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Old 01-24-2018, 03:28 PM   #1
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Ok to eliminate exterior access hatch?

Trying to pare down our list, which is proving difficult. Every time I post I think I add something. Due tomorrow.

The bench seat exterior access hatch...is it that important?
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Nope, space is accessible from above whereas the under bed hatch area is not accessible easily.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:44 PM   #3
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I can't answer as I don't have a 21', but something that really helped me was to think of the things I could do later versus the things that I felt needed to be done during the build, because I couldn't do it. I've seen plenty of owners put in exterior hatches. It's something I'd be willing to do. Running propane lines, and electrical wiring... no.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:49 PM   #4
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We have a 19 but would never consider not having the outside hatch.
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You do not say which side. We have the driver's side one added and I knew what I was getting out of there before it was ordered. Others have added on both sides and they are glad to have them but some are fulltimers. Others said that they did not need any added. You will just have to guess on this one probably.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #6
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By the title I thought you might be considering eliminating the standard hatch under the bed. Prior to our build sheet being due someone here posted how they were not getting the standard or any hatch as they felt it would eliminate moisture intrusion. Considered doing same for a while, however very glad to have that access under the bed. Don't miss having one anywhere else though.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:58 PM   #7
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We're just so far away, you know? Not that I'll never want to go back, but...maybe not for a hatch installation.

I guess we'd get the driver's side, just since that's the standard rec by ETI. No clue what we'd use it for. We've never set up or used an RV. I feel like anything I could put in it, I could easily carry inside. But obviously people love it for a reason.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:01 PM   #8
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We're just so far away, you know? Not that I'll never want to go back, but...maybe not for a hatch installation.

I guess we'd get the driver's side, just since that's the standard rec by ETI. No clue what we'd use it for. We've never set up or used an RV. I feel like anything I could put in it, I could easily carry inside. But obviously people love it for a reason.
Exactly. You are down south and do you have someone you want to cut a big hole in your trailer?

We have the standard for under the bed and a second driver's side hatch added, which quite a few have and are glad to have it. Some have a third and use it, too.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:08 PM   #9
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I didn't get one and don't miss not having it. I store larger and less frequently used items in that bench area. (Electric space heater, additional power cords, exterior propane stove, a large cooking pot, Anderson Jack and some additional jack blocks I seldom use.) It is well packed and padded with foam so nothing bounces around.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:09 PM   #10
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Exactly. You are down south and do you have someone you want to cut a big hole in your trailer?

We have the standard for under the bed and a second driver's side hatch added, which quite a few have and are glad to have it. Some have a third and use it, too.
Hm, might fall under the better safe than sorry category.
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