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.

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 Hitch Cargo Carriers are so proud of you.

Road Trips with Dogs

January 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Road Trips - (Comments Off on Road Trips with Dogs)

Don’t Leave Home Without the Dog – or a Hitch Cargo Carrier

The StowAway Cargo Carrier swivels 180 degrees for easy in-and-outs when taking road trips with dogs.

Dogs travel in comfort & convenience with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

I take road trips with my dog, Pippin, the Golden-On-the-Go, all the time. I don’t leave home without him. It seems as though more and more people are foregoing the kennel and taking their waggly best friends with them on road trips. Even some hotels are now specifically accommodating dogs, with pet-friendly rooms, treats upon arrival, and fenced play areas.

So, unless you want your dog to sit on your lap the whole time, which might be fun but isn’t necessarily safe, you’re going to need to do some rearranging for your road trips with dogs. To stow all your luggage, gear, food, and dog/s comfortably and safely, I heartily recommend the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

My Top 5 Favorite Things About the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier:

Having covered thousands of miles on road trips with my dog, I’ve become an expert packer. Here’s what I can fit in the StowAway Standard Hitch Cargo Carrier :

  1. Food: Pip’s food supply includes dry food, treats, bowls for food and water, and a cooler that houses his favorite “gooey” food.
  2. Towels: Pip is a water dog – just try to keep him out of it – so I always pack plenty of towels to keep him dry and happy after his romps in the water.
  3. Pip’s Bed: He goes; it goes. Which is to say, he doesn’t leave home without it.
  4. Room to Move: To make plenty of room for Pip, I can also stow two carry-on bags and two camp chairs, in addition to Pip’s gear – up to 200 pounds of stuff.
  5. Access: I don’t have to climb on the bumper to access this gear, because it’s located on the trailer hitch, behind the car, rather than on top of the car. Wshew!  And the box swings open 180 degrees, so Pip gets in and out of the car sweet and easy, the way he likes.

Note on storage: The Standard Cargo Carrier Box has a capacity of 12.5 cubic feet – which would hold 4 carry on suitcases and two camp chairs. The Max Cargo Carrier Box has 16 cubic feet of capacity and holds 4 carry on suitcases, two camp chairs and two duffel bags. More information from StowAway2.

Pippin, Kyla's Golden-On-The-Go

Pippin, Kyla’s Golden-On-The-Go

Some Other Tips for Road Trips with Dogs

  1.  Stop. Your dog will want to stretch its legs and take a little sniff-n-pee break every few hours. This is a great chance for you to do the same, getting some fresh air and working out the kinks of the road.
  2. Water. Your dog runs hotter than you do, most likely. Make sure you’ve got a water bowl in the car and a good supply of fresh clean water.
  3. Carrier. Some people advise putting your dog in a carrier for the trip, especially if you have a little dog who is likely to get bounced around, run from side to side of the vehicle, and/or get underfoot. If you have a yapper, sometimes a carrier will calm them down … if you’re lucky.
  4. Ventilate. If you’re stopping for breakfast, lunch or dinner along the way, please promise me you will leave at least two windows partially open for fresh airflow. Even in the snow and rain. It’s so important.
  5. Identification. Pippin is chipped. Which means he’s got a little tracker under his skin, installed by his veterinarian. That means if – God forbid – he gets lost, wanders off, or is otherwise misplaced, any good person who finds him can reach me by having his chip scanned. Also, when we’re traveling, I never, ever, ever take off his collar, which has his name, address and my cell phone number on it.

“Safe and Happy” is our motto. A road trip is a road trip, but a road trip with dogs – is a great, tail wagging adventure.

2013 Fall Foliage Predictions

October 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in More! | Road Trips - (Comments Off on 2013 Fall Foliage Predictions)

The shorter days before the holiday season bring outdoor football games, corn mazes and fall colors. Before the autumn passes you by, find a few hours to get out and enjoy the colors as the seasons change.

Fall Foliage

Leaves are turning. Time to travel with StowAway.

Fall Colors: Seasonal Predictions

Many forecasters like to predict the degree of brilliance the fall leaves may bring to the season. Depending on where in the United States you happen to live, these changes are influenced by weather.

Accuweather.com gathered the opinions of several leaf watchers and forecasts that the mid-Atlantic states may have the best outcome this fall, especially if the weather patterns aren’t too wet or too dry. Similarly, Weather.com concurs. Ideal weather conditions usually produce ideal fall colors.

An especially useful website to chart color changes is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Based on eyewitness accounts, the USFS follows changes in the fall colors and provides an easy-to-use visual guide to the parts of the country where leaves are in peak turnover. The USDA even has a handy YouTube video about finding a great place to gaze.

