Red SUV with StowAway Standard hitch cargo box on SwingAway Frame for access to back of vehicle

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Item #: ST 022
  • Heavy duty box and swingaway frame. Made in USA.
  • Box swings out for clear access to the back of your vehicle
  • 12.5 cubic feet capacity. 
  • Carrying capacities: 2" model up to 200 lbs of gear, 1.25" up to 125 lbs of gear
  • Includes cargo box with taillights, frame, hitch tightener, lid stay and license plate bracket with light
  • Fixed Frame option is available
  • How much luggage will it hold?
  • Current production lead time - 3-5 business days, plus shipping time
Retail: $929.00

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    Does your vehicle have a rear mounted spare tire or ladder? If so, please provide spare tire or ladder clearance dimensions. *

    Does your vehicle have barn doors (two doors) for rear access? If so, please provide hitch to door vertical clearance dimension. *
    * Why do we ask these questions? Your answers will ensure you're provided the correct frame type. Learn more.

    Do your vehicle’s exhaust pipe(s) point straight back? If so, we recommend adding an Exhaust Shield to protect your box. (optional)

    StowAway Standard Hitch Cargo Box with Frame

    The Standard Hitch Cargo Box is the original StowAway cargo carrier. With 12.5 cubic feet of capacity, this rugged box offers ample room for securely storing your gear. And, when mounted to our heavy duty swingaway frame, provides clear access to the back of the vehicle. The Standard hitch cargo box includes a locking latch, taillights, a lit license plate bracket and a drain plug for easy cleaning.

    The StowAway Standard hitch cargo box is available on two different hitch frames, our versatile swingaway frame or our rugged fixed frame. The swingaway frame swings out to provide clear access to the rear of the vehicle and can be used as a platform for the Standard box, our bike rack, cargo rack, grill station or rod rack. The fixed frame is ideal for vehicles without rear doors or a rear mounted spare tire.

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

    In our Standard Carrier Base Package you'll find everything you need to hit the road with your StowAway Standard Hitch Cargo Box, including:

    • Standard Hitch Cargo Box with locking latch and taillights
    • Your choice of SwingAway or Fixed frame
    • License Plate Bracket
    • Hitch Tightener to eliminate hitch rattle
    Ordering a "Box Only"
    • Mounting holes will not be drilled unless you specify on the order that you have a StowAway SwingAway or Fixed frame.
    • "Box Only" orders do not include a hitch tightener and/or hitch pin

    Key Features

    Cargo Box
    • Heavy duty. Molded from the high-impact polymer used in some white water kayaks
    • 12.5 cubic feet of gear capacity
    • 200 lbs of carrying capacity with a 2" hitch
    • 125 lbs of carrying capacity with a 1.25" hitch
    • Compare the storage of the Standard box versus the MAX box
    • Locking latch and integrated taillights
    • Built-in carrying handles and a drain plug for easy cleaning
    • Automotive-grade gasket to help prevent water penetration
    • Outside dimensions: 49"L x 21"W x 24"H. Inside dimensions: 47"L x 19"W x 22"H.
    • Box weighs 47 lbs without the frame.
    • Designed for vehicles and hitches with a minimum of 200 lbs tongue weight capacity
    • 10-year limited warranty
    SwingAway Frame
    • Built in rise for ground clearance (2" for vehicles with less than 7" of clearance between hitch and rear doors, 5" for all others)
    • Accessible - Pivots up to 180° for clear access to your vehicle - (Note: on vehicles with rear double doors, the passenger side door will only open 70 - 80 degrees)
    • Frame locks at 90° for loading/unloading
    • Heavy-duty welded tube and steel with dual safeties
    • Versatile - Can be used with any StowAway cargo box or rack, or with your own container
    • Frame weighs 47 lbs
    Fixed Frame
    • Rises 7" for ground clearance
    • Rugged steel tube construction
    • Can be used with any StowAway cargo box or hitch rack
    • Ideal for vehicles without rear doors or a rear mounted spare tire
    • Frame weighs 18 lbs
    Usage Guidelines
      The StowAway Standard Carrier is designed for active use and travel. It is not recommended for 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!
    Optional Accessories

    StowAway Standard 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

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    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.

    4.87 stars, based on 61 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 61 Reviews:
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    Great Gift

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    • Durable
    • American Made
    • Easy Install
    Bought this for my husband for his birthday along with a hitch lock and he loves it. It was easy to assemble and install and fit perfectly. Would like to commend KATIE who was of immeasurable help in ordering the Stowaway 2. I called her with a million questions and she answered every one thoroughly, professionally and patiently. She walked me through the each accessory and its purpose. She was fabulous. Beyond that, the Stowaway is sturdy, well made and appears quite durable.

    My only complaint is that it arrived with a rather sizable scratch down the top of the carrier. While I know it is an outside piece and will get beat up, it was a bit of an embarrassment as a gift.


    Love it!

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    A lot of thought, and craftsmanship went into this product. God bless America! Worth every penny!


    Well built

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    • Price
    Product is very well built

    Dover, PA

    Great for beach trips!

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    • Easy to set up. Plenty of space.
    • Exhaust shield did not fit properly.
    I purchased this because of bringing a friend of my daughter to the beach with us. This was just enough to ensure we had room for everything. The exhaust shield did not fit properly. I contacted Stowaway, but their directions did not help. I was able to get it to fit, but I had to flatten the angle of the shield. Also, it seems the hole for the bracket should be at least another inch away from the bend. I also purchased the locking hitch pin and the hitch bracket/stabilizer. The hitch bracket worked great, and I recommend everyone to purchase one of them. The locking hitch pin did not seem to be of very good quality.


    Stowaway 2 (A great product)

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    I own a Stowaway2 carrier and use it on a 2018 Audi Q7. I use the carrier to transport my field training (dog hunt training) equipment approximately 200 lbs, 480 miles per week. I have also travelled from California to Canada and numerous US states, most recently Indiana for hunt testing and confirmation show dog events, using the Stowaway2. Without the added storage and flexibility of the Stowaway2 I literally would have had to purchase a different vehicle. I do not usually recommend products but have recommended the Stowaway2 to many people who have approached me when the back hatch of the Q7 is open and the Stowaway2 is extended on it's arm allowing full access to my two dogs (enter/exit). In my opinion it is one of those great products.