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Old 02-17-2013, 05:42 PM   #11
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But, I don't want the box on the front. I have one on the rear, sitting on a cargo carrier into the bike hitch receiver.
It contains all hoses, extension cords, axe, hatchet, etc.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #12
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Here are some photos of our 15A storage box with 2- 6V batteries in place. I have also included some measurements to help you figure out just what can fit in there.

Thank you so much, John. That is exactly what I needed to visualize what can and cannot be done with the space. The batteries do make it somewhat awkward to fit in a lot of long stuff like chairs and a table umbrella. Could your batteries have gone at the rear of the trailer or even under a dinette seat or is that area too small on a 15?
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #13
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I have one on the rear, sitting on a cargo carrier into the bike hitch receiver.
Oh, for crying out loud...another option to consider!
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You have to be careful not to unweight the hitch by placing heavy items in the rear box.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #15
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Another thought, go with one battery with solar, you really do not need 2 batteries.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #16
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Thank you so much, John. That is exactly what I needed to visualize what can and cannot be done with the space. The batteries do make it somewhat awkward to fit in a lot of long stuff like chairs and a table umbrella. Could your batteries have gone at the rear of the trailer or even under a dinette seat or is that area too small on a 15?
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Yes, the functional use of the box is greatly diminished by having the batteries in the box.
If the batteries were on the rear bumper the box would be much more functional.

I believe the 17’ has the batteries on the rear bumper.
The 19’, I believe, has the batteries under one of the seats. If inside they need to be in a sealed container and vented to the outside.

There may also be issues with the distance of the batteries from the electrical panel inside the trailer. I think the shorter the distance, the better it is electrically. In our 15A the electrical panel is under the front seat. We do not have a rear dinette so that may be a factor on our location. I guess if you have the rear dinette then the panel could go in there and keep the distance short? Not sure what the standard panel location is on the 15A.

Loading the 15A becomes more of an issue than with the other trailers. The geometry of the axle location relative to the hitch makes it important to get the weight distribution correct. Reace mentioned this to us during one visit. The other trailers have a greater distance from the hitch to the axle.

With the batteries on the back and a loaded box on the front, there would be some compensation for the extra weight on the rear. Propane option could also have an effect if you go for the dual propane. An extra tank up front adds another 40 lbs almost directly to the hitch weight. But, the propane is a decreasing weight as you consume it. Another consideration.

We also have the bike receiver on the back and usually always have 2 bikes back there. That adds about 75 lbs to the rear including the carrier.

As you stated, after Baglo’s reply on the rear carrier, there are too many options to consider.

In your case, if you really want the box, it would be worth a call to Reace to see what the options are as to locating the batteries. On the rear bumper would be big bonus to use of the box.

One thing that pushed us to get the box was the protective paint on the box. I don’t see the option any more but Escape used to have a paint option for the lower front portion of the trailer to protect it from flying rocks and debris. It was the same paint used on the box. I think the paint option was about $500 and the box was $700. We also wanted a place to put wet or dirty things, like hoses, chords and blocks, where they would not mess up other locations in the trailer.
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One thing that pushed us to get the box was the protective paint on the box. I don’t see the option any more but Escape used to have a paint option for the lower front portion of the trailer to protect it from flying rocks and debris. It was the same paint used on the box. I think the paint option was about $400 or 500 and the box was $700.
An earlier post mentioned the box as a protective feature against flying rocks and debris. But I note on the standard features list for the 15 that it has both a front window rock shield (of course) and front rock guards. It appears that when the box is added, the front rock guards are redundant as I don't see them on John's 15. For those who do have the front rock guards, are they effective?
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Keep in mind that the box is not sealed off and water and dust can get into it when traveling.
FWIW, the only water that gets into my box is from either rain while I have the top open or from wet items placed in the box.
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We recently moved our trailer from Calgary to Vancouver. There was some water on the items that were in the top of the box and a lot of saturated silty sand piled up in the bottom. The silt and water was likely a factor of the slush on the highway that was coated all over the box.

We have little or no experience towing in just rain so cannot comment on those conditions.

I think the secret is to stay off central Canadian highways in the snowy winter and go south to Arizona!

PS - We were not winter camping. Just out for a drive!
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I know everyone's needs are different, but we keep all our chairs, tables, games, hoses (2 water, spare sewer, and 2 gas), cords (the one to connect to services and an extension), chalks (BAL X-chocks), blocks (2 cases of Lynx blocks), some tools, dog toys, fire tools, etc. under the bed in our 19, all accessible from the outside hatch, plus we still have lots of room if we want to carry more. For us, the storage in the trailer, plus a bit in the tow, is plenty without the box.

As I have mentioned before, if I were to ever get the front storage box in the future, I would prefer to keep my batteries under the dinette seat, as access to that space is way tougher that the storage box would be, and keep the box for stuff that is accessed more often.

LIke a few others, we are purgers, and after the season those items that we thought we might be able to make use of, but really never did, get removed.
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