StowAway Lid Rack – What Can You Carry?

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Racks - (Comments Off on StowAway Lid Rack – What Can You Carry?)
Strap bulky, wet, dirty or extra items to your StowAway Lid Rack

Strap bulky, wet, dirty or extra items to your StowAway Lid Rack

Packing lightly has never been my strong suit. I need choices … many, many choices. I might change my mind. I might go mountain biking instead of hiking. I might go mountain biking in addition to hiking. I might stay an extra day or two, or three. I might need extra beach chairs, a rubber raft, or a duffle bag full of diving gear (or hair care products).

Which is all just to say that I pack lots of gear and supplies. More is more, right? So in addition to my Hitch Cargo Carrier, which attaches behind my vehicle instead of inconveniently on top, I have added a StowAway Lid Rack.

The Lid Rack lets me strap bulky items, wet items, and dirty items to the top of my cargo carrier, giving me extra room inside my vehicle to help keep it clean, organized and accessible. The Lid Rack mounts to the top of the StowAway cargo carrier lid with heavy-duty brackets and anodized aluminum tubing for strength and security … because my gear is precious to me and I want to make sure it arrives in the same condition in which it was loaded.

Other gear you can safely load onto the StowAway Lid Rack include:

  • Wet suits and dry suits
  • Duffle bags
  • Tents
  • Air mattresses
  • Sleeping bags, bagged bedding
  • Small boogie boards
  • Umbrella awnings
  • Life jackets

Having the option to add more gear – safely and securely – takes a lot of the stress out of packing for me. I don’t have to choose. I don’t have to leave things behind that I may need or want. I get it take it all with me.

Installation of the StowAway Lid Rack is easy, though it requires two people and some tools. These are the parts included with your StowAway Lid Rack:

  • Pre-drilled Lid Rack with outside mounting brackets and three tubes
  • Inside mounting brackets for inside of lid
  • 1/4” Phillips head screws
  • 1/4” Locking Nuts
  • Washers

Tools of your own that you will need for installation:

  • Electric drill with 1/4” drill bit
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 7/16” wrench or socket
  • Tape measure

When I don’t need the extra carrying capacity, the StowAway Lid Rack is unobtrusive and doesn’t get in the way. But it calls to me … elegantly, patiently, beckoning me to load up all my goodies and take those one, two, three extra days on the road. No limits, nothing left behind.

 

Protect Your StowAway From the Damage of Exhaust

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Protect Your StowAway From the Damage of Exhaust)
Exhaust can melt even the strongest of cargo carriers.

Exhaust can melt even the strongest of cargo carriers.

Driving a Lexus is a wonderful thing. Or so I’m told. I drive a 1999 Saab 9.3 convertible with 170,000 miles on it.  (I love that car.) But back to the Lexus.

As fantastic as they are, Lexus GX and LX470 models have a quirky little feature that does not play nice with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. The exhaust pipe on these Lexus models, and many other vehicles as well, points at or directly below your StowAway cargo carrier. As sturdy as the StowAway boxes are (*see note below), exhaust can cause damage to the box if not properly deflected.

Fortunately the ingenious folks at StowAway think of everything, and have designed the StowAway Exhaust Shield. This device has been exclusively designed to deflect engine exhaust away from the back of your StowAway2 Cargo Carrier, thus eliminating any potential for damage to your cargo carrier due to exhaust heat.

Options are available for both the Fixed and SwingAway frames and for exhaust pipes on the driver’s side, passenger side and both sides. No matter what vehicle you drive, if your exhaust pipe points straight back, with no downward or sideways angle, you will definitely want an exhaust shield or an exhaust tip diverter, available at car parts stores.

* The Durability of the StowAway Cargo Box

The StowAway Hitch Carrier boxes are molded with Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) – a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.

Vehicles with exhaust pipes that point straight back can damaged even the strongest cargo boxes on the market

Vehicles with exhaust pipes that point straight back can damaged even the strongest cargo boxes on the market

The advantages of Linear Low Density Polyethylene include:

• Resistant to ultra-violet light

• Provides the most crack and puncture resistant structure for containers

• Not an oil-based product

• More resistant to breaking down over time than other plastics

As strong and durable as the StowAway hitch cargo boxes are, if you are driving a vehicle with an exhaust pipe that points straight back, you are at risk of damaging your cargo carrier. But not to worry. The StowAway Exhaust Shield has been designed exclusively to deflect exhaust heat and protect all StowAway2 models.

