Go Prepared: Bike with a StowAway Rack

October 30th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Bike Racks - (Comments Off on Go Prepared: Bike with a StowAway Rack)

Between now and the onset of winter, several weeks of great biking weather are ahead. Regardless of whether road biking or mountain biking is your preference, StowAway2.com is all about making it easier for you to enjoy your bike. Same, too, if you commute to work by bike.

Trends in Cycling

Bike to workBiking is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is gaining more recognition as an alternative form of transportation in the U.S. Bicyclists seem to be gaining more perks in many natural areas and parks. Last year, the Virginia State Park System announced a policy to give touring cyclists designated camping spots even when campgrounds are full. The Virginia Bicycling Federation helped promote the new idea.

Joe Elton, Virginia’s State Parks Director, was quoted on the federation’s website as stating: “I credit the Virginia Bicycling Federation with helping us understand the special circumstances that long-distance touring cyclists can find themselves in when the campgrounds are full and there is no reasonable alternative place to overnight.”

Along with this trend, many cities are bolstering infrastructure to support the biking lifestyle.

A recent study released by the University of Massachusetts shows that bicycle project spending creates jobs and supports the economy.  In this study, on average, every $1 million spent on cycling related infrastructure projects creates nine jobs within the state.  If you add interstate employment through the supply chain, another three jobs are added per $1 million spent.

One bike blogger, Elly Blue, who wrote Bikenomics, says that bicycle infrastructure can be an economic, social, and public health boon for cities. Blue writes: “Bike lanes cost anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000 per mile to add to an existing road … Freeway construction in Michigan’s countryside clocks in at $8 million per mile.” That’s a lot of taxpayer money.

Some cities have successfully removed old highways from downtown areas in favor of smaller roads and bike commuters. It’s happened in Seoul, which tore down the Cheonggyecheon Freeway; in San Francisco, which decided not to replace the Embarcadero Freeway after the 1989 earthquake; and in Milwaukee, which replaced its aging Past East Freeway with a boulevard.

Commuting by Bike? What to Know

If you are commuting by bike, here are some things to remember:

  1. You don’t need the most expensive bike on the market.
  2. Make sure you are comfortable with the equipment you have and take it to a shop for a quick tune-up.
  3. Scope out your route. Take traffic under consideration.
  4. Carry spare tools: a tube, patch kit, pump, and tools to make a quick tire repair.
  5. Consult local traffic rules and wear the proper protective equipment.
  6. Secure front and rear flashing lights to your bike for cycling after dark. Reflective clothing also is a good idea.
  7. Have Fun!  Unlike your job, commuting by bike shouldn’t be stressful.

Be Prepared with a Car Rack

roof bike rack

Hard-to-reach rooftop bike racks (above) are less convenient than StowAway’s rear-mounted hitch racks.

StowAway has many bike rack options for your other mode of transportation — your vehicle. Our racks are rear-mounted and are available on fixed or swinging frames, which make them much easier to load up when distance is an issue. Our racks also are available with a cargo rack to carry your helmets and other biking gear.

Cycling benefits your health, the environment and even the economy.  So give cycling a try, whether it’s commuting to work or taking your bike to your city’s new trail. You’ll love it.

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.

 

StowAway Cargo Box Cruises the Midwest with Wrigley

October 9th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Box Cruises the Midwest with Wrigley)

The latest news from Wrigley, our super dock-jumping dog champion, is all good! Wrigley’s owner, Meghan Williams, reports that Wrigley was a contender at the Super Retriever Series in Springfield, Ill., last month.StowAway2.com

Wrigley, our champion dock-jumper, is on the road with his StowAway in the Midwest this fall. We’re so proud.

 

 

 

“It was a fantastic event with lots of great crowds watching all weekend. Wrigley took 2nd place in the Pro finals with a 23’10” jump and only missed first place by a few inches!” she says.

He earned an invitation to the Crown Championship.

“We also got to try out a new discipline for SRS called ‘Super Swim’,” Williams says. “It’s a timed full retrieve swim. We practiced a lot and had a lot of dock time with his vest on.”

