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Old 08-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #11
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One big advantage of the box is it has the protective paint coating which prevents rocks etc from hitting the trailer. At the time we purchased ours there was an option to have the paint on the trailer for about $500 I think. The box was $700, easy for us to decide to get it.

Having a 15A, we appreciate having the outside storage space for stuff that tends to get dirty. Don't have to store it inside the trailer, the dirt stays outside.

One Con may be a tendency to maybe have too much tongue weight. That is not a concern for us as we usually have two bikes on the back of the trailer and the weight tends to balance out I recon.

For us it is all PRO for having the box.
I think it adds to the appearance of the trailer as well. No regrets.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:19 PM   #12
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These reminders are all good.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:27 PM   #13
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Does anyone know how far it is from ball to box, along the tongue? What I'm wondering is if a wide tow vehicle can hit the box with the end of the bumper in a tight turn. The box overhangs well beyond the A-frame of the tongue.

I've seen the box, but is there a straight profile (from the side) view posted somewhere that would show this distance?
Here are some photos showing the box.
The distance from ball along frame to bottom of box is 34" and about 29" at the top of the box (box is tapered vertically)

Having the dual propane I think the contact on a really tight turn would be with it first. But it would have to be a really tight turn I figure. The second photo is looking along the line of the frame.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
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Jim (and/or others too with the 19), I keep those things, with the exception of the repair tools and air compressor (which are in the tow) accessible from the hatch. What did you keep in that access hatch?
I kept my 3 chairs and small camping table, 2 mats under the bed, also my grill and accessories as well as plastic bins for clothes and computers.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:31 PM   #15
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Here are some photos showing the box.
The distance from ball along frame to bottom of box is 34" and about 29" at the top of the box (box is tapered vertically)

Having the dual propane I think the contact on a really tight turn would be with it first. But it would have to be a really tight turn I figure. The second photo is looking along the line of the frame.
I agree and if the turn was that tight you would definitely be pushing the trailer sideways vs moving it. Ever notice how with dual axles your turns are somewhat smaller due to the scoffing of the back axle while turning sharp?
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:01 PM   #16
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I'm struggling with this same question as i stare at the build sheet for our new trailer.
I just like the look of the trailers without the box.
We've got a hatch to the under bench space on our 17 and I'm able to store an astonishing amount of things in there...patio mat, dozen leveler blocks, chocks, 2 hoses, folding broom, chemicals, even the charcoal starter that always had to go in the tug when I had my Scamp. After looking at the under bed compartments on the bigger trailers, I think the only reason I'd order the box is to protect the front end, but.....

I think I'm going to look into having 3M paint protection film applied to the front of our 21.
We had in installed on our 2005 Subaru when it was new and there's still not a mark on it where it was applied.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:12 PM   #17
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There are no con's. If you carry spare gas ect for the gen. it's a must have. Or if you want to hide a 24 from the boss, need I say more...
the useages are endless...
But the mild steel latches are rust pits, thats a con... just saying... stainless steel would be better. just wait 4 or 5 years when the rust streeks run down the front.....Ya. the reason they invented rustolumin...
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #18
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I think the only reason I'd order the box is to protect the front end, but.....
I figure, years from now, if there are enough pits in the front of the trailer to warrant it, I will get the front coated with something ( or maybe buy the box so you can't see the pits ). I've done a lot of gravel roads and have maybe a half dozen small chips out of the gel-coat.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #19
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Did I misunderstand or doesn't the trailer have to be built or the hitch area retrofited to hold the box. I thought it wasn't just a simple "buy the box later" kind of thing.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:32 PM   #20
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Cypher and John - thanks for the photos and fit information. Our Sienna is relatively wide (77"), and yet turns very tightly, so I can see hitting the box. It would be less of a concern for a narrower vehicles, and for drivers more willing to live with restricted turning angles.
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