School Spirit: Top Colleges Listed for Tailgating, Merchandise

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on School Spirit: Top Colleges Listed for Tailgating, Merchandise)

Following college football stats? This time of year, who isn’t? Whether you’re a Florida Gators fan, a Ducks booster or a pumped-up Razorback, the beat of the fall football season is drumming loudly. As we’ve been developing relationships with fans across the country to try out our new Tailgate Grill Station, has been keeping pretty close tabs on the schools whose mojo is hot. We’ve found a couple of interesting top-school lists that you can cross-check with yours about who toots their horn the loudest.

Top Tailgating Colleges of 2013 from Tailgater Magazine

An entire magazine devoted to tailgating? You betcha. Tailgater Monthly has just published its list of the top 20 schools for tailgating madness. Here are the Top 10:

No. 1 Texas A&M

Tailgating at Notre Dame.

Tailgating at Notre Dame.

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Notre Dame

No. 4 Ole Miss

No. 5 LSU               

No. 6 Oregon

No. 7 Michigan

No. 8 Stanford

No. 9 Alabama

No. 10 South Carolina

Top Selling Merchandise Colleges from Collegiate Licensing Company

Got your team mascot emblazoned across your chest? According to the Collegiate Licensing Company, the retail marketplace for collegiate merchandise topped $4 billion last year. Based on royalties from July 2012 to June 2013, the schools that sell the most logo-laden merchandise are:

No. 1 Texas

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Notre Dame

No. 4 Michigan

No. 5 Kentucky

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Florida

No. 8 Georgia

No. 9 North Carolina

No. 10 Arkansas

Is your school on one of the lists? If not, it might be time to go out and buy yourself a foam finger or a tailgate station! For more info, check and

StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes)

What does a team of runners in the largest relay race in the world need on race day? Anything from a bagel to a cooler full of energy drinks. So we were glad to receive photos from Nike using its StowAway cargo carrier, which provided extra room for a shag wagon during this summer’s event

MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier

Provisions must be handy for Hood to Coast Relay.

The Hood to Coast Relay is known as the Mother of All Relays and attracts upwards of 1,000 teams in the longest running relay event in Oregon. It starts at scenic Timberline Lodge (elevation 6,000 ft.) on Mt. Hood and finishes 199 miles later in Seaside, Oregon. The event, usually held in August, takes all day, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Individuals on each team run sections of three to eight miles each.

StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier

A StowAway cargo carrier helps the Nike teams carry supplies during the 2013 Hood to Coast Relay.

Nike typically enters several teams, and the company kindly forwarded photos of race day and how it used its StowAway hitch cargo carrier. When you support teams of up to twelve runners, having room for enough provisions is a must. Three Nike teams posted in the top 100 – Nike Pacer Team at 15; Nike Great Bowels of Fire, 31 and Nike Hell on Waffles, 63. Everyone at was glad to do our part.

Interested in participating? You’ve got until July 1, 2014, to get your team together and prep your StowAway carrier for the run.

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The SwingAway frame on the StowAway cargo carrier allows this runner access to the cargo and the trunk. Hood to Coast Relay 2013.

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!

Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!

December 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Specials & Contests - (Comments Off on Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!)

‘Tis the season of giving so we have teamed up with Wrigley the Flyin’ Weimaraner, our StowAway sponsored Dock Diving champion, to help fund K9 Cancer studies!

Have fun and make a guess on how many total feet Wrigley has jumped during his Big Air competitions this past year (*hint- it’s the total distance of 34 jumps!).

The person with the closest guess will have a $100 donation made in their name (or in a name of their choosing) to Chase Away K9 Cancer. The $100 donation will be made jointly by Wrigley and StowAway.

Chase Away K9 Cancer supports cancer research, education and prevention in dogs. All money raised (yes, 100%!) by Chase Away K9 Cancer goes toward this mission.

The winner will be selected on Thursday, December 20, so get your votes in now. Just go to our Facebook page and post your vote there. You can either comment on our post announcing the contest or simply create a new post.

We’ll pick the winner on Thurs, Dec 20th. Please share this post, have fun & thanks for helping us give back!

Post your guess on our Facebook page now!

Thank you!


Where Is The StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At A Championship Dog Competition!

November 14th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where Is The StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At A Championship Dog Competition!)

Yep, that’s right…the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier is on its way to Dubuque, Iowa for the 2012 Dock Dog World Championships. is a proud sponsor of Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimeraner, a dock dog champion. Wrigley will be competing at this year’s world championships from November 15th to 18th. We are excited to follow his progress and hope you will join us in that.


