We’ve seen StowAway hitch-mounted frames come in handy for camping enthusiasts, business owners, bike race competitors, world travelers… the list goes on and on and on. Now, we can add farriers to that list. (You know, farriers, the people that take care of and shoe horses.) (more…)
Our StowAway2 Owner of the Month!)
The Schiers family of Syracuse, Utah knew they needed extra storage for a road trip to southern California so Robert Schiers began his search for just the right setup. After reviewing several options, he chose the StowAway2 MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier for its combination of capacity and flexibility.
When we asked Robert how the StowAway2 MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier performed for his family, he told us:
“We bought it for our trip to California and Disneyland. It made a huge difference to be able to put our luggage in the StowAway and still be able to swing the carrier out and access the back of the car. We did a weeklong trip around Southern California and never had any water or anything get in the carrier. The StowAway2 can hold a lot of items. Our family can put its entire luggage in it and still have room for some smaller items. When we are traveling and our luggage is out, we put items that we want to access quickly in the StowAway, like a stroller, which was very handy at Yellowstone with all the in and outs of the car at each spot we stopped at. We use it for camping, too. It is nice to be able to put dirty or muddy items in, instead of the car. Our family really enjoys the StowAway2.”
Our thanks to the Schiers family for sharing their story with us—we always appreciate hearing from our customers about how the StowAway2 works for them.
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Mary 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.
Our hitch cargo carriers provide a creative solution for storage space outside the vehicle. But when you’re not traveling, where do you store the carrier itself? Our StowAway Owner of the Month, Jeremy Drifter, has come up with a creative solution to store his MAX carrier in the garage.
Jeremy says “We take a lot of family trips. There are five of us and once you load up with a cooler and some stuff for the kids, we need to get all of the luggage out of the car to have a comfortable ride.”
The Drifters, who own both a Dodge Magnum and a Ford Expedition, travel back and forth from their home in Florida to their cabin in North Carolina, as well as on their camping trips and scouting adventures. Our MAX carrier provides them with a storage solution for their travels but between the family’s gear, two cars and everything else in their garage, they didn’t have any room to store their hitch cargo carrier. So Jeremy did what any creative minded person would have done: found a solution.
Jeremy welded a hitch mount on his own and mounted it to his wall. Made from 1/4 inch sheet metal, the mount consists of a 10″ wide by 17″ high plate and a 7″ long 2″ box tube welded together and attached to the wall (which had cement anchors behind it). He also drilled a hole for the hitch pin and put one triangle gusset under the box tube for support. All in all a professional looking piece of equipment completely thought up, designed and manufactured by him.
“I actually pull my Expedition in the garage and the hood sits under the StowAway when it’s stored on the wall.”
This set up cost Jeremy about $12.00 and took him about 30 minutes to weld, mount and paint. He is now enjoying both the StowAway hitch cargo carrier on his trips and plenty space in his garage when he’s home.
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