StowAway is lucky to have amazing customers that share their stories and adventures with us! This particular story arose when our customer, Tracey, was installing the StowAway with her granddaughter, Sophia… (more…)
Fishing Season is Here! Time For the Stowaway Fishing Rod Holder
Fishing season has finally arrived and you’ve got your plans laid out. You’ve got your fishing license, all your gear is packed and ready to go, and you’re heading to the perfect fishing spot. You’ve made camping/cottage/hotel reservations and your rig is loaded up with food, clothes, coolers, tackle boxes and all your other needful things. (more…)
You’ve got the strength, and we’ve got the steps how!
With a long list of things to do before leaving on a trip, your friends and family are scattered in different directions trying to get everything done in time. Before you pack anything, you need to install your StowAway. You look left, you look right, and no one is around.
How are you going to install the StowAway by yourself? Luckily, you aren’t alone – well, you know what we mean! Other customers have had the same question, which is why StowAway wants to share the steps to complete an installation by yourself.
Note: Upper body strength is a must for lifting the StowAway and sliding it into the hitch receiver. If you have back problems, it is best to wait for assistance.
To install, you’ll need:
- ¾” socket wrench
- Hitch tightener
- Hitch lock and pin
- Good upper body strength
Step 1 – Align the StowAway frame with your vehicle’s hitch and slide it into place. If it is not aligned, the hitch pin will not go in.
Step 2 – Insert the hitch pin and lock.
Step 3 – Next, slide the hitch tightener into place and use the ¾” socket wrench to tighten the nuts evenly.
Step 4 – Plug in cord for taillights.
Step 5 – Lock the StowAway in place and tighten the T-bolt. If you have a SwingAway frame, don’t forget to insert the frame pin to keep the StowAway in place.
Helpful tip: Install the wheel kit to make moving your StowAway from garage to vehicle as easy and effortless as possible. They attach to the existing frame and won’t get in the way. Therefore, you can leave them on permanently, so they are there when you need them.
While installing and removing the StowAway is much easier with two people, it is helpful to know how to do it by yourself. Schwarzenegger strength is not required, but please be careful and watch the How to Install by Yourself Video in advance!
Need a fun, inexpensive adventure with your family? Go camping! Camping is a great way to spend time with your family, without dumping a lot of money into a vacation. Once you have the gear, all you’ll pay for are campground fees. Most park or campground fees are between $10 and $25 – you can’t find a hotel for that price. Plus, with no cell reception, your kids will be forced to put down their devices and interact with their surroundings, and you!
To make your camping trip a success, bring plenty of food and games. Don’t forget to check your camping supplies list… or forget to make it in the first place. Get your family involved in the process and discuss what you all want to bring. However, if you’re like me, even if I make a list I usually forget something. Which is why I suggest checking out what other people and camping sites suggest to bring. For example:
StowAway’s Happy Camper Checklist
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots
- Shower sandals
- Multiple changes of clothes, for both warm and cool weather.
- Bathing suit
- Bag for dirty clothes
- Pocket knife
- Waterproof matches
- Toilet paper
- Water bottle
- Hand sanitizer
- Sanitizing wipes
- Flashlight (spare batteries)
- Insect repellant
- Bug net
- Trash bags
- Food (trail mix, granola bars, s’mores, jerky, hot dogs, etc.)
- FIRST AID KIT (For a first aid check list, click here)
And don’t forget your StowAway! All of your supplies and gear will fit in the StowAway, providing you a convenient way to access everything and stay organized. With the StowAway, you can bring everything you want and need for the trip to be happy campers!
For additional camping information and articles visit http://campersupplies.camping2u.com.
Have a cycling group that travels to races? A running group supporting a cause? If so, StowAway wants to sponsor your team!
You’ve done a great job squeezing 6 people, travel supplies, gear, and food into your vehicle – but let us make things easier. StowAway will give your team a hitch cargo carrier at no cost to you. That’s more leg room, easier access to your gear, increased storage capacity, and it doesn’t cost you a penny!
So, now you’re thinking – what’s the catch? In return, all we ask for are photos of your team using the StowAway. It’s as simple as that.
In the past we have sponsored:
StowAway enjoys sponsoring teams and getting involved in active communities, but we need your help finding a dedicated team with a purpose! The team does not have to be professional athletes or from a specific area. Most importantly, we are looking for a team with storage issues that need solving!
Have a great team in mind? Email email@example.com with a short description of the team you are nominating and why they could use a StowAway. There is no deadline for when you can nominate a team but we only sponsor 1 a year, so act fast!
Wheels to the Rescue!
You’ve been enjoying the convenience and storage capacity of your StowAway Cargo Carrier for miles and miles. Loading and unloading gear easily, freeing up room in your vehicle, and being able to take everything you need along the way. But when it’s time to store your StowAway, what is the best way to do that?
When you’re moving the cargo carrier from your vehicle into the garage, follow the motto:
work smarter – not harder.
The StowAway Carrier Wheel Kit is here to help!
