Hitch Cargo Carrier, Hitch Cargo Box, Swing Away Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier, Swing Away Hitch Mounted Cargo Box
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Item #: ST 024
  • 16 cubic feet, 200 lbs of gear capacity
  • Choice of SwingAway or Fixed frame
  • Fits 2" hitch only
  • Includes cargo box, frame, hitch tightener and license plate bracket
  • How much luggage will it hold?
  • Box has built in taillights and a lit license plate bracket
  • Current Lead time (BLACK) - 1-2 business days + shipping time
  • IVORY on backorder - should be available to start shipping 5/21/18

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    StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier with Frame

    Our MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier is StowAway's largest and most popular hitch carrier. And with 16 cubic feet of functional space and up to 200 lbs of gear capacity, we can see why. Molded with the same durable polymer used to mold white water kayaks, the MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier is built for rugged use and active travel.

    The Max cargo carrier comes equipped with a locking latch, taillights and side reflectors for visibility, a drain plug for cleaning and a range of optional accessories to enhance its overall utility. A water channel and weep holes help to prevent water from getting to your gear. .

    The Max carrier is offered on either of our hitch frames - our popular swingaway frame or our basic fixed frame. The fixed frame is ideal for a vehicle without a rear door and no need to access the rear of your vehicle. The swingaway frame swings out to enable you to open your rear doors, liftgate or tailgate for easy access to the gear in your vehicle. Manufactured from heavy duty steel tube these frames are built to last. The Max Hitch Carrier is ideal for mid - large SUVs, and most RVs, trucks, and vans. See our image gallery to see your vehicle fit guide and for ways to use the Max carrier.

    What's Included with the MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier?

    The StowAway Max Hitch Carrier package includes the following:

    • MAX Cargo Box with locking latch and taillights
    • Your choice of SwingAway or Fixed frame
    • Lighted License Plate Bracket
    • Hitch Tightener to prevent hitch rattle
    Optional Equipment

    Wheels, a lid rack, buffet board and a hitch lock are some of the Max Carrier options.

    Key Features

    Cargo Box
    • Molded from the same high-impact polymer used in white water kayaks
    • 16 cubic feet of gear capacity
    • Carries up to 200 lbs
    • How much luggage will it hold?
    • Locking latch for security
    • Two integrated taillights and wrap-around reflectors
    • Built-in carrying handles and a drain plug for easy cleaning
    • Weep holes to divert water away from your gear
    • Outer dimensions: 51"L x 23"W x 26"H. Inner dimensions: 49"L x 21"W x 24"H
    • Box weight - 53 lbs
    • Designed for vehicles and hitches with a minimum 300 lbs tongue weight capacity
    • 10-year limited warranty
    SwingAway Frame
    • Rises 2" - 5" for ground clearance
    • Pivots up to 180° for clear access to the rear of your vehicle
    • Frame locks at 90°
    • Heavy-duty welded steel with dual safeties
    • Can be used with any StowAway cargo box, bike rack or hitch rack
    • Frame weighs 46 lbs
    Fixed Frame
    • Rises 7" for ground clearance
    • Rugged steel construction
    • Can be used with any StowAway cargo box or hitch rack
    • Ideal for vehicles without rear doors. Not recommended for vehicles with a rear mounted spare tire or ladder
    • Frame weighs 23 lbs

    Usage Guidelines

    The StowAway Max is designed for active use and travel. It is not recommended for use off roading or on washboard dirt roads. If it is used on salted roads we recommend rinsing and oiling the frame after each use to prevent rusting and corrosion.

    Exhaust Shield Use Recommended

    For vehicles with exhaust pipes pointing straight back, we do recommend either an exhaust tip to divert your exhaust down or to the side, or the purchase of our lightweight exhaust shields. Diverting the exhaust will help prevent damage to the carrier and your gear.

    Super Versatile Frame

    Use the StowAway frame as a platform to mount your StowAway box, cargo rack, bike rack or tailgate grill station. Or attach your own box, grill, rack or device.

    StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier Assembly Instructions

    Using the StowAway Carrier

    1. For optimal weight distribution, it's best to load the StowAway Carrier with lighter, bulkier items. This way you can save the denser, heavier items for inside your vehicle. Regardless of the gear, always distribute the weight evenly across the bottom of the box.
    2. In order to avoid latch or taillight interference, do not pack items too closely to the StowAway latch or taillights.
    3. The StowAway cargo box is designed to prevent water from penetrating the interior of the box. The Standard box uses a gasket to deter water, while the MAX box uses a channel and weep holes to channel water outside and away from your gear. In order to ensure proper water drainage, be sure to keep the weep holes clear of debris. While these water prevention systems work effectively under most conditions, water or dust may penetrate the box in severe conditions. There is also the possibility that condensation will accumulate in the box under certain humid conditions. While these instances are rare, we suggest you pack your items accordingly.
    4. A hitch lock will secure the StowAway Carrier to your hitch. Hitch locks are available through StowAway2.com or through automotive or rack stores. We highly recommend purchasing and using a hitch lock.
    5. All StowAway Cargo Carriers come with a lit license plate bracket for mounting your rear license plate onto the carrier. Moving your license plate to the StowAway may not be necessary if your plate is clearly visible.
    6. The SwingAway frame is equipped with a latch, as well as a primary and secondary safety. To close the frame, swing it closed until the latch engages, then use the pins provided to lock the two safeties into place. To open the frame, remove both safeties and pull up on the orange plunger pin.
    7. By inserting the safety pin into the hole at the pivot point, the SwingAway frame can be locked at a 90º angle from your car, truck, or SUV. Care should be taken when swinging the cargo box out towards traffic or using it on an incline. The cargo box should be loaded while the frame is in the closed position.
    8. The StowAway is equipped with a locking latch and security features. Nevertheless, a determined thief could potentially access the box's contents by compromising these components. Exercise care if transporting valuables in the StowAway.
    9. The lights are designed to provide taillight, brake light, and turn signal functionality. The lights on every cargo box are tested at the factory before shipping. If the lights do not appear to be functioning properly, please try the following steps:
      • Test the unit on another vehicle, as improper vehicle wiring can be the source of carrier lighting problems.
      • In order to ensure that each light is fully tightened and free of corrosion, check the wire connector plugs at each taillight and at the vehicle plug. Spray WD-40 onto all connectors if you're not sure.
      • Consult your vehicle owner's manual to be certain that the terminals on the vehicle plug match the functions of those on the StowAway.

    Caring for your StowAway Carrier

    1. The StowAway is equipped with a drain plug for ease of cleaning. The exterior surface of the cargo box may get dull or dirty and can be washed with dish soap, water, and a wash mitt to get into the texture. Trim Shine Plastic Protectant helps restore luster to the black StowAway boxes. You can generally find it through an auto parts or automotive accessories store.
    2. In order to remove road grit or salt from the StowAway frame, we recommend washing, rinsing, and drying it after each use. Any sign of rust should be sprayed with rust remover or a rust preventative at once. Articulating and mobile frame components (the pivot bolt, plunger pins, and safeties) should be kept lubricated at all times. Unless the frame is rinsed, dried, and lubricated after each use, road salt will cause the frame to rust.
    3. Always keep the carrier's lid latched and locked when storing the StowAway cargo box.

    Precautions for the StowAway Carrier

    • EXHAUST WARNING – Hot exhaust directed at or below the StowAway box could melt or damage the box and its contents. For vehicles with an exhaust that points straight back, we recommend that the exhaust be directed away from your cargo carrier. You can either use an exhaust pipe tip for diversion, or a StowAway Exhaust Shield for deflection. StowAway exhaust shields are available for both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. Exhaust shields are not necessary on vehicles with tail pipes that point the exhaust directly down or to the side.
    • The StowAway Carrier is not for off-road use.
    • StowAway models designed for a 2" hitch receiver should be used with a Class 3 or 4, 2" receiver hitch. StowAway models designed for a 1.25" hitch receiver should be used with a Class 2, 1.25" receiver hitch. We do not recommend using a 1.25" to 2" hitch converter with the StowAway carrier under any conditions. A 7" hitch extender can be used with Class 3 or 4 hitches rated for more than 500 lbs tongue weight. Under no circumstances should the receiver hitch tongue weight, vehicle tongue weight, or the gross vehicle weight be exceeded.

    StowAway Cargo Carrier Video Library

    Getting to know your StowAway Cargo Carrier should be as fun and easy as putting it to work. For detailed information on the use, assembly, or installation of StowAway's MAX or Standard Cargo Carriers, please click on the corresponding instructional video below.


    StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier

    Assembling the StowAway Max Cargo Carrier

    Barn Door Clearance for the StowAway Cargo Carrier

    StowAway Max Cargo Carrier Capacity

    Locking and Unlocking the StowAway

    Latching the StowAway Cargo Carrier

    Free Shipping within the Continental U.S.

    We offer free shipping on all orders within the Continental United States. Items purchased through the StowAway website are typically processed and ready for shipment within 1-2 business days. During the summer months (or right before a holiday) this could change to 3-4 processing days. Please call to confirm current lead times before placing your order.

