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Old 06-20-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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I wanted to put all my stray gear in an outside box, so that the interior storage in my Travato could be used for bikes and a kayak.

I got it yesterday and assembled it. Basically it fits all my gear. I put two bins inside to separate my plumbing items from electrical. In the gaps, I put my folding chairs, tables and some sundry items. On top I put my grill table, outside mat, lantern, and lantern post.












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Interesting. We've been considering adding something like that to free up some inside room now that we bring the cat and his "gear" along with us. I've probably got just enough stuff now to fill up one of those boxes. Which model is it, 12 or 16 cuft? Does it seem secure, both when it's locked, and when you're underway? I'm curious about whether you had to shim the hitch receiver at all? Also can spare keys be made easily? A user modifiable combo lock option would be better. I'm also curious about how easy/hard it was to get the lights connected to your van. I think I have a 4 pin connector at my hitch.
Do you have to order from them and have it shipped or are there storefront retailers out there? I'm in Canada.
Yours looks great, installed, btw.
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Interesting. We've been considering adding something like that to free up some inside room now that we bring the cat and his "gear" along with us. I've probably got just enough stuff now to fill up one of those boxes. Which model is it, 12 or 16 cuft? Does it seem secure, both when it's locked, and when you're underway? I'm curious about whether you had to shim the hitch receiver at all? Also can spare keys be made easily? A user modifiable combo lock option would be better. I'm also curious about how easy/hard it was to get the lights connected to your van. I think I have a 4 pin connector at my hitch.
Do you have to order from them and have it shipped or are there storefront retailers out there? I'm in Canada.
Yours looks great, installed, btw.
It's the largest one - 16 cu ft.

Seems secure to me. There is a stabilizing plate that you bolt on the secures it to the receiver so it doesn't rattle around. It comes standard with a common hitch pin, but you can put a locking one thru it. I got an extra package that included the top rack, the locking hitch pin and the wheels.

The box has a key-lock. It seems about as secure from break-in as a plastic box is going to be. Most likely will keep out fellow campers and casual thieves walking by. But if they have time and some decent tools (like a hack-saw) then they could get in. I think if someone wants my extra sewer hose and some lawn chairs, then I guess they can have them if they are that dedicated. It comes with two sets of keys. I imagine getting copies at walmart is easy enough. Nothing I see as special about them.

The box comes prewired except for the plate light. You have to screw in the plate bracket and snap the wires into the pins in the wiring harness. You also have to route the harness to your trailer light connector (4 pin) and plug it in. Guess some folks won't want to install the license plate bracket and light and ship it loose.

I ordered mine direct. Had it in about a week. Don't have a clue if they ship to Canada. If you are near the NW, then I suppose you could always just go down and buy one, install it and drive it back.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.
I'm not in the Northwest but if there are any retailers in Michigan I may see what they have to offer. I think my plate may sit high enough on my van, that I might not need the plate mount on the box.
Also good comments on the security. I guess no one keeps their jewelry and fine art in their cargo carrier.
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Have been full-time RV'ing for eight years in TT and 5th wheel and just bought a 2002 Roadtrek to go places where the 5th wheel will not go readily (and if goes, may not return). Saw a StowAway, read about it and purchased. Your writeup(s) have proven quite useful.
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Still trying to figure how a bike rack can go with this tote. On a sprinter Fiamma makes a bike rack that is phenomenal (can be mounted without drilling). But any other RV like a Leisure Travel Van how can this tote work with a bike rack.
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They deliver to Canada, I had one delivered two years ago to Newfoundland.
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I have been using a Stowaway 2 on my 210P for about 3 years and couldn't get along without it. You have to be careful about overloading it. I also recommend getting the White one. I have the black an it gets really hot side on a sunny day
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I have the Stowaway Max for a couple of years, like it lot. For trips longer than 2-3 days we take the box. I recommend to get the rear wheels; my box came with a front wheel so it is very easy to move the box around. With 2 rear wheels it is very easy to insert the box into a receiver, just tilt the box, place the box' hitch on the bottom of the receiver, lift the box and insert a one-person job.

The second picture shows an elk tree from Oregon.
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The second picture shows an elk tree from Oregon.
Is that tree kin to a jack-alope or what?
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