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…)

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…)

Fly! Wrigley Fly!

Wrigley and Meghan travel to competitions with their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley jumped over 26 feet to land the longest jump of the Dock Dogs Regional Championships in August

The farthest dock-jumping Weimaraner in the history of the sport, Wrigley, owned and trained by Meghan Williams, didn’t seem to be a born leaper. He started late in life (4 years of age), never swam before, and had to wear a life jacket to dock-jumping class.

But don’t tell him that. Wrigley just leapt away with two titles at the Dock Dogs North Central Regional Championship in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 8-10, 2014.

“It’s not natural for Weimaraners to jump into water,” reports Williams. Given this, and the fact that there are only ten competing across the country, Willams calls Wrigley’s success “astonishing.” At 9½ years of age, for example, Wrigley was the most decorated veteran jumper at the regional championships, with invitations to compete in the World Championships. His average jump is 25 feet; his farthest is nearly 28.

To travel to competitions, Meghan, Wrigley, and their family of four pack themselves into a small Trailblazer. “We wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without our hitch cargo carrier,” says Williams. “We’ve got two children and Wrigley in the back of the car. Everything else goes in the StowAway. It’s incredible.”

‘Everything else’ includes suitcases, chairs, all of Wrigley’s gear – leashes, collars, toys, dog food, and water bucket, plus a 24-pack of water bottles for the family, and more. “It’s amazing how much stuff will fit in there,” says Williams. “Once we put in a double stroller, and they’re huge!”

Meghan and Wrigley after the toss

Meghan has perfected the timing of the toss that enables Wrigley to jump nearly 28 feet

The wife, mother of two, full-time employee, and Wrigley’s trainer/partner, Williams is a busy woman. Add to that, her skill at throwing Wrigley’s toy off the dock is 50% of the team effort that has brought them so much success.

Kudos to Wrigley and Meghan for these amazing results at the Dock Dogs Regional Championships, where they competed in Big Air Elite and Big Air Veteran Divisions:

  • 1st place in Elite Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • 1st place in Veteran Division, earning a World Championship Invitation
  • At 9-1/2 years old, Wrigley out jumped every single dog at the competition, with an incredible 26’1″ for the longest jump of the weekend – of all dogs, all ages
  • Re-titled himself into the Super Elite Division (25’+ average) by having countless jumps over 25′ during the weekend competition. (This has only happened a handful of times in the history of the sport)
  • 16th overall world ranking in Big Air (out of 600 dogs)
  • Ranked 2nd in the World for DockDogs Worldwide Veteran Dogs
Wrigley and Meghan travel to regional and national championships with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Wrigley always travels with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Where’s Wrigley Going Next?

Wrigley and Meghan’s next event will be September 6-7 in Springfield, Illinois at The Super Retriever Series. They will also be jumping in Carol Stream, Illinois at the Ultimate Air Dogs on September 14. Follow them on their Facebook page, and the StowAway Facebook.

 Congrats Wrigley and Meghan! All of us at StowAway are so proud of you.

The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway)

The StowAway Max Hitch Cargo Carrier is unmatched in capacity and durability.

I don’t always have time – or take the time – to comparison shop. I know I should. You can save a lot of money and get a better product when you take the time to compare features and prices. Sigh. As they say, the devil is in the details. And I’d just as soon have somebody else sweat those details for me.

So, seeing as how I love short cuts, I’m going to give you one and compare the three most popular and reliable brands of gear and cargo carriers for you.

Cubic feet capacity doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to how much gear you want to carry. Nor are all boxes and frames made from the same quality grade of materials. Also, not all carriers offer the same options and versatility to their users.  I’m also more interested in products that are manufactured in America. So, let’s see how this comparison of hitch carriers plays out in three key areas.

At the Starting Gate: Rola, Thule and StowAway

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.


Carrying Capacity:

The Rola hitch carrier has 13.5 cubic feet of space, which holds roughly four carry-on bags. The Thule hitch carrier has 13 cubic feet of space, which will accommodate about three carry-on bags and two large duffel bags. The StowAway MAX Hitch Carrier outguns both competitors with 16 cubic feet of space, holding four carry-on bags, two large duffel bags and two camp chairs.




Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier

The Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier will hold a total of 13.5 cu. ft.

The frames on the Rola and Thule hitch carriers are both constructed frommedium-wall steel tubing. The StowAway Hitch Carrier, by contrast, boasts heavy-wall steel tubing. The box material on the Rola is polypropylene and on the Thule it’s ABS plastic. The StowAway hitch carrier boxes are molded with Linear Low Density Polyethylene – 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.


The Thule Hitch Carrier will hold a total of 13 cu. ft.

Optional Accessories

If you’re like me you love to accessorize, to add on value, and to mix-n-match. Which means it’s important to me to have one base product that allows me a great deal of choices in add-ons and versatile use. (Saves me money in the long run.) In optional accessories, Rola offers me a bike rack, license plate light, hitch tightener, and hitch lock. Thule has only a hitch tightener and lock to help me out. The StowAway Hitch Carrier on the other hand, offers a bike rack, cargo rack, rod rack, lid rack, grilling station, custom cutting board, wheels, wrap-around reflectors and tie-down rings. All of which blows the competition clear off the road.

It does pay off in the long run to shop around and compare details. (It’s just nice when someone has done that work for you.) At the Finish Line of this race: StowAway by a mile.

