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…)

Take Your Picnic and Your Table With You!

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories | Road Trips with the StowAway Carrier - (Comments Off on Take Your Picnic and Your Table With You!)
StowAway's buffet board lets you prepare and serve an elegant email in the great outdoors

StowAway’s buffet board lets you prepare and serve an elegant meal in the great outdoors

One of my favorite things about recreational pursuits – aside from the recreation itself – is creating a juxtaposition of the elegant with the rustic. For example, I once trekked to the top of Tumalo Butte in Central Oregon, in the dead of winter, on Nordic skis, with a backpack holding warm brie baked in a puff pastry, rice crackers, grapes, and champagne.

At the risk of bragging, I will tell you that while my friends shared granola bars, cheese sticks, mini-carrots, and apples, I rocked the adventure with my four-star menu and a checkered tablecloth.

So, to create an elegant picnic by the beach, after spending the morning kayaking in the sea, is my idea of … perfection.

Imagine my delight when I came across the MAX Hitch Carrier Team Package with a buffet board from StowAway2.com. This is a rock star accessory to the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier that rides behind my SUV (also very cool).

The thing I love most about this carrier team package, is that I can pack everything I need for my gourmet picnic in the Hitch Cargo Carrier and then lay out my banquet on the buffet board. (Anyone who has ever gone camping or picnicking knows the value of a solid, horizontal surface off the ground.) The board fits snugly at the top of the cargo box, creating a generous surface (23″ x 19″) to prepare my food and then present it on a buffet table. Voila!

On the technical side, the buffet board is made from a commercial-grade polyethylene that will not dull my knives, which I appreciate. On the practical side, for large gatherings, I can place two boards side by side to create a work space and buffet table twice the size. When our meal is over, I store the buffet board inside the carrier. The artistic side? That’s all up to me. And it makes me happy to create an elegant meal and serve it in the rough and rugged beauty of the natural world.

The MAX Hitch Carrier Team Package also comes with an assortment of Custom Taillight Reflectors in the rainbow colors of blue, green, orange, red, silver and yellow, adding a little more bling to my rugged adventures.

Want some other ideas for incorporating the buffet board into your recreational pursuits? I would suggest an afternoon picnic of after a day of hardcore mountain biking. To eat as vigorously as you rode, create an abundant Italian antipasto buffet of prosciutto, roasted turkey, salami, Havarti cheese, assorted olives and sliced baguettes.

Camping? Serve hearty omelets stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, spinach, and feta cheese. Then tuck the dishes and pans inside the cargo carrier while you head to the lake or the river or the mountains – wherever your heart leads you.

 

Protect Your StowAway From the Damage of Exhaust

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Protect Your StowAway From the Damage of Exhaust)
Exhaust can melt even the strongest of cargo carriers.

Exhaust can melt even the strongest of cargo carriers.

Driving a Lexus is a wonderful thing. Or so I’m told. I drive a 1999 Saab 9.3 convertible with 170,000 miles on it.  (I love that car.) But back to the Lexus.

As fantastic as they are, Lexus GX and LX470 models have a quirky little feature that does not play nice with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. The exhaust pipe on these Lexus models, and many other vehicles as well, points at or directly below your StowAway cargo carrier. As sturdy as the StowAway boxes are (*see note below), exhaust can cause damage to the box if not properly deflected.

Fortunately the ingenious folks at StowAway think of everything, and have designed the StowAway Exhaust Shield. This device has been exclusively designed to deflect engine exhaust away from the back of your StowAway2 Cargo Carrier, thus eliminating any potential for damage to your cargo carrier due to exhaust heat.

Options are available for both the Fixed and SwingAway frames and for exhaust pipes on the driver’s side, passenger side and both sides. No matter what vehicle you drive, if your exhaust pipe points straight back, with no downward or sideways angle, you will definitely want an exhaust shield or an exhaust tip diverter, available at car parts stores.

* The Durability of the StowAway Cargo Box

The StowAway Hitch Carrier boxes are molded with Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) – a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of 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.

Vehicles with exhaust pipes that point straight back can damaged even the strongest cargo boxes on the market

Vehicles with exhaust pipes that point straight back can damaged even the strongest cargo boxes on the market

The advantages of Linear Low Density Polyethylene include:

• Resistant to ultra-violet light

• Provides the most crack and puncture resistant structure for containers

• Not an oil-based product

• More resistant to breaking down over time than other plastics

As strong and durable as the StowAway hitch cargo boxes are, if you are driving a vehicle with an exhaust pipe that points straight back, you are at risk of damaging your cargo carrier. But not to worry. The StowAway Exhaust Shield has been designed exclusively to deflect exhaust heat and protect all StowAway2 models.

With protection from the StowAway Exhaust Shield, when you arrive at your destination your cargo box will look as swanky and reliable as your Lexus.

Storing Your StowAway? The Wheel Kit Makes Storing and Mounting a Breeze

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Storing Your StowAway? The Wheel Kit Makes Storing and Mounting a Breeze)
Wheels are easily installed on the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Wheels are easily installed on the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

You’ve been storing, hauling and easily accessing gear and supplies in your StowAway Cargo Carrier for miles and miles. But when it’s time to store the cargo carrier itself, how best to do that?

I may be dating myself here, but I’m reminded of the adage, “The shoemaker’s children go barefoot.” Would the ultimate solution in cargo storage leave you out in the cold when it comes time to store the storage device itself? Now that you’re ready to store the StowAway, exactly how are you going to get it off your car and into the garage? Will you be left with a cargo carrier hangover when all the fun is over?