Dock dog competitions feature four different categories of events:

1. Big Air
This is essentially long jump for dogs – over water. Dogs get a running start and jump into the water, following a throw toy. They are scored on the distance they jump from the dock’s edge to the location where their tail breaks the water’s surface.

2. Extreme Vertical
This category is the corollary to high jump for dogs – again over water. Dogs begin at the 20′ mark on the dock and then jump toward a toy that is held 8′ from the dock end over water. Their score is based upon how high they jump toward the toy.

3. Speed Retrieve
This timed event features a bumper toy at the far end of the pool, 2 inches above the water’s surface. Dogs start at the 20′ mark on the dock to retrieve the toy – the fastest dog wins!

4. Iron Dog
The Ironman of the dock dog world…each dog’s best score in the above individual events are combined for an overall Iron Dog winner.


Our best wishes are with Wrigley for a safe trip and successful event – maybe some new medals will be included in the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier on their drive home!

For information on Wrigley’s progress and results, you can check back here at our blog, our Facebook page or Wrigley’s Facebook page.

Go Wrigley!






Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!)

Tailgating season is in full swing it seems…and the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is cooking all over the country! Our sources tell us that it was a big part of the fun for some Notre Dame fans recently.

The Shamrock Series is an annual favorite and this year included a match-up against Miami on October 6th at Soldier Field in Chicago.

A die-hard group of Notre Dame fans were proud not only of their team but also of their tailgate:

“The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station was amazing and a huge hit among our guests and those tailgating around us!  Also, we were impressed that the grill reached a suitable cooking temperature in 30-40 degree environment. Good performance! We also liked that it can be used on camping trips, too.”

Aha…so it’s clear…these aren’t just Fighting Irish but Smart Irish!

They know that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is more than just a really cool ready-to-grill tailgate product.

You can take it camping, to end-of-season kids’ team parties and more – anywhere you want to grill outside (and don’t want to compete for public grills or carrying your grill and mess inside your vehicle).

You can also remove the grill and cutting board and use the rack to haul virtually anything you can think of. And, you can even remove the rack and add a StowAway Cargo Carrier, StowAway Bike Rack or StowAway Surf Fishing Rods.

MAX Cargo Carrier
Bike & Gear Rack Combo
Surf Rod & Gear Rack Combo


So, it seems that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station’s name is only the beginning…the “foundation” of the swingaway frame and cargo rack provide incredible flexibility and modularity that allow you to use it for far more than just tailgating.

But, for now, enjoy the tailgating season and here’s hoping that your team wins!



Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!)

The versatility of StowAway SwingAway frames and racks make it impossible to predict just where these products will show up next…and what fun things people do with and because of them.

The new StowAway Tailgate Grill Station, for example, has been seen at several tailgates around the country lately. One of the most recent was at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon – home of the Oregon Ducks.

What is the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station?

The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is an integrated, ready-to-go tailgate solution. It features the StowAway Swingaway Frame and Cargo Rack and adds to that a Cuisinart gas grill and cutting board.

All you have to do is drive to your tailgate location, open your grill and you’re ready to tailgate in style! And, when you’re not tailgating, you can use the swingaway frame and rack to transport a myriad of items (or you could put a StowAway Cargo Carrier on the frame – the possibilities are endless!).

In addition to enjoying a winning season, our Duck fans seem to enjoy the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station:

“It worked very well and we really like using it!
The cutting board was just about perfect –
it was like having an additional small table
to place items on and/or work through the
grilling process. Overall, the construction
and experience was OUTSTANDING!”

Big thanks to our Duck fans for their feedback (and the great pics, too!) –
we hope that they can enjoy future tailgates with it.

So, the next time you’re heading out to a tailgate, keep your eyes peeled for the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station…or, better yet, take one with you…

StowAway Cargo Carriers Sponsor Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimaraner!

October 25th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carriers Sponsor Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimaraner!)

Like many StowAway cargo carrier owners, Meghan Williams has a dog that routinely travels with the family. However, for Meghan, her dog is often the reason for their family travels…meet Wrigley, also known as the Flyin’ Weimaraner.

Wrigley is a Dock Dog champion, having earned multiple titles in various competitions such as Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. Dock Dogs is the world’s premiere canine aquatics competition and holds events around the globe.

When Wrigley started competing, Meghan and her husband knew they would need a travel carrier as they would be on the road a lot. We asked Meghan to tell us about her family’s experience with their StowAway MAX cargo carrier:

“We searched the internet for a couple months when we came across the website.

