Foldup Bike Storage and Transport While on the Road

January 8th, 2017 | Posted by Pacrec in Bicycling | Bike Racks | Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on Foldup Bike Storage and Transport While on the Road)
Folding bikes in the Stow carrier,

People use our StowAway carriers for all kinds of reasons. In fact, our customers continually find new ways to use our cargo carriers that we would never think of, and many of those customers share those experiences with us. A lot of people ride bikes and although we offer a bike rack that attaches to our hitch mounted SwingAway Frame, folding bikes don’t fit well on a bike rack. As it turns out, our StowAway Max Cargo Carrier makes a great companion for anyone who owns and hauls a folding bike. (more…)

The Case for Extra Space: Cargo Options for the Ford Transit Connect

August 4th, 2016 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Carrier Vehicles - (Comments Off on The Case for Extra Space: Cargo Options for the Ford Transit Connect)

The Ford Transit Connect is a great vehicle for business owners in need of a reliable and economical delivery vehicle. It offers ample room and is easily accessible from the side or from the back. But what happens if you need more cargo room than the Transit Connect allows? Or, what if you are transporting items that you don’t want inside the vehicle because of smells or contamination? (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.

 

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.

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.

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MAX Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier

October 7th, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers - (Comments Off on MAX Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier)

MAX hitch mounted carog carrierThe MAX hitch mounted Cargo Carrier by StowAway is the perfect solution when you need more room in your vehicle.  The MAX cargo carrier is the largest box produced by StowAway and holds up to 200lbs and 16 cubit feet of cargo.  This carrier allows you to mount a large box onto your vehicle’s rear hitch receiver.  The cargo carrier can be mounted on a regular fixed frame or the patented swingaway frame that provides access to your vehicle’s rear doors.  The frames themselves are made our of professionally welded, heavy-duty steel tubing and protected by a thick powder coat.  The box is constructed out of a highly durable polymer, the same material used in some high performance whitewater kayaks.  The MAX model comes standard with full functioning tail lights and other accessories, like the StowAway hitch tightener that reduces hitch wobble.

If you are considering a roof mounted base rack, keep in mind you will have to load your cargo overhead, whereas a hitch mounted carrier can be loaded at ground level.  Also consider the cost of additional accessories that roof racks require for different types of cargo.  A hitch mounted rack is much simpler and quicker install than a rooftop rack.  With the MAX cargo carrier, you won’t have to mess around with crossbars, fit hooks, stays, pads, end caps, or locks (you’ll have at least four locks for just the crossbars).  Remember that most roof racks are custom fit to each model of vehicle.  With the StowAway MAX, you will be able to switch to nearly any vehicle with a 2″ hitch receiver.

You can learn more about and purchase the MAX hitch mounted cargo carrier at www.StowAway2.com