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Old 02-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #101
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Another storage box option would be fastening a store bought box to the bike rack using one of those platform thingies.
That's a common solution, but those racks are not light, and they tend to hold the box unnecessarily far rearward (exaggerating the bad effects of the mass hanging on the back of the trailer). They also twist much more than a trailer would (and trailers are the purpose of trailer hitches). Since the Escape trailer frame is reasonably accessible at the back, and the frame rails are not much further apart than the cargo boxes which many use, I would rather make brackets to support the box platform attached to each frame rail; it would be lighter, stronger, and more stable.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:00 PM   #102
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I wonder if ETI would put a front box on the trailer bringing trailers for delivery perhaps if one wanted to order one the shipping costs would be less coming that way.

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I think this is a great idea, and very efficient. One challenge, though: on an open trailer, the box might be difficult to secure without damaging it. Maybe bolting it down (the way it will later be bolted to the frame) to a couple of pieces of lumber , then strapping down the lumber, would work.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #103
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Does anyone know the size of the space between the front of the 19 and the propane tanks? I'd like to see if there's a box on the market that might fit and not look too ugly.
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On my last trip out to Escape, easy for me, only about an hour away, that was one of the things that I wanted to find out. I already have an aluminum box that I fabricated so I wanted to see if it would fit or if I'd have to modify it.

The answer is not straight forward because the front wall of the trailer isn't vertical and the rear face of the propane tank cover isn't vertical or straight. So it depends at what height you measure. It's slightly larger near the frame and diminishes toward the top of the tanks.

My box is 16 1/2" and if I'm really lucky it might just fit.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:39 PM   #104
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My box is 16 1/2" and if I'm really lucky it might just fit.
Does this mean the distance from the top of the tank cover to the trailer is 16.5 inches? I need to know the narrowest dimension.

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Old 02-23-2014, 02:18 PM   #105
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[QUOTE=E I need to know the narrowest dimension.

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Yes, that's the narrowest dimension. That's at a point a little lower than the top of the tank cover.

Because of some other comments I'm phoning Escape tomorrow to clarify the situation for units ordered without a storage box. I'll be asking if the tanks are mounted in the same location, box or no box, if the single battery is frame mounted between the tanks and the trailer and if the two side-to-side angle brackets are on units ordered without the storage box.

I'll post the answers.

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:45 PM   #106
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I have no idea if they'd do this, or how much it would cost if they did, but why not ask if they'll make your frame a little longer to accomodate your box comfortably? Asking is free...
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #107
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One thing if you care, the storage box protects the front of the trailer from rock chips. The box has rhino lining applied on the front. You can find other boxes but they are not wide enough to cover the front.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:18 PM   #108
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I have no idea if they'd do this, or how much it would cost if they did, but why not ask if they'll make your frame a little longer to accomodate your box comfortably? Asking is free...
It is not an unreasonable suggestion, and in fact Bigfoot does this on their trailers, making the frame two feet longer to accommodate a huge box. I would rather have two feet more trailer body...

I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope for this from Escape. Since the A-frame tongue angle must remain 50 degrees to work with the coupler, the extension would be in the straight part of the main frame rails, and an additional crossmember may be required (one in the normal front-most location, and another at the new point where the tongue meets the main frame members). Depending on the fabrication method used (fixtures?), this could be a real pain to accommodate, and I'm not sure if it would cause any issues with the front part of the bottom of the body. Every wire and hose from the tongue to the rest of the trailer would need to be longer.

But I agree, it costs nothing but a bit of time to ask.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:22 PM   #109
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No way I was going to lay out seven hundred smackeroos just for a storage box. I didn't, and are still glad for my decision. So now comes this stretch of chat on the pros and cons of the subject and it has got me in a state of re-consideration. I put my wood tire blocks and stuff in the curbside rear hatch. Would be nice to store emergency tail lights, battery jumper cables, spare jacks, maybe a welcome mat, in an outside tongue box.

Even went out and took some measurements just in case the urge to build should swoop down upon me. 42 inches across, 15 inches wide, 20 inches tall, should do it.

Aaargh! Look what just swooped down onto my rear bumper!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:34 PM   #110
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I really like our front storage box and would order it again to store dirty outside stuff that I don't want in the trailer or in the vehicle.
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