Wrigley’s next registered event is the DockDogs World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa, November 15-17, where he will be competing in the Veteran Big Air category. This is a huge deal because it attracts large crowds and world-class jumpers. Just take a look at the DockDogs website photo gallery.

And, there’s plenty of fun videos of dock-jumping dogs on the DockDogs YouTube Channel.

Of course, everyone at StowAway is proud of our pup! Go, Wrigley, go!

How Much Does a Hitch Cargo Box Hold?

October 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on How Much Does a Hitch Cargo Box Hold?)
Vacatuib with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

“Now where are those marshmallows?”

Camping? On vacation? Planning a road trip? Your weekend trip can be daunting to plan. You’ve got luggage, sporting equipment, food, maybe a tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, lighting, furniture. Where will you put all this stuff? Where will the kids and the dog sit? The answer may be in a hitch mounted cargo box.

How Much Does a Cargo Box Hold?

One question that is often asked by StowAway customers is: How much can a cargo box hold? Surprisingly, more than you might think. StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo box adds 16 cubic feet of extra storage to the rear of your vehicle. How much is that really? Well, for most vehicles, the box easily doubles your vehicle’s capacity.

StowAway tried this theory out at our manufacturing facility. Staff brought in luggage and gear and loaded the box down with ordinary items travelers might take on a trip. Once the cargo box was all packed and closed, then we took a good look at its capacity. Essentially, the MAX Cargo Carrier was able to hold four roller bags, two carry-on bags and two folding chairs. Our bags of average size weren’t overstuffed and all of them fit inside the carrier. Customers also dissemble bikes and store them in the cargo box.

Cargo Box Dimensions and Weight Capacity

The dimensions of our largest carrier are 51″ x 23″ x 26″ and supports up to 200 lbs. on a Class 3 hitch, which is 2″. Our Standard Cargo Carrier is slightly smaller but can also accommodate a good deal of luggage and gear. Its dimensions are 49″ x 21″ x 24″ and adds 12.5 cubic feet of extra storage. The standard cargo box can be used with a Class 2 hitch, which has a weight limit of 125 lbs., still a generous amount. It’s a whole lot more than you can take on an airplane.

Advantages of a StowAway Cargo Box

The StowAway is the ideal combination of storage, security and convenience. It slides quickly and securely into the receiver hitch of nearly every make and model of SUV, minivan, truck and RV. More importantly, it offers easy ground-level access to all your gear, making it a snap for any family member to grab what they need at rest stops or destinations. This convenience is preferable to the rooftop car rack. A lock secures your gear safely while you’re at diners, trailheads and other roadside attractions, and protects your cargo.

Manufactured in the USA, the StowAway is mounted on a steel frame and tigthened onto the hitch to minimize wobble as you’re heading down a rugged back-country road to your favorite remote campsite. A weather tight seal keeps everything nice and dry should the weather turn wet, and there’s a well-placed drain plug for easy clean-up.

So grab your gear and head on out. With a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier you’ll have plenty of space to haul everything safely and securely on your next great adventure.

School Spirit: Top Colleges Listed for Tailgating, Merchandise

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on School Spirit: Top Colleges Listed for Tailgating, Merchandise)

Following college football stats? This time of year, who isn’t? Whether you’re a Florida Gators fan, a Ducks booster or a pumped-up Razorback, the beat of the fall football season is drumming loudly. As we’ve been developing relationships with fans across the country to try out our new Tailgate Grill Station, StowAway2.com has been keeping pretty close tabs on the schools whose mojo is hot. We’ve found a couple of interesting top-school lists that you can cross-check with yours about who toots their horn the loudest.

Top Tailgating Colleges of 2013 from Tailgater Magazine

An entire magazine devoted to tailgating? You betcha. Tailgater Monthly has just published its list of the top 20 schools for tailgating madness. Here are the Top 10:

No. 1 Texas A&M

Tailgating at Notre Dame.

Tailgating at Notre Dame.