With protection from the StowAway Exhaust Shield, when you arrive at your destination your cargo box will look as swanky and reliable as your Lexus.

The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway)
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The StowAway Max Hitch Cargo Carrier is unmatched in capacity and durability.

I don’t always have time – or take the time – to comparison shop. I know I should. You can save a lot of money and get a better product when you take the time to compare features and prices. Sigh. As they say, the devil is in the details. And I’d just as soon have somebody else sweat those details for me.

So, seeing as how I love short cuts, I’m going to give you one and compare the three most popular and reliable brands of gear and cargo carriers for you.

Cubic feet capacity doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to how much gear you want to carry. Nor are all boxes and frames made from the same quality grade of materials. Also, not all carriers offer the same options and versatility to their users.  I’m also more interested in products that are manufactured in America. So, let’s see how this comparison of hitch carriers plays out in three key areas.

At the Starting Gate: Rola, Thule and StowAway

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.

 

Carrying Capacity:

The Rola hitch carrier has 13.5 cubic feet of space, which holds roughly four carry-on bags. The Thule hitch carrier has 13 cubic feet of space, which will accommodate about three carry-on bags and two large duffel bags. The StowAway MAX Hitch Carrier outguns both competitors with 16 cubic feet of space, holding four carry-on bags, two large duffel bags and two camp chairs.

 

 

Durability

Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier

The Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier will hold a total of 13.5 cu. ft.

The frames on the Rola and Thule hitch carriers are both constructed frommedium-wall steel tubing. The StowAway Hitch Carrier, by contrast, boasts heavy-wall steel tubing. The box material on the Rola is polypropylene and on the Thule it’s ABS plastic. The StowAway hitch carrier boxes are molded with Linear Low Density Polyethylene – a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.

Thule

The Thule Hitch Carrier will hold a total of 13 cu. ft.

Optional Accessories

If you’re like me you love to accessorize, to add on value, and to mix-n-match. Which means it’s important to me to have one base product that allows me a great deal of choices in add-ons and versatile use. (Saves me money in the long run.) In optional accessories, Rola offers me a bike rack, license plate light, hitch tightener, and hitch lock. Thule has only a hitch tightener and lock to help me out. The StowAway Hitch Carrier on the other hand, offers a bike rack, cargo rack, rod rack, lid rack, grilling station, custom cutting board, wheels, wrap-around reflectors and tie-down rings. All of which blows the competition clear off the road.

It does pay off in the long run to shop around and compare details. (It’s just nice when someone has done that work for you.) At the Finish Line of this race: StowAway by a mile.

Tired of Your Overhead Rack?

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Racks - (Comments Off on Tired of Your Overhead Rack?)

Never wear white pants when you’re on a road trip. It always goes badly.

The StowAway Hitch Rack attaches to the back of my rig, not the top.

The StowAway Hitch Rack attaches to the back of my rig, not the top for convenient access

So here I go, cruising down the road, doing everything in my power to keep taco crumbs and Diet Coke out of my lap. It is in the nature of road trips to stop and start, take breaks, eat on the road. And one of the last things I want to do is arrive at my destination with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on my butt.

So why, why, why do I store my cargo on the roof of my Jeep … knowing that I’ll have to climb on a door jam to get access to my stuff? There go the white pants. After all the effort of staying clean – no matter what I’m wearing – I always get dirty hauling my gear off the overhead rack.

Overhead racks are also inconvenient, unwieldy and often require two people get everything unloaded without dropping or damaging anything – including the side of the vehicle.

Fortunately, StowAway has a terrific solution: a rack that attaches to my trailer hitch instead of the roof. Ingenious! And – to give me access to the cargo in the back of my Jeep – the StowAway Hitch Rack has a unique swing-away frame that pivots 180 degrees. Sweet!

The rack pivots 180 degrees to give me easy access to the rear of my vehicle

The SwingAway frame pivots 180 degrees to give me easy access to the rear of my vehicle

You can get a base package, that includes the heavy-duty frame and rack, the SwingAway frame for clear vehicle access and a hitch tightener to eliminate wobbling and vibration. Then you can add on features if you’d like, such as a cargo net, hitch lock and cargo bag.

