StowAway SwingAway Frame
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Item #: ST 022.9
  • Heavy-duty steel frame swings out up to 180º, locks at 90°
  • Carries up to 250 lbs with a 2" hitch, 175 lbs with a 1.25" hitch
  • Mount your cargo box, cargo rack, bike rack, generator or custom device
  • Build in rise to increase ground clearance  
  • Includes hitch tightener to prevent hitch wobble
  • Current production lead time 3-4 days

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    Does your vehicle have a rear mounted spare tire or ladder? If so, please provide your spare tire or ladder clearance dimension. *
    Does your vehicle have barn doors (two doors) for rear access? If so, please provide hitch to door vertical clearance dimension. *

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    SwingAway Hitch Carrier Frame

    Need a sturdy frame that easily mounts to your hitch receiver and has a hinging arm for easy access to your trunk? As our most popular hitch carrier frame, the StowAway SwingAway hitch carrier frame offers both! Fabricated from heavy-duty steel, the swing away hitch frame fits both 1.25 inch and 2 inch hitch receivers. It also pivots up to 180 degrees, giving you clear access to the rear of your vehicle whenever you need it.

    Ideal for individuals or families who want all the accessible cargo space they can get, the SwingAway cargo frame pairs well with all of StowAway's unique carrier products. Our frames have either a 5" or a 2" rise that provides ample ground clearance.  

    Install a SwingAway hitch carrier and have some fun out there!

    SwingAway Frame Includes:

    • SwingAway hitch cargo carrier frame made from durable steel
    • Hitch safety pin with keeper

    Key Features

    • Sturdy hinging arm offers clear access to the rear of your vehicle
    • Works effectively with most liftgates, barn doors, passenger-style, and tailgates
    • Provides enough clearance for most rear-mounted spare tires and ladders (please specify dimension)
    • May include either a frame with a 5" or 2" rise depending on your vehicle information and or fit determination
    • Heavy-duty steel tubing assures durability and stability
    • Black powder coat finish resists corrosion
    • Swings out 180° to the passenger side
    • Pin locks carrier at 90° if desired
    • Twin safety locks prevent frame from swinging out without warning
    • Easily secures to vehicle with four bolts
    • Cargo box or cargo rack easily attaches to frame
    • Fits any Class III or Class IV 2" trailer hitch
    • Fits any Class II 1.25" trailer hitch
    • Up to 250 lbs of carrying capacity with a 2" hitch
    • Up to 175 lbs of carrying capacity with a 1.25" hitch
    • Weighs 47 lbs
    • 10-year limited warranty

    Exclusive StowAway Customization

    Make packing for all your different road trips easy and convenient with our interchangeable StowAway products. When you install a SwingAway hitch cargo carrier frame, switching between hitch products becomes a simple, one-person process. Whether you need an enclosed cargo box for fishing, an open cargo rack for lacrosse tournaments, or a sturdy bike rack for family cycling adventures, the choice is yours. The swing away hitch frame adapts as quickly as your cargo needs change!

    * Signature required for all items shipped via Fedex Ground.

    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 71 reviews . |
    Overall Customer Rating of 71 Reviews:
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    Now holds spare tire.

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    • Quality
    • Price
    I converted my van to a camper and wanted easy access to the back of the van, and the spare tire. My brother customized and welded on to the stowaway2 a simple spare tire holder (uses lug bolts) and now it's perfect for my use. It also has room for a small cargo carrier for a lightweight table and chairs. Still does not exceed the recommended weight. Since I removed all the rear seats from the van, it also does not pull the back of the van down. Love how easy it is to swing away. Very solid and very useful. I imagine others mights want the spare tire modification.

    Nomadic Upgrade

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    I am so impressed with this product. Some of the best money I have spent in a long time!!

    eastern Tennessee

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    • Very sturdy and easy to work with.
    • None that I can see.
    Well built and easy to assemble and mount on my van. At 72 years old, I put it together and mounted it in about 15 minutes with no help. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a cheap knock-off you are looking in the wrong place. Very pleased with this product.


    One of my best purchases.

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    • Solidly built
    • easy to use
    • customizable
    • None so far.
    I purchased this unit to carry my 7kw generator to and from the job site. Most other options out there weren't weight-rated for what I needed. Before I made my purchase, I emailed customer service a few times to ask some questions. Every time I emailed, I received a response very quickly, and they were sure to provide me the information I needed as well as links to photos with additional ideas to help me see this carrier in use by other people. At first I was concerned about the price, as I had seen other units for less. Let me say that the price is justified in my opinion. Between the customer service before and after the sale (I had a couple of issues that I attribute to me making things more difficult than needed) as well as the overall quality of this piece, I am very impressed. This thing is a beast and comes in at around 55 lbs. To test it after assembly and installation I sat on it (I weigh around 175) just to see what I could expect. It even at 90° it handled me just fine. My generator fully fueled comes in at 248lbs and after some figuring and planning, I got it mounted up. Even at 180°, it works just fine. The swing to 90° allows me full access to the cargo area through my two rear doors with no issues, which is precisely what I was looking for. One the unit is locked and made safe for transport, there is very little give or appreciable bounce even with the generator in place. The unit comes in two pieces, PLUS, a hitch pin and an anti-rattle bracket. I highly recommend the use of the bracket as it makes the connection between the hitch and the carrier as solid as being one piece and nothing moves. Really, the long and short of it is, if you're looking for a swing-away carrier I don't think you'll be disappointed in this unit. It is well worth the price and I am extremely happy with my purchase, as well as the help I received from customer service.


    Very satisfied

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    • Well made
    • easy installation
    • Quality
    • A little to pricey
    Highly recommend this unit . Unit was boxed well and arrived within delivery estimations. Was pleased with the weight and quality of unit. Installation was straightforward. Love the simplicity of opening/closing/latching the unit. Installed a third party box.