For the detail-oriented, there’s also a link to the science behind the fall color changes.

Fall Foliage by State

A peak fall foliage map by state is also available from a very no-nonsense website called StormFax.com. The map allows users to click on a state to find a site specific website with information or tools to determine if the leaf peeping is good. Not all the states have links, but enough of the map is hyperlinked to get a good sense of what’s going on in the regions where many good views can be found.

And, if all else fails, try StormFax’s handy Fall Foliage Hotline phone listing. Whatever plans develop for your trip out into the fall weather, remember to take a snapshot or two and send it to us at StowAway. We’d love to see your travels.

 

Increased Travel? Decrease Your Gas Consumption With These Tips

June 28th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on Increased Travel? Decrease Your Gas Consumption With These Tips)

With AAA reporting that there will be nearly a 5% increase in car travel this 4th of July, people clearly seem to be catching the travel bug after a couple years of down travel.  While this increase is both exciting and hopeful, it does bring up one part of the economy that is still hurting us all: the gas tank.  While gas prices are down slightly, it’s always great to save a bit whenever you’re traveling.  Here are a few tips to help you get more out of a full tank of gas while traveling this 4th of July weekend.

Skip the Drive Through

Not only are they bad for your health but they’re also bad for your gas tank.  Sitting in line while you wait for your food wastes gas since the car is still running while you sit idle.  Instead you could think about packing a cooler and stopping to enjoy lunch at a park in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Make sure to check your tires before you embark on your voyage.  Under inflated tires kill your gas mileage by 3%.  They will also wear out longer in the long run and be more susceptible to a blowout.

StowAway hitch cargo carrier

Family Traveling with a StowAway hitch cargo carrier

Skip the Roof Rack

Roof cargo carriers make your car less aerodynamic which causes drag and extra gas consumption.  Try a StowAway hitch cargo carrier instead.  Hitch cargo carriers attach to the back of your car which does not affect your aerodynamics. You’ll save money at the pump and have plenty of storage space for everything you need.

Don’t Speed

While speeding is always a safety hazard, it’s also bad for gas mileage as well.  Speeding leads to increased RPMs and frequent change of speeds, both of which will drain your gas tank.  Just put your car on cruise control at the speed limit and enjoy the smooth ride of savings.

Avoid Traffic and Stop Signs

While it’s not always easy to avoid traffic, a less traveled route will use a lot less gas than a congested highway.  Having to constantly stop and go will cause your gas to disappear.  It’s best to plan ahead and find a highway that will not have any traffic lights or stop signs and be void of traffic.

Don’t Stop!

While stopping to go to the bathroom and for more gas are both inevitable, frequent stops will cause you to do a lot of the things already mentioned.  Try to plan your stops so that you’re getting food, going to the bathroom and getting gas all at the same time.  Leaving your cruising speed as little as possible will help you stay on course and keep your gas tank filled.

Make sure to stay safe, have fun and keep your gas tank filled this 4th of July wherever you may be going.  Also make sure to check out StowAway for your cargo carrying needs.

Happy Travels!

 

Road Tripin’ Tips from StowAway Cargo Carriers

June 8th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on Road Tripin’ Tips from StowAway Cargo Carriers)

Spring has come and now we’re headed full bore into summer: the season of exploring.  What better way to explore than to gas up the car, pack up your stowaway, grab the family, and see a new part of the country on a good old fashioned road trip?

While Hollywood and great American literature have made road trips out to be something only for young people to do on the cheap, they are not the only ones that can experience the joys of a road trip.  Spending time on the road and having new experiences with the people close to you can bring you even closer together in a way that flying somewhere can’t match.  Here is a list of useful resources and products that can get you started on your next road trip.

Road Trip America

www.roadtripamerica.com is a great one stop shop for all things road trip.  They have a list of exciting routes in every area of the country, a hotel finder, maps, and articles on trip ideas.  While other resources combined may provide a more detailed trip planner, no one website has you covered for all things road trip like roadtripamerica.com

Extra Storage

StowAway Stow Hitch Cargo Carrier

The Stow Away being used on a road (or beach) trip

A storage solution like a hitch cargo carrier from StowAway can help you bring along everything you need for your road trip.  Camping gear, food, water, extra clothes, and everything else you need on the road adds up quick when packing up the car for a road trip.  A StowAway will help you fit everything you need so that you won’t be cramped for your long hours on the road.

