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

Hood To Coast - StowAway Cargo Carrier - Hitch Cargo Carrier

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.

Hood to Coast - KOIN 6

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.


The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Pacrec in Hitch Carriers | StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier Features & Options - (Comments Off on The Great Hitch Carrier Comparison: Rola v. Thule v. StowAway)

The StowAway Max Hitch Cargo Carrier is unmatched in capacity and durability.

I don’t always have time – or take the time – to comparison shop. I know I should. You can save a lot of money and get a better product when you take the time to compare features and prices. Sigh. As they say, the devil is in the details. And I’d just as soon have somebody else sweat those details for me.

So, seeing as how I love short cuts, I’m going to give you one and compare the three most popular and reliable brands of gear and cargo carriers for you.

Cubic feet capacity doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to how much gear you want to carry. Nor are all boxes and frames made from the same quality grade of materials. Also, not all carriers offer the same options and versatility to their users.  I’m also more interested in products that are manufactured in America. So, let’s see how this comparison of hitch carriers plays out in three key areas.

At the Starting Gate: Rola, Thule and StowAway

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.

The StowAway Max by StowAway holds a total of 16 cu. ft.


Carrying Capacity:

The Rola hitch carrier has 13.5 cubic feet of space, which holds roughly four carry-on bags. The Thule hitch carrier has 13 cubic feet of space, which will accommodate about three carry-on bags and two large duffel bags. The StowAway MAX Hitch Carrier outguns both competitors with 16 cubic feet of space, holding four carry-on bags, two large duffel bags and two camp chairs.




Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier

The Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier will hold a total of 13.5 cu. ft.

The frames on the Rola and Thule hitch carriers are both constructed frommedium-wall steel tubing. The StowAway Hitch Carrier, by contrast, boasts heavy-wall steel tubing. The box material on the Rola is polypropylene and on the Thule it’s ABS plastic. The StowAway hitch carrier boxes are molded with Linear Low Density Polyethylene – a super durable polymer, the same material used to mold high-performance whitewater kayaks. They have twice the wall thickness of 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.


The Thule Hitch Carrier will hold a total of 13 cu. ft.

Optional Accessories

If you’re like me you love to accessorize, to add on value, and to mix-n-match. Which means it’s important to me to have one base product that allows me a great deal of choices in add-ons and versatile use. (Saves me money in the long run.) In optional accessories, Rola offers me a bike rack, license plate light, hitch tightener, and hitch lock. Thule has only a hitch tightener and lock to help me out. The StowAway Hitch Carrier on the other hand, offers a bike rack, cargo rack, rod rack, lid rack, grilling station, custom cutting board, wheels, wrap-around reflectors and tie-down rings. All of which blows the competition clear off the road.

It does pay off in the long run to shop around and compare details. (It’s just nice when someone has done that work for you.) At the Finish Line of this race: StowAway by a mile.

Hound for Glory!

February 28th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets - (Comments Off on Hound for Glory!)
Mary Lou and Shazan on agility course photo

Mary Lou and Shazam tearin’ it up!

Rust… what rust?

After a several week layoff to due to her broken rib, agility dog trainer and competitor Mary Lou Hanlon and her three dogs made quite an impressive comeback at their return to competition.

At the three day event held Feb. 24-26 in Edinboro, PA., Mary Lou’s trio of Border Collies hauled in the hardware. Eleven year old Snap had two first place finishes and one second place finish. Seven year old Wizard scored one first place finish, along with two seconds. And three year old Shazam, recovering from an injury of his own (wrist) went to town with two first place and three, count ’em, three, second place finishes!

“My dog Shazam truly rose to the occasion,” Mary Lou said. “He not only won two first places and three seconds, but he also earned some points towards his world team tryout qualification.” WORLD team? Wow!

In dog agility competitions, trainers run with their dogs, guiding them through an obstacle course that requires the dogs to run, jump, climb, weave and hurdle through the course, trying to finish with the fastest time and the least penalties. Regional and national competitions draw hundreds of competitors from all over the country.

Mary Lou and her dogs with StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier

And there’s plenty of room for all those ribbons!

That’s a lot of traveling. And how does Mary Lou handle hauling three dogs, their crates, bedding, bowls, food, treats, toys, grooming and beauty supplies, not to mention her own stuff? Why, with her trusty, dependable StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier, natch! Mary Lou, as well as many of her fellow competitors and other dog owners, have found the MAX’s 16 cubic feet of storage space, 200 pounds of carrying capacity and easy ground level access a great way to alleviate crowding inside their vehicles. In fact, Mary Lou digs her StowAway so much, she allowed us to sponsor her! How cool is that?

So, Mary Lou, what’s next on the agility agenda?

“Our next show will be back in Edinboro, March 9-11,” Mary Lou said. ” Wish us luck!”


Tailgating With the Tea Freaks

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Tailgating - (Comments Off on Tailgating With the Tea Freaks)
McAlister's Jeep and StowAway MAX tailgating UNCvsNCState

Partying hardy at the UNC vs. NC State game

They tailgated at some of the biggest college football games of the 2011 season. Auburn vs. Clemson, Georgia vs. Ole Miss, Tennessee vs. Arkansas, North Carolina vs. North Carolina State (Civil War!) and… Holy Cow… LSU vs. Alabama –  a preview of the National Championship game (with much different results).

This past fall, McAlister’s Deli, a restaurant chain with over 300 outlets  in 23 states,  launched their inaugural “Win Our Sweet Ride” contest. Two new Jeep Wranglers were driven weekly to different ACC and SEC football games throughout the season. The “Tea Freaks” as they affectionately call themselves on their Facebook page, tailgated with the local fans, showcasing their “Sweet Rides”. Guests at all McAlister’s restaurants could enter a contest to win the Jeeps at season’s end.

And guess who was invited to tail along at all the games? Why, the StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier, natch! (Each Jeep was equipped with one). As any serious tailgater knows, the StowAway is the go-to player when it comes to transporting all your brats, buns, beverages, coolers, grills, canopies, chairs, foam fingers and other pregame paraphernalia. Who better to haul all the freight the McAlister’s folks were toting to all those games? With 16 cubic feet of storage space and a 200 pound capacity, the StowAway MAX will hold enough refreshments to last you from pregame warm-ups to post-game interviews! Plus, the special Tailgate Package  includes a 23” x 19” cutting board  for food prep and serving. No more pounding out patties on the top of that old ice chest.

StowAway MAX with OSU tailgate option

Now those are some great team colors!

While the McAlister’s gang needed to be non-partial on team support, you don’t have to! You can proudly support your favorite team or alma mater by customizing your MAX Cargo Carrier with reflectors in six different color options to match your team’s colors (orange on black looks great). Plus, there’s a flat surface on the front of the lid designed to fit a standard bumper sticker (like… Go Beavers!).

Obviously the Tea Freaks needed all of the MAX’s impressive cargo space as they road tripped from campus to campus. But If you’re a tailgater that’s just looking for extra storage for ice chests and grills, and wants a flat sturdy surface for cooking and serving, the StowAway Tailgating Station is a game winner. A rugged StowAway Hitch Cargo Rack, mounted on a convenient swingaway frame (for easy access to the rear of your vehicle, just like the MAX), comes with a 20 ½” x 25” wooden grill platform, cargo net and hitch tightener.

When the regular season ended, McAlister’s awarded the Jeeps ( StowAways included… the  extra point is good!) to two lucky winners who are destined to have many more excellent tailgating adventures in store. A new season will be coming up before you know it, so, if you want to put a “W” in your tailgating win column, insert a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier into your starting lineup. It just might be your MVP!