StowAway Cargo Carriers – Versatility in action.

January 25th, 2017 | Posted by Pacrec in Camping | Hitch Carriers | Road Trips | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on StowAway Cargo Carriers – Versatility in action.)
Show Dishwasher and Generator as options for the StowAway

How many times have you wished you had more space for your road trip?

Packing up for a road trip requires careful planning – how much to take and where to put it.  Too much gear and your passengers will end up riding with duffel bags or suitcases on their laps for hours.  Not enough gear and you won’t have what you need when you stop along the way.  So where do you put the gear that you need but don’t quite have the room for?  You could try a travel trailer but driving and parking with a trailer can be a bit challenging.  Plus where to store it when not in use, or the cost to rent one if you go the rental route.  Or you could use a rooftop carrier, but loading and unloading a rooftop carrier requires a foot stool for a lot of people, let alone the impact of a rooftop carrier on your gas mileage.  And don’t forget you have it up there when going into the garage or you may tear it off.

Is there a better solution?

Everything, INCLUDING, the Kitchen SinkShow Dishwasher and Generator as options for the StowAway

We think there is, and it’s the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.  The StowAway Carrier slides easily into your hitch receiver, providing you with ample, ground level access to your gear. The box itself is rugged and roomy, and the StowAway carrier swings out so you can access the back of your vehicle to let the dogs out.  And the StowAway box design is not only perfect for carrying your luggage and your gear, it can also be converted to a kitchen sink once you get to your destination. Talk about versatility!  It even has a drain plug.

What about Other Uses?

The versatility doesn’t stop there. The StowAway SwingAway Frame has plenty of different functions just by itself. You can combine this hitch mount carrier with one of our Cargo Carriers, a hitch cargo rack, a bike rack or even our Hitch Grilling Station. However, the uses are practically endless. In addition to the many options we offer, several of our customers have come up with their own uses, including the homemade kitchen sink above. Anyone who has ever gone on a long camping trip knows how nice it would be to have a kitchen sink in the woods. With the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, that dream can be a reality. Plus, if you can turn it into a kitchen sink, just imagine what else you can do with it.

Endless Possibilities

Of course, you can haul just about anything you’ll need for your trip in the cargo carrier, up to 200 lbs. with a two-inch hitch. That includes golf clubs, luggage, food, recreation equipment and even fold-up bikes. It’s also great for pet owners. As anyone who owns a pet can attest to, there are plenty of extra things you need to bring along when you travel with your furry friend. All that “stuff” conveniently fits into your hitch mount carrier, which means you’ll have more room for you and your pet(s) inside. Even when you’re not camping or on a long road trip there are plenty of other uses for the StowAway Hitch Carrier. Do your kids play sports? Maybe you coach a soccer team. It doesn’t matter the sport, you can throw all that smelly, dirty gear in your hitch mount carrier and leave the stench behind.

Buy a Cargo Carrier for Your Next Adventure

The StowAway SwingAway Frame, together with the StowAway Hitch Carrier, offers so many options for so many different adventures. So make your next road or camping trip much easier with the StowAway Cargo Carrier. Click here to purchase yours.

The StowAway Swingaway Frame is a Perfect Match for Ski Shuttles

December 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in Skiing - (Comments Off on The StowAway Swingaway Frame is a Perfect Match for Ski Shuttles)

Fall is here and winter is just a few weeks away. Many mountain slopes all over the country have already received their first blanket of fresh white powder; with much more still to follow. All that snow means that skiers and snowboarders aren’t far behind. In fact, in some places, they’re already out in full force and before you know it the slopes will be covered with snow-lovers. That means big business for the ski resorts for the next several months. (more…)

Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier

October 9th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on Hood to Coast with StowAway Carrier)

Hood to Coast with StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

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This Hood to Coast Relay Team really loves their StowAway2 Hitch Cargo Carrier!

After a summer of record-setting high temperatures in Oregon, a powerful storm blew into the area just in time for the “Mother of All Relays” during the last weekend of August.

During the 34th annual Hood to Coast Relay, which takes participants nearly 200 miles from the base of Mt. Hood to the beaches of Seaside, wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy rains tested the endurance and fortitude of each runner. Wet, tired, and windblown, participants running the last leg of the race were surprised to find that the finish line had been moved from the sandy coastal beach to the promenade in downtown Seaside as a safety precaution.

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This runner doesn’t appear to be bothered by the inclement weather. Photo courtesy of KOIN 6.

Event coordinators were forced to modify the finish party after event canopies, sanicans and chairs set up on the beach were found blown over Saturday morning. Participants were urged to dress warm, wear raingear, and stay alert for downed trees and debris as they made their way from mountain to coast. While some runners seemed to enjoy racing in the wet and stormy weather, others were less enthused. But I think everyone can agree that this was definitely an event they won’t soon forget!

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Team members check out the grub in their StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier.

Despite heavy winds, rain, and even some hail, the 13,000 participants in this year’s Hood to Coast Race didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits. With over one thousand teams participating this year, runners in the world’s oldest and most popular running relay race surpassed the fundraising goal of $550K, bringing in nearly $562K for cancer research, treatment, and services at Providence Cancer Center to help #finishcancer. Congratulations to all of the 2015 !

StowAway2 had the privilege of sponsoring another team for this year’s race. As you can see, their Hitch Cargo Carrier kept them fed, hydrated, and happy throughout the grueling event.

For more information about this event or to find out how you can participate or volunteer next year, please visit the Hood to Coast website.