Absolutely not.

StowAway Carrier Wheel Kit to the rescue! This simple and sturdy system let’s you easily attach three wheels to the frame of your StowAway Cargo Carrier. This enables you to roll your carrier effortlessly from your vehicle to its home in the garage. The StowAway Cargo Carrier is exceptionally sturdy, and can also be stored outside in any kind of weather.

(A note about durability: Boasting a 10-year warranty, 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.)

Wheel Kit PIeces

The StowAway Wheel Kit comes with 3 wheels, 2 U-bolts, and 4 nuts for quick and easy installation.

Fortunately you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or a mechanic for that matter, to install the wheels. They mount directly on the frame, using the same attachment points you use to install on your vehicle – no drilling required. Everything you need comes in the kits, pre-fabricated and ready to go. You will be wheeling and storing the cargo carrier as one unit, even with the swing-away frame (which pivots 180 degrees to give you access to the rear of your vehicle).

It seems as though whenever I assemble pre-fabricated “kits” I always end up with leftover parts, which doesn’t boost my confidence at all. So it gives me great comfort to know that the StowAway Carrier Wheel Kit comes with exactly nine pieces: three wheels, two U-bolts, and four nuts. Voila! How easy is that? And no snarky little parts left over to haunt me.

With the ingenious wheel kit, the StowAway Cargo Carrier will follow you effortlessly wherever you go, just like your suitcase … or a new puppy.

The StowAway Cargo Carrier on wheels, while less adorable than a puppy, is, however, exponentially more convenient.

~StowAway2.com

Tired of the Wobble? Check Out This Hitch Tightener

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Tired of the Wobble? Check Out This Hitch Tightener)

There are certain things in life that we don’t mind if they make a little wobble here and there. One-year-olds come to mind. A voice wobbling with emotion, for example. An egg on the counter. A Weeble, which will “wobble but it won’t fall down.” (And if that phrase isn’t familiar to you, it’s probably because you weren’t playing with toys in the 1970s. But I digress.) A wiggle in your caboose, a wobble in your walk, a jiggle in your girdle … it’s not all bad.

Eliminate hitch wobble with the StowAway Hitch Tightener

Eliminate hitch wobble with the StowAway Hitch Tightener

But a wobble in the hitch on your towing vehicle is not a good thing. Through prolonged use, it is common to have wobble with anything mounted to your hitch, including the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. (The Hitch Cargo Carrier, if you didn’t know, attaches to the back of your car for easy access, carries up to 16 cubic feet of storage, and pivots 180 degrees to give you easy access to the back of your vehicle. But I digress again.)

By using a simple mechanism, the StowAway Hitch Tightener, you can eliminate hitch wobble, and drive more safely, more quietly, and in greater comfort.

Simply clamp the hitch tightener at the junction of your StowAway frame and receiver hitch to secure the frame and virtually eliminate side-to-side wobble. Watch a helpful installation video on the StowAway YouTube channel.

The StowAway Hitch Tightener kit comes with:

  • Stainless steel U-bolt ring
  • Powder coated steel tightener plate
  • 2 Washers
  • 2 Lock ring
  • 2 Nuts
The Hitch Tightener installs easily, in just a few minutes

The Hitch Tightener installs easily, in just a few minutes

All you need to install the hitch tightener is a 3/4” wrench or socket. The combined action of the steel tightener plate and the U-bolt ring eliminates the side-to-side wobble that is pervasive in hitch cargo carriers.

The StowAway Hitch Tightener is compatible with 2” and 1.25” hitches, fits all Stowaway frames and will work with most hitch racks. It also comes standard with many StowAway carrier models.

But don’t take my word for it. Here is a sampling of the many 5-star reviews the StowAway Hitch Tightener has received:

  • “Wish I found this product sooner, immediately stopped the loud rattle noises and shaking [of] the vehicle.”  – Louis A.
  • “Fantastic! Bought this to keep my receiver mounted recovery winch from moving around in the receiver so much. Holds it nice and tight!” Richy R.
  • Worked perfectly!  Installed in 5 minutes. Wobble gone!” – David P.
  • “Best by far. Pulled new trailer with 5,000# tractor 500 miles to the largest classic Tractor Parade and this tightener worked perfect. I use it on all my hitches. Good price, very well made, works perfect. – W.M.
  • Fantastic!! I use this with both my cargo trailer and my hitch cargo carrier. Fast shipping and is an excellent product. Bob W.

Celebrate your shake, wiggles and jiggles, but with the StowAway Hitch Tightener, you’ve got one less wobble to worry about.

~StowAway2.com

Receiver Hitch Tightener

October 15th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Receiver Hitch Tightener)

Receiver Hitch TightenerOne of the most common topics we get asked about at StowAway Cargo carriers is how to install and use the receiver hitch tightener.  Most of our hitch mounted cargo carriers come standard with a receiver hitch tightener.  This is a simple, yet essential device that can be use on almost any hitch mounted carrier.  The StowAway Receiver Hitch Tightener is used to keep any hitch mounted cargo rack from wobbling or shaking while driving down the road.  Because vehicle hitch manufacturers and hitch rack manufacturers use slightly different tolerances, this means no two parts will fit perfectly and will create some amount of hitch wobble.  This tightener easily attaches to 1.25″ or 2″ hitch receivers and effectively eliminates wobble in bike racks or cargo carriers. (more…)

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!