Stowaway Standard Cargo Carrier open trunk open lid
4.77 stars 26 review(s).
Item #: ST 022
  • 12.5 cubic ft of storage
  • Choice of SwingAway or Fixed frame
  • Carries up to 200 lbs of gear with 2" hitch
  • Carries up to 125 lbs of gear with 1.25" hitch
  • Includes hitch tightener and license plate bracket
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    StowAway Standard Cargo Carrier with Frame

    The Standard Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier is StowAway's original cargo carrier. With 12.5 cubic feet of capacity, this versatile hitch cargo box offers ample room for storing all kinds of gear. The StowAway Standard hitch-mounted cargo carrier is great for storing luggage, extra duffel bags, camping equipment, or road trip essentials for you and the dogs. Made with the same high-impact polymer used in white water kayaks, the StowAway Standard hitch cargo box is extremely durable season after season.

    To suit storage style and needs, the StowAway Standard Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier comes with a choice of two compatible frames. Choose between our signature SwingAway frame—with a 180 degree pivot arm—or our Fixed frame.

    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

    Exhaust Shield Use Recommended

    For vehicles with exhaust pipes pointing straight back, we strongly recommend using one of our 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
    • 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 for security
    • Two integrated taillights
    • Built-in carrying handles and a drain plug for easy cleaning
    • Automotive-grade gaskets to prevent water penetration to your gear
    • Outer dimensions: 49"L x 21"W x 24"H
    • Designed for vehicles and hitches with a minimum of 200 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 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.

    4.77 stars, based on 26 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 26 Reviews:

    Big Bend National Park Trip

    • Sturdy
    <p>My two friends and I just completed a road trip from the NE to Big Bend Nation. The trip was 4500 miles with some of it partially maintained gravel roads. We were very impressed with the ease of use, and professional build of the standard size cargo box. </p><p>We were in dust and rain but the contents in the carrier remained dry and clean.</p>

    • Fast free shipping
    • Easy assembly
    • Good quality
    • Heavy but wheel kit helps
    <p>Good quality pc. of equipment</p>

    • swing arm
    • none yet
    I bought this box for a Winnebago View rv with a rear slide. Customer service was very knowledgeable about my rv & which model would fit under the slide. It fits perfectly. I bought the swing arm & though the box doesn't swing far enough to clear the slide, I can raise the lid enough to put my portable bbq grill & chairs inside. I am 100% satisfied.


    • great value
    • take 2 people to place and remove

    Taking or 5 granddaughters with us has been challenging to say the least. this year we decided to purchase the Stowaway for added space in carrying more luggage. What a difference the Stowaway has made. The well build construction and the ease of mounting and removing the Stowaway has been a game changer. We purchased the swing out to be able to access the rear of the van. Wow great Idea no more trying to get our things from the cargo box on top of the van. I would highly recommend the Stowaway for anyone needing added space when traveling. Thank you MD

    Santa Rosa Beach, FL

    I wish I had found this carrier years ago!

    • Easy install and love how it swings away
    • None

    I am on my 1 st camping trip as I write this and I love it!!! Cannot believe how it held all my camping gear including tent. It was nice to ride it car without feeling cramped by gear. Super easy to install, will be getting a lot of use out of this.