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.

It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping - (Comments Off on It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities)
Bears can be creative - and aggressive - when foraging for human food

Bears can be creative – and aggressive – when foraging for human food; protect your supplies with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

A bear needs to make its living in the world, just like we all do. When times get hard in the mountains, self-respecting bears head to the lowlands, foraging for food and water. And if human beings are kind enough to bring some food into the wilderness, well, that’s all the better for the bear.

Take, for example, the 3-day rafting trip my friends and I took on the Deschutes River. Two days into it and we were having a wonderful time. We’d raft all day, dip and splash in the cool water when we got hot, eat a marvelous meal at our campsite, raise a few glasses to our great adventure, and sing around the fire until we dropped into happy sleep.

Not only were we happy, we were clever. Before we went to bed, we put all our food into our raft and anchored it 10 feet out into the river, safe from bears on the prowl for hamburgers and potato chips. Or so we thought.

On the third day, we woke to find our raft safely bobbing in the river’s current. We also found a bear, sitting in the raft, enjoying a hearty breakfast from our stores of food.

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

As you can see, it’s important to protect your supplies – food and otherwise – when you’re camping in the wilderness. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, which conveniently attaches to the bag of my rig.

Unbeatable in durability, StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived car accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from the highest-quality materials. The 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.

With 16 cubic feet of storage and 200 pounds of carrying capacity, the MAX Cargo Carrier is StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo carrier. Made of high-impact polymer, the Max Box is durable and roomy. The MAX cargo carrier includes taillights, side reflectors, a lock and weep holes for wet weather. Available on StowAway’s patented SwingAway frame or fixed frame.

Included With Your StowAway MAX Base Package:

  • Max Cargo Box
  • SwingAway or Fixed Frame
  • Lockable Lid
  • Taillights with Wrap-Around Reflectors
  • License Plate Bracket
  • Hitch Tightener

When we were stranded on the river’s shore, with a bear taking up residence in our raft, we were very lucky. Other revelers on the river saw our predicament and rescued us, sharing their food and giving each of us a ride out of the canyon. I know I won’t always be this lucky. So now I plan ahead and protect my gear and supplies with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Great Destinations for Labor Day RV Camping Trips

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping | RVs - (Comments Off on Great Destinations for Labor Day RV Camping Trips)

As the last long weekend of the summer approaches, our anticipation is growing for Labor Day weekend RV trips. The crew at has been thinking of our most memorable destinations. Convenience may drive your choice of weekend campsites, but here are a few suggestions from our staff that may take you on a new camping adventure.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: If you’ve never been to Mesa Verde, add it to your bucket list. The park in southwest Colorado has so many positive attributes, it tops our recommendations. The air is dry and warm during the day but cools in the evening. Campsites are numerous. With 267 sites, the campground rarely fills. Each site has a table, bench and grill. Camping is open to tents, trailers and RVs, including 15 full-hookup RV sites with a reservation. And sightseeing in the park features cliff dwellings and abundant wildlife. Plus, a pancake breakfast is served during high season.

RV Camping Trips

Head out on Labor Day to a new camping destination.

Toe River, North Carolina: This is a favorite of the locals in western North Carolina. Toe River Campground is well off the beaten path but the destination is so scenic and serene, its popularity is likely to grow. Situated on the Toe River, this small wooded paradise of campsites is accessible from two-lane highway west of Asheville, including one alternative route via the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway. Twenty-two full-hookup RV sites are available, but call for a reservation because the park fills up quickly. Also, bring your tube! The river runs right through camp, and the floating is prime!

Del Norte Campground, California: If roughing it doesn’t scare you (no hookups!), then Del Norte Campground, also called Mill Creek Campground, is a top-notch destination. This park is situated in the heart of northern California’s redwood forest, which makes it a mythical place. Massive redwoods create a canopy over the entire park. It’s quiet and cool under the old growth, even during the summer months. Hiking trails loop around the campground, and nearby Crescent City is a quaint tourist destination, too. The natural setting in the camp is indescribably beautiful. Reservations are a must in season.