 

5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

October 7th, 2015 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway in Action | Tailgating | Teams and Events - (Comments Off on 5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating)

5 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Tailgating

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Tailgating is fun – In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees. After all, 80 percent of the U.S. population tailgates at least once a year, with many across the country participating nearly every weekend. John Sherry, a University of Notre Dame marketing professor and cultural anthropologist who conducted a two-year study of college tailgating, says, “The idea of getting out of your house and feasting and drinking somewhere else is a pretty old tradition. People eat and drink and build up community in the process. It’s one last blowout before we hunker down for winter.”

And a blowout it is! But despite the friendly faces, great food, and enthusiasm of game day, that “blowout” is also really hard work – after all it is a party, and parties don’t throw themselves. It can be stressful, draining, and a bit overwhelming if you’re not prepared.

Avid tailgaters will tell you that the keys to stress-free tailgating are advanced planning, organization, and coordination. To help you make the most of game day and ensure you’re not worn out before the game even starts, we’ve pulled together five great tailgating life hacks to ensure a smooth and enjoyable tailgating experience.

  1. Even the most devoted tailgaters will forget something on occasion. If you don’t already have one, I suggest creating a checklist to be sure nothing is left behind. You can find hundreds of templates online with a simple Google search for “tailgating check list” (here’s a sample from simpletailgating.com). Once you find a list, customize it to meet your specific needs. Not only will it help you pack your rig before heading to the stadium, but you can use it to be sure everything makes it home safely at the end of the day. *Bonus life hack: Laminate your list to protect it from BBQ sauce, beer, rain, or tears (if your team is on a losing streak).
  2. If you’re in charge of the party, take time the week before to plan your menu, shopping list, and job assignments. That’s right – job assignments! While this is a party and should be loads of fun, there’s nothing wrong with recruiting your friends to help out. After all, if they want to eat your food, drink your beer and hang out at your tailgate, they can pitch in too. Assigning friends to help cook, clean, set up, tear down, and monitor beverage, ice and/or condiment levels will help alleviate stress and allow you to enjoy the tailgate experience along with everyone else.

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    Keep tailgating essentials organized in a toolbox so you can grab-and-go on game day.

  3. Keep the essentials packed and ready to go. For instance, a toolbox is a convenient way to organize and store smaller items that you know you’ll need at every single tailgate party. Keep utensils (bottle openers, tongs, cutlery, can opener, etc.) in one drawer, while storing first aid supplies (Band-Aids, pain reliever, sunscreen, etc.) or favorite spices and seasonings in another. For larger items, you can use bins (I recommend clear ones so you can see inside easily without having to take the lid off) to store kitchen items such as dishes, aluminum foil, soap, and paper towels, as well as games, blankets, seat cushions, and more. Having the necessities packed and ready to go each weekend will save so much time, you just may have a shot at landing the best parking spot at the stadium!
  4. Bring extra! No matter what it is, bring more than you think you’ll need: ice, beverages, food, chairs, blankets, etc. This will help avoid a flurry of phone calls when you realize you’re almost out of hamburger buns or (gasp!) beer. And since half the fun of tailgating is making new friends, having extra to share with your tailgating neighbors and fellow fans is a bonus!
  1. So how do you get all of this stuff to the stadium?
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    Fans of the University of Oregon football team use their StowAway Cargo Carrier for all of their tailgating needs on game day.

    Invest in a StowAway Cargo Carrier, of course! Mounted directly into your vehicle’s trailer hitch, StowAway carriers provide easy, ground-level access to your gear. Quickly and easily organize and transport all of your tailgating essentials, especially those bulky items like canopies, chairs, and even your cornhole boards or ladder golf. With either 12.5 or 16 cubic feet of storage space, a StowAway Cargo Carrier nearly doubles the average SUV’s functional carrying capacity – you’ll wonder how you ever tailgated without it!

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Fans tailgate with the StowAway Hitch Grill Station at a Notre Dame game.

And for those who really want to take their tailgating to the next level, check out the StowAway Hitch Grill Station that features a Cuisinart gas grill. The SwingAway frame pivots and locks at 90° to create a safe, convenient, and easily organized kitchen/grilling space, complete with a jumbo-sized (25.5” x 18.5”) commercial-grade cutting board. And the rack provides ample room for hauling coolers and other gear too.

Yes, tailgating is hard work… But with a little advanced planning and these life hacks, it can also be one of the most enjoyable, stress-free ways to spend a weekend this fall. You’re welcome! 🙂

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.

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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

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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.

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!
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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.

 

StowAway Around the World Photo Contest

July 19th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Specials & Contests - (Comments Off on StowAway Around the World Photo Contest)

We love seeing our StowAway hitch cargo carriers around the country in all of the beautiful locations our adventurous customers visit.  You name the national park, monument or famous location, and our customers have probably been there.

Next month we are holding a “StowAway Around the World Photo Contest” to see what you and your StowAway have been up to.  The process is easy: take a picture of your StowAway somewhere in the world (or use one you’ve already taken) and e-mail it with a description of your travels to contests@StowAway2.com before August 31st. The best submission will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Below are pictures around the country taken by Rob & Jan during their 2010 Sprinter Tour to give you some inspiration:

StowAway in Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Wrangell-St Elias National Park in Alaska

StowAway near Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier in Washington state

 

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Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota

 

We look forward to your submission and can’t wait to see what all of our StowAway hitch cargo carriers have been up to since they left our warehouse.  Good luck and have a great summer!

Happy Travels!