fold-up bikes. It’s also great for pet owners. As anyone who owns a pet can attest to, there are plenty of extra things you need to bring along when you travel with your furry friend. All that “stuff” conveniently fits into your hitch mount carrier, which means you’ll have more room for you and your pet(s) inside. Even when you’re not camping or on a long road trip there are plenty of other uses for the StowAway Hitch Carrier. Do your kids play sports? Maybe you coach a soccer team. It doesn’t matter the sport, you can throw all that smelly, dirty gear in your hitch mount carrier and leave the stench behind.

Buy a Cargo Carrier for Your Next Adventure

The StowAway SwingAway Frame, together with the StowAway Hitch Carrier, offers so many options for so many different adventures. So make your next road or camping trip much easier with the StowAway Cargo Carrier. Click here to purchase yours.

Foldup Bike Storage and Transport While on the Road

January 8th, 2017 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Bike Racks | Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on Foldup Bike Storage and Transport While on the Road)
Folding bikes in the Stow carrier,

People use our StowAway carriers for all kinds of reasons. In fact, our customers continually find new ways to use our cargo carriers that we would never think of, and many of those customers share those experiences with us. A lot of people ride bikes and although we offer a bike rack that attaches to our hitch mounted SwingAway Frame, folding bikes don’t fit well on a bike rack. As it turns out, our StowAway Max Cargo Carrier makes a great companion for anyone who owns and hauls a folding bike. (more…)

Hood to Coast with the StowAway Carrier

October 20th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options | StowAway in Action - (Comments Off on Hood to Coast with the StowAway Carrier)
StowAway Max

The 2016 Hood to Coast has come to a close and the 2017 lottery selection is already underway. So this is a perfect time to review how the weekend went and how the StowAway met the needs of two teams in the race. (more…)

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)

Get 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. (more…)

Time For the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder!

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

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

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. (more…)

Top Five Winter Hotspots for Snowbirds

October 14th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in Bike Racks | Hitch Carriers | Hitch Racks | Road Trips | Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier | Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on Top Five Winter Hotspots for Snowbirds)

Heading south for the winter?

Along with Canada geese, many retirees begin flocking to warmer climates this time of year to avoid the doldrums that accompany the cold, wet winters in the north. And who can blame them? After all, while it’s snowing and blowing with temperatures below freezing up north, these lucky folks will be wandering about the golf course, basking in the sunny warmth of a balmy 75-degree day.

Once things begin to thaw again in the spring, those who choose to make this yearly trek head north once again to their permanent residence. It’s this yearly migration that sets these fortunate few apart, and earns them the nickname of “snowbird.” (more…)

Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier

October 9th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier)

Hood to Coast with StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

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This Hood to Coast Relay Team really loves their StowAway2 Hitch Cargo Carrier!

After a summer of record-setting high temperatures in Oregon, a powerful storm blew into the area just in time for the “Mother of All Relays” during the last weekend of August.

During the 34th annual Hood to Coast Relay, which takes participants nearly 200 miles from the base of Mt. Hood to the beaches of Seaside, wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy rains tested the endurance and fortitude of each runner. Wet, tired, and windblown, participants running the last leg of the race were surprised to find that the finish line had been moved from the sandy coastal beach to the promenade in downtown Seaside as a safety precaution.

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This runner doesn’t appear to be bothered by the inclement weather. Photo courtesy of KOIN 6.

Event coordinators were forced to modify the finish party after event canopies, sanicans and chairs set up on the beach were found blown over Saturday morning. Participants were urged to dress warm, wear raingear, and stay alert for downed trees and debris as they made their way from mountain to coast. While some runners seemed to enjoy racing in the wet and stormy weather, others were less enthused. But I think everyone can agree that this was definitely an event they won’t soon forget!

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Despite heavy winds, rain, and even some hail, the 13,000 participants in this year’s Hood to Coast Race didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits. With over one thousand teams participating this year, runners in the world’s oldest and most popular running relay race surpassed the fundraising goal of $550K, bringing in nearly $562K for cancer research, treatment, and services at Providence Cancer Center to help #finishcancer. Congratulations to all of the 2015 !

StowAway2 had the privilege of sponsoring another team for this year’s race. As you can see, their Hitch Cargo Carrier kept them fed, hydrated, and happy throughout the grueling event.

For more information about this event or to find out how you can participate or volunteer next year, please visit the Hood to Coast website.

 

5 Crazy (but oh, so practical) Ways Milk Crates Can Carry Your Tailgate to the Next Level

October 10th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier | Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on 5 Crazy (but oh, so practical) Ways Milk Crates Can Carry Your Tailgate to the Next Level)
Photo Credit: Instructables.com

Photo Credit: Instructables.com

The fabulous, functional milk crate. What could be more handy, less expensive, and endlessly versatile?

I was thinking about tailgating the other day, and all the things I have to stow and organize and haul and set up and cook and serve. Then I have to pack it all up, stow it, and haul it home again.

[Insert light bulb here and enter the plastic milk crate!]