    For orders within the lower 48 states, we ship with either FedEx or USPS ground. Please call for available express options and applicable shipping charges. There is no sales tax in Oregon, so we do not charge sales tax on U.S. orders, regardless of your destination.

    Typical FedEx Ground Transit Time (Business Days)

    FedEx Ground shipping time for StowAway Carriers


    Shipping to Alaska

    StowAway orders ship to Alaska via Span Alaska and generally take 7 to 10 business days. Shipping costs to Alaska generally range from $100 to $200, depending on the product. Orders ship to the closest port via barge. We generally ship smaller items to Alaska by U.S. Mail. Please fill out our Quote Request Form and one of our Customer Service Representatives will email you a quote by the end of the next business day.


    Shipping to Hawaii

    We generally ship orders to Hawaii by air. At the customer's request, we can also ship orders to Hawaii by sea. Please fill out our Quote Request Form for a shipping quote to Hawaii. One of our Customer Service Representatives will email you a quote by the end of the next business day.


    Shipping to Canada

    For a shipping quote to Canada, please fill out our Quote Request Form. One of our Customer Service Representatives will email you a quote by the end of the next business day.


    International Shipping

    For an international shipping quote, please fill out our Quote Request Form. One of our Customer Service Representatives will email you a quote by the end of the next business day. If you would like to arrange your own freight services, we can provide you with the necessary weights and dimensions of the product you are interested in.


    Returns & Exchanges

    We are committed to providing the best customer service and satisfaction possible. We will gladly refund your purchase price, minus a restocking fee, or replace any defective items within 30 days of purchase. For more information about our return policy, visit our Returns & Exchanges page.


    4.80 stars, based on 358 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 358 Reviews:
    Minnesota

    All around WOW

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    Really... what a great product but - the most important thing - your customer service and shipping has phenomenal! It arrived quickly and well packed.



    Thanks so much for this opportunity to reply with feedback...it's all good. I'm so very impressed.



    By the way, I just turned 57 this month and I have not been able to go to the gym for over two months due to an injured elbow, I installed this by myself onto my camper van. Love to share this as I know there are many women with recreational vans. Speaks volumes to your design team.



    Many thanks,

    Nan

    Better on back then on the roof

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    Pros:
    • Easy access
    • Huge space
    • Great load height
    • Adds interior space to vehicle
    Cons:
    • Love to see a light inside
    • Needs to have stainless steel hardware
    • A spacer between the box and frame
    • Box rubs on frame arm when swinging open
    • wiring needs to be attached to frame.
    • Add wiring disconnect to box
    I Purchased a used Max with LEDS in black that was only 2 years old for the last six months it sat outside and had some surface rust on the frame and the box was scratched up. I stripped the entire unit apart had the frame sand blasted and powered Coated and sprayed the box in truck bed liner to cover the scratches, Upgraded all the hardware to stainless steel, Replace the strips and decals. Rewired the harness to stay with the frame permanently and added a quick disconnect for the box wiring This box is perfect for anyone who travels .

    Nyc

    Great

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    Great product, sturdy and seems like it worth the money.

    WI

    Wisconsin to Florida

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    • easy access
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    We ended up ordering a StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier for our trip to Florida. 2 adults, 4 kids in a 2015 Tahoe. We needed the extra space because of the lack of a trunk. The carrier arrived in a well packaged cardboard box. Assembly was done by one adult in about an hour. Even with the license plate addition. No worries as long as you have a screwdriver, cordless drill and drill bits. Obviously having wrenches for the various nuts and bolts is also necessary. Any basic set should do the trick. 3 of us over packed for a one week trip but had just enough room between the carrier and the small trunk. Rain was not a problem for the carrier to keep our stuff dry. Loading and unloading was not a problem with the swing away feature. Using the rear view mirror was not a problem when loaded. Only negative thing about using this style carrier compared to one that loads on top of the vehicle is that it seemed to really weigh the back end of the vehicle down. It could have been because of the entire load too. (passengers) Overall, very pleased with the carrier. Also, when we arrived at our house, we could drive right into the carport without worrying about the carrier being on top of the vehicle.

    Tupelo Ms

    Well built

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    Very impressed with the quality of this product, frame on the swing out is heavy duty constructed. Plastic tub is also built well. Will hold enough bags for 4 adults on a 5 day trip. Tip is to pack soft bags so they can be packed tight. Payment through PayPal was easy and delivery time was fast through fedex. Assembly was straight forward with no problems. This unit is 119 lbs so it takes 2 people to install into receiver hitch. The only improvement I can recommend is if the tubing that goes into the receiver was slightly tapered it would make it easier to install. Thanks stowaway for a great product.