The one frustration we've had with our Type B motorhome is the limited storage space for the extra gear we would like to have with us on extended trips. So, after a lot of looking and the strong recommendations of our pal Campskunk, I purchased the StowAway2 Max Cargo Box for our Roadtrek eTrek.
At nearly $700 with delivery and taxes, it is not an inexpensive option. But it is a very solid and substantial cargo carrier and I am looking for many years of service.
It comes in black or white. We ordered the black one, which looks best with our eco green colored eTrek.
It arrived by Federal Express Ground in two large boxes. The boxes didn't arrive together. One came Saturday. One Monday.
Installation, as the company says, took about an hour. Much of that time is in getting the boxes open, emptied and the parts lined up. It really is a two person job. Not that anything is that heavy. It's just awkward for one person to line up the bolts with the proper openings and do the assembly. I called my friend Jay, who came by to graciously lend a hand.
First, the swing away frame is assembled and inserted into the two inch hitch at the back of the coach. There's a free hitch tightener that keeps it from wiggling or moving around. Once the hitch and frame for the box is connected, the cargo box is fastened to it with four bolts. Then the hinged top is affixed. Instructions are simple and clear cut, even for a mechanically challenged guy like me.
The carrier measures 51″W x 23″D x 26″H and thus extends the length of the Sprinter based Roadtrek to about 25 feet. It's also large enough that it covers up the rear license plate. No problem, We drilled out three marked holes, installed a new lighted license plate frame to the back of the box and put the plate from the back of the vehicle there. The box has side brake lights and they and the license plate light plug right into the receptacle next to the hitch. I did, however, have to buy a four to seven plug adapter to connect the lights.
The cargo box is huge, providing 16 cu.ft. of storage. StowAway says thats enough to hold four carry on bags, two camp chairs and two duffle bags. Maximum weight of the cargo contained in the box is 200 pounds. I'm not sure what we will put in there. I think some bigger, more comfortable chairs.Some fishing gear. A propane gas stove. A couple of tripods and some bulky items like a ground cover, an outside table and assorted other items.
A locking latch will keep everything secure and safe.
What I am most impressed with is how the whole cargo box swings far away, allowing you to open the left rear door all the way and the right side rear door about 75% of the way – more than enough to easily get to the “basement” of the Roadtrek.
I got the box just in time We leave tomorrow for an extended trip south, first to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, then on to Georgia and Florida. I'll let you know what goes in it and how it all works.
I do see one issue with this new box. It goes where I used to have a hitch mounted bicycle rack. Now I need a new way to carry the bikes. I'm told there is a front rack system that will let me carry the bikes up front. So that's next on my list of accessories to check out.