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Old 06-14-2014, 12:45 PM   #11
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No one be OFFENDED. But I think rear storage boxes destroy the looks of these beautiful trailers.... but, I do understand the need for more storage expecially for "icky" things.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:32 PM   #12
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Not to muddle the discussion but I notice this photo on the StowAway website. Anyone know the owner of the indistinguishable-named Escape? And their experience with the StowAway?

Might be a worthy alternative to the front storage box.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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Time to get the tape measure out I'm thinking that maybe with a few modifications I could make a stowaway Cargo box work on the front of my Escape 19
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:56 PM   #14
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Time to get the tape measure out I'm thinking that maybe with a few modifications I could make a stowaway Cargo box work on the front of my Escape 19
The measurements are made more tricky because of the front sloping wall of the trailer. You can see from my photo of the framework of the box I made that the bottom is noticeably wider than the top. While it is a little more work to accomodate this situation the payoff is an increased volume for storage.

In my case, it allowed me to put two group 29 batteries fore and aft and have full height storage on both sides.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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Time to get the tape measure out I'm thinking that maybe with a few modifications I could make a stowaway Cargo box work on the front of my Escape 19
Someone else can confirm, but I think the ETI storage box measures 14 inches front to back.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:41 PM   #16
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Rod I'm just thinking out loud why not move the propane bottles inside stowaway box. With propane being heavier than air just vent the bottom and the back side of the stowaway container and I think you would be plenty safe. I know you would use some of the space inside the stowaway container but I think you would still have a lot more space left to use for other kinds of storage .Then I would just move my single battery in front of the stowaway container . Now this is only a back burner project my first project is to install drawers under the bed has seen here on this forum done to so many Escape 19 trailers.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:17 PM   #17
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I wouldn't do that. For a couple reasons. First, it upsets my sense of visual graded proportionality. Put another way I think the look would be the same as if you just bolted a big steamer trunk onto the tongue. Of course, if you needed to stuff two kayaks in there well, that would be different. My other reason is, the factory way makes changing tanks as easy as it can be. (If it ain't broke...etc.)
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:33 PM   #18
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Someone else can confirm, but I think the ETI storage box measures 14 inches front to back.
By comparison, mine is 18" on the bottom and 14" on the top.

Mark: No, there's no reason the propane tank can't share the box if properly vented. In fact I did that on my Scamp 13.

However the Escape 19 is an entirely different situation with dual propane tanks. It just makes sense to me to use the propane tank cover for the two tanks and keep the box for other things. I thought about combining the two by making an extended box similar to the Bigfoot but I really don't see any gains doing that. Maybe slightly better aesthetics but keeping the tongue box separate from the propane tanks does make ease of access better for both functions.

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Old 06-14-2014, 11:36 PM   #19
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No one be OFFENDED. But I think rear storage boxes destroy the looks of these beautiful trailers.... but, I do understand the need for more storage expecially for "icky" things.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a rear box adds to the total length of the trailer, which makes for an even more expensive ferry ride to "The Island." Sigh...
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:03 AM   #20
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I decided to get the ETI storage box for my 19 and spend the $700. What really helped justify the cost is obviously the storage, but the front mounted box also serves as a rock guard. It's hard to have too much storage and the box coming as a factory option also increases the resale value more than an aftermarket, or a custom built one. Not to offend anyone's choice, but the rear mounted ones look to me like a small car rear-ended the Escape and became one with the queen bed. Need to carry my bike on the back of my Escape too. IMHO
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