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 Notre Dame

No. 4 Ole Miss

No. 5 LSU               

No. 6 Oregon

No. 7 Michigan

No. 8 Stanford

No. 9 Alabama

No. 10 South Carolina

Top Selling Merchandise Colleges from Collegiate Licensing Company

Got your team mascot emblazoned across your chest? According to the Collegiate Licensing Company, the retail marketplace for collegiate merchandise topped $4 billion last year. Based on royalties from July 2012 to June 2013, the schools that sell the most logo-laden merchandise are:

No. 1 Texas

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Notre Dame

No. 4 Michigan

No. 5 Kentucky

No. 6 LSU

No. 7 Florida

No. 8 Georgia

No. 9 North Carolina

No. 10 Arkansas

Is your school on one of the lists? If not, it might be time to go out and buy yourself a foam finger or a tailgate station! For more info, check Tailgatermonthly.com and CLC.com.

Tailgate Parties are Huge Trend

September 20th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on Tailgate Parties are Huge Trend)
Tailgate Grill

StowAway is seeking fans to use the Tailgate Grill Station.

Tailgating has become a multi-million dollar pastime for American sports fans. New tailgating websites and publications are focusing on the American leisure sport of pre-game parties.  StowAway is showing off its team spirit this year for college football by offering one of its tailgating products to avid fans in a partnership deal.

StowAway is looking for super fans and avid tailgaters to help spread the word about the versatile and new Tailgate Grill Station. If you tailgate at football games or large sporting events, make your voice heard. Fill out this interest form and let StowAway know about your interest in using the new versatile grill station this season. A limited number of qualified partners will be selected to use the product in the continental U.S. Candidates will be chosen first-come, first-served, based upon your answers. If you qualify, a representative of StowAway will contact you about the terms of this offer as soon as possible.

Features of the Tailgate Grill Station by StowAway

The tailgating grill station hitches to vehicles, RVs and SUVs. Now in its second season of production, StowAway has arranged with Cuisinart to supply the grill in dark green. The company is considering developing other colors. The most-popular standard grill comes in stainless steel.

The station is one of the more unique barbecuing products on the market because of its ease of use. The grill is locked onto a hitch cargo rack attached to the vehicle by a patented frame, a swinging arm that extends the station as much as 180⁰ from the back of the vehicle, SUV or RV. The grill stays outside for transport.

StowAway is hoping any extra spirit the company can infuse into college football is worth the effort to make the product unique. Not that the staff in the office isn’t above face-painting.

For more information about the tailgating grill station by StowAway, see the product at www.StowAway2.com and click on Tailgating Grills. Grills are on display at the company’s headquarters in Tigard, Ore., at 7291 SW Tech Center Drive. The number is (800) 943-5377.

Happy Tailgating!

Advantages of StowAway Tailgate Grill Station Vs. Stationary Grill

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating Grill - (Comments Off on Advantages of StowAway Tailgate Grill Station Vs. Stationary Grill)

Super-charged tailgate parties have become the biggest trend in college football. From tailgating websites to magazines to spicy wing recipes, tailgating is hot, hot, HOT. We’re into our second full season of tailgating mania at StowAway2.com by offering the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station to fans who want an even better experience at their tailgate parties. We designed our Tailgate Grill Station with convenience and accessibility in mind. Here’s why the grill station on our swing out frame is head and shoulders above the stationary grill you might be hauling with you in the back of your vehicle.

No Mess, No Odor

Tailgate Party at Oregon

A good tailgate party is about great food, good times and grilling! StowAway2.com

The grill stays out of the car for transport. Our grill attaches directly onto our durable steel rack and doesn’t need to come inside your vehicle, RV or SUV at ANY time. Screwed in place directly onto the rack, the Cuisinart gas grill on the StowAway Tailgate Station stays put. Leave the odor and the grime where it should be — outside.

No Setup Required

Once you park at your tailgate party destination, there’s no setup required for the StowAway grill station. It’s already in place at the back of your vehicle and ready to use.

