Where Is The StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At A Championship Dog Competition!

November 14th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where Is The StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At A Championship Dog Competition!)

Yep, that’s right…the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier is on its way to Dubuque, Iowa for the 2012 Dock Dog World Championships.

StowAway2.com is a proud sponsor of Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimeraner, a dock dog champion. Wrigley will be competing at this year’s world championships from November 15th to 18th. We are excited to follow his progress and hope you will join us in that.


Dock dog competitions feature four different categories of events:

1. Big Air
This is essentially long jump for dogs – over water. Dogs get a running start and jump into the water, following a throw toy. They are scored on the distance they jump from the dock’s edge to the location where their tail breaks the water’s surface.

2. Extreme Vertical
This category is the corollary to high jump for dogs – again over water. Dogs begin at the 20′ mark on the dock and then jump toward a toy that is held 8′ from the dock end over water. Their score is based upon how high they jump toward the toy.

3. Speed Retrieve
This timed event features a bumper toy at the far end of the pool, 2 inches above the water’s surface. Dogs start at the 20′ mark on the dock to retrieve the toy – the fastest dog wins!

4. Iron Dog
The Ironman of the dock dog world…each dog’s best score in the above individual events are combined for an overall Iron Dog winner.


Our best wishes are with Wrigley for a safe trip and successful event – maybe some new medals will be included in the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier on their drive home!

For information on Wrigley’s progress and results, you can check back here at our blog, our Facebook page or Wrigley’s Facebook page.

Go Wrigley!






Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At a Wedding!

November 8th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? At a Wedding!)

We’ve seen the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier offroading in France and Spain and the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station at various tailgates around the country lately. Now, it seems that StowAway has been invited to a more elegant affair…a wedding, to be exact.

That’s right. Keenan and Denise Schnider were marrried on September 29, 2012 in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. They drove to their wedding from their home in Portland, Oregon with the StowAway on the back of their SUV, carrying various wedding necessities.

Everything but the kitchen sink…

“We had everything from gifts for our family and wedding party to table decorations to golf clubs in there,” the new Mrs. Schnider said. “We honestly don’t know what we would have done without the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier!”

After their wedding, the couple headed to Lake Coeur d’Alene for their honeymoon, with the StowAway in tow and then finally back home to Portland. All in all, the StowAway safely carried all of the newlywed’s wedding and honeymoon items more than 1,500 miles and four states.

A special connection

While being invited to a wedding is always a special thing, this story offers another special “twist” – the bride is none other than StowAway2.com’s own Senior e-Commerce Specialist! Denise Angvick, now Schnider, has worked for the company for more than three years and is excited every time she has an opportunity to use the products.

The cleaned up StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier enjoying the view along the way.

“Before I worked here, I didn’t know that hitch cargo carriers even existed – it never would have crossed my mind to look for one,” said Denise.

“After driving a two door car for the past eight years, I finally purchased an SUV equipped to handle the MAX carrier this spring. I was so excited to use the product I had been writing about and demonstrating for the past three years.

“We utilized the carrier on a whitewater rafting trip to Maupin earlier this summer – we drove through pouring rain in the Gorge and arrived at our campsite to find our gear was perfectly dry. It continued to rain all weekend so we were extremely thankful to be able to put all of our wet, muddy gear into the carrier instead of the brand new vehicle. After that experience, we knew that there was no way we would be able to travel to our wedding without the MAX.

“I have always said that I could not represent a company unless I believed in the products and these two trips reinforced my beliefs that we have the best hitch cargo carrier on the market. The extra storage space was unbeatable, the swingaway frame was a necessity and the carrier cleaned up nicely after being on gravel roads in Montana.”

Congratulations to the Schniders – we wish you a life full of happy travels!


Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!

November 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Fighting Irish!)

Tailgating season is in full swing it seems…and the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is cooking all over the country! Our sources tell us that it was a big part of the fun for some Notre Dame fans recently.

The Shamrock Series is an annual favorite and this year included a match-up against Miami on October 6th at Soldier Field in Chicago.

A die-hard group of Notre Dame fans were proud not only of their team but also of their tailgate:

“The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station was amazing and a huge hit among our guests and those tailgating around us!  Also, we were impressed that the grill reached a suitable cooking temperature in 30-40 degree environment. Good performance! We also liked that it can be used on camping trips, too.”

Aha…so it’s clear…these aren’t just Fighting Irish but Smart Irish!

They know that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is more than just a really cool ready-to-grill tailgate product.

You can take it camping, to end-of-season kids’ team parties and more – anywhere you want to grill outside (and don’t want to compete for public grills or carrying your grill and mess inside your vehicle).

