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StowAway MAX Cargo Carrier mounted on SUV with SwingAway Frame
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Item #: ST 024
  • Heavy duty box and swingaway frame. Made in USA.
  • Cargo box swings out for clear access to the back of your vehicle
  • Fits a 2" hitch receiver
  • Box holds up to 16 cubic feet and 200 lbs of gear
  • Package includes cargo box with taillights, frame, hitch tightener and license plate bracket with light
  • Fixed Frame option is available
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  • Current lead time:  2-4 business days + transit time
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    StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier with Frame

    Our MAX Hitch Cargo Box 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 Box is built for rugged use and active travel.

    The Max hitch cargo box includes 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 standard fixed frame. The fixed frame is ideal for a vehicle without a rear door and without the 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, 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 Hitch 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
    • Full function 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.

    Not 100% sure if this is the right carrier for you? Check out our Hitch Cargo Carrier Buyer's Guide for more information on choosing the perfect StowAway for your needs!

    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 397 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 397 Reviews:
    Texas

    Max Hitch Cargo Box

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    I have a Sprinter 2017 144" 4x4 and absolutely love the Max Hitch cargo box!!!! Easy to install/setup, well-made and GREAT for additional storage. Swingarm works perfectly and I can easily open the driver-side rear door and open the passager rear door plenty to access the van. Adds about 34" to the length of the van.

    Florida

    I like it but think there's room for a few improvements

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    Overall a great product and I think the best hitch cargo box (and I've used their competitors). It's easy to assemble, very sturdy, well built, and easy to slide the box away when needed. My only gripes are as follows: The wiring for the lights is too exposed inside the box and easy to rip out with luggage (which makes a large part of the box unusable unless you are willing to risk cramming luggage into the delicate wiring), the wire that plugs into the hitch is difficult to keep out of the way of the moving parts without putting to much pressure on it and I think it will also eventually end up damaged (I had used bungee cords attached under my car to keep the wire out of the way when swinging the box closed); and the gold colored safety bolt that is a backup to the latch has to be spun too many times (it's nice because it helps keep the box from rattling or swinging out, but it takes too long to screw it open/closed and it gets in the way when you swing the box back in). But these are relatively minor complaints and overall I am very pleased with my purchase. Shipping was fast and arrived in good condition in Florida.

    California

    Outstanding!!

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    This is a robust and solid carrier that is well thought out and designed. It arrived in Flawless condition.

    One issue: the graphics on instructions are poor and not always intuitive. Use the website for better graphics and YouTube for videos!

    California

    everything as expected

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    I ordered this and immediately after had to go for surgery so I wasn't able to put it together myself. I paid someone two hours of work to do so and unlike the instructions he did it without a second person. I even purchased some of the extras and he did it all in two hours. One of the hitch stabilizers doesn't fit but it also doesn't seem to be making a difference either. I had to purchase an extension bar so I had two, the other one fits fine. The box is large enough that I made a propane tank stand so the tank wouldn't slide around and today I'll be doing the same for my generator which has way too much room to slide around in there. Everything appears well made. FYI: One thing I didn't consider in the beginning was my backup camera. It was blocked by the box and the wiring wasn't long enough to move it; I did have to have a new one installed. I am very happy with this purchase.

    Abq, NM

    LOVE IT!

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    • size
    • convenience
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    This is exactly what I needed for getting a little extra utility out of my SUV. I spent nearly 4 months researching hitch mount cargo carriers and finally ended up on this one. It's a really good size and I would definitely suggest the MAX instead of the standard because the MAX is only like 5lbs heavier than the standard but with a ton of extra space. The build quality is good and doesn't feel cheap at all. Also, do yourself a HUGE favor and buy the little two-wheel add-on so you can roll the thing around when it's not on the hitch - they are very convenient. I also love the swing away frame, it's so nice not to just move it out of the way and have full access to the rear hatch.