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Old 12-26-2014, 02:03 PM   #1
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Exterior Access Hatch

We have ordered a 17B, still debating as to whether or not to get an exterior access hatch. Are they a problem with leakage when you are driving in the rain? The opening seems awful small, how much can you actually get in there? And our concern is the ease of removing items stored there when there is such a small opening.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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I have a tool kit, Coleman stove, blocks, miscellaneous stuff, bungee cords, jack hand crank (just as a back-up), clamps, etc...all small stuff but it fits through the exterior hatch and surely beats fighting the dinette seats for access. No problem with leaks on mine. I wouldn't be without it (or else I just wouldn't store anything I needed very often under the dinette seat).
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:51 PM   #3
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We find it to be very useful. The opening is big enough to store the hose, awning crank, some tools, spare plumbing fittings, a small bucket, etc. Leakage has not been a problem.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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Hi: sunrisetrucker... Our 5.0TA might be slightly bigger but we wouldn't be with out it!!! We fit hose, mats, electrical cords, trailer lego's, wooden blocks, and stabilizer crank. Our 5.0 didn't have one. Alf
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:01 PM   #5
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6 Snaptite containers. CADAC grill, 3 outside awnings,squeegee, and toolbox. Well worth the small cost. Wouldn't be without it.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:51 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your quick response. You have helped us in our decision to add the exterior access hatch.
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:44 PM   #7
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I think the decision to add an exterior hatch is model dependent.

I didn't get the rear hatch (doorside, rear) on Ten Forward. So far, I'm happy. I keep stuff in that rear dinette area that I don't access often. And, it's not a problem when I do. I just kinda like the sleek look of my trailer without those extra cut-outs right there on the "patio." YMMV
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:50 PM   #8
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We have no regrets going with the outside storage box instead of an exterior access hatch. We keep all the "outside" stuff in the box: leveler, chocks, hitch tools, camp chairs, door mat, hose, extension cord, etc. Also, I believe you could add an exterior hatch later if you don't have one.

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Old 12-26-2014, 11:03 PM   #9
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My exterior hatch is on the front passenger side ( the wrong place ). If I were to get the storage box, it would cover the hatch. And, it's relatively easy to lift the bench inside for access.
Were I to do it again, the exterior hatch would be on the side at the rear passenger side. We keep the rear dinette as a bed so getting anything out from under the bench isn't easy.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:30 PM   #10
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I have front roadside and rear curbside hatches plus the front storage box. Makes for lots of easily accessible storage space. Very happy with our choices.
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