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Old 10-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #31
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So I just spoke to Reese and now I understand -- He said that they no longer put the batteries inside the trailer (although I guess some have recently requested it and he's done it judging from recent posts) because of the weight issue. So now we have a choice between having them mounted on the hitch or getting a storage box and putting them in the storage box. Kim is going to send me a picture of what the storage box looks like with the batteries inside so I can get a clear idea of how much room there is in the storage box when the batteries are inside. He says the two 6 volt batteries are about 10"by 14" by 1' but without seeing them in the box it's hard for me to picture.
Wow! That is really interesting. If I was faced with this limitation when purchasing my 19', I would have seriously questioned the benefits of adding the front storage box at all. With the batteries present in the front box, the remaining space is really quite limited, and it may not be worthwhile for many to spend the extra $ for the storage box for this limited increase in space.

Maybe there are some custom configurations that would allow batteries on the front, with a storage box above them? Would not work with existing storage box, but some creative soul could probably come up with something that would work.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #32
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So I just spoke to Reese and now I understand -- He said that they no longer put the batteries inside the trailer (although I guess some have recently requested it and he's done it judging from recent posts) because of the weight issue. So now we have a choice between having them mounted on the hitch or getting a storage box and putting them in the storage box. Kim is going to send me a picture of what the storage box looks like with the batteries inside so I can get a clear idea of how much room there is in the storage box when the batteries are inside. He says the two 6 volt batteries are about 10"by 14" by 1' but without seeing them in the box it's hard for me to picture.
Hi Ruthe, when you get the picture of the storage box with the batteries, could you please post it? Thanks . j
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #33
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People with the batteries in the front storage box have said that there is still a fair amount of room. That's what I'm trying to figure out -- how much room and for what?
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #34
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People with the batteries in the front storage box have said that there is still a fair amount of room. That's what I'm trying to figure out -- how much room and for what?
Agreed. j
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #35
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People with the batteries in the front storage box have said that there is still a fair amount of room. That's what I'm trying to figure out -- how much room and for what?
Ruthe - what you use as a tow vehicle might help determine if you need the space. Towing our 17 with a Tacoma we have way more space than we ever use in the truck so the front storage box would not be worth it for us. But we have friends who tow the same 17 with a Subaru station wagon and the storage box is essential for them.
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There is still a great amount of storage with two batteries in the front box, in fact, we couldn't function in the 15B without the front box to hold all of the stuff. On our website is a series of great pictures from JohnB's 15A. We add a table, our chocks, water hoses, extra lengths of "stinky slinky", support pads for the levelers, doormat, poles for our home made awnings, surge suppressor, gloves, leveler crank, and awning rod and there is still some room left. See pictures here: https://sites.google.com/site/ouresc...owner-pictures

(when you get to the picture you want to look at more closely, mouse over the bottom and click the pause) Tim and Julie
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:01 PM   #37
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Thanks Tim and Julie -- those pictures help -- but you add a table? That is impressive
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Like the idea of the opening kitchen window, but I wonder if this large non-thermal window negates some of the benefit of the extra insulation and thermal window package?
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Okay, I'm a little confused about the thermal windows. Are they all non-opening?
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On the Escape 19 with the option all the side windows are thermal and opening, the rear is thermal, non opening, the front is not thermal nor opening. There is no kitchen window.
I would put reflectix in the winter between the front awning and window to add some thermal. If you get the optional opening kitchen, it adds light and air circulation. I cut a small piece of reflectix for the bath window for winter time, the kitchen was used too much.
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On the Escape 19 with the option all the side windows are thermal and opening, the rear is thermal, non opening, the front is not thermal nor opening. There is no kitchen window.
I would put reflectix in the winter between the front awning and window to add some thermal. If you get the optional opening kitchen, it adds light and air circulation. I cut a small piece of reflectix for the bath window for winter time, the kitchen was used too much.
Thanks, that answers my question.
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