You can also remove the grill and cutting board and use the rack to haul virtually anything you can think of. And, you can even remove the rack and add a StowAway Cargo Carrier, StowAway Bike Rack or StowAway Surf Fishing Rods.

MAX Cargo Carrier
Bike & Gear Rack Combo
Surf Rod & Gear Rack Combo


So, it seems that the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station’s name is only the beginning…the “foundation” of the swingaway frame and cargo rack provide incredible flexibility and modularity that allow you to use it for far more than just tailgating.

But, for now, enjoy the tailgating season and here’s hoping that your team wins!



Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating | Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Now? Tailgating with the Oregon Ducks!)

The versatility of StowAway SwingAway frames and racks make it impossible to predict just where these products will show up next…and what fun things people do with and because of them.

The new StowAway Tailgate Grill Station, for example, has been seen at several tailgates around the country lately. One of the most recent was at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon – home of the Oregon Ducks.

What is the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station?

The StowAway Tailgate Grill Station is an integrated, ready-to-go tailgate solution. It features the StowAway Swingaway Frame and Cargo Rack and adds to that a Cuisinart gas grill and cutting board.

All you have to do is drive to your tailgate location, open your grill and you’re ready to tailgate in style! And, when you’re not tailgating, you can use the swingaway frame and rack to transport a myriad of items (or you could put a StowAway Cargo Carrier on the frame – the possibilities are endless!).

In addition to enjoying a winning season, our Duck fans seem to enjoy the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station:

“It worked very well and we really like using it!
The cutting board was just about perfect –
it was like having an additional small table
to place items on and/or work through the
grilling process. Overall, the construction
and experience was OUTSTANDING!”

Big thanks to our Duck fans for their feedback (and the great pics, too!) –
we hope that they can enjoy future tailgates with it.

So, the next time you’re heading out to a tailgate, keep your eyes peeled for the StowAway Tailgate Grill Station…or, better yet, take one with you…

StowAway Cargo Carriers Sponsor Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimaraner!

October 25th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carriers Sponsor Wrigley, the Flyin’ Weimaraner!)

Like many StowAway cargo carrier owners, Meghan Williams has a dog that routinely travels with the family. However, for Meghan, her dog is often the reason for their family travels…meet Wrigley, also known as the Flyin’ Weimaraner.

Wrigley is a Dock Dog champion, having earned multiple titles in various competitions such as Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. Dock Dogs is the world’s premiere canine aquatics competition and holds events around the globe.

When Wrigley started competing, Meghan and her husband knew they would need a travel carrier as they would be on the road a lot. We asked Meghan to tell us about her family’s experience with their StowAway MAX cargo carrier:

“We searched the internet for a couple months when we came across the Stowaway2.com website.

We had never used any type of rack previously. After looking at the big names like Thule and Yakima, we decided they did not offer what we were looking for and we didn’t want anything that would be roof mounted. We wanted something easily accessible and safe to use. We also realized that a roof rack unit would create more “drag” on our vehicle and reduce our gas mileage.

So we focused our buying on hitch-mounted units. We own a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer and knew it could support something on the larger side. We needed something that could store a full size stroller and quickly realized that narrowed our choices even further.

We chose the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier for several reasons. We wanted a unit that swung out instead of tilted down so our dog could easily and safely exit the rear of the vehicle. It was the largest carrier we could find that would hold our stroller and other essential items. We really liked the fact that it was water tight and built with very high quality materials. We really like the taillights so that other drivers could see the carrier on the back of our vehicle. We also loved the wheels! None of the other models we looked at had wheels and we use them to easily move and store the carrier when not in use.

We have owned our StowAway for about 3 years and have taken it all over the country, traveling around 20,000 miles. The longest trip that we have taken with the StowAway is a 5,500 mile round trip from Chicago to Portland Oregon for the 2010 Dock Dogs World Championships.

We have a passion for dock jumping, with our dog Wrigley. He runs off of a 40’ dock into a 50’ pool for distance, height and speed. He is currently ranked 9th in the world, with a personal best distance jump of 27’ 11”. He also competes in a vertical jumping competition, which he has a personal best of 7’ 4”. We usually compete in about two shows a month from March to November. With all of these events, we have gotten really good at taking the StowAway Max on and off the Trailblazer – we can have it installed, packed up and ready to go in about 30 minutes!

