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Old 08-06-2013, 11:43 PM   #21
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My 17B doesn't have one, and that's one of the things I would definitely order in a new one though we decided due to budget not to add one to the current trailer when we were at the factory because our propane tanks are oriented front to back... I think it's main use for me would be LONG things that would otherwise have to lay on the bed or floor in the trailer, like our outdoor rug, and towing things which currently reside under the rear bed on the passenger side, because while we were at the factory we did have them put in a hatch there ($125 vs $850). I'm pretty sure my towing stuff, outdoor rugs and camp chairs would all fit and weigh in at way less than 100lbs total.
I've been wondering, what's the advantage of having the batteries up front instead of on the rear bumper? We have to watch tongue weight (350max) so I'm guessing it's actually a disadvantage for our TV to have them up front.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:56 PM   #22
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Other than Bigfoot, I know of no other manufacturer offering the storage box, and all those owners, mostly with smaller trailer, seem to do okay without.
The Bigfoot box is much bigger, and comes with a significant difference: a frame extended to match.

Although other eggs don't come with this type of box, lots of owners add them. Usually these boxes are much narrower and more closely follow the A-frame tongue shape. I assume that the Escape box is deliberately wide to shield the trailer body, and perhaps even helps aerodynamics.

Many owners of trailers of all sizes add storage boxes to the rear, which seems more problematic to me.

It has become very common for tent trailers (pop-ups) to have a proportionately very large rectangular box in front, with the frame sized to suit so that it is not on the tongue area (similar to the Bigfoot option). People seem to have a lot of stuff! I always wonder - with the tent trailers or travel trailers - why the trailer body isn't slightly longer instead (without outside access hatches, of course).
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:02 AM   #23
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Ever notice how with dual axles your turns are somewhat smaller due to the scoffing of the back axle while turning sharp?
If the trailing axle is losing the battle to the leading axle, your hitch is likely a bit low so the leading axle is carrying more than its share, and thus has more traction. As long as you don't jam into the tongue (or something mounted on it), you can spin the trailer on the centre of its axle (or axle set)... although normal tugs can't turn tight enough to sustain this.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:05 AM   #24
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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.
I wanted the plastic propane tank cover to replace the vinyl one, and to do that Reace had to turn the tanks 90 degrees and replace the jack with a side handle type. That created a space behind the propane tanks for the storage box.
I don't have the box, and I didn't inquire, but it looks like there is room for one now.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:09 AM   #25
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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.
I don't know, but I don't think the tongue is any longer, and if so it would just be a matter of brackets and apparently propane tank location.
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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.
You can just buy the box later! We could retrofit ours with it, but because they'd have to redo our propane mounting, from front to back to side to side, it would cost more for the box than if ordering a new trailer. If the propane were already correct, I believe the box would cost the same as it would on a new build.
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Here's pix of my 17B with the propane tanks moved 90 degrees, and of the rear storage box, that I will probably have to move to get the spare tire off the mount if I get a flat.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #28
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I did just add the box later to my '09 19 (actually, I had it done at the factory last June). Costs $850 to retrofit, took about 6 hrs. I love the thing. All the set-up/tear-down stuff is VERY handy and easy to get to.

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Old 08-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #29
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Mine is full. It keeps me outside and her inside. We are a happier couple for it. So much faster and less finicky to get my hoses etc etc. Dirty out in the box. Clean in the trailer.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:05 AM   #30
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I've been wondering, what's the advantage of having the batteries up front instead of on the rear bumper? We have to watch tongue weight (350max) so I'm guessing it's actually a disadvantage for our TV to have them up front.
Not sure if there is an advantage of having the batteries up front but the box would have much better storage space if they were not in there, in my opinion. We have dual 6 volt which takes up a fair bit of space, right in the middle of the box. The down side of more space is people like me tend to fill up that space with too much stuff!

Storage of the outside mat is a great use for the box especially if it is wet when you have to de-camp. Our mat does fit into the box even with the dual 6 volt.

Tongue weight is critical, too little more so than too much. Trailers are like life, you need the right balance!
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