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Old 02-21-2014, 05:21 PM   #71
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We had an aluminum box made to our design. Works very well, is sturdy- holds lots of stuff - big enough for collapsible camp chairs. Would be lost with out it, especially on long stays. It protects the front of the 17B as well.
I'd like to see a picture of that box and your experience with it.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:25 PM   #72
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Shipping would be prohibitive for the box from ETI to Virginia at a later time and if you tell ETI which way you want the tanks they will accommodate you. The box also acts as a buffer to road debris so it serves dual purpose. Also on the 19' the outside hatch is fixed and very small, some items may not fit thru the hatch and you may not want them inside either. The box grows on you.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:08 PM   #73
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If you read this entire thread you will see that some love "the box" and couldn't imagine trailer life without it, while others don't have one, don't want one, and couldn't imagine how it could be worth the $ that Escape charges for it. For me, I have one and am happy I got it. As Jim mentioned, it also helps to protect the front of your Escape from bugs and rocks. (Of course, those bugs are no fun to remove from the front of the box either).
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:11 PM   #74
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Ellen, FYI this link shows the Escape box next to an aluminum box (from Cabelas):
New Fiberglass Box & Lights!!!!

The aluminum box was installed by ETI. As noted in the link, after ETI came out with the fiberglass box the rest, as they say, was history.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:58 PM   #75
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Ditto for us, we use the hatch for patio items vs. the storage box for a thing that is bulky, dirty and gets wet
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:06 PM   #76
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The box is our garage. It holds the hoses, cords, chemicals, blocks, bars, levers, cranks etc. In our Casita those things had to ride in the truck. More room in the truck for other stuff.

Cannot imagine the trailer without it.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:13 PM   #77
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My motto for the storage box is the same as AMEX"s. "Don't leave home without it"

Seriously, I can't imagine not having one. I use it for the stuff you need when you pull up and setup in a spot.

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The box could be added latter but will cost extra to have brackets welded onto the frame. I owned a 19ft the batteries were in the box. My front box was #2 the second one made in 2010.
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The box could be added latter but will cost extra to have brackets welded onto the frame. I owned a 19ft the batteries were in the box. My front box was #2 the second one made in 2010.
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Good point Chuck, there are 2 small brackets that are needed so the add on is not simply just drop and attach.
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Cannot imagine the trailer without it.
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Seriously, I can't imagine not having one.
I will help you out with a photo, so you can better envision it.



I know my opinion is quickly discarded by many, but having gone 5 years without having the need for more storage really has worked fine for us, and to me that is what counts. We often take bikes, canoes, a huge Pelican case of camera gear, and lots of fun stuff too.

There is just the two of us (and Jasper). If we were a full family, that would make a difference. Things are a bit tighter when we have a couple grandkids along.

I only say this to show that it is possible to get out and enjoy without it if you wish, not at all to discourage getting one if it works better with your camping style.

And who knows, when we eventually get to go for more than 18 days at a time, we may want more stuff.......
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