Rather Boat? Find a Labor Day Boating Destination

If boating is your ideal recreation on Labor Day, our friends at have compiled a list of destinations for your weekend fun. We wish you a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Let us know how we can help make your Labor Day summer trip one to remember!

The Bear Necessities: Summer Camping Essentials

July 11th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping - (Comments Off on The Bear Necessities: Summer Camping Essentials)

The 4th of July has come and gone, summer is in full swing and who doesn’t love it?  Flowers are in full bloom, the sun in shining, farmer’s markets are filled with fresh fruit and outdoor activities are flourishing.  Maybe one of the best ways to enjoy summer?  Camping.  We may be bias but we think hanging out around the campfire and sleeping under the stars are some of the best ways to take in these beautiful summer months.  Camping is best enjoyed when you’re prepared, so it’s important to remember to bring some basic supplies in addition to just a tent, sleeping bag and marshmallows.  Here are some supplies that will help you stay comfortable and safe out on your summer camping trip.

Camping with the StowAway

A family doing some summer time camping with their StowAway hitch cargo carrier


While many tents advertise their water resistance, it’s best to be safe and bring a tarp along to ensure that you’ll remain dry while camping out in Mother Nature.  There’s nothing worse than going to sleep on a beautiful night just to wake up with a puddle next to you after a freak rain storm.  Maybe the cheapest vacation insurance policy available, a tarp can save your family camping trip.

Hitch Cargo Carrier

It’s important to bring everything you need for your camping trip and not feel like you need to leave anything at home.  A hitch cargo carrier from StowAway will give you the ability to have everything needed for an enjoyable trip and not have to pick and choose what you might need.  Extra gear such as heavier clothes, extra blankets and an extra tarp can help your camping trip be that much better and less susceptible to disaster.

Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad can be the difference between you waking up cold with an aching back and you waking up refreshed and ready for the day.  Sleeping pads will not only keep you comfortable against the ground, but it’ll also keep you warm by giving you a barrier between your warm body and the colder ground.


Trying to do two things at once with a normal flashlight is almost impossible.  Whether you need to complete a task with one hand, have a companion hold the flashlight for you or hold it in your mouth while you try to get something done, it never seems to place the light where it needs to be.  Headlamps allow you free range of motion and full control of the light source, giving you the ability to complete any task in the dark that you’d be able to do in the light.

Bear Bag

If you are camping in an area where bears are known to roam it’s imperative that you take whatever precautions possible to stay safe.  Keeping your food in your tent can be dangerous because of the increased threat of a bear attack.  Bear bags are strong vinyl bags which you put your food into and hang high on a tree.  This keeps the bears away from the inside of your tent and also keeps other animals out of it while it’s outside and out of your view.

So go out and enjoy the great outdoors this summer.  With these products you will be that much more equipped to confront the challenges that you may face while camping.  Make sure to check out for all of your cargo carrying needs.

Happy Travels

Local Vacation: Day-Trip Adventures with Your Hitch Cargo Carrier

May 24th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Camping - (Comments Off on Local Vacation: Day-Trip Adventures with Your Hitch Cargo Carrier)

Memorial Day Bike Day Trip

In its yearly Memorial day travel forcast, AAA predicts that 5.5% less people will travel through the air this year with only a 1.2% increase in car travel.  With less people deciding that a vacation is a valuable way to spend their money in these economic times, one way you can still have some fun on a budget is by packing up your hitch cargo carrier and going on a fun day trip.  Here are a couple day-trip ideas that utilize the StowAway hitch cargo carrier to have fun on a budget this Memorial day weekend.