Beyond their use in storage, milk crates are also helpful in serving food and beverages. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and you can typically find them in your team colors. Below are my five favorite ways for milk crates to carry your tailgate to the next level.

1.  Stow & Haul Stuff

Photo Credit: AlwaysInTransit.com

Photo Credit: EverInTransit.com

Organize your kitchen tools, grilling supplies, condiments, paper products and other essentials in inexpensive, plastic milk crates. Put labels on each crate so the same things go back in the crates they came in. If you tailgate often, many of these supplies can stay in their crates, stacked neatly in the garage until your next outing. Just grab and go. When you get to the tailgate, crates can be turned sideways for easy access to all your things.

2. Paper Towel Holder

The folks at the food and travel blog, Ever in Transit, came up with the idea to turn a milk crate into a paper towel holder. How clever is that? Paper towels always seem to be unraveling themselves, blowing away or falling on the ground.

3. Stackable Buffet Line

Photo Credit: Scholastic.com

Photo Credit: Scholastic.com

It occurs to me that if you can use the back of your vehicle – say it’s an SUV, pickup truck, or hatchback of some sort, that you can safely use the vertical space to make more out of your buffet line. Turn the crates on their sides and stack two rows in the back of your rig. Plates, silverware and napkins go to the far left, food in the middle, and condiments on the end. How easy is that?

(Speaking your vehicle’s back-end, check out the Hitch Grill Station that attaches to your hitch receiver and pivots 90 degrees to create an outdoor kitchen space. More details below. )

4. Chairs

With the help of a pillow, milk crates actually make pretty sturdy little chairs. If you don’t need them to help you cook or serve the burgers and dogs, turn them upside down and sit on them while you eat the burgers and dogs. With dog-in-basket-on-bike-familyonbikes.orgsome extra time and attention, you can even turn ordinary mild crates into padded storage seats.

5. Be an Ambassador of Good Cheer

I can think of several things to do with a milk crate on wheels –strapped to a bike or a luggage cart or prefabricated with wheels and handle. You’ve just got yourself a mobile beer keg, a grocery cart, or a throne for the Traveling Tailgate Ambassador of Good Cheer.

Bonus Ideas:

Decorate with Ribbons: The store doesn’t have your team colors? Want to jazz up your look from basic plastic? Here is how to weave ribbons through your milk crate in team colors.

Seat Slip Covers: If you’re the creative, artsy, sewing type, here are directions for creating swanky slip covers for your milk crates.

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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

Hitch Grill Station: One of the very best ways to create a safe, convenient, functional kitchen space at my tailgate is with the Hitch Grill Station.

Features

  • Pivots 90° to the perfect grill station
  • Allows full access to back of vehicle
  • Cuisinart grill with 240 sq. in. surface
  • Large, removable cutting board
  • Rack allows room for cooler & extras
  • 10-year warranty on Frame & Rack

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How Sweet It Is! 5 Terrific Grilled Fruit Recipes That Will Wow the Crowd

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on How Sweet It Is! 5 Terrific Grilled Fruit Recipes That Will Wow the Crowd)

How Sweet It Is! 5 Terrific Grilled Fruit Recipes That Will Wow the Crowd

grilled peaches recipe for hitch grill stationAnyone can throw on some burgers and ribs on the grill. In fact, who doesn’t? But you – griller extraordinaire – you can take grilling to a whole new level with some juicy, ripe fruit. Good thing tailgating season coincides with the peak harvest times for peaches, that’s all I have to say. But you don’t need to stop at peaches, I’ve found some sweet and savory recipes for your tailgating grill that involve cantaloupe, pineapple, bananas, and bourbon-glazed plums for good measure.

Grilled Peaches & Ice Cream

Oh. My. Goodness. Peaches are in season in the Pacific NW right now, and I just had some fresh grilled peaches over vanilla bean ice cream. The combination of flavors is unbelievably seductive. I recommend serving in small bowls … or you just Will. Not. Stop. Total time to prep and cook: 15 minutes. Photo and recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Skewered canteloupe AllRecipesSkewered Cantaloupe

Butter, honey and mint make this recipe pop off the grill and into the hearts of naysayers, who might otherwise scoff at the idea of putting a melon on their manly grill. It cooks quickly, tastes delicious, and makes for great dessert … and conversation. Recipe and photo from AllRecipes.com.

Grilled Pineapple AllRecipesGrilled Pineapple

Toss some slices of pineapple in a bag with honey, melted butter and a dash of hot pepper sauce and salt. The savory ingredients give these yum-yums a little kick and cut the sweetness, so you can serve as a quick-and-easy appetizer before the meat goes on the grill.  Recipe and photo from AllRecipes.com.

Grilled Banana Boats Betty CrockerGrilled Banana Boats

How can you go wrong with bananas, chocolate, marshmallows and Betty Crocker? We used to make these hearty confections in the campfire when I was growing up, and now you can make this family favorite at your tailgate party or campsite grill station. Add chopped pecans for the added crunch that people love. Photo and recipe courtesy of BettyCrocker.com.

