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Old 03-29-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Front Storage Box Update

After using our 19.6 Escape a whole year, I found the front storage box to be the most useful addition to the trailer and worth the price. It makes checking the batteries easy. Some other Brands of Fiberglass Trailers, the owners have, a real time removing their battery from the compartment to check the fluids.

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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Re: Front Storage Box Update

2X on the storage box. I have dual 6v batteries on the rear bumper of my 17B so it doesn't help with them, but it sure is a great place for hoses, power cord, and other "outside" stuff.

For those that haven't seen the storage box on a 17, here are some photos I took when picking up the trailer last April.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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Re: Front Storage Box Update

I could definitely see getting one for retirement, and when we will be doing extended trips of a couple months or more. They are very well designed and built, and will be added space that is much appreciated by many, but for now, I have no real need.

The batteries in my 19 are under the seat in the dinette, and very accessible. They only get checked once or twice a year anyway. If I was to ever get the front box installed, I would be happy with them to stay in there, and have room for stuff that is used more often.

That said, in the 3 years of using the trailer, I have never felt a need to carry more stuff than I can fit in the existing storage, or what I like to keep in the tow vehicle. In fact, I still have more space to store stuff in the existing spaces. I am afraid, just like building more storage space into a house, that you just find more junk to store, an not always stuff you regularly use. Installing that double sized access hatch to get to the under bed storage, it has really opened up the use of that space for more efficient use.

Last year, after baglo mentioned doing a purge, we did so too, and brought out a couple small boxes of stuff that was not getting used at all, or got little use and could easily be worked around. Lots of stuff that looked like a good idea at the time, but actually did not work out so good.

I know it has been discussed before, but a lot of this has to do with our backgrounds, where I camped for 20 years out of a backpack or a canoe, and learned to minimize gear, and yet have an extremely enjoyable experience. So moving to a trailer is total luxury, just to have a space set up and ready to go. A few pots, toys, and clothes, and life is good. For others that have done little outside the luxury of a house, it is a totally different transformation. Good friends of ours are in the latter category, and pretty much want to move the contents of the kitchen and bathroom into their RV. The spend more than twice the time we do on domestic type duties, whereas I would rather sit and read, play bocce, or have a cocktail with my time.

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Old 02-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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I am re-thinking my decision to forego the front storage box but still have some questions. In Jon's picture, the box has a label limiting the capacity to 100 pounds. How in the world can one put dual batteries in there then? Also, if the batteries are stored there, it doesn't seem like there would be room for much else so what would be the point? Does anyone have a picture of the box with the batteries already in there?
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #5
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I asked that and Reace said that the 100 lbs was above and beyond the battery weight. Yes, the batteries exceed that. There is plenty more room. We have chocks, blocks, locks, clothesline poles, and we put the WDH bars (and pipe) in there when not being used.
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We splurged last year and had the box put on our 19. However, we really don't use it for storage. I noticed we were picking up a few rock / road debris chips in the fiberglass and the box seemed like it would an excellent solution for front end protection. I have to admit, it is a good place for the batteries but I'd be worried about altering tongue weight too much if the box accumulated much stuff. Don't want to mess with our "equilibrium".

We do regular purges to get rid of things that aren't getting used. It's real easy to throw stuff in because there's lots of space. The joke with us is, if it doesn't have at least 2 uses, it can't come. At the end of the day, it's camping and we like to keep it simple.
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I was looking at the storage box more as a place to put my camp chairs, umbrella, and side tables as I would put chocks, blocks, etc., in through the exterior access hatch. My thoughts were that the fewer things I had to transfer to/from the back of my truck, the easier it is just to pick up and go.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #8
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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. Keep in mind that the box is not sealed off and water and dust can get into it when traveling. There are 2 small drain holes in the bottom, one each side.

The wood cover over the batteries is 16” wide.
The back width of the box is 74” across the top with a front to back measurement of 13” and a vertical depth of 22” to base of batteries.

The side ends are about 3” front to back at the top.

The front width is 42” across the top with a vertical depth of 17”. The outer bottom sections of the box extend a further 3” below the level of the section where the batteries sit.

The sides all slope inwards. The front to back distance is 11.5” at the bottom of the batteries.
The metal strut across the middle is 2” below the top of the box, at the front, which leaves a vertical clearance to the wood cover of 4” at the front and 5.5” at the back.

If you have any further questions feel free to send me a note.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:20 PM   #9
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Camp chairs would have to be really small eh?
I don't have the box, but I do have the space for it. Been trying to think how to use it; like maybe installing a cheap bike rack to hold chairs. I'm open to ideas.
The distance from the trailer to the WDH chain hangers is about one foot.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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I just went out and measured, you have about 6 3/4" space on the top rail from the box to the tank cover and from your photo it doesn't appear like you would need that much since the top portion of your w/d hanger is narrower than the bottom portion.

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