What do you desire your carrier to accomplish?
What are the activities and equipment that you enjoy engaging in? Answering this will help you determine which of the styles (box, rack, specialty rack) that meets those needs.
What type of vehicle do you have?
This information will help determine the tongue weight capacity (TWC). This refers to the maximum vertical weight that a vehicle’s hitch can support under normal driving conditions and thus determine whether your vehicle can support a hitch carrier.
What class hitch does your vehicle have?
Trailer hitches are commonly divided into five classes. Each class is based on the strength and size of the vehicle it is intended to be used on and the materials and design of the hitch itself.
What is the rear design of your vehicle?
No doors, barn doors, tailgate? A hallmark benefit of all of the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers is the unique SwingAway frame that allows them to work on almost every vehicle configuration.
What are the wiring requirements of your vehicle?
There are many different types of electrical adaptors. These adaptors allow the Hitch Cargo Carrier trailer lights (braking, turning) to be connected to your vehicle’s system, thus working in tandem with signaling and braking. Once you’ve ascertained which type of adaptor you have, that’s the one you go with.
StowAway: The Clear Choice
There are many manufacturers of Hitch Cargo Carriers out there, and that’s a good thing. It means that many of your fellow adventurers are enjoying the ability to go where they want carrying what they want. What sets the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers apart? Accessibility, versatility, durability and capacity. If you’re tired or not wanting to balance on your vehicle’s door frame to retrieve items from your rooftop carrier, StowAway has your solution. As these are mounted directly onto your vehicle’s trailer hitch, you have ground level access to your gear at all times. The beauty of the StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier being mounted on their patented SwingAway Frame, pivots out 180 degrees so that you can open your rear liftgate, left-hinged or barn-style doors, hatch or tailgate with full access to the back of your vehicle. The SwingAway frame also locks at 90 degrees, so you won’t have any unintentional movement of the frame while loading or unloading. There are many vehicles or RVs that don’t need rear access, StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers can also be mounted to a rock-solid fixed frame.
Versatility and flexibility. With the variety of styles of hitch cargo boxes (standard and max), racks (bike, rod, grill station, sports box), frames (SwingAway, fixed) and even colors (black, ivory), there is a StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier or Rack for you. All of StowAway’s hitch-mounted products including the MAX Cargo Carrier, Cargo Rack, Bike Rack and Hitch Grill Station are fully interchangeable and easily bolt to both the Fixed and SwingAway frames. No other cargo carrier on the market – including popular rooftop carriers – can claim the same level of adaptability as StowAway.
Durability. When we purchase something, we want it to last, to be durable and StowAway offers some of the most durable cargo carriers available. Rotomolded from the same material used to create high-performance white-water kayaks, our cargo holders are constructed with walls twice as thick as those of other leading cargo carriers. To demonstrate the strength and durability of our hitch cargo carriers, we backed a delivery van over one of our carrier box lids. The results? Not a single crack. StowAway Hitch Cargo Carriers have survived car accidents, blizzards, ice storms, tailgate parties and even wild animal encounters!
Capacity! Why are we purchasing a hitch cargo carrier? We need space! The StowAway Max Hitch Cargo Carrier has 16 cubic feet of capacity and can haul up to 200 pounds of bags, chairs, equipment or whatever. The StowAway Standard Hitch Cargo Carrier has 12.5 cubic feet of capacity and can also carry up to 200 pounds of your belongings. When you think about taking that next road trip and not having to “tetris” style pack everything into your vehicle and then slide into the 15 inches of seat that are left because your things are safely and securely stowed in your StowAway Hitch Cargo Carrier, doesn’t it bring a smile to your face?