It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping - (Comments Off on It’s Camping Season! Bear Necessities)
Bears can be creative - and aggressive - when foraging for human food

Bears can be creative – and aggressive – when foraging for human food; protect your supplies with a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

A bear needs to make its living in the world, just like we all do. When times get hard in the mountains, self-respecting bears head to the lowlands, foraging for food and water. And if human beings are kind enough to bring some food into the wilderness, well, that’s all the better for the bear.

Take, for example, the 3-day rafting trip my friends and I took on the Deschutes River. Two days into it and we were having a wonderful time. We’d raft all day, dip and splash in the cool water when we got hot, eat a marvelous meal at our campsite, raise a few glasses to our great adventure, and sing around the fire until we dropped into happy sleep.

Not only were we happy, we were clever. Before we went to bed, we put all our food into our raft and anchored it 10 feet out into the river, safe from bears on the prowl for hamburgers and potato chips. Or so we thought.

On the third day, we woke to find our raft safely bobbing in the river’s current. We also found a bear, sitting in the raft, enjoying a hearty breakfast from our stores of food.

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

Protect your supplies from all the elements with a super durable polymer cargo box from StowAway

As you can see, it’s important to protect your supplies – food and otherwise – when you’re camping in the wilderness. One of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, which conveniently attaches to the bag of my rig.

Unbeatable in durability, StowAway Cargo Carriers have survived car accidents, blizzards, tailgate parties and even a few wild animals because they are constructed from the highest-quality materials. The 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.

With 16 cubic feet of storage and 200 pounds of carrying capacity, the MAX Cargo Carrier is StowAway’s largest and most popular cargo carrier. Made of high-impact polymer, the Max Box is durable and roomy. The MAX cargo carrier includes taillights, side reflectors, a lock and weep holes for wet weather. Available on StowAway’s patented SwingAway frame or fixed frame.

Included With Your StowAway MAX Base Package:

  • Max Cargo Box
  • SwingAway or Fixed Frame
  • Lockable Lid
  • Taillights with Wrap-Around Reflectors
  • License Plate Bracket
  • Hitch Tightener

When we were stranded on the river’s shore, with a bear taking up residence in our raft, we were very lucky. Other revelers on the river saw our predicament and rescued us, sharing their food and giving each of us a ride out of the canyon. I know I won’t always be this lucky. So now I plan ahead and protect my gear and supplies with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Camper Vans and Space: How the StowAway Can Help

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | RVs - (Comments Off on Camper Vans and Space: How the StowAway Can Help)

It’s hard not the love the versatility of a camper van.  The size, fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and price are attractive to travelers who are looking to own a motor home but don’t want the size and commitment that larger RV’s bring.  But while they do have a lot of positive attributes, camper vans can be lacking in one major way: Space.  Because of the excellent use of space inside the camper for appliances and furniture that make your camper feel like home, space for personal belongings can be lacking.  One way to get some extra square footage for your camper van is to get a hitch cargo carrier.

Hitch Cargo Carrier on a Class B Motor Home

A StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier with optional swingaway feature

Able to carry up to 200 lbs. of whatever you need, the StowAway hitch cargo carrier can give you that extra bit of space that every traveler needs.  Whether it’s the extra blanket you wish you had on that especially cold night, some extra camp chairs for friends you meet on the road, or just a place to relocate some items that currently seem to be getting in your way inside, a hitch cargo carrier can help make your life on the road a little bit more civilized and relaxing.

While there are a couple other options to meet your storage needs, hitch cargo carriers provide a better solution than those other options.  Firstly, there is no need for a roof base rack in order to install it since unlike most cargo options, it’s not on the roof.  All that is needed is a hitch and your hitch cargo carrier is ready to go.  Secondly, because it doesn’t attach to the roof, you don’t need to reach up to it to access your extra cargo. On a larger vehicle like a camper van this is a lot more practical since you might want to access it every day and don’t want to be constantly climbing up onto the roof.  Last and certainly not least is the better fuel efficiency.  Since it is behind the camper it will not affect the aerodynamics and your fuel efficiency will remain the same, unlike a clunky rooftop cargo carrier that will add wind resistance.

So if you find yourself wanting items that you can’t fit, just want more space in your camper van, or want a more convenient and practical option than your current roof cargo solutions, check out the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Happy Travels!



Local Vacation: Day-Trip Adventures with Your Hitch Cargo Carrier

May 24th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Camping - (Comments Off on Local Vacation: Day-Trip Adventures with Your Hitch Cargo Carrier)

Memorial Day Bike Day Trip

In its yearly Memorial day travel forcast, AAA predicts that 5.5% less people will travel through the air this year with only a 1.2% increase in car travel.  With less people deciding that a vacation is a valuable way to spend their money in these economic times, one way you can still have some fun on a budget is by packing up your hitch cargo carrier and going on a fun day trip.  Here are a couple day-trip ideas that utilize the StowAway hitch cargo carrier to have fun on a budget this Memorial day weekend.

The Beach

What better way to kick off summer than to take a trip to the beach to sit back and relax in the sun?  The waves crashing down on your feet, the breeze coming off the ocean, and unfortunately the sand that will somehow end up everywhere for the next three months because of that one trip.  Fortunatly with the Stow Away Hitch Cargo Carrier, you can help offset this sandy nuisance by putting your beach chairs, beach towels, beach bag and most importantly sand castle molds in your hitch cargo carrier instead of over crowding your back seat with beach trinkets and ending up with a never ending supply of unwanted sand.

Bike Ride

Bike riding is as much a part of spring as flowers, rain showers and, well, Memorial Day.  Why not take a day trip to explore a new town or area with a bike ride?  With the StowAway Bike + Gear Rack you can fit the whole gangs bikes with you, plus unlike a conventional bike rack you can fit other gear like a cooler and some backpacks as well.  Plus if you’re still getting some spring rain, with a hitch cargo rack you don’t have to worry about getting mud from the tires all over your trunk.  Simply store your bike on the outside of your vehicle and your upholstery will forever be tire mark free.


Although it’s technically not a day trip, camping is great for an inexpensive night away from the house with friends or family.  With the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier you can bring along all of your camping gear without the worry of breaking tent poles or risk not bringing something you may need because you can’t fit it.  Never leave a crucial piece of equipment like tarps home again to save space because you “don’t think it will rain,” only to have a torrential downpour ruin your night in the woods.  With the Stow Away Hitch Cargo Carrier never worry about bringing a couple extra “just in case” items that can save your trip.

So even though you may not be able to a afford plane tickets or a night in a hotel room this Memorial day, a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers can help you enjoy day trips that will remind you of one of the most important things about Memorial Day Weekend: spending time with friends and family. Safe travels everyone!