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Old 03-30-2014, 10:30 AM   #71
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Pkgman--after cutting slots in its base (I first made a cardboard template) and dropping the box down on the frame my two 6 volt batteries were returned screwed down to the exact same spot Escape installed them. Just needed longer carriage bolts. My biggest mistake was not allowing enough space for the forward taper of the trailer body. This did not become apparent until I put the lid on and dry tested opening it in place. It is a snug fit - had to add cushioning to protect the gelcoat.

The fiberglass resin coating is available in quart size at any auto supply store. Best to buy extra activator. It is thick syrup but can be brushed. I used a throw away brush and a thin, stiff spreader to coat.

Thanks, Jim, Ruthe, Brian. Must confess, was actually amazed at how neat and proportionally cool that lid in combination with the body curvature, looks. Just great good luck. Currently debating several latch ideas. The least obvious choice will win.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:46 AM   #72
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Looks great, Myron.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:05 AM   #73
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Pkgman--after cutting slots in its base (I first made a cardboard template) and dropping the box down on the frame my two 6 volt batteries were returned screwed down to the exact same spot Escape installed them. J.
Fabricating a box is one of the many items on my list for my 19. I asked Escape not to weld in the cross pieces of angle iron that support the batteries because I won't have time to fabricate the new box before we leave on an extended trip. I don't want to have to cut slots in a temporary box I'll be using or have to grind the welds to get the angle iron cross pieces off.

They very kindly haven't welded the cross pieces on, only bolted them so the battery can sit on something while I take delivery. Then I'll remove them, install the temporary box, replace the battery and add a second battery (and a battery switch as I like redundant systems.)

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Old 03-30-2014, 11:51 AM   #74
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Nice box Myron. You must have a lot of time on your hands.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:43 PM   #75
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Funny you should notice that step. It is new--wider, deeper, more stable from front to back. The old one had to be replaced when it kind of got mashed, when I was maneuvering the trailer in the yard and forgot to bring the step away from the vehicle.: What's rule number one before towing any trailer---?? --- first, always do the walk-around!!
Myron, could you please elaborate on the new step, the size, sourced used and how you mounted it?

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Old 03-30-2014, 01:50 PM   #76
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Myron, you are one talented right brained individual that makes use of the time he has on his hands! Always impressed with your mods and creative solutions.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:08 PM   #77
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Well, I actually do have a very tough full time job: I'm retired.

New step is made from salvaged plywood. Had used 3/4 for the original but ran out, so for this step top I glued up two 1/2 inch plywood scraps. A scrap 2x8 was shaped for the cross brace. All glued and screwed. The white strip is plastic corner molding, and the rubber tread ...bought at Home Depot.

OK, for my box, need some kind of latch to keep lid from flying open while on the road. If the two fancy draw latches I ordered online from Lee Valley get here and don't look right to me I may just stick with this field expedient. A 1/16th drilled hole, electrical wire and a cotter pin.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #78
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Nice job on the storage box. What is the width?
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Thanks. Look at picture number one, post number 60.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:06 AM   #80
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Sorry, meant depth. What is the depth? Maybe a moot question. Not sure if the space between the propane tanks and the trailer on the tongue is the same on a 2008 17' (mine) and a 2013 19' (yours). I expect that it is, given that Escape is putting what looks like the same box of both trailers.
I am looking at moving my tanks to accommodate a storage box, will also need to change the jack to a side crank jack. Not sure which way I will go though. Some possible options: 1. purchase a custom box from Escape, move the tanks, and install a side crank jack or 2. build a custom box as you have, or 3. pick up a storage box off the shelf and use it in the interim. If I go with the storage box off the shelf, I need to know the max depth that box can be.....
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