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Old 02-09-2016, 10:36 PM   #29
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My box is pre made of course in China was cheap I think I paid about $200. No swing away yet but got some ideas to do it.
My plans changed and I purchased avAS Skydeck as a full time home. The interstate is sitting inside in Chicago for sale including the box and all other modes.
The box was the biggest I found on the weight I would guess under 100 lbs. has locks and added handles. My wife and I can lift it of and on easy.
I usually took it of on the camping spot and left it there so now the rear doors could be opened. It takes a little planing what to store where but we managed well and did not miss the swing away.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:15 AM   #30
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For the money, the Stowaway2 is a great unit. I used one on my previous Navion on a 7500 mile trip and now I have one on my AS on a swing mount which allows the left door to open fully and the right door about 2/3. The AS box has also been on a 7500 mile trip and is getting ready to do another one this May. We stow all of our outdoor stuff + power cord, surge protector & hoses so we don't really need to access the rear doors.
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:59 PM   #31
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+1 on the Stowaway2. It is our hitch mounted shed. We carry our outdoor/utility gear; waterfilter, tele-steps ladder, small duffle bag with towels and bulky clothes, surge protector, power cord, hoses, duraflame logs, gas grill and spare gas cylinders, bio-packs for holding tank, small folding camp table and sun shade bungee tie-downs. In extreme conditions it can also hold 2 bodies.......I jest about the bodies. Seriously this is large enough, if it was larger it would just hold more stuff I may never use. It is NOT large enough to hold our Lafuma chairs even empty, so the chairs ride in the coach. Our stowaway will be following us in May to Sequioa/Yosemite NP.
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:28 PM   #32
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Stowaway Standard

I have the standard stowaway. It has a gasket sealing system. The max has a gutter like a car trunk. Our has not leaked yet in stationary or moving rain.

It was an impulse buy and at first I had buyer's remorse. I was disappointed that the curbside rear door opening was restricted.

I am now a true believer. Unlike most RV's the AI has no exterior storage lockers or cubbies.

I am able to keep all of the make camp / break camp stuff in there; hoses, cords, adapters, camp chairs, folding table, o-grill and then a bunch of small tools and fluids.

We are travelers and our camping is limited to one or two nights. I can pack up and go in about 10 minutes. No bikes or kayaks or toys, however.

I like keeping the camping stuff out of the living space.

Because of the nature of the contents, I am not too concerned about taking extraordinary measures for security.

Our sensors are not obstructed by the box.
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:38 PM   #33
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Update to this older thread... we are not selling anything, but we'd like to pass along a tidbit for those of you who may still be unsatisfied with your hitch carrier options.

The topic of hitch box / carrier is really spread across several threads and regular readers may recall that LB_3 and I struggled and researched the issue literally for 2 years before finally taking the plunge, buying our own welder and tools, and fabricating one to fit our needs exactly (pictured below). A very satisfying resolution for us, but few people are in a position to do that kind of thing.

To make a long story short, we met a hobbyist who lives across the other side of the Gulf Freeway from us. He's a military veteran, just got out a few months ago and now works a "regular" job while he's trying to get his own metal working business off the ground. That's how I met him - I found him on social media and commissioned him to CNC a steel sign for my Canada property, because he has his own plasma table - equipment that is way, way above anything that LB_3 and I have opted to invest in.

During the sign commissioning, we brought our Interstate to the delivery meeting so that we could introduce him to our hitch carrier, explaining that it might be a good line of business for him to explore (some folks have suggested that LB_3 and I fabricate and sell them, but we are already employed in other jobs). He seemed psyched - I think he "got it". He got why this kind of thing is different, a better option for some van owners, and he certainly got that there's no competing product like it in the consumer market.

We customized ours to fit a Yeti, but others may have different needs. If any of you in our neck of the woods are interested in making an inquiry as to whether he could build you something specific, please feel free to PM me and we can discuss further.

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Old 06-12-2017, 08:13 PM   #34
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Send a message via Skype™ to Camerons
http://nicova.ca/en/home/

We have one. It is awesome. Storage that is lockable. Bikes can be covered so they arrive clean. Swings out of way to get inside.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:37 PM   #35
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http://nicova.ca/en/home/

We have one. It is awesome. Storage that is lockable. Bikes can be covered so they arrive clean. Swings out of way to get inside.

How do you get one of those Nicova cargo boxes? There is no price list or a page to order.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:40 PM   #36
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François Tessier : (514) 285.6363
Pierrot Tessier : (819) 313.2408
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Around 2600 cdn in black. Less in white
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:45 AM   #37
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It's a good time to make a Canadian purchase if you're going to do it. The exchange rate has been running in the 1.30 - 1.35 range.

We also looked at the Nicova and it appears to be a pretty good product. It did not suit our specific needs, though - (1) it blocked both back doors 100% of the time, (2) it could not accept a decent-sized cooler and (3) it was heavier than we wanted, almost twice the weight of the one we designed ourselves. But everybody's needs are different.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:01 AM   #38
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Cross-post update for the benefit of those who may be conducting searches for hitch carrier info specifically:

Yesterday afternoon we (mostly LB_3) built a supplemental bracket so that we can carry our chain saw's jerry can next to our Yeti cooler. If you have very specific needs such as this, and can either build your own hitch carrier (as we did) or find some independent welder to build one for you, the outcome can be pretty neat!

Not to mention versatile. Note that this is a bolt-on supplemental bracket, not welded on. Right now, there's a gas can there. In the future, depending on trip needs, something else may get bolted in that same space. The possibilities are endless.

For those who may have safety questions regarding this specific mod, let me mention that we only plan to put gasoline in the jerry can during those short, remote local trips when we actually need it to operate the chain saw. Otherwise the can will be mounted there but will remain empty, and thus it wouldn't pose a big safety issue in a rear-end crash scenario. I'll be airing it out after use to prevent vapor issues.

Blog post explaining the bracket here, and here's a pic:

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