If you’re fond of tailgating, or want to add a grill station to your campsite, you can get the Tailgate Grill Station Plus package, which includes a Cuisinart Grill and acrylic snap-on cutting board.

They really have thought of everything.

Vital Stats: The StowAway Hitch Rack fits 1.25″ or 2″ hitch models, carries up to 250 pounds, and measures 53″ in length, 25″ in width and 5″ in depth. The heavy-duty, steel cargo rack has a black powder coat finish to resist corrosion, 5” side rails to keep your gear secure, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

The StowAway Hitch Rack with SwingAway Frame gives me extra room for my gear and clear access to the rear of my vehicle. Which means me, my gear and my vehicle, all arrive in terrific form.

The ingenuity doesn’t stop there. Additional StowAway customization options include a bike rack for four bikes and rod holders to carry fishing rods. You can also remove your cargo rack and add one of their StowAway cargo boxes.

 

 

 

Storing Your StowAway? The Wheel Kit Makes Storing and Mounting a Breeze

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Storing Your StowAway? The Wheel Kit Makes Storing and Mounting a Breeze)
Wheels are easily installed on the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Wheels are easily installed on the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

You’ve been storing, hauling and easily accessing gear and supplies in your StowAway Cargo Carrier for miles and miles. But when it’s time to store the cargo carrier itself, how best to do that?

I may be dating myself here, but I’m reminded of the adage, “The shoemaker’s children go barefoot.” Would the ultimate solution in cargo storage leave you out in the cold when it comes time to store the storage device itself? Now that you’re ready to store the StowAway, exactly how are you going to get it off your car and into the garage? Will you be left with a cargo carrier hangover when all the fun is over?

Absolutely not.

StowAway Carrier Wheel Kit to the rescue! This simple and sturdy system let’s you easily attach three wheels to the frame of your StowAway Cargo Carrier. This enables you to roll your carrier effortlessly from your vehicle to its home in the garage. The StowAway Cargo Carrier is exceptionally sturdy, and can also be stored outside in any kind of weather.

(A note about durability: Boasting a 10-year warranty, StowAway boxes are molded with a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of some competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.)

Wheel Kit PIeces

The StowAway Wheel Kit comes with 3 wheels, 2 U-bolts, and 4 nuts for quick and easy installation.

Fortunately you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or a mechanic for that matter, to install the wheels. They mount directly on the frame, using the same attachment points you use to install on your vehicle – no drilling required. Everything you need comes in the kits, pre-fabricated and ready to go. You will be wheeling and storing the cargo carrier as one unit, even with the swing-away frame (which pivots 180 degrees to give you access to the rear of your vehicle).

It seems as though whenever I assemble pre-fabricated “kits” I always end up with leftover parts, which doesn’t boost my confidence at all. So it gives me great comfort to know that the StowAway Carrier Wheel Kit comes with exactly nine pieces: three wheels, two U-bolts, and four nuts. Voila! How easy is that? And no snarky little parts left over to haunt me.

With the ingenious wheel kit, the StowAway Cargo Carrier will follow you effortlessly wherever you go, just like your suitcase … or a new puppy.

The StowAway Cargo Carrier on wheels, while less adorable than a puppy, is, however, exponentially more convenient.

~StowAway2.com

Tired of the Wobble? Check Out This Hitch Tightener

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Accessories - (Comments Off on Tired of the Wobble? Check Out This Hitch Tightener)

There are certain things in life that we don’t mind if they make a little wobble here and there. One-year-olds come to mind. A voice wobbling with emotion, for example. An egg on the counter. A Weeble, which will “wobble but it won’t fall down.” (And if that phrase isn’t familiar to you, it’s probably because you weren’t playing with toys in the 1970s. But I digress.) A wiggle in your caboose, a wobble in your walk, a jiggle in your girdle … it’s not all bad.

Eliminate hitch wobble with the StowAway Hitch Tightener

Eliminate hitch wobble with the StowAway Hitch Tightener

But a wobble in the hitch on your towing vehicle is not a good thing. Through prolonged use, it is common to have wobble with anything mounted to your hitch, including the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. (The Hitch Cargo Carrier, if you didn’t know, attaches to the back of your car for easy access, carries up to 16 cubic feet of storage, and pivots 180 degrees to give you easy access to the back of your vehicle. But I digress again.)