Ski Trip: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

January 16th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | Skiing - (Comments Off on Ski Trip: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier)

Hit the Slopes with More Stuff in More Comfort and Safety

Skiing 18w x 14h revised

Ski trip to Mt Hood with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

“Skis, boots, poles?” This is what we always ask ourselves when we’re pulling out of the driveway on a ski trip. Because if we leave anything behind, we absolutely, positively must have our skis, boots, and poles.

But what about the other gear – the jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and helmets? What about the extra clothing, bedding, food, games, toys-for-all-ages, and – dare I say it – hair care products?

And that doesn’t count the kids – with all their extra stuff. Where will you put everyone and everything in a safe and comfortable manner? Unless you want to be packed in like little sardines for the whole trip, the other “must-have” is a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Here’s the beauty of the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier: It attaches to the back of your vehicle instead of the top, giving you easy access to your things. And the SwingAway frame pivots up to 180 degrees from the rear of your vehicle, so you can open your liftgate, door, hatch or tailgate, allowing full access to all your other needful things.

Here are my Top 5 Other Favorite Things about the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier:

  1. Easy Installation: I can install a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier in a matter of seconds. I simply insert the carrier into my trailer hitch and lock it into place. Voila! Work done.
  2. Carrying Capacity: With two sizes (either 12.5 or 16 cubic feet of functional storage space) a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity. And that means I have the capacity to add another 200 pounds of gear to my adventure.
  3. Security: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier locks to keep my valuables secure when I’ve made a pit stop on the road, or I want to keep my things in storage overnight.
  4. Durability:  I know my StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is going to last because 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.
  5. Versatility: All of the StowAway rack systems—bike racks, rod racks and cargo racks—are fully interchangeable with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. That means we can easily take our bikes up to the trailhead on one day, load up the carrier with soccer balls the next day, head to the lake with our fishing rods on the weekend, and host a tailgate party on game day. No sweat.

For more details, including information about rear taillights, side reflectors, and the 10-year warranty, as well as photos and product specifications, visit, the Rooftop Alternative.

How Much Does a Hitch Cargo Box Hold?

October 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on How Much Does a Hitch Cargo Box Hold?)
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.

Trim Shine Keeps Your Cargo Carrier Looking Like New

September 11th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on Trim Shine Keeps Your Cargo Carrier Looking Like New)


Your StowAway2 Cargo Carrier works hard for you, stowing a lot of gear while being continually exposed to the elements and road grit and grime. In exchange, you want to take good care of it so that it will be in tip top shape for your next adventure. Stoner Trim Shine makes it easy to do just that.

Trim Shine is a vinyl and plastic coating used by professional auto detailers to restore color and brilliance to bumpers, running boards, dashboards and more and it can do the same thing for your StowAway2.

Trim Shine couldn’t be easier to use—simply spray it on and watch it instantly restore the shine and brilliance of your StowAway2.

While you’re at it, you could even take “before and after” photos and send them to us…you just never know when that may be the next “picture of the month” on!

Choosing the Right StowAway Frame

July 5th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Frames Only | Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on Choosing the Right StowAway Frame)

The StowAway hitch cargo carrier is a great storage solution for a all different types of applications.  The versatility, quality and size are unmatched in the cargo carrying market.  But now that you’ve decided to purchase one, you need to decide which frame will work best for your vehicle.  StowAway offers three different frames for your hitch cargo carrier: swingaway, standard fixed and basic fixed.  All three offer their own advantages.

All our frames are made from heavy duty, thick walled steel tubing with a black powder coating.  They fit both 2″(class III or class IV) and 1.25′” (II) hitches and come with a five year warranty.  Here are the specifics of our three frames to help you achieve the right connection your new hitch cargo carrier

SwingawayStowAway Swingaway Frame

The swingaway frame is our most versatile frame.  Boasting a 5″ inch lift and a swinging feature that rotates up to 180 degrees, it enables you full use of your vehicle even with your StowAway hitch cargo carrier installed.  It comes in weighing 48 lbs. and supports up to 250 lbs. (2″) or 160 lbs (1.25″).  This is perfect for the driver who still wants to use their trunk while their StowAway hitch cargo carrier is in use.

Standard Fixed

StowAway Standard Fixed Frame

The standard fixed frame is similar to the basic fixed frame, but rises 7″ for improved ground clearance.  It’s designed for cars that don’t have as much ground clearance as a truck or larger SUV and need an added lift in order to safely attach a hitch cargo carrier to their vehicle.  It comes in weighing around 18lbs. and supports up to 250 lbs. (2″) or 150 lbs. (1.25″).  It’s perfect for a someone who doesn’t need a swingaway feature but still wants the additional lift to avoid it dragging.


Basic Fixed

StowAway Basic Fixed Frame

The basic fixed frame is a low profile frame that extends strait out from the hitch.  It’s mainly designed for vehicles that already have a good amount of ground clearance and don’t need the added benefit of the extra lift.  It comes in weighing 18 lbs. and supports up to 200 lbs. (2″ hitch) or 125 lbs (1.25″ hitch) of cargo.   The basic fixed frame is the most affordable way to attach a hitch cargo carrier to your vehicle.


So make sure to use the right frame for whichever vehicle you are going to attach your new hitch cargo carrier to.  Make sure to check out for all of your cargo carrying needs.

Happy Travels!