The wheels easily mount to the frame of your StowAway Cargo Carrier while it is still attached to your vehicle. This allows you to easily install the wheels, and roll the cargo carrier effortlessly from your vehicle to the garage.
The wheel kit includes:
• Two heavy-duty wheels that mount onto any StowAway frame
• Wheels use the same attachment points as the frame
• Easy installation (no drill required)
• Easily move your carrier while still attached to the frame
• Free Shipping
Did you know you only have a month to prepare for holiday travel? That’s right – Thanksgiving is only one month away, and most folks know by now that this is the busiest travel time of the year, causing a multitude of travel snags and traffic delays for those who find themselves unprepared.
According to our friends at AAA, over 46 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends in 2014, with the average distance traveled being around 550 miles roundtrip. With nearly 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers taking to the highways, and gas prices at their lowest in years, you can bet holiday traffic volumes (and headaches) will be at their highest in 2015.
But with a bit of planning and preparation you’ll be on and off the road, enjoying the turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, in no time at all. Here are four Thanksgiving road trip tips to ensure smooth sailing as you head out on the highway this holiday season:
Plan your trip. We all know most folks travel on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving. If possible, consider traveling on alternate days and leave early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid increased traffic volume on the highways. Also, research alternate routes in advance to dodge traffic jams or accidents that could slow you down. And don’t forget to check the weather forecast a few days before you leave so you’ll know what conditions to prepare for. *Bonus tip: Although they may be considered outdated due to technology, it never hurts to keep a map in the glove compartment in case of poor internet service along your chosen route.
- Vehicle maintenance. Avoid the last minute rush. Have your car and tires inspected in the next week or two (or do it yourself if you’re able), and be sure routine maintenance has been taken care of before you hit the road. Check the oil, belts and hoses, coolant, battery, and wiper fluid. Been hearing a funny noise and you’re not quite sure what it is? Have that checked too! Be sure you have emergency vehicle maintenance supplies on hand, such as a tire jack, lug wrench, tire sealant, jumper cables, tire chains, tow strap and electrical tape – just in case! And lastly, don’t forget to fuel up before you leave town (if you’re able, fill your tank a day or two before your trip to avoid gas station chaos).
- Emergency Kit. Make sure you have the basics in case you find yourself in a jam: flashlight/head lamp, battery charger, road flares, first aid kit, pocket knife, water/snacks, blankets, snow shovel, and hand warmers. *Bonus tip: Worried that you won’t have room in your vehicle for all of your family, luggage, and emergency supplies? Consider adding more cargo space with a StowAway Cargo Carrier.
The necessities. Don’t forget to pack any prescription medications, and be sure to bring extra in case you get stuck along the way (remember the storm that hit the east coast last year?). It’s also helpful to have extra over the counter medications on hand, like those for head or muscle aches, upset stomach, motion sickness, and heartburn. You’ll also want to remember to bring chargers for your cell phone, tablet, laptop, and any other electronic devices you use to communicate and/or keep the kids entertained on long road trips. And speaking of kids… they’re known to get bored and hungry on long road trips, so be sure you have plenty of snacks, beverages, movies, games, and music to keep them happy along the way.
*Bonus tip: Back in my day, when electronics didn’t rule the world and cars weren’t equipped with DVD players, TVs, and satellite radio, my sister and I were forced to keep ourselves occupied in the back seat of the car. This included road trip games like I Spy, 20 Questions, Animal/Vegetable/Mineral, Slug Bug, and Mad Libs. Try turning off the electronic devices this year, and see how much fun you can have without them!
Whatever your destination this holiday season, these four road trip tips and a little advanced planning will help ensure smooth and safe travels so you can enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Tailgating season is in full swing and football fans across the nation are no doubt enjoying all of the delicious food, friendly faces, and school spirit that accompany this fall weekend tradition. But some fans take tailgating to another level. Painted faces and extravagant costumes, custom made BBQs and smokers to ensure that secret family recipe comes out juuuuuuuuust riiiiiiight, motorhomes, buses, and SUVs with custom paint jobs so everyone knows where their loyalty lies… we’re talking about some extreme tailgaters, folks!
It’s the unbridled enthusiasm of college football fanatics like these that not only keeps the tailgating tradition alive, but leads to a spot on Tailgater Magazine’s Top 25 Tailgating Schools list for 2015.
- University of Oregon (now that’s something to QUACK about!)
- Louisiana State University
- Ole Miss
- The Ohio State University
- Auburn University
- University of Washington
- University of Texas
- University of Alabama
- University of Tennessee
- Notre Dame
- University of Nebraska
- University of Michigan
- North Dakota State University
- Clemson University
- University of Oklahoma
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
- Michigan State
- Arizona State University
- University of Southern California
- Boise State University
- Penn State
- Appalachian State University
Did your school make the list? If not, no need to fret. Perhaps a StowAway Hitch Grill Station can ramp up your tailgating game and land your school on the list for 2016!
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…)