Roadtrek and the StowAway Carrier: The Perfect Team

June 6th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in RVs - (Comments Off on Roadtrek and the StowAway Carrier: The Perfect Team)
The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier adds 16 cubit feet of storage space to Class B RVs, such as the Roadtrek

The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier adds 16 cubit feet of storage space to Class B RVs, such as the Roadtrek

I love having a Home-On-The-Go, a little RV that serves as my second home when I’m on recreational pursuits. A Roadtrek gives me the convenience and comforts of home, and a roof over my head – like a little hermit crab, taking my castle with me wherever I go.

Living the RV lifestyle doesn’t have to be a big, expensive endeavor. If you downsize your Class A motorhome to a more compact Roadtrek, for example, you can save greatly on fuel and still enjoy many of the top-tier amenities of larger recreational vehicles. Your trips don’t have to be cramped, pared-down affairs either, just because you opted for a smaller RV. For avid rubber-tire travelers, a Roadtrek and the StowAway Carrier make the perfect team.

With 16 cubic feet of space, the Max StowAway Cargo Carrier has the capacity to hold 200 pounds of gear and supplies. Many of the things you would normally store inside your motorhome can now be stored outside, in the sturdy, secure, easy-access cargo box behind your vehicle.

In my case, I always travel with the essentials: hair care products and the dog. In case “hair care products” don’t speak for themselves, here’s the lowdown: shampoo, conditioner, gel, Morrocan oil, styling spray, hair drier, two curling irons, hairspray, one comb, two brushes, hair clips and rubber bands. All too true.

Even more importantly, I take Pippin, my Golden-Retriever-On-The-Go, on all my recreational pursuits. Pippin loves to travel, but he has his essential needs, too, including: crunchy food, gooey food, food and water bowls, treats, his favorite bed, spare leashes, toys, and plenty of towels (he’s a water dog; no doubt he will always get wet and will often get muddy).

Then, of course I need the essentials of my recreational pursuits, which include always special gear, clothing and shoes. Biking, for example, requires clip-in shoes, padded shorts, helmet, gloves, water bottles, maps, tops of many pockets, and, well, the bike.

With the StowAway Cargo Carrier, I have plenty of room for all my essentials and even more room inside the RV for Pippin and me. And, conveniently attached to my trailer hitch, the unique SwingAway frame pivots 180 degrees to give me complete and easy access to the back of the vehicle.

Key Features of the Cargo Box:

  • Molded from the same high-impact polymer used in white water kayaks.
  • 16 cubic feet of storage capacity
  • Carries up to 200 pounds
  • Lockable lid for security
  • Fully functional taillights and wrap-around reflectors
  • Built-in carrying handles and a drain plug for easy clean up
  • Weep holes to deter water in wet weather
  • Box in black or white
  • Dimensions 51″ long x 23″ wide x 26″ high
  • 10-year limited warranty

Key Features of the SwingAway Frame:

  • Rises 5″ for ground clearance
  • Pivots up to 180º for clear access to your vehicle. Locks at 90º for tailgating.
  • Rugged steel with dual safety feature

No matter what I’m packing or where I’m going, I know I don’t have to sacrifice my essentials – or a reasonable amount of indulgences – when I’ve got the StowAway Cargo Carrier behind me.

The Ultimate Hook Up: Your RV, the StowAway Cargo Carrier, and a Smart Car

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in RVs - (Comments Off on The Ultimate Hook Up: Your RV, the StowAway Cargo Carrier, and a Smart Car)

Question: What do a RoadTrek and a Smart Car have in common?

Answer: Absolutely nothing.

Attached your Smart Car to your RV and a hitch cargo carrier for all your gear.

Attached your Smart Car to your RV and a hitch cargo carrier for all your gear.

Unless, of course, you have a StowAway Cargo Carrier and a dual hitch receiver.

In which case you have the perfect marriage of convenience, space and transportation options.

Road trippers like us occupy an active world full of diverse opportunities for recreation, culture and respite. We may be going on a ski trip, but we also want to take in the local art hop or fine dining choices. We might want to go skating or snowshoeing while we’re there as well.

If we’re going camping, we may also want to have our mountain biking or hiking gear with us. We may even want our off-road vehicle along for the ride.

Question: Where are we going to put all this stuff?

Answer: The StowAway Cargo Carrier with a dual hitch to haul a vehicle trailer.

Fortunately, when you’re off on a vacation and you want to tow your Smart Car (motorcycle, ATV) behind your RV, you don’t have to sacrifice storage space. With a dual hitch and StowAway Cargo Carrier you can have your RV, Smart Car and all your gear too.

Here’s how it works: First, slide the dual hitch into your RoadTrek’s (or other recreational vehicle) hitch receiver.  Add 12.5 cubic feet of extra storage space by sliding the StowAway Standard Cargo Carrier into the top receiver of your dual hitch. The cargo carrier will hold up to 200 pounds of gear, op to four carry-ons, giving you extra storage and elbow room in your RV.

