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Old 05-14-2016, 07:15 AM   #43
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I appreciate the information provided by Markc12v30. I took delivery of the GearSpace34 yesterday and it is a beast. I found the two major issues between the decision of the 34 and the StowAway2...how much space do you need? and do you need the container to completely swing away? For me the first issue is paramount. It is huge and seems like the immediate step before you decide to haul a trailer. It holds 300lbs. and can contain large items. We have two uses for the container and one involves carrying some large and expensive bicycles. We bought the bike kit to secure the bikes in the container. I'm going to enjoy not having any road grime to deal with when we get to our destination. The second is I transport tools and awkwardly semi large items on our 1,200 mile commute to our ranch. The distance the container slides out to gain access to the rear doors is adequate. If you are not strong, I understand that sliding out 300lbs., is harder than swinging out 200lbs. Swing out arm designs are nice, and if it is a priority to have that area completely free then the choice of the StowAway2 makes sense. We have a bench configuration in our 2014 AI, so rear exiting doesn't happen. The structure of the hitch/slide out tubes ("moment arms") is very well built. They are made of 2" hitch tubing and double welded through two thick metal vertical spindle plates. I called the company and got the designer/owner? (Marty) and helped me with some adjustments so it fit better behind my HummerH2 better. He offered that the design of the hitch structure is for 750lb tongue weight and they tested tens of thousands of torsion loads on the whole system. He was enthusiastically helpful! It is very well built. They also have a longer hitch design and was nice enough to swap it out if I wanted more access. I was able to adjust it enough for connecting to the HummerH2. For use on my HummerH2, I won't have easy access through the rear of the H2, but there isn't a reasonable system out there for this vehicle--The tire is huge, and the swing out arm that holds the tire is very wide. A trade off with the 34, (which comes with the larger storage capability) is the handling of the system. It is large and in total, probably weighs 140lbs. Marty suggested that I slide the container off separately and connect/disconnect the hitch/slide out tubes structure. It is easier this way. They sell a "4 leg-Heavy Duty Landing Gear" which is a nice accessory to just wheel the container off the hitch structure. It is expensive and I was way past my budget already. I plan to slide some sawhorses under it or get the wife to help...For security there is a set of 2 hitch pin locks--to secure the container to the hitch, and the other to secure the hitch to the vehicle. There are two capsule pin locks to secure the cargo. It is adequate "on the road" security. For me, the 34 allows me to throw all the AI support equipment, dog pens, tools, etc., and free up rear area behind the bench with additional trip-focused items. I hope this information is helpful to others.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:22 AM   #44
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Hey K9CarCrate. Glad you took the plunge. You will love that cargo box, especially as you have two vehicles that can benefit from it. Yes, I had the 4 wheel landing gear which came in handy. That made removal possible for one person. Without it, you will need two. So, when I got the StowAway2 without any landing gear, I made a simple carriage out of 2x4s with four 3" casters for it to roll on. Works like a charm. Remove it after the trip and roll it into a corner of the garage. You could do the same with the GearSpace34 if need be. Good luck and comfortable travels now that you have all that extra space inside the RV.
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:11 PM   #45
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Where did you get your box from? Did it take long to receive it after ordering? I'd maybe like to get one before our trip, I'm worried it might take too long to get here.. We leave in two weeks..
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:27 PM   #46
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Markc12v30, thanks for the idea to make a rollaway. I'm looking forward to the extra space. MjMan: they are actually finished a build of a bunch of them this last week, so if you ordered right away, it should be no problem. I would recommend ordering the pin locks and the 4 to 7-pin adapter for tail lights if you don't have one.


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Old 05-16-2016, 06:17 AM   #47
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Thank you, I ordered one yesterday. Hopefully it will ship in time.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:23 PM   #48
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Got the Gearspace in today and installed it.. Whew! It is a large container.. It should provide ample storage for the kids bikes, inflatable kayak and beach chairs etc.. Heading out this week for a trek westward so we will see how it holds up..
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:39 PM   #49
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We've had the Gearspace 34 for a couple of years. Took it cross country with two bikes and a lot of gear. If you have one, the four leg landing gear makes sense as we have the three leg version and it's hard to roll over rough ground with anything in it. Makes it really easy to roll away into our garage when we're not using it. Loaded it's not too bad extending it as we use hard paraffin wax to lube the track and you can access some of the things in the back through either door but not both. Overall I like it a lot better than the enclosed 4x6 trailer we used to have.
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:14 AM   #50
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This is my hitch box
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:21 AM   #51
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Had a bit of a mishap.. The gearbox started to bend.. I tightened everything up and put some ratchet straps around it.. Not sure why this happened, there is no way I had more than 250 lbs and it's supposed to hold 300.. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-04-2016, 12:08 PM   #52
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If the gearbox is new - return it to the seller.
If it is old, I would suggest to install some light-weighted aluminum bars under its flooring.
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:19 PM   #53
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Had a bit of a mishap.. The gearbox started to bend.. I tightened everything up and put some ratchet straps around it.. Not sure why this happened, there is no way I had more than 250 lbs and it's supposed to hold 300.. Attachment 263824Attachment 263825
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We just got the Gearspace34 but have not travelled with a load in it. Can you tell me which parts bent? (Can't tell for sure from the pics on my small phone screen). Was it one of the galvanized crossmembers under the plastic box? The first thing I noticed on ours was the black metal straps don't completely fit around the main black square tubing so I'm not sure if I should tighten those bolts a little more. Thanks
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:55 PM   #54
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It is the metal cross member that bent.. There are only four brackets that hold it to the frame, so I've got the straps to help hold it on in case the nuts and bolts fail.. I plan to contact the seller it just sucks that I'm 3000 miles from home.. 🙁
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It is the metal cross member that bent.. There are only four brackets that hold it to the frame, so I've got the straps to help hold it on in case the nuts and bolts fail.. I plan to contact the seller it just sucks that I'm 3000 miles from home.. 🙁
Please let us know what they tell you. When I talked to a customer rep on the phone a couple of weeks ago it sounded like they had just built a number of them recently but had been backordered. Hopefully they didn't cut corners on material or workmanship to get caught up. I'm headed north in a few weeks and I'd like to ensure that it is roadworthy before we load it up. Good luck with your travels.
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Old 06-04-2016, 05:25 PM   #56
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It is the metal cross member that bent.. There are only four brackets that hold it to the frame, so I've got the straps to help hold it on in case the nuts and bolts fail.. I plan to contact the seller it just sucks that I'm 3000 miles from home.. 🙁
Uh-oh. You just validated every engineering reservation my husband ever had on these products. The reservations that got us into "no" territory on any potential off-the-shelf purchase.

We are still committed to building our own, or hiring out for it if we can identify a source with skill, availability, and a price we can live with. I found another contender on Insta last night... a Sprinter off-road upfitter named Vancompass, which posted a vid loop of this tire mount that they designed (screengrab below). I sent a feeler email but it's the weekend so I have not heard back, and they may turn out to be like Aluminess (not taking new orders for X amount of time) or Back Country Box (not yet with a design on the table).

Meanwhile, as we follow potential new vendor leads, we continue to investigate local welding suppliers, and large custom-ordered components of heavy steel show up in the our mail clusterbox. By one pathway or the other, this will get completed eventually.
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