Easy Access to Supplies

All the food in coolers and bins for your party goers is a few steps away from the grill station once you pivot out our patented SwingAway frame. The movable frame allows you to swing the grill 90 degrees or 180 degrees from the back of your vehicle. It’s a mobile kitchen. Use your gas grill to cook while the back of your SUV is the fridge and pantry.

Station Turns into Buffet

Our Tailgate Grill Station comes with an acrylic cutting board which doubles as a serving area. With a generous countertop space of slightly more than two feet by one-and-a-half feet, you can prep food then serve it. The rack is the right height for everyone to grab a wing, burger or dog and chomp down. Plus, the grill can be detached and another board can be added for double the serving space.

StowAway Tailgate Grill Station

The Cuisinart gas grill has plenty of room to cook up a mess of barbecue favorites on game day. StowAway2.com

Use Our Grill or Yours

Got a fancy tabletop grill you love? Then our tailgate station can be purchased without the Cuisinart. Use your own grill on the rack.

Customizable Grilling Accessories

Need a grill cover? An extra cutting board? A hose adapter to hook a bigger gas tank to the grill? We’ve got all the accessories you might need to optimize your party and do it in style.

Everybody wins with the StowAway2 — fans, hosts and the cleanup crew! Have a great time this year throwing your party.

 

 

 

 

StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes

September 6th, 2013 | Posted by Pacrec in Teams and Events - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carrier Helps Hood to Coast Athletes)

What does a team of runners in the largest relay race in the world need on race day? Anything from a bagel to a cooler full of energy drinks. So we were glad to receive photos from Nike using its StowAway cargo carrier, which provided extra room for a shag wagon during this summer’s event

MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier

Provisions must be handy for Hood to Coast Relay. StowAway2.com

The Hood to Coast Relay is known as the Mother of All Relays and attracts upwards of 1,000 teams in the longest running relay event in Oregon. It starts at scenic Timberline Lodge (elevation 6,000 ft.) on Mt. Hood and finishes 199 miles later in Seaside, Oregon. The event, usually held in August, takes all day, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Individuals on each team run sections of three to eight miles each.

StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier

A StowAway cargo carrier helps the Nike teams carry supplies during the 2013 Hood to Coast Relay.

Nike typically enters several teams, and the company kindly forwarded photos of race day and how it used its StowAway hitch cargo carrier. When you support teams of up to twelve runners, having room for enough provisions is a must. Three Nike teams posted in the top 100 – Nike Pacer Team at 15; Nike Great Bowels of Fire, 31 and Nike Hell on Waffles, 63. Everyone at StowAway2.com was glad to do our part.

Interested in participating? You’ve got until July 1, 2014, to get your team together and prep your StowAway carrier for the run.

StowAway Cargo Carrier

The SwingAway frame on the StowAway cargo carrier allows this runner access to the cargo and the trunk. Hood to Coast Relay 2013.

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 StowAway2.com 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 Savvyboater.com 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!

Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!

December 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Specials & Contests - (Comments Off on Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!)

‘Tis the season of giving so we have teamed up with Wrigley the Flyin’ Weimaraner, our StowAway sponsored Dock Diving champion, to help fund K9 Cancer studies!

Have fun and make a guess on how many total feet Wrigley has jumped during his Big Air competitions this past year (*hint- it’s the total distance of 34 jumps!).

The person with the closest guess will have a $100 donation made in their name (or in a name of their choosing) to Chase Away K9 Cancer. The $100 donation will be made jointly by Wrigley and StowAway.

Chase Away K9 Cancer supports cancer research, education and prevention in dogs. All money raised (yes, 100%!) by Chase Away K9 Cancer goes toward this mission.

The winner will be selected on Thursday, December 20, so get your votes in now. Just go to our Facebook page and post your vote there. You can either comment on our post announcing the contest or simply create a new post.

We’ll pick the winner on Thurs, Dec 20th. Please share this post, have fun & thanks for helping us give back!

Post your guess on our Facebook page now!

Thank you!