Stowaway Max Cargo Carrier on white van
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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 - 1-2 business days + shipping time

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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. If you already have a frame and just need the container, see our cargo box for sale. 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.

    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 weighs 53 lbs
    • Designed for vehicles and hitches with a minimum 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
    • 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
    • If you have a rear mounted ladder or spare tire - we would recommend a SwingAway frame or hitch extender
    • Frame weighs 23 lbs

    Optional Accessories

    Super Versatile Frame

    Use the StowAway frame as a platform to mount your StowAway box, cargo rack, bike rack or tailgate grill station, or your own box or gear holder. The StowAway frame is designed to meet your travel needs, whatever the season.

    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 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 351 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 351 Reviews:

    Container is great, lock is cheesy,

    <p>While I am happy with the box, hitch lock quality, the lock on the box itself is really mickey mouse. You guys must have spent at least 10 cents on it. Since this is a 779.00 box I think you could have sprung for a real lock</p>

    Jenison MI

    Helpful carrier but could be slightly improved

    • Durable
    • secure
    • Opaque material and not completely white
    <p>We bought a 2018 Toyota Sequoia which is unfortunately manufactured with no room to store anything but easily seats eight people so we bought what appeared to be the largest carrier made and the largest by Stowaway2. We are just glad we bought the largest one because even this one barely fits all of our bags We also opted for the ebony white Carrier but it is really Kind of like an opaque milk jug color and look, as you can kind of see through it and does not white white as our Sequoia is but more of an off-white. It would be nice if you actually could not tell if there was something inside of it or not and it seems that if they just added a little more color to the plastic material when making it this would be easy to accomplish. The quality of it feels fantastic and hit at least feels like a salad container while we are traveling, not flimsy at all so my suggestions are really just things that I think would make it even a nicer unit</p>

    Stowaway2 and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

    <p>My wife and I went on a 3 months camping road trip to Alaska this summer. In preparation, we purchased a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline and the Stowaway 2 Max carrier with the swing away frame. The Ridgeline is rated to carry 5000 lbs. and we were under that. The Stowaway is rated at 200 lbs. and we were under that, using the carrier for the tent, the pads, bags and the camping chairs. The overall trip was nearly 17K miles in 92 days. At a little over 14K, we took the Ridgeline in to a dealer in Medford, Oregon for routine maintenance and got an unpleasant surprise. We had to replace the rear two tires. There was probably about 3/4 of the tread left but the rear suspension on the Ridgeline had cantilevered out so that the two rear tires were not really riding on the treads but on the sidewalls. On each tire, we had worn completely through the outer tire and through the metal braiding of the inner tire. We were within a few hundred miles of a blowout. </p><p>After returning home, we've had the Ridgeline in to the dealer several times while they replaced most of the components of the rear suspension before they could get it within acceptable tolerances. The work was all done under warranty so there was no expense to us (other than the 2 tires). The Honda service center and the Honda technical center concluded that the Stowaway probably put too much unsupported weight on the rear suspension for too long a time (3 months), causing it to warp. The Ridgeline is not a true truck. It is based on the Honda Pilot SUV and has a unibody construction, rather than a separate rear suspension. </p><p>In conclusion, the Ridgeline worked fine and was a pleasure to drive. Likewise, the Stowaway worked exactly as advertised. It was perfect for our camping needs, and the swing away feature was the envy of many campers during our trip. However, these two don't appear to work well together. Hopefully, both vendors can add a caveat to their products to alert future customers to the problem.</p>


    • Quality
    • Made in USA
    • Functional
    • Ease of Use
    <p>The StowAway Max Cargo Carrier was exactly what we needed for our latest family road trip. Allowed us to pack everything we needed without cramping the interior of our SUV. The cargo carrier can be swung out, providing enough clearance for us to open the tailgate of our GMC Acadia. The Acadia does have exhaust that exists straight back so we opted for the exhaust shields. A nice perk ordering everything together is that the frame came pre-drilled for the exhaust shields so installation was faster and easier. The tail lights, which I upgraded, are extremely bright and were also installed by the folks at stow away. Everything seems to be high quality and functions well. Had absolutely zero issues whatsoever on our 3000 mile trip and I would recommend this particular carrier to others.</p>

    Very good but could be better

    <p>Storage capacity is awesome. The swing away frame is a must have. But three improvements could be made. </p><p>1. Add two more locks at the corner of the box lid for superior theft deterrence. </p><p>2. Design the box so it is lockable to the frame. Again, theft deterrence. </p><p>3. Raise the frame about 5 more inches for added ground clearance. I'd rather have ground clearance than have my rearview completely unobstructed</p>