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Old 12-11-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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Storage box on tongue

We picked up our 17B two days ago. It was a very cold, but sunny day. We were impressed with the attention to detail that Reace and their crew showed in getting us familiarized with the trailer, and the attaching and adjusting of our weight distribution hitch. The drive home (130 miles) back to Whidbey Island, Washington was very easy.

I promised that I would show the Cabala's truck box that we had Reace install. Reace had welded at frame for it to sit on the tongue just behind the propane tank. You will notice in the picture that Reace mounted the gas regulator on the box. The box is big! It measures 13 inches wide and 17 inches high. I think that it is 70 inches wide. It will be able to store a lot of bulky goods. The box is very light. We guessed at less than 20 pounds. Esthetically, it is not as pretty as a square box or the boxes that are made for trailer tongues, but it it works because of the propane tank allows just enough room to squeeze the box in place. Reace was a little concerned with the danger of hitting the tail lights of the tow vehicle in hard turns. When we stopped to eat, and turned the car tightly in the open parking lot in an increasingly tighter circle to see how much clearance we had. It did not present a problem because the bars of the hitch only allowed a moderate turn, so it is not going to be a problem.

The trailer has been winterized with antifreeze by Reace, so at 17 degrees (f), we will not be going out for a while. This will give me time to finish the outfitting of all the many things we plan to do Serendipity. But, I am sure that we ware going to be very pleased with the box.

Incidentally, the box is made by Better Built for Cabala's, and I could find no other box that was 13 inches deep. All the others are at least 20 inches.

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Old 12-11-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Re: Storage box on tongue

Here is another view.
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Old 12-11-2009, 12:35 AM   #3
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Re: Storage box on tongue

I've got an aluminum box of decent size that I've thought about using for the trailer. But, then I start thinking about what I would put in it. The items that cause me aggravation won't fit - the BBQ, the portable table, the chairs and cushions. All the items that would fit are already stowed and I have room for more if need be.

I'd like to see how you make your box do what you need it to do. Then I can decide what to do with mine.

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Old 12-11-2009, 01:18 AM   #4
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Looks good. My father and I are driving up tommorow to see the progress on my parents trailer. Not sure if Reece has mounted the box yet. We plan on putting tools, leveling blocks, hand cleaners, awning mat, toilet sanitizers and so forth in the box... thanks for the pictures...
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:13 AM   #5
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I think the box looks very good and functional. Is the frame that Rease welds on the tongue the same size as the Cabela box or is is smaller? We may have to add the box at a later dated but I would like to have the box frame welded on as part of the manufacturing process.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:42 PM   #6
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Hi:Serendipity... That box looks the best I've seen so far. Is the battery(ies) located in the box or on the back bumper Alf
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Yes, like you said, if it were "squared" it would act as a rock guard too, but it wouldn't be worth the "custom" cost. Looks good!
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:42 PM   #8
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Escape artist: I wanted the battery inside. A little expensive, but it is under the the seat in the rear. We did not want to have the larger dinette, so we had Tammy order a full mattress. I'll have to lift that up to service the battery, but that is not often.

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Old 12-11-2009, 05:46 PM   #9
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Bob: The frame is welded to the tongue, which is the front and rear width of the tongue. The box is then bolted to the frame is eight places. At the back of the frame, it must be about 4 feet wide, so there is some overhang of the box, but it appears to be very solid.

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Old 12-25-2009, 02:15 PM   #10
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Re: Storage box on tongue

If a person were looking for a more rectangular shape without the weird cutouts, Northern Tool has a flush mount box that comes in 3 lengths and is 12.5" W X 10.5" H. Lengths are 70, 60 or 48 inches, ref. item numbers 349307, 349306, 349305
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