The Dual Hitch Receiver Extender lets your create a convenient caravan of vehicles and gear.

The Dual Hitch Receiver Extender lets you create a convenient caravan of vehicles and gear.

Then plug your Smart Car’s tow bar into the lower hitch of the dual hitch. And you’ve got yourself a sweet little caravan. You’ve also got options for getting around town and room to pack extra gear for the adventures you’ll have when you get there.

Recreation these days is all about choices, and having the right gear for the job. Travelers with multi-faceted interests shouldn’t have to choose between one sport, one location and one vehicle. Shouldn’t we have it all?

Making Space: How a Hitch Cargo Carrier Can Save Your RV Trip … and Your Marriage

February 5th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in RVs - (Comments Off on Making Space: How a Hitch Cargo Carrier Can Save Your RV Trip … and Your Marriage)
Stow your gear in a hitch cargo carrier for easy access to what's most precious to you

Stow your gear in a hitch cargo carrier for easy access to what’s most precious to you

“You take my towel; I breaka you fingas.”

When my husband and I took an RV trip across the country a few years ago, we faced a few challenges. One of which was the fact that we’d never traveled in a motorhome before. The other was space. We had to pack everything we needed for a full month in a very small amount of space.

This is when I came up with the Two Towel Rule. We didn’t have room to pack a bunch of extra things, including towels, so we each had our own specific towel set. His was blue; mine was pink. Easy enough. The rule: Do not use, touch or even look at my towels. They are mine, mine, mine. Everything else was share and share alike. Fair enough.

If you’ve ever traveled in a motorhome, you know that space is extremely limited. Every square inch is meticulously designed to maximize both space and utility. Space is particularly tight in a Class B motorhome (read: the smallest possible living/traveling space). It will behoove your trip – and your relationship – to give yourselves a little extra elbow room. Keep reading; I know exactly how to do that.

It really can be challenging to share 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a motorhome. Here are a few tips to help make your time on the road a great adventure instead of a battle for space (and towels):

1. Maximize Your Space: You can add as much as 16 cubic feet of storage space by using a hitch cargo carrier from The great thing about using a hitch instead of a rooftop for your cargo carrier, is access. The StowAway hitch cargo carrier, for example, attaches to the back of your rig instead of the top for super-easy access. And it pivots up to 180 degrees to also give you easy access to every precious thing in the back of your motorhome. It comes in two sizes, has a locking lid, and can hold up to 200 extra pounds of your gear.

2. Respect the Space: Your guiding principle is “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Pick up after yourself, put things away right away, and don’t pack what you don’t need. (You do get to pack some extras, though, when you’ve got the StowAway hitch cargo carrier. And you get to keep those extras close at hand, because the big stuff – suitcases, camp chairs, duffle bags – can be stashed in the hitch carrier.

3. Assign Duties: When you arrive at the RV Park, each person should know what his or her duties are. For example: He hooks up the sewer line; she hooks up everything else. Fair enough.

Read more about 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!

Camper Vans and Space: How the StowAway Can Help

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | RVs - (Comments Off on Camper Vans and Space: How the StowAway Can Help)

It’s hard not the love the versatility of a camper van.  The size, fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and price are attractive to travelers who are looking to own a motor home but don’t want the size and commitment that larger RV’s bring.  But while they do have a lot of positive attributes, camper vans can be lacking in one major way: Space.  Because of the excellent use of space inside the camper for appliances and furniture that make your camper feel like home, space for personal belongings can be lacking.  One way to get some extra square footage for your camper van is to get a hitch cargo carrier.

Hitch Cargo Carrier on a Class B Motor Home

A StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier with optional swingaway feature

Able to carry up to 200 lbs. of whatever you need, the StowAway hitch cargo carrier can give you that extra bit of space that every traveler needs.  Whether it’s the extra blanket you wish you had on that especially cold night, some extra camp chairs for friends you meet on the road, or just a place to relocate some items that currently seem to be getting in your way inside, a hitch cargo carrier can help make your life on the road a little bit more civilized and relaxing.

While there are a couple other options to meet your storage needs, hitch cargo carriers provide a better solution than those other options.  Firstly, there is no need for a roof base rack in order to install it since unlike most cargo options, it’s not on the roof.  All that is needed is a hitch and your hitch cargo carrier is ready to go.  Secondly, because it doesn’t attach to the roof, you don’t need to reach up to it to access your extra cargo. On a larger vehicle like a camper van this is a lot more practical since you might want to access it every day and don’t want to be constantly climbing up onto the roof.  Last and certainly not least is the better fuel efficiency.  Since it is behind the camper it will not affect the aerodynamics and your fuel efficiency will remain the same, unlike a clunky rooftop cargo carrier that will add wind resistance.

So if you find yourself wanting items that you can’t fit, just want more space in your camper van, or want a more convenient and practical option than your current roof cargo solutions, check out the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Happy Travels!