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StowAway Bike & Cargo Rack (ST 025.65)

4.60 stars, based on 5 reviews
StowAway Bike & Cargo Rack We've combined our 4 bike rack, cargo rack, and Swing Away cargo carrier frame to bring you the best option for making the most of your cycling trip. With this bike hitch carrier combo, you can carry up to 4 bikes and,...
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Bike Carrier and Cargo Rack on swinging frame

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We just got back from our second trip after installing the swing away bike/cargo carrier and I could not be more pleased with the function and quality of the rack. I had some trepidation before ordering this unit as it is rather expensive but after two trips I feel it is well worth the expense. My wife and I travel in a small class B RV (Pleasure Way) which we love but storage space is a premium. This rack was the perfect fit for us as we can store all of the bike paraphernalia outside of our rig. Great Product!

Bike Rack and Cargo Carrier

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ASSEMBLY; Was disappointed that the cargo rack was made in Taiwan not the USA. The screws provided for that rack did not work. I had to purchase self tapping screws to put that rack together. Would like to have the option to remove the bike rack on a quick disconnect vice a bolt and nut configuration this would make the entire system more user friendly..



QUALITY; Based on the weight of the entire assembly i would like to see some wheels on the add-ons components to allow the movement of the entire assembly by one person similar to a hand cart. Would like to see the paint changed to a rhino type coating to withstand the wear and tear of use. The heavy duty construction is exactly what I was looking for. The welds are high quality with no visible porosity or undercut.



EASE OF USE; Would like to see a 1/2 inch more room between each bike landing to assist in the onload and offload of the bikes. swinging mechanism and safety pins are all easy to use and necessary.



Overall i am happy with my purchase but would like to see continuous improvement measures to ensure that I am a repeat customer.

San Francisco Bay Area

Extremely well built and functional

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<p>We have a Pleasure Way Class B RV that is short on storage space. I purchased the bike/cargo rack with frame. I also purchased the extra large cargo box (haven't used that yet). As with most major purchases, don't try to assemble and "figure out" when you have a group impatiently waiting for departure. I've learned that the hard way. Assembly took around an hour initially as I got familiar with the components. Now that it's assembled, it takes me about 10 mins to mount to vehicle and load with bikes/cargo. It is extremely well built. Very little movement or vibration during transit. Loaded with two adult bikes and two large containers of firewood. Even with bikes still loaded, the rack was easy to swing away providing access to the back doors. After bikes were unloaded, but the rack still attached, I was able to fully fold rear doors back against the sides of the van. Having the ability to swing the rack also made it much easier to load/unload the bikes. The piece that is included to stabilize the rack works great. It's a fairly expensive solution, but I do believe it will last a lifetime.</p>

Swing out arm & rack are pretty heavy which is good for longer term use and durability

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  • Heavy
  • easy to put together
  • nice protective coating
  • fast shipping
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The rack shipped fairly fast. I contacted customer service to ask about shipping dates they responded supper fast.

The swing out arm & rack are pretty heavy which is good for longer term use and durability. But it does take two of us to actually lift & slide it into the hitch.



Things that would improve this purchase:

-There are NO ID numbers on the hitch lock (as stated on the packaging.) No way to order extra locks.

-Secondary pin is nearly impossible to get out once you have the rack fully loaded. If you can't get the secondary pin out you can not swing the rack out!

-A light weight rack and or basket that would fit the swing out arm for bulky/light weight cargo.

-Sides you could add to extend the height of the rack sides.

-A cargo bag that was actually as long as the rack.


Top quality. Well made.

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<p>Top quality. Well made. Solid and sturdy. U-bolt and stabilizing plate is an excellent feature and works well to eliminate play between rack and receiver. For my set up the only issue was the pin which I could not use because the wire harness was too close to the receiver and locking cylinder was inaccessable. Replaced it with a Master Lock 1480DAT E-Z Key Access pin.</p>

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