The Beach

What better way to kick off summer than to take a trip to the beach to sit back and relax in the sun?  The waves crashing down on your feet, the breeze coming off the ocean, and unfortunately the sand that will somehow end up everywhere for the next three months because of that one trip.  Fortunatly with the Stow Away Hitch Cargo Carrier, you can help offset this sandy nuisance by putting your beach chairs, beach towels, beach bag and most importantly sand castle molds in your hitch cargo carrier instead of over crowding your back seat with beach trinkets and ending up with a never ending supply of unwanted sand.

Bike Ride

Bike riding is as much a part of spring as flowers, rain showers and, well, Memorial Day.  Why not take a day trip to explore a new town or area with a bike ride?  With the StowAway Bike + Gear Rack you can fit the whole gangs bikes with you, plus unlike a conventional bike rack you can fit other gear like a cooler and some backpacks as well.  Plus if you’re still getting some spring rain, with a hitch cargo rack you don’t have to worry about getting mud from the tires all over your trunk.  Simply store your bike on the outside of your vehicle and your upholstery will forever be tire mark free.


Although it’s technically not a day trip, camping is great for an inexpensive night away from the house with friends or family.  With the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier you can bring along all of your camping gear without the worry of breaking tent poles or risk not bringing something you may need because you can’t fit it.  Never leave a crucial piece of equipment like tarps home again to save space because you “don’t think it will rain,” only to have a torrential downpour ruin your night in the woods.  With the Stow Away Hitch Cargo Carrier never worry about bringing a couple extra “just in case” items that can save your trip.

So even though you may not be able to a afford plane tickets or a night in a hotel room this Memorial day, a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers can help you enjoy day trips that will remind you of one of the most important things about Memorial Day Weekend: spending time with friends and family. Safe travels everyone!

The Muck Stops Here

March 27th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Camping | Fishing & Hunting - (Comments Off on The Muck Stops Here)
Photo of muddy trail

You better slop around!

Spring is sprung,

the grass is riz

I wonder where the birdies is!



It’s been a long time coming. It always seems like an eternity. But Old Man Winter is slowly starting to take a hike. Which means you’re ready to start taking yours.

With the weather slowly improving and the days getting longer, hikers, bikers and golfers who have put their favorite activities on hold are now chomping at the bit to get back to the Great Outdoors and do their thing. But just because climatic conditions are a little gentler, doesn’t mean the landscape is.

Anyone who has done any early Spring hiking knows that, depending on the location, hiking trails can take quite a while to dry out, making some areas more suited to mud wrestling than to trekking. If you’re a golfer, you know that there are water hazards on the course in April that won’t be around in August. And what mountain biker hasn’t finished an early season ride without a new racing stripe down his or her back. But is that going to stop you? No way! Whose afraid of a little mud? Not us!

Not until it’s time for the ride home that is. Who wants all those wet and muddy hiking boots, gaiters, socks, jackets, backpacks, trekking poles, golf bags, pull carts and doggie wipe-off towels inside their clean, dry vehicle? No one, that’s who! You could bag everything up in plastic garbage bags, but what a hassle. And, you still have to snuggle up to them on the ride back home.

Golf ball in the mud

Play ‘er where she lies!

That’s where a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier comes to the rescue. Not only is a StowAway, with its 16 cubic feet of storage space and 200 pound carrying capacity a great way to haul your gear, it’s the perfect option for transporting that wet, filthy apparel and equipment home. Everything remains outside the ride. With it’s easy ground level access, you don’t have to lift all that drippy stuff above your head as you would with an inconvenient  rooftop box. Plus, there’s a built in drain plug to make the post-adventure cleanup easy as (mud)pie! (Have fun hosing out a rooftop carrier!) And if bikes are involved, the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier has been designed to be used simultaneously with the StowAway Hitch Bike Rack, a 4-bike and bike gear rack that can also be used separately.

So what are you waiting for? The weather’s warmer. The days are longer. Get on out to that trailhead, singletrack, or golf course and get messy. With a StowAway Cargo Carrier you can leave the outdoors outside where it belongs.