Stowaway Max Cargo Carrier on white van
4.81 stars 308 review(s).
Item #: ST 024
  • Offers the most storage (16cubic ft)
  • Choice of SwingAway or Fixed frame
  • Carries up to 200 lbs of gear
  • Fits 2" hitch only
  • Includes hitch tightener and license plate bracket
  • Includes single bulb LED taillights
  • Current Handling time on BLACK is 3-5 business days + Shipping time, IVORY is 4-5 weeks (updated 7/10/17)

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    StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier with Frame

    Our MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier is StowAway's largest and most popular cargo 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 make white water kayaks, the MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier is built for rugged travel and daily use.

    This spacious cargo carrier also comes well-equipped! Taillights and side reflectors provide visibility, while a locking latch keeps your things secure. In case of rain, sleet, or snow, built-in weep holes help prevent water penetration so your gear stays dry.

    For straightforward storage, pair the MAX with our sturdy Fixed frame. Or match the box carrier with our rugged SwingAway frame—which pivots up to 180 degrees—for clear and easy vehicle access. Heavy-duty, convenient, and easily customizable, the MAX Hitch-Mounted Cargo Box is ideal for a wide range of SUVs, RVs, trucks, and vans. Please visit our image gallery to see all of our StowAway Cargo Carriers in action.

    What's Included with the MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier Base Package?

    In our MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier Base Package you'll find everything you need to get rolling with your StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier, including:

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

    Exhaust Shield Use Recommended

    For vehicles with exhaust pipes pointing straight back, we strongly recommend using one of our lightweight exhaust shields. Our easy-to-install shields help prevent damage to the carrier, its frame, and your gear. For more information on our exhaust shields click here.

    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
    • Designed for vehicles and hitches with a minimum of 300 lbs tongue weight capacity
    • 10-year limited warranty
    SwingAway Frame
    • Rises 5" for ground clearance
    • Pivots up to 180° for clear access to your vehicle
    • Locks at 90° for tailgating
    • Heavy-duty welded steel with dual safeties
    • Can be used with any StowAway cargo box or hitch rack
    Fixed Frame
    • Rises 7" for ground clearance
    • Rugged steel construction
    • Can be used with any StowAway cargo box or hitch rack

    Optional Accessories

    Exclusive StowAway Customization

    Each StowAway frame (SwingAway or Fixed) is capable of mounting either a cargo box, cargo rack, or bike rack. As your cargo needs shift with the seasons, your StowAway hitch frame has the ability to quickly adapt.

    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.


    4.81 stars, based on 308 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 308 Reviews:
    Houston, Texas

    Well built

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    Pros:
    • sturdy
    • roomy
    • quality
    • easier than a roof rack
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    After reading reviews of other cargo boxes online, I was worried about the general quality of cargo boxes, but the Max Cargo Carrier is surprisingly well made, with sturdy components including the hinges, latch, and lock. The overall design including the swing-away frame makes the unit very flexible, and it swings out of the way of my SUV rear door easily, even when the cargo box is full. The frame itself is thick and supports the cargo box well. After multiple uses, including a cross country drive, I am still very happy with it and have had no problems with it.

    The included hitch tightener means it won't shift around in the hitch, and I don't notice any affect on the car's handling.

    Assembly was easy (aside from the exhaust protector, which I still recommend) and everything was packaged well for shipping.

    With the wheel add-ons, it can be installed by one person (with just a little extra work) but you still need two people to remove it without dropping it.


    5 stars

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    Unit worked perfectly. Just bought it last week and drove 1000 miles with it on the back. Did not even know it was there. Cannot comment on waterproofing (no rain yet) but we carry some electrical tape to seal the opening just in case.


    Stowaway Max2

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    Spacious, durable plenty of documents to use for set up. I have a Dodge Journey and the stowaway max2 works great. One suggestion needs bigger side handles to move it to and from the car.


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    <p>Easy to assemble. Have not taken it on road yet, but everything works.</p>

    Legs

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    Pros:
    • Easy to use
    • great quality
    Cons:
    • Two people to put it on and off

    The product arrived fast and was packaged great. Installation was quick and easy. The only thing that would make this better would be to have legs on it so one person could put it on and off. I'm in the process of designing and building a set of legs.