Grilled Plums Food NetworkGrilled Fruit with Bourbon Glaze

Whoever invented the concept of combining fruit and liquor is a genius (or a college student). Paula Dean, “the queen of Southern cuisine,” offers this recipe that has a decidedly sophisticated yet indulgent appeal. Add brown sugar, fresh lemon juice and butter to the bourbon, melt and mix it all together, and brush it over ripe plums. If you haven’t died-and-gone-to-heaven yet, plop on some ice cream. Photo and recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.

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7 Ways to Score Big at Your Next Tailgate Party

September 8th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier | Tailgating | Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on 7 Ways to Score Big at Your Next Tailgate Party)

Tailgating party buffet table decorationAnyone can wear a logo sweatshirt or a giant foam finger. In fact, who doesn’t?  But in the spirit of competitive sports, why not score some tailgating points with a few unexpected plays? With tailgating season upon us, I scoured the web for fun tailgating ideas, from recipes to games to decorations. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Turn Your Buffet Table into a Football Field Ask the “Hostess with the Mostess” how to decorate for a tailgate party and Jenn Sbranti, founder of the popular party blog, has plenty of ideas. One of my fav’s is the football field table cover. Sbranti explains, “Make a bold statement by covering your main buffet area with inexpensive artificial grass in order to mimic the look of a football field. Artificial turf is available at home stores like Home Depot and Lowes, and they can cut it down to size for you. Dark green felt or fabric will also work as an alternative option. Use white ribbon to add “yard lines”, or paint them on if you’re feeling extra crafty.”

Cake that looks like a fottball2. Bake a Football Shaped Cake Liz Ward, contributor to eHow, promises that cakes shaped and decorated like footballs are easy to make. (One might say “easy as pie” to make. Er … make that “a piece of cake” to make.) “You don’t need special pans or recipes to make football shaped cakes,” writes Ward. “And it doesn’t take a professional cake decorator to get professional results.” Link here to get a recipe for chocolate cake as well as decorating instructions.

3. Make Your Own Cornhole Game Cornhole has become the most popular pastime at tailgating parties, second only to the consumption of food and beverages. You can purchase a custom cornhole game, resplendent with your team colors from companies such as Victory Tailgate. Or you handy folks who have a saw and some sandpaper – and know how to use them – can construct your own. Download free diagrams and instructions to build your own cornhole game set. Learn more about cornhole, what it is and how to play, as well as the official rules from the American Cornhole Association (yes, there is such a thing!). More about playing the hottest new tailgating game here.buffalo chicken cupcakes

4. Serve Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes Touchdown! What’s not to love about this recipe? What started out as something of a joke, turned into a great, crowd-pleasing recipe. Served as an appetizer, the cupcakes – which include hot sauce and blue cheese in the batter – are topped with your favorite chicken wings. They’re sweet, because they are also made with sugar, but not as sugary as say a double- chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles would be. Note: They are only as spicy as you choose to make them. Give them a try and let me know how it goes! Get the recipe here. tailgating cocktail decorated

5. Customize your Cocktails I’ve seen several ways to give your drinks a little extra splash this season, including Astroturf coozies, sweet and simple labels to keep things straight, and – my fav – colorful drinks served in mason jars, dyed with a school color, and topped with a cupcake liner. Turn the back of your car into a cocktail bar

6. Convert the Back of Your Car into a Cocktail Bar Of the 41 tailgating ideas that BuzzFeed dubbed “borderline genius,” the cocktail bar most exemplifies the reason tailgaters can get a bad rap for inebriated guests. That said, it’s a cool idea. With a set of wooden shelves, you can store bottles, mixers, glasses, paper towels, ice bucket, etc. for easy access. (Please drink responsibly.) You could do the same with condiments, plates, cups, bowls, napkins, tongs, silverware, etc. to make your grilling station the most convenient kitchen in the parking lot.

Trailer hitch tailgate open frame

The Tailgate Grill Station attaches to your trailer hitch

7. Set Up a Convenient, 90-Degree Kitchen Space

Speaking of a grilling station … by using a hitch-mounted grill on a pivoting frame, you can create the perfect grilling kitchen for your tailgate party. With complete access to the back of your vehicle – where you’ve stored coolers, condiments and chairs – you’ll be able to reach, grill and serve in your own personal tailgating kitchen. The Tailgate Grill Station includes a Cuisinart Grill (available in 3 colors) that runs on propane, and a jumbo-sized, commercial-grade cutting board. Stow the cutting board on the bottom of the rack and you have plenty of room to haul the cooler on the back of your rig, because the rack supports over 200 pounds.   Decorate-cooler

Extra Point: Decorate Your Cooler

Here’s one more great idea for your tailgate party: Decorate the cooler. Your cooler can be so much more than a place to store cold food and beverages when you paint it with your team spirit. Here’s a tutorial on painting coolers, which gives you the inside tips on making paint stick to plastic.

A little extra effort earns you lots of extra points at your tailgate party. For more tailgating ideas, games and recipes, join us on Facebook.