A GPS System

While maps are great and a physical copy of anything is useful, nothing is more frustrating than going an hour in the wrong direction because you read the map wrong.  GPS systems (either in your smart phone or in a stand alone unit) can help make the most efficient use of your time on the road and save you from getting lost on an old dirt road or in the wrong part of town.

Travel Guide

Area specific travel guides like the ones created by Lonely Planet and Fodors can be an extremely useful resource when traveling in an area you don’t know much about.  They generally provide must see attractions, good local restaurants, and will make sure that you don’t miss anything when out exploring a new area on a road trip.

Friendliness

The most important resource when out on a road trip is to be outgoing and friendly to everybody you meet.  Talk to the locals and see where they recommend you go.  Because they live their, they will most likely know best.

So enjoy your summer and try to experience a new part of your state, region, or country.  Also remember to check out StowAway2.com for all of your hitch storage needs.

 

Happy Travels!

 

Spring Break-away with StowAway!

March 20th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on Spring Break-away with StowAway!)
Group fo road signs photo

Which way you headin’?

All your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You have been for weeks. Enough of Winter already. It’s time to get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway.

It’s  Spring Break!

While a lot of folks have cut back on their driving recently due to rising gas prices, there’s still a good chunk of the population who refuse to let the situation at the pump deter their plans for that sacred annual March ritual. Full speed ahead!

So where are you bound for? A family trip to a theme park? A back to nature camping and hiking adventure? A golfing road trip with the guys (or gals)? Maybe a classic “Where the Boys Are” expedition to Bikini Beach? Well wherever you’re going, remember what AAA is saying about spring break travel this year – domestic destinations are viewed as less expensive and are likely to pull business from international hotspots, making them just as crowded or, gulp, even more so (all those financially strapped jet-setters, don’tcha know). Reservations are highly recommended.

If you’re a veteran Spring Breaker, you know that the destination isn’t the only place that can get crowded. Your vehicle can get pretty darn cozy, too. Luggage, snowboards, camping gear, golf clubs, coolers, pet supplies…whew! And don’t forget the passengers!

That’s why StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers have become the most versatile and popular travel cargo boxes around. With up to 16 cubic feet of storage space and the ability to carry 200 pounds of gear, you can be sure that no boogie board gets left behind and that there will be plenty of stretchin’ out room inside the vehicle. Its convenient ground level access lets you get to your gear quickly and easily at rest stops, diners, trailheads, tourist traps and all those other must-see roadside attractions. Forget the hassle and fuel-ineficiency (gas prices again!) of a roof-top carrier.

People loading up StowAway Cargo Carrier with luggage

Map! We don’t need no stinking map!

Remember, crowded vacation areas can also attract the less reputable type of “vacationer”. It’s been said that at any time, at any rest area in the country, there is at least one felon lurking! (Sounds low). But with the StowAway’s secure locking mechanism, you’ll be able breathe easy knowing your stuff is safe while you’re in the club house or gift shop.

Taking the bikes with on your trip? No problem. 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 for bike-only outings.

So wherever your Spring Break travels take you, down the PCH , up the A1A, or from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, a StowAway Cargo Carrier will help make your trip a comfortable one.

 

4th of July Travel Tips

July 1st, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on 4th of July Travel Tips)

We are all eager for the weekend to begin as the Fourth of July approaches.  With so many locales hosting celebrations for the Fourth, many of us will be traveling this Independence Day weekend.

Stowaway2.com wants to give you some tips about preparing you vehicle before you hit the road this weekend with your hitch mounted cargo carrier.

  1. Check the tires.  Make sure tires are properly inflated as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual. This will give you better gas mileage as well as reducing the chances of a blowout.  Check the tread levels on you tires.  Inspect all four tires for deterioration beyond the wear bar.  Or place a penny on the tread, it should cover Lincoln’s head.
    check tires, travel preparation
  2. Check the spare tire.  The spare should be fully inflated.  Also check that you have a car jack and tire iron/wrench in your vehicle too.
  3. Check the coolant.  Many cars over heat during the summer because of improper coolant system maintenance.  Change out coolant with 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water if needed.
  4. Check the air filter.  A dirty air filter can rob fuel efficiency.  It should be replaced every 10-15k miles and takes less than 5 minutes.
  5. Bring a map.  It’s always helpful to have a current atlas, especially when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area.

 

As you prepare your car, a StowAway cargo carrier will provide the extra space you need for your Independence Day plans.  If you don’t have one already, this is a great product that will make your storage for traveling much easier.

Also keep in mind there will be many other travelers on the road this weekend.  These guidelines will help you be prepared for any potential problems.  Be safe and enjoy your trip!