By using a simple mechanism, the StowAway Hitch Tightener, you can eliminate hitch wobble, and drive more safely, more quietly, and in greater comfort.

Simply clamp the hitch tightener at the junction of your StowAway frame and receiver hitch to secure the frame and virtually eliminate side-to-side wobble. Watch a helpful installation video on the StowAway YouTube channel.

The StowAway Hitch Tightener kit comes with:

  • Stainless steel U-bolt ring
  • Powder coated steel tightener plate
  • 2 Washers
  • 2 Lock ring
  • 2 Nuts
The Hitch Tightener installs easily, in just a few minutes

The Hitch Tightener installs easily, in just a few minutes

All you need to install the hitch tightener is a 3/4” wrench or socket. The combined action of the steel tightener plate and the U-bolt ring eliminates the side-to-side wobble that is pervasive in hitch cargo carriers.

The StowAway Hitch Tightener is compatible with 2” and 1.25” hitches, fits all Stowaway frames and will work with most hitch racks. It also comes standard with many StowAway carrier models.

But don’t take my word for it. Here is a sampling of the many 5-star reviews the StowAway Hitch Tightener has received:

  • “Wish I found this product sooner, immediately stopped the loud rattle noises and shaking [of] the vehicle.”  – Louis A.
  • “Fantastic! Bought this to keep my receiver mounted recovery winch from moving around in the receiver so much. Holds it nice and tight!” Richy R.
  • Worked perfectly!  Installed in 5 minutes. Wobble gone!” – David P.
  • “Best by far. Pulled new trailer with 5,000# tractor 500 miles to the largest classic Tractor Parade and this tightener worked perfect. I use it on all my hitches. Good price, very well made, works perfect. – W.M.
  • Fantastic!! I use this with both my cargo trailer and my hitch cargo carrier. Fast shipping and is an excellent product. Bob W.

Celebrate your shake, wiggles and jiggles, but with the StowAway Hitch Tightener, you’ve got one less wobble to worry about.

~StowAway2.com

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?

~StowAway2.com

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 StowAway2.com. 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.

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.

Ski Trip: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

January 16th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | Skiing - (Comments Off on Ski Trip: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier)

Hit the Slopes with More Stuff in More Comfort and Safety

Skiing 18w x 14h revised

Ski trip to Mt Hood with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

“Skis, boots, poles?” This is what we always ask ourselves when we’re pulling out of the driveway on a ski trip. Because if we leave anything behind, we absolutely, positively must have our skis, boots, and poles.

But what about the other gear – the jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and helmets? What about the extra clothing, bedding, food, games, toys-for-all-ages, and – dare I say it – hair care products?

And that doesn’t count the kids – with all their extra stuff. Where will you put everyone and everything in a safe and comfortable manner? Unless you want to be packed in like little sardines for the whole trip, the other “must-have” is a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Here’s the beauty of the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier: It attaches to the back of your vehicle instead of the top, giving you easy access to your things. And the SwingAway frame pivots up to 180 degrees from the rear of your vehicle, so you can open your liftgate, door, hatch or tailgate, allowing full access to all your other needful things.

Here are my Top 5 Other Favorite Things about the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier:

  1. Easy Installation: I can install a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier in a matter of seconds. I simply insert the carrier into my trailer hitch and lock it into place. Voila! Work done.
  2. Carrying Capacity: With two sizes (either 12.5 or 16 cubic feet of functional storage space) a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity. And that means I have the capacity to add another 200 pounds of gear to my adventure.
  3. Security: The StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier locks to keep my valuables secure when I’ve made a pit stop on the road, or I want to keep my things in storage overnight.
  4. Durability:  I know my StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier is going to last because StowAway boxes are molded with a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of some competitive boxes and are designed to take a beating without cracking. To test this theory, StowAway backed a delivery van over the lid of a box. The results: not a single crack.
  5. Versatility: All of the StowAway rack systems—bike racks, rod racks and cargo racks—are fully interchangeable with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier. That means we can easily take our bikes up to the trailhead on one day, load up the carrier with soccer balls the next day, head to the lake with our fishing rods on the weekend, and host a tailgate party on game day. No sweat.

For more details, including information about rear taillights, side reflectors, and the 10-year warranty, as well as photos and product specifications, visit StowAway2 Cargo Carriers, the Rooftop Alternative.