We often say that the StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier was the single best accessory we have ever purchased for any vehicle we’ve ever owned. When we travel to the dog jumping competitions, people always asks us where they can purchase one. We gladly show them how it works and give them information on where one can be purchased. We are truly astonished at how much we have been able to put into the unit when we travel. Our daughter has since graduated from her full size stroller to an umbrella stroller so now we can also fit 3 bag chairs, either a small pop up tent or a tent-like canopy, 2 backpacks full of dog handling items and probably 2 or 3 other backpacks of items.”

We at StowAway are thrilled to know that our MAX Cargo Carrier has been able to help Meghan, Wrigley and their family on so many trips. And, StowAway is extremely proud to sponsor Wrigley and invite you to follow his events on his Facebook page. Go Wrigley!

Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? France!

October 8th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? France!)

This post marks the start of new series, Where’s StowAway Now? We receive many great messages from customers telling us all of the great places they’ve taken their StowAway products and how they’ve used them and we want to share that with all of you.

This week’s post might surprise you but it’s true…the StowAway has been seen in France & Spain! The Zahn family
of Toulouse, France had been searching for a long time for the best way to haul their son’s dirt bike and still be able
to follow him while he road. They found just what they needed when searching online.

StowAway in France

The StowAway Swingaway Frame enjoying some fun with the Zahn family in Europe.

“When I discovered StowAway on the net, I knew it was the way to carry my son’s motorcycle on the rear of my Toyota land cruiser.

With the StowAway Frame I could still go offroad together with my son on his motorcycle which would not be possible with a trailer. And, the swingaway frame allows access to the rear door, even with the bike on it.

There was one problem at first, however—shipping to France was estimated at about $500-$600—just too expensive!

We decided to visit Florida that summer and I asked Jim from StowAway to send me the big package to our hotel in Orlando. We used it throughout our journey in Florida and the Keys with our rental car.

Upon departure to Toulouse, France via Frankfurt, I took a chance and went to the Lufthansa boarding desk
at the Miami and asked if we could bring a 90 pound package as extra luggage and they accepted with extra charge of only $50!

The SwingAway flew with us in the Huge Airbus 380 back to Europe. After changing the hitch of my 4X4, our family has gone with our son offroading on his motorcycle several times in Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees.”

– Pierre & Danielle Zahn

Our thanks to the Zahn family for sharing their story and photos with us—and thanks to the Lufthansa crew for having reasonable rates for additional luggage!

Stay tuned for our next post to see where else StowAway shows up as we continue tracking, Where’s StowAway Now?


Do you have a fun or unique story about where or how you’ve used your StowAway? Tell us about it!
Send us an email and maybe you’ll be featured in one of our future blogs…

How to Tailgate in Style [Infographic]

September 21st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on How to Tailgate in Style [Infographic])

Football season is upon us, which means millions of Americans will be packing up the grill and heading to the stadium for some pre-kickoff food and shenanigans. Modern tailgating has evolved from casual get-togethers in the team parking lot to full-blown parties complete with food, seating and games.

As sports fans prepare for this season’s round of tailgating action, the following infographic takes a look at some of the latest research on how tailgaters party in style, which goes hand-in-hand with the use of our Tailgating Grill Stations.

hitch mounted cargo carrier

Trim Shine Keeps Your Cargo Carrier Looking Like New

September 11th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on Trim Shine Keeps Your Cargo Carrier Looking Like New)


A StowAway2 before Trim Shine.

Your StowAway2 Cargo Carrier works hard for you, stowing a lot of gear while being continually exposed to the elements and road grit and grime. In exchange, you want to take good care of it so that it will be in tip top shape for your next adventure. Stoner Trim Shine makes it easy to do just that.

Trim Shine is a vinyl and plastic coating used by professional auto detailers to restore color and brilliance to bumpers, running boards, dashboards and more and it can do the same thing for your StowAway2.

Trim Shine couldn’t be easier to use—simply spray it on and watch it instantly restore the shine and brilliance of your StowAway2.

A StowAway2 after Trim Shine.

While you’re at it, you could even take “before and after” photos and send them to us…you just never know when that may be the next “picture of the month” on www.stowaway2.com!

Meet Robert Schiers—
Our StowAway2 Owner of the Month!

September 11th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Owner Profile - (Comments Off on Meet Robert Schiers—
Our StowAway2 Owner of the Month!

Hitch Cargo Carrier

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.

Do you have a StowAway2 story to share?

You can do that anytime on our Facebook page or via email today!

StowAway Owner of the Month: Mary Lou Hanlon

August 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | StowAway Owner Profile - (Comments Off on StowAway Owner of the Month: Mary Lou Hanlon)

Mary Lou Hanlon Agility Dog CompetitionMary 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.