Re: Stowaway2 is back
The Stowaway2 has 3 safety catches. First, on the drivers side, is a T handle screw-in bolt you twist down to secure the frame. Second, there is a pull-latch/catch you need to disengage to let the bin swing out. Third, there is a pin at the joint on the passenger side. So all three need to be released to let the bin swing free. At camp, I generally release the T handle screw and the pin. That leaves the latch to let it swing out.
If you left it in the swung out position, then there is a position for the passenger side pin to be inserted to hold the bin in that position.
As far as the interior goes, I'm using 2 plastic storage bins in the bottom for my junk. The space on the sides and front for folding chairs, tables, lantern posts, etc. On top of the bins I place the grill, the campfire and my leveling blocks. In the lid, there is a lip that will hold my camp rug.
Since the bins are so big, I still have lots of room for other things that I may pic up along the way. Extra sewer hose, water hoses and fishing rods are in the Valterra tubes (2 tubes on the van, 2 tubes mounted on the Stowaway).
Yes, to use the ladder, you have to swing out the Stowaway, as well as open the door with the bikes on it. At camp, not really an issue, as you can leave the Stowaway swung out, and you've probably removed the bike and folded up the rack (so you can climb the ladder with it in that position, without having to open the door).