Hitch Cargo Carriers for Your Nissan or Mitsubishi

Pair one of StowAway's hitch cargo carrier systems with your Nissan or Mitsubishi van or SUV — we guarantee you'll love the extra storage space, accessibility, and packing freedom. Going on a fishing trip with your closest friends? Easily mount the StowAway Surf Fishing Rod Rack to your Nissan or Mitsubishi's receiver hitch to make packing and carpooling easy.

When you mount the StowAway Cargo Hitch Carrier with SwingAway frame to the rear of your Nissan or Mitsubishi, the options are endless! Depending on your current adventure, you'll have ample storage space to take all your cycling, camping, climbing, or fishing gear. And trunk accessibility won't be compromised, meaning you can store even more and still get to it with ease.

The StowAway hitch carriers meet this need. Hitch mount cargo carrier for easy ground level loading, the StowAway includes a swingaway frame for clear access to the back of your vehicle. Choosing the right StowAway should be done based upon your needs.

Things to Consider When Choosing the Right StowAway Hitch Carrier for Your Nissan or Mitsubishi

A StowAway hitch carrier provides a simple way to expand your vehicle's gear capacity. All StowAway carriers slide into your hitch for easy access from ground level and are tightened in place with the StowAway hitch tightener. But which StowAway might be best for your Nissan or Mitsubishi vehicle and needs?

A Is your Nissan or Mitsubishi Designed for a Hitch Cargo Carrier or Cargo Box?

The compatibility of your vehicle with a hitch carrier depends on a few factors. First is Tongue Weight Capacity (TWC). This refers to how much weight your vehicle's hitch receiver can support. Generally, smaller vehicles will have a lower TWC and larger ones will have a higher capacity. To find out a specific TWC, consult your owner's manual or your dealer. Next what size hitch do you have? Hitches typically come as a 1.25" or 2" square receiver, and occasionally 2.5” for larger, heavy duty vehicles. StowAway Racks and the Standard Cargo Box are available for either the 1.25” and 2” hitch size, while the Max Cargo Box is made only for a 2” hitch.

BWhat kind of and how much gear will you be carrying?

Racks can be the best choice for gear that does not have a regular shape – bikes, grills, inflatable boats and more. The StowAway Cargo Boxes may be a better option if you have multiple pieces of luggage or gear that you want to keep covered. 1.25” hitches typically offer tongue weight capacity ranging from 100 lbs up to 300 lbs. Vehicles with 2” hitches typically have a tongue weight capacity of 300 – 500 lbs. The StowAway Carrier is not suitable for the lighter (Class 1) 1.25” hitches but can be used with hitches with capacities of 200 lbs and higher. Always be sure to stay within the stated capacity on your hitch and your vehicle.

CHow important is protection from the elements, and security?

If you are concerned about the security of your gear and protecting it from the weather, a hitch cargo box might be your best bet. StowAway Cargo Boxes are molded from a strong flexible polymer and include a locking latch, taillights and a water channel to prevent water from getting to your gear.

DWill you be doing more than transporting gear?

StowAway offers several models and accessories If you plan on doing more with your StowAway than transporting gear. The buffet board option provides a platform for preparing or serving food. The StowAway Ski Carrier converts the vehible into a ski shuttle for carrying skiers and skis to the mountain. The StowAway Grill Station is your ideal tailgate party grill for college or pro games.

EHow important is clear access to the back of your vehicle?

If you need clear access to the back of your vehicle without having to unload your gear, the swingaway frame is a definite must. Remove the frame safety pins, lift the release pin and swing open your frame for access to your back doors, liftgate or tailgate.

OK, you’ve assessed your needs and looked over your vehicle and hitch. Now select the StowAway that will work best for you.

StowAway Model Review

Stowaway Cargo Box

Hitch Cargo Boxes

If your choice is a Cargo Box select either the Max at 16 cubic feet capacity or the Standard at 12.5 cubic feet capacity. Both boxes will protect your gear from the elements, include a locking latch for security, and taillights for safety. A drain plug is included for cleaning your box. Both boxes come in either black or ivory.

StowAway Cargo Rack

Hitch Racks

The StowAway cargo rack provides a flexible hauling alternative for irregularly shaped and large pieces of gear that may not fit into one of our cargo boxes. The rack can also be specialized for hauling bikes, a grill for tailgating, fishing rods or skis and snowboards.

StowAway hitch racks and swingaway frame angled

Hitch Frames

StowAway offers two frames, one a fixed frame and the other a swingaway frame. Both frames are welded from heavy duty tube steel and are powdercoated to resist rust and corrosion. All StowAway Boxes and Racks mount to either frame or you can bolt your own box or rack to either frame.

Nissan/Mitsubishi Vehicle Overview


The Nissan Armada is a powerful full-size SUV -- Nissan's largest SUV in the lineup. It seats up to 7 passengers and has elegant interior touches. It is available in 4WD on all trims and years. The Armada offers a little something for everyone. Its upscale look and feel are equal to its quiet, comfortable, serene cabin.

NV Passenger Van

The Nissan NV Passenger van is a full-size van with heavy-duty body-on-frame construction and available V8 power. This van is not as modern as they get as far as styling goes, but it does offer a strong mix of rugged practicality, good road manners and technology to satisfy a wide variety of needs. Its core qualities are solid and it should absolutely be considered if you're in the market for a large van.


The Quest is a very well-rounded mini van and an excellent family vehicle. It features roomy and spacious seats, a stylish interior, smooth and agile handling, and a capable 260 hp 3.5L V6 engine. Although the Nissan Quest was discontinued in the United States following the 2016 model release, 2014-2016 Nissan Quest models still remain popular vehicles in the used automobile market.


The Nissan Xterra is compact SUV with much to offer. It has a front-engine, 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, 5-door, five-passenger capacity. With its spacious interior, powerful engine, and convenient tech options, and some noteworthy off-roading capabilities, it's well suited for family cross-country road trips as well as your daily commute. Although the Xterra was discontinued following the release of the 2015 model, used models are still a very popular choice.