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Old 05-28-2013, 09:36 PM   #51
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The fiberglass box also blends well with the railer whereas an aftermarket box may not.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #52
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No one mentioned that it's also an excellent rock guard. You're only going to buy one Escape; set it up right and enjoy it forever.
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No question it is a thing of beauty and practical. I always thought tongue boxes functioned best for keeping expensive batteries out of the sight of thieves. But of course any RV thief knows a big box would likely contain stuff of potential value and no lock would stop one. For sure there are some clunky home-made boxes on tongues out there, yet isn't the beauty strongest in the eye of its creator?
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #54
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The batteries now are put on the hitch, I believe, or in the storage box if you get one. Mine are under the dinette seat in a vented box, and I actually prefer them there, out of the way. Even if I had a front storage box, it would free up space in it for items you want handier, I would imagine Escape would do it either way if you request.
I asked about having dual 6v under the dinette instead of in storage box. Unfortunately, answer is no, batteries go on tongue for weight distribution. j
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You can easily have trouble maintaining enough tongue weight. The batteries are needed in the box more often than not.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #56
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The centre of gravity for the batteries in the front box is only about 2 ft closer to the hitch than if they were in the front dinette. I would expect that this has a fairly small impact on overall hitch weight. Our 19' performs quite well with the batteries in the front dinette and a front storage box.
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I know when I measure my tongue weight at the jack vs on the tongue there is a 20# difference for that little space, so it may affect the weight difference even more over the longer distance from the interior dinette to the exterior box and from one side to center.
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I think I got about 10# difference at the jack vs. the hitch. But, one needs to consider what is going to be carried in the storage box if the batteries aren't there.
I've got an axe, a hatchet and a maul; 5 liters of gas, hoses and cords etc. ( my storage box is on the rear though, along with my battery ).
For all that, I don't have a problem maintaining a hitch weight of 320-340.
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Thanks very much everyone for the discussion. Really appreciate the feedback. j
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The centre of gravity for the batteries in the front box is only about 2 ft closer to the hitch than if they were in the front dinette. I would expect that this has a fairly small impact on overall hitch weight. Our 19' performs quite well with the batteries in the front dinette and a front storage box.
How much is your total weight and tongue weight?
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