Increased Travel? Decrease Your Gas Consumption With These Tips

June 28th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on Increased Travel? Decrease Your Gas Consumption With These Tips)

With AAA reporting that there will be nearly a 5% increase in car travel this 4th of July, people clearly seem to be catching the travel bug after a couple years of down travel.  While this increase is both exciting and hopeful, it does bring up one part of the economy that is still hurting us all: the gas tank.  While gas prices are down slightly, it’s always great to save a bit whenever you’re traveling.  Here are a few tips to help you get more out of a full tank of gas while traveling this 4th of July weekend.

Skip the Drive Through

Not only are they bad for your health but they’re also bad for your gas tank.  Sitting in line while you wait for your food wastes gas since the car is still running while you sit idle.  Instead you could think about packing a cooler and stopping to enjoy lunch at a park in the fresh air and sunshine.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Make sure to check your tires before you embark on your voyage.  Under inflated tires kill your gas mileage by 3%.  They will also wear out longer in the long run and be more susceptible to a blowout.

StowAway hitch cargo carrier

Family Traveling with a StowAway hitch cargo carrier

Skip the Roof Rack

Roof cargo carriers make your car less aerodynamic which causes drag and extra gas consumption.  Try a StowAway hitch cargo carrier instead.  Hitch cargo carriers attach to the back of your car which does not affect your aerodynamics. You’ll save money at the pump and have plenty of storage space for everything you need.

Don’t Speed

While speeding is always a safety hazard, it’s also bad for gas mileage as well.  Speeding leads to increased RPMs and frequent change of speeds, both of which will drain your gas tank.  Just put your car on cruise control at the speed limit and enjoy the smooth ride of savings.

Avoid Traffic and Stop Signs

While it’s not always easy to avoid traffic, a less traveled route will use a lot less gas than a congested highway.  Having to constantly stop and go will cause your gas to disappear.  It’s best to plan ahead and find a highway that will not have any traffic lights or stop signs and be void of traffic.

Don’t Stop!

While stopping to go to the bathroom and for more gas are both inevitable, frequent stops will cause you to do a lot of the things already mentioned.  Try to plan your stops so that you’re getting food, going to the bathroom and getting gas all at the same time.  Leaving your cruising speed as little as possible will help you stay on course and keep your gas tank filled.

Make sure to stay safe, have fun and keep your gas tank filled this 4th of July wherever you may be going.  Also make sure to check out StowAway for your cargo carrying needs.

Happy Travels!

 

Give the Dad Who Has Everything the Ability to Bring it All with Him

June 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on Give the Dad Who Has Everything the Ability to Bring it All with Him)

If there’s one thing that remains the same in this world it’s that Dads love their “stuff”. Fishing gear, bicycles, tailgating equipment, tools… the list goes on and on.  Who can blame them?  They like doing things their own way and want to use their own equipment to do it.  Naturally, they love bringing this gear with them when they go anywhere from their buddies house to the beach, so this Father’s Day why not give him something he can use to carry all the gear he already loves?  A hitch cargo carrier from StowAway is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the Dad who has everything since he can put what he loves most in it: his “stuff”.

Tailgating with the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Support your team and bring everything you need withe the StowAway hitch cargo carrier

With sixteen cubic feet of space inside of StowAway’s MAX hitch cargo carrier, Dad will have enough room to bring along everything he needs.  Whether it’s tools to help his friend build a deck, tailgating gear for the big game or equipment for the kid’s baseball practices, he’ll never have to worry about not having his own gear again.  The only thing Dads may love more than their stuff is their team, which makes a MAX hitch cargo carrier with tailgate package so appealing.  With six different reflector colors to choose from, a spot for a bumper sticker of his favorite team and a fitted interior cutting board for his famous tailgating feast, he’ll be the life of the pregame festivities.

If fishing or bicycling is more his jive StowAway has a hitch cargo carrier specialized just for him.  With both a surf fishing rod and bicycle hitch cargo carriers they won’t have to worry about how to squeeze their prized goods in the car or struggle to put them on a roof rack.  With the additional space that the storage rack provides (standard with surf rod carrier, optional with bike carrier) Dad can fit not just his favorite piece of equipment, but the rest of the stuff he may need wherever he’s going.

So this Father’s Day instead of getting the Dad who has everything something that he won’t use, get him a hitch cargo carrier from StowAway so he can put the everything he has into it.  No matter what your Dad loves to do there is a StowAway hitch cargo carrier to meet his needs.

Happy Father’s Day!

Road Tripin’ Tips from StowAway Cargo Carriers

June 8th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Road Trips - (Comments Off on Road Tripin’ Tips from StowAway Cargo Carriers)

Spring has come and now we’re headed full bore into summer: the season of exploring.  What better way to explore than to gas up the car, pack up your stowaway, grab the family, and see a new part of the country on a good old fashioned road trip?

While Hollywood and great American literature have made road trips out to be something only for young people to do on the cheap, they are not the only ones that can experience the joys of a road trip.  Spending time on the road and having new experiences with the people close to you can bring you even closer together in a way that flying somewhere can’t match.  Here is a list of useful resources and products that can get you started on your next road trip.

Road Trip America

www.roadtripamerica.com is a great one stop shop for all things road trip.  They have a list of exciting routes in every area of the country, a hotel finder, maps, and articles on trip ideas.  While other resources combined may provide a more detailed trip planner, no one website has you covered for all things road trip like roadtripamerica.com

Extra Storage

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The Stow Away being used on a road (or beach) trip

A storage solution like a hitch cargo carrier from StowAway can help you bring along everything you need for your road trip.  Camping gear, food, water, extra clothes, and everything else you need on the road adds up quick when packing up the car for a road trip.  A StowAway will help you fit everything you need so that you won’t be cramped for your long hours on the road.

A GPS System

While maps are great and a physical copy of anything is useful, nothing is more frustrating than going an hour in the wrong direction because you read the map wrong.  GPS systems (either in your smart phone or in a stand alone unit) can help make the most efficient use of your time on the road and save you from getting lost on an old dirt road or in the wrong part of town.

Travel Guide

Area specific travel guides like the ones created by Lonely Planet and Fodors can be an extremely useful resource when traveling in an area you don’t know much about.  They generally provide must see attractions, good local restaurants, and will make sure that you don’t miss anything when out exploring a new area on a road trip.

Friendliness

The most important resource when out on a road trip is to be outgoing and friendly to everybody you meet.  Talk to the locals and see where they recommend you go.  Because they live their, they will most likely know best.

So enjoy your summer and try to experience a new part of your state, region, or country.  Also remember to check out StowAway2.com for all of your hitch storage needs.

 

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.

Camping

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!