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Old 01-13-2020, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default Stowaway swing away box vs motorcycle trailer?

We have a 2011 RT 190 Ranger. We have decided to carry our Saturn inflatable fishing kayak along with battery and electric motor. Total weight will be approximately 100 pounds. From my perspective, a stowaway box and a motorcycle trailer have different advantages and disadvantages. I would appreciate any experience based feedback.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:58 PM   #2
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I think there are very few advantages to a trailer over a box. Get the box unless you need more room. I'd rather put my motorcycle in a hitch rack, or inside, than on a trailer.
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Probably not much to chose between the two options cost wise.

The only comment i would make is that in my experience short trailers such as you are considering are more difficult to back up than longer ones! I owned a short luggage trailer at one point and also have owned several travel trailers up to a 31 ft Airtream.

The long trailers were quite easy to back up but teh short one difficult as it tended to jack knife so easily.


On other comment i will add is that with the trailer, you will likely want to unhook it and chain it to a tree or some such at destination. Not difficult to do.

With the Stowaway, you could remove it - but not is simple. On the other hand, we carry together a bike rack and cargo tray on a swinghitch onour van. When I first set it up, I anticipated we would always remove it at destination, but after using this setup now for over a year and a half, not once have we removed it and it is has never been a problem, you might find the same and in that sense, i could be easier.

Edit - a trailer does give you two more tires to worry about!


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Old 01-13-2020, 04:13 PM   #4
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We have a 2011 RT 190 Ranger. We have decided to carry our Saturn inflatable fishing kayak along with battery and electric motor. Total weight will be approximately 100 pounds. From my perspective, a stowaway box and a motorcycle trailer have different advantages and disadvantages. I would appreciate any experience based feedback.
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I use a stowaway hitch frame. Made a platform for an ebike that weighs about 65 pounds for a total weight of maybe just less than 100 pounds. It works well, very pleased. The downside is that I have to remove all of it to fill the propane tank, 05/04 190P. I would rarely need to add propane if I fill up first, learned that lesson.

Keep in mind that you can create whatever you like rather than use the box they offer. The weight held by the box is 200 pounds, 250 with the hitch frame only.
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My answer is "none of the above".

If you know for sure that you want to carry gear X, whatever that gear may be, my recommendation is that you either fabricate or commission a carrier to suit that specific need, with an eye to general flexibility.

Husband and I went round and round on Stowaway vs. the next bad options, and they were all bad - the quality just wasn't going to achieve what we wanted, and the versatility of offered products was also terrible. Especially for the prices, ugh.

So we designed and welded exactly what we needed (husband became a hobby welder). Our carrier most often accepts our Yeti cooler and gas can, or we can unbolt and re-bolt portions of it to reconfigure it to carry our pressure washer, or other large tools, or my folding bicycle. I'm also going to modify it further to accept a modular kayak that I just acquired several weeks ago. Plus there's an open side with strap-down rings for general cargo. When not used for carrying, I refer to that area as my "back porch". It serves as an extra-large step in through the rear door.

This is one of the best mods we ever did. I've enjoyed it immensely, and it works much better for us than anything that is offered in the commercial market.

Blog post series on fabrication here if you are interested.

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I wasn't too impressed with that Stowaway storage box. I ended up buying Aluminess rear storage boxes for our van which I use to haul 2 inflatable kayaks and all my tools, grill, etc. etc. I debated as a cheaper alternative buying a metal or galvanized truck storage box and rigging it up on a hitch rack. Something like the boxes in this link. This would have been much sturdier than the Stowaway box.


https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...uck-tool-boxes

The last thing I would ever do is haul around a trailer. That would defeat the whole purpose of a small and compact Class B RV.
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If your going to get a trailer you could consider a non-inflatable kayak.
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There is a lot of resistance on here to pulling a trailer, but we have been really happy with this option. Just depends on what you are hauling. We've been pulling a 5x8 enclosed trailer for the last 2 years, and had no difficulty parking it, getting it into remote campsites, etc. We haul two dual sport motorcycles, and while you can get a rack capable of carrying two motorcycles, reality is that most class B vans do not have the rear axle capacity to handle that much weight hanging off the back of the van.

Our trailer tucks in really nicely behind the van, is slightly narrower at the axles, and with the long rear overhang of the van, it tracks almost perfectly behind it - if the van's rear axle clears something, the trailer axle will clear it as well. The trailer weighs 800 lbs empty (all aluminum frame), has its own brakes to stop the load, and when loaded up to about 1800 lbs with our bikes, riding gear, tools, etc, only drops our gas mileage by about 1.5 MPG.
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