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Old 05-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Has anyone had experience with something similar to a Rola Hitch-Mounted Adventure System Storage w/Swing-Away Pod? This gives 13.5 cu. ft. of storage w/o, they claim, blocking access to trunk or rear cargo. We have a Pleasure-Way Plateau TS, and we can tell already that we're going to be short on storage.

Is 13.5 cu. ft. worth the expense, the added maneuvering difficulty, and the cost?
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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There is a long (but old) topic here:
http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi....php?f=9&t=379
that has some really good info.

I saw a local online ad today for a hardly used swing away Rola and was tempted.
We have bikes on a bike rack most trips so I didn't follow through.

Might be worth spending extra $$$ on items that are really compact such as chairs or loungers or screen rooms etc. that fold up really small.

I see carriers on the back of Class B's quite often though.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:38 AM   #3
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/it ... lack/31810

This is the one I want. 51" L x 23" W x 26" H, 16 cubic feet of storage LOVE IT!
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:47 AM   #4
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I have a Stowaway 2 SwingAway rack; I put a Plano XXL storage box on it. The box can come off when needed and has built in wheels. There is room to spare on the rack for a bicycle, camp chairs and all the other junk I probably should leave home. You can open the rear doors when the rack is swung out to the passenger side (it only goes that way), but not much when the rack is in place. Makes it necessary to plan how you load up and where you pack stuff.
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There is a long (but old) topic here:
http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi....php?f=9&t=379
that has some really good info.

I saw a local online ad today for a hardly used swing away Rola and was tempted.
We have bikes on a bike rack most trips so I didn't follow through.

Might be worth spending extra $$$ on items that are really compact such as chairs or loungers or screen rooms etc. that fold up really small.

I see carriers on the back of Class B's quite often though.
I contributed a lot in that thread on weight analysis and research. I ended up buying the Let'sGoAero 20 cubic foot box for my Pleasure-way Plateau. It does not swing away but pulls away straight back on rails so you can open your doors. The big plus was the drop down roll away wheels so one person could easily remove the unit and install the unit not only at home but at a camp ground if so desired. It has to be empty in order to do so since the three wheels can be rather tipsy. I also quickly learned despite the tongue capacity rating of the Plateau I was not comfortable driving it with much more than 150 lbs in the carrier. The front end steering felt loose with more weight.

A hitch cargo carrier does change the way you drive and where you go. With a Plateau you can no longer just pull into almost any parking space nose in like at a McDonalds or Starbucks. You can no longer parallel park without sticking over into another space on a city street. You have to always be aware you now are about 25 feet long and not 22. You can't perceive that with your rear view mirrors.

That's real life experience with a hitch cargo carrier and a Pleasure-way Plateau.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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I've looked at several threads and still can't figure out whether you stop carrying the spare in order to use the stowaway box. Seems like it but??
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I wouldn't leave the spare at home under any circumstances. The minute you do, you'll need it. I carry a FEMA tarp, just in case.

The old thread has a pic of an RT with both the spare and the box on the back.

I don't find much changes about driving. I put a pair of stick-on Fresnel lenses on the rear windows; I can actually see the rack in the rear view mirror.
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Solution: With the help of a 7" Hitch Extender, the StowAway2 Max Swingaway Cargo Carrier can sit far enough behind the Roadtrek's Continental Kit to provide proper clearance.
http://www.stowaway2.com/store/p/624...-Extender.aspx
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Don't forget this caveat:
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Hitch extenders reduce your vehicle's tongue weight capacity by 1/3, so load your carrier accordingly.
The Swingaway weighs 70 lbs empty and claims 200 lbs of gear, but I've never loaded it that much.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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[quote="arrveedogz"]I wouldn't leave the spare at home under any circumstances. The minute you do, you'll need it. I carry a FEMA tarp, just in case.

OK, I'm feeling sort of stupid here, but please tell me what is a FEMA tarp and why do you carry one??

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