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! 🙂

Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!

December 13th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Dogs & Pets | Specials & Contests - (Comments Off on Help StowAway And Wrigley Fight Canine Cancer!)

‘Tis the season of giving so we have teamed up with Wrigley the Flyin’ Weimaraner, our StowAway sponsored Dock Diving champion, to help fund K9 Cancer studies!

Have fun and make a guess on how many total feet Wrigley has jumped during his Big Air competitions this past year (*hint- it’s the total distance of 34 jumps!).

The person with the closest guess will have a $100 donation made in their name (or in a name of their choosing) to Chase Away K9 Cancer. The $100 donation will be made jointly by Wrigley and StowAway.

Chase Away K9 Cancer supports cancer research, education and prevention in dogs. All money raised (yes, 100%!) by Chase Away K9 Cancer goes toward this mission.

The winner will be selected on Thursday, December 20, so get your votes in now. Just go to our Facebook page and post your vote there. You can either comment on our post announcing the contest or simply create a new post.

We’ll pick the winner on Thurs, Dec 20th. Please share this post, have fun & thanks for helping us give back!

Post your guess on our Facebook page now!

Thank you!

 

Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? France!

October 8th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Where's StowAway Now? - (Comments Off on Where is StowAway Cargo Carrier Now? France!)

This post marks the start of new series, Where’s StowAway Now? We receive many great messages from customers telling us all of the great places they’ve taken their StowAway products and how they’ve used them and we want to share that with all of you.

This week’s post might surprise you but it’s true…the StowAway has been seen in France & Spain! The Zahn family
of Toulouse, France had been searching for a long time for the best way to haul their son’s dirt bike and still be able
to follow him while he road. They found just what they needed when searching online.

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The StowAway Swingaway Frame enjoying some fun with the Zahn family in Europe.

“When I discovered StowAway on the net, I knew it was the way to carry my son’s motorcycle on the rear of my Toyota land cruiser.

With the StowAway Frame I could still go offroad together with my son on his motorcycle which would not be possible with a trailer. And, the swingaway frame allows access to the rear door, even with the bike on it.

There was one problem at first, however—shipping to France was estimated at about $500-$600—just too expensive!

We decided to visit Florida that summer and I asked Jim from StowAway to send me the big package to our hotel in Orlando. We used it throughout our journey in Florida and the Keys with our rental car.

Upon departure to Toulouse, France via Frankfurt, I took a chance and went to the Lufthansa boarding desk
at the Miami and asked if we could bring a 90 pound package as extra luggage and they accepted with extra charge of only $50!

The SwingAway flew with us in the Huge Airbus 380 back to Europe. After changing the hitch of my 4X4, our family has gone with our son offroading on his motorcycle several times in Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees.”

– Pierre & Danielle Zahn

Our thanks to the Zahn family for sharing their story and photos with us—and thanks to the Lufthansa crew for having reasonable rates for additional luggage!

Stay tuned for our next post to see where else StowAway shows up as we continue tracking, Where’s StowAway Now?

 

Do you have a fun or unique story about where or how you’ve used your StowAway? Tell us about it!
Send us an email and maybe you’ll be featured in one of our future blogs…

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 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!

Monthly Maintenance Tip: Maintaining Your StowAway Frame

July 19th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in Frames Only - (Comments Off on Monthly Maintenance Tip: Maintaining Your StowAway Frame)

This month’s tip is about preventing rust and corrosion on your StowAway frame.  The StowAway frame is manufactured from heavy gauge steel and coated with a black powdercoat finish. The frame hardware is either stainless steel or zinc chrome plated.  Both frame and hardware will naturally resist rust and corrosion in most conditions, except when exposed to salt.  Road salt is particularly corrosive and can eat through a powdercoat or plated finish if left on the surface for any period of time.  To prevent this, it is imperative that you rinse your StowAway frame thoroughly after using it on salted roads, and pat it dry with a towel.  Apply a coating of light oil to all hardware and moving parts and store the carrier for your next use.

