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Old 04-10-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Front storage box - does it increase the overall length or not?

I'm looking at the Escape 21 with this box but it isn't clear if it increases the overall length or not. Is the frame used on the version with the box physically longer or is it the same frame with empty space on the version without the box?
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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All of the frames can accommodate the box. If you choose to get it as an option, it just gets added during assembly.
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There are trailers from other manufacturers that add frame length for large storage boxes (Bigfoot is the most comparable to an Escape which does this), but the frame length of an Escape is not changed for the box.
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I or is it the same frame with empty space on the version without the box?
It's almost the same frame on the 19, not sure about the 21. On the 19, if you're not getting a tongue box from ETI they weld on two cross pieces of angle iron to support the battery. That makes adding an aftermarket box a little more difficult because you either have to put two slots in the bottom or raise the box to clear, making it sit higher.

In my case I asked that they not weld on the cross pieces and they obligingly only bolted them on so that my battery has a place to sit until I add my own tongue box.

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Good, this means the overall dimension stays relatively compact even with the box... Thanks for the info, everyone!
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I's a $700 option, so it's one of the most expensive options they offer and I think I'm going to add it to my 19. Kind of pricy, but I think it adds practical function and resale value. Will come in handy on long trips.
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I's a $700 option, so it's one of the most expensive options they offer and I think I'm going to add it to my 19. Kind of pricy, but I think it adds practical function and resale value. Will come in handy on long trips.

I think it will be worth it too. We plan to take up to couple of months long trips, so I'm sure it will be useful.
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We have the storage box and use it a lot. A couple of out side chairs, the leveling blocks, the water hose, the electrical cord, sewer connections (the angle), the 'cheater' bar for the equalizer hitch, the hitching rods, wheel checks, all go in the storage box. For us, it is a 'gotta have'
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:45 PM   #9
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Same here. I thought it messed up the clean lines of the 19, but I'm really attached to it now. It saves at least one bin of stuff to haul around in the tow vehicle with chocks, levelers, rolled up ground mat, etc. All the dirty stuff can get tossed in there in a hurry without worrying about it. Our 6V batteries are in there as well, which makes them easy to access.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:59 PM   #10
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We got it on our 21 & love having all set up equipment in one place. No extra boxes to carry it is also very light weight, until you fill it up!

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