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Old 04-21-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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5.0TA Enlarge Front Cubby

Just wanted to share this modification. I opened up the front cubby after seeing that someone else had success doing this but also added the 3m insulation to help keep the trailer stairs warmer. Previous to this when sitting on the stairs in cold weather you could really feel a draft. Not so much now. Waiting for a warm day to paint the inside to help protect the wood. Enjoy!
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Old 04-21-2019, 04:47 PM   #2
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Just wanted to share this modification. I opened up the front cubby after seeing that someone else had success doing this but also added the 3m insulation to help keep the trailer stairs warmer. Previous to this when sitting on the stairs in cold weather you could really feel a draft. Not so much now. Waiting for a warm day to paint the inside to help protect the wood. Enjoy!
Do those black holes in the newly opened up side area have something to do with the landing gear? I just assumed the jacks were in that blocked off space, and was told at orientation that if we needed to operate them manually in an emergency the access was through those side panels. If the jacks are below the level of the upper storage compartment, I wonder why they close off so much of it? Sure makes me want to unscrew one of those panels and have a look....more storage space is always a good thing.
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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Yes the black holes are to easily access the jacks. We are surprised by the amount of space we gained.
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Do those black holes in the newly opened up side area have something to do with the landing gear? I just assumed the jacks were in that blocked off space, and was told at orientation that if we needed to operate them manually in an emergency the access was through those side panels. If the jacks are below the level of the upper storage compartment, I wonder why they close off so much of it? Sure makes me want to unscrew one of those panels and have a look....more storage space is always a good thing.
Yes, prior models had access holes in front to the left and right of front box openings. Current models you will need to remove side panel in upper storage box to operate jack manually.

Here are pictures from driver side landing gear cavity.
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for those pictures. Now I better understand Cathy and Twyla's post. Looks like a worthwhile mod. I have my orientation Thursday, and will ask how accessible the jacks need to be. Perhaps put in a hinged floor in that area in case of jack failure that needs replacement. Hmmm.

The access hole for the manual operations is a good idea.

Thanks Cathy, Twyla and Kent!
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:10 AM   #6
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Happy to help. Cheers
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:33 AM   #7
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I really like this mod I have a couple of light-weight items that will not fit in the front cubby because they're too long. Hummmmmmm.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:44 AM   #8
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I've got to stop reading these threads. Will the modifications ever end?

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Is there any structural implications to the front of the trailer by making this mod?
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