We’ve seen StowAway frames that look great after 10 years of use, and others that show rust and corrosion after only one year on salted roads.  The difference is how the frames are cared for after driving on salted roads.

Do you have any good tips that you’d like other StowAway owners to take advantage of?  Email us at contests@stowaway2.com to give us your tip and possibly see your tip featured as our tip of the month.

Happy Travels!

StowAway Owner of the Month: Creative Hitch Cargo Carrier Storage

July 17th, 2012 | Posted by Pacrec in StowAway Owner Profile - (Comments Off on StowAway Owner of the Month: Creative Hitch Cargo Carrier Storage)
Jeremy's StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier

Jeremy’s car packed up for a family trip

Our hitch cargo carriers provide a creative solution for storage space outside the vehicle. But when you’re not traveling, where do you store the carrier itself?  Our StowAway Owner of the Month, Jeremy Drifter, has come up with a creative solution to store his MAX carrier in the garage.

Jeremy says “We take a lot of family trips.  There are five of us and once you load up with a cooler and some stuff for the kids, we need to get all of the luggage out of the car to have a comfortable ride.”

The Drifters, who own both a Dodge Magnum and a Ford Expedition, travel back and forth from their home in Florida to their cabin in North Carolina, as well as on their camping trips and scouting adventures.  Our MAX carrier provides them with a storage solution for their travels but between the family’s gear, two cars and everything else in their garage, they didn’t have any room to store their hitch cargo carrier.  So Jeremy did what any creative minded person would have done: found a solution.

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Jeremy’s homemade hitch cargo carrier wall mount.

Jeremy welded a hitch mount on his own and mounted it to his wall.  Made from 1/4 inch sheet metal, the mount consists of a 10″ wide by 17″ high plate and a 7″ long 2″ box tube welded together and attached to the wall (which had cement anchors behind it).  He also drilled a hole for the hitch pin and put one triangle gusset under the box tube for support.  All in all a professional looking piece of equipment completely thought up, designed and manufactured by him.

I actually pull my Expedition in the garage and the hood sits under the StowAway when it’s stored on the wall.”

This set up cost Jeremy about $12.00 and took him about 30 minutes to weld, mount and paint.  He is now enjoying both the StowAway hitch cargo carrier on his trips and plenty space in his garage when he’s home.

Want to become our next StowAway Owner of the Month? E-mail us a picture and your story at contests@stowaway2.com

Halloween – StowAway Cargo Carriers

October 21st, 2011 | Posted by Pacrec in More! - (Comments Off on Halloween – StowAway Cargo Carriers)

With a little over a week until Halloween, you may be looking for ways to use your StowAway Cargo Carrier for the seasonal festivities.  We have come up with some interesting ways to use the StowAway Cargo Carrier while you are preparing for the various activities associated with Halloween.  If you are doing any traveling next weekend, a hitch mounted cargo carrier is perfect for carrying your extra bags and giving your passengers a little more leg room.  You can also add custom orange reflectors to give your cargo carrier some Halloween spirit.

pumpkins in a cargo carrierAnother great options is our tailgate package.  This comes with colored reflective tape and a cutting board that fits perfectly to the inside of the box (great for cutting those leftover bobbing apples).

The StowAway Cargo Carrier would be perfect for your trip to the pumpkin patch.  A cargo capacity of 200lbs (2″ frames) will let you carry back plenty of pumpkins without getting the inside of you vehicle dirty.

Don’t forget Trick-or-Treating!  While the kids can only dream of filling all 16 cubic feet the MAX cargo carrier with candy, the cargo carrier can be a great place to store flashlights, first aid kits, and other trick-or-treat gear while you follow your kids around the neighborhood.

And if you don’t find a use for our cargo carriers for Halloween, have fun next weekend.  Be safe and watch out for those zombies, werewolves and vampires!