We had never used any type of rack previously. After looking at the big names like Thule and Yakima, we decided they did not offer what we were looking for and we didn’t want anything that would be roof mounted. We wanted something easily accessible and safe to use. We also realized that a roof rack unit would create more “drag” on our vehicle and reduce our gas mileage.

So we focused our buying on hitch-mounted units. We own a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer and knew it could support something on the larger side. We needed something that could store a full size stroller and quickly realized that narrowed our choices even further.

We chose the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier for several reasons. We wanted a unit that swung out instead of tilted down so our dog could easily and safely exit the rear of the vehicle. It was the largest carrier we could find that would hold our stroller and other essential items. We really liked the fact that it was water tight and built with very high quality materials. We really like the taillights so that other drivers could see the carrier on the back of our vehicle. We also loved the wheels! None of the other models we looked at had wheels and we use them to easily move and store the carrier when not in use.

We have owned our StowAway for about 3 years and have taken it all over the country, traveling around 20,000 miles. The longest trip that we have taken with the StowAway is a 5,500 mile round trip from Chicago to Portland Oregon for the 2010 Dock Dogs World Championships.

We have a passion for dock jumping, with our dog Wrigley. He runs off of a 40’ dock into a 50’ pool for distance, height and speed. He is currently ranked 9th in the world, with a personal best distance jump of 27’ 11”. He also competes in a vertical jumping competition, which he has a personal best of 7’ 4”. We usually compete in about two shows a month from March to November. With all of these events, we have gotten really good at taking the StowAway Max on and off the Trailblazer – we can have it installed, packed up and ready to go in about 30 minutes!

We often say that the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier was the single best accessory we have ever purchased for any vehicle we’ve ever owned. When we travel to the dog jumping competitions, people always asks us where they can purchase one. We gladly show them how it works and give them information on where one can be purchased. We are truly astonished at how much we have been able to put into the unit when we travel. Our daughter has since graduated from her full size stroller to an umbrella stroller so now we can also fit 3 bag chairs, either a small pop up tent or a tent-like canopy, 2 backpacks full of dog handling items and probably 2 or 3 other backpacks of items.”

We at StowAway are thrilled to know that our MAX Cargo Carrier has been able to help Meghan, Wrigley and their family on so many trips. And, StowAway is extremely proud to sponsor Wrigley and invite you to follow his events on his Facebook page. Go Wrigley!

How to Tailgate in Style [Infographic]

September 21st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on How to Tailgate in Style [Infographic])

Football season is upon us, which means millions of Americans will be packing up the grill and heading to the stadium for some pre-kickoff food and shenanigans. Modern tailgating has evolved from casual get-togethers in the team parking lot to full-blown parties complete with food, seating and games.

As sports fans prepare for this season’s round of tailgating action, the following infographic takes a look at some of the latest research on how tailgaters party in style, which goes hand-in-hand with the use of our Tailgating Grill Stations.

hitch mounted cargo carrier

StowAway Owner of the Month: Mary Lou Hanlon

August 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | StowAway Owner Profile - (Comments Off on StowAway Owner of the Month: Mary Lou Hanlon)

Mary Lou Hanlon Agility Dog CompetitionMary Lou Hanlon has been in the sport of dogs for nearly 20 years.  She is well known in the agility dog community for her innovative dog training products as well as her own well decorated canines who have competed around the world and secured various titles and recognitions.

Mary Lou uses a philosophical approach to dog training to ensure that dogs attitude and the relationship between the handler and the dog is the highest priority. A creative thinker, Mary Lou is always looking for a better solution to everyday problems that trainers face. She has developed training products like the “Touch It!” and “Hit It!” Board to provide trainers with a simpler, more reliable way to teach running contacts. When Mary Lou discovered the StowAway Cargo Carrier, she knew she had found a better solution for transporting her luggage and dogs gear to agility competitions.

I absolutely love my StowAway!  It packs tons of stuff I need when heading off for weekend agility competitions with my dogs.  I used to have a traditional roof carrier and hated having to climb up to get my gear.  Having my supplies at waist level makes traveling with my dogs so much more convenient.  The swing away design makes it a breeze to get my dogs in and out of the back of my truck!

See what else Mary Lou has to say in her exclusive StowAway Cargo Carriers video:

Personal Biography: Mary Lou’s philosophical approach to dog training is to keep the handlers relationship with the dog and the dogs attitude the highest priority. Incorporating games, treats and toys as integral tools in training, she believes in breaking down each behavior to its smallest component ensuring that both dog and handler clearly understand what tod o. This approach makes sure that the dog is set up for success – confident enough in all areas of performance so as to maximize speed and accuracy. Her teaching style instills confidence in the handler allowing them to feel that they can be the best partner possible for their dog.