StowAway Standard Cargo Box on Swingaway Frame
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Item #: ST 022
  • Heavy duty molded hitch cargo box. 12.5 cubic feet capacity.
  • Available in black or ivory colors.
  • SwingAway frame model will swing away for clear access to the rear of your vehicle
  • Models available for either a 2" or 1.25" hitch
  • Carrying capacities: 2" hitch model up to 200 lbs of gear, 1.25" model up to 125 lbs of gear
  • Includes cargo box, frame, hitch tightener and license plate bracket
  • How much luggage will it hold?
  • Cargo box has LED taillights and a lit license plate bracket
  • Current lead time 1 - 2 business days + transit time.
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    StowAway Standard 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 box includes a locking latch, taillights, a lit license plate bracket and a drain plug for easy cleaning.

    The StowAway Standard 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

    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
    • Accessible - Pivots up to 180° for clear access to your vehicle
    • 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

    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

    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.

    4.78 stars, based on 36 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 36 Reviews:

    Very pleased

    We have a small Class B with limited storage. Stowaway allows us to keep all utility\sanitation\patio items outside of coach to free up internal storage areas for provisions & personal items.

    Extends our replenishment requirements from every couple of days to almost a full week.

    Taunton, Ma

    StowAway Standard Cargo Carrier

    Carrier and SwingAway frame seem to be very well made. I think lid bracket should be included seeing top won’t stay open on its own. Overall good quality, a little pricey but I love that it’s made in the USA. I would recommend to others.


    Easily expand you cargo space

    Although I was a little skeptical about this product because of the weight of the hitch, when I assembled it the first time I realized how well made this unit is. Everything fits perfectly and and the swing away feature is well worth the extra weight. Extreamly well engineered, this box will give you significant additional space and it rides very well on the car. Much more secure than a hitch rack with bins strapped to it. Easy to install in the hitch with two people.


    Great for added storage!

    Eugene, OR

    StowAway Standard Cargo Carrier

    • Storage capacity
    • Quality
    • locks
    • stays dry
    I don't usually rate products but I was so happy about this purchase that I felt compelled to add my two cents about it. I bought this so that I could eliminate lots of extra stuff in my Eurovan when taking road trips. This thing was awesome!!! I could put so much stuff in there and it stayed dry and safe the entire trip. It was easy to put together, the electrical adaptor and the hitch lock worked seamlessly, and I couldn't be happier. I didn't really want to spend the money because it seemed high, but it has been so worth it. I'm looking forward to using it on many, many more road trips. I highly recommend it!