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Old 02-22-2014, 08:43 AM   #81
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I haven't read the previous posts, so perhaps someone has already mentioned this. But, isn't there a charge of several hundred dollars to change the tongue area AFTER the build to add the tongue box? Seems like the propane tanks are moved forward and turned horizontaly? A platform has to be welded to the tongue along with the tabs for the box. Maybe...
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:50 AM   #82
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You can probably have these changes performed by ETI before hand in anticipation of adding the box later, but unsure of the costs.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:51 AM   #83
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There is an upcharge to retrofit. I would bet the frame could be made storage box ready from the start though, with the thought of possibly adding later.

edit: or what Jim said as I posted.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:47 AM   #84
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Shipping would be prohibitive for the box from ETI to Virginia at a later time ....
I can testify to this, I work for a transportation company that ships freight. Due to the size of the box, it would need to go Truck Freight which means UPS and FedEx wouldn't handle it (other than as facilitators), it would go by Common Carrier. There are two items that are the most expensive to ship... glass and fiberglass. It may end up costing more to ship the product than the product costs from the factory. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #85
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I had the box added to my '09 19 last summer. It cost $850 (plus Canada's whopping taxes) out the door to retrofit and install. Took about 6 hours. I am supremely happy that I did it, set-up and take-down is so much easier.

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Old 02-22-2014, 12:43 PM   #86
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I But, isn't there a charge of several hundred dollars to change the tongue area AFTER the build to add the tongue box? Seems like the propane tanks are moved forward and turned horizontaly? A platform has to be welded to the tongue along with the tabs for the box. Maybe...
Now I'm worried I didn't order the box because I'll fabricate one out of aluminum as I did for my Scamp. When I was at Escape I looked at the units out in the yard and measured the distance between the front wall of the trailer and the rear of the propane tank cover. Now I'm not sure if that's the same as what I'll get.

Guess I'll be asking Escape to clarify the differences, if any, between units ordered with and without the box.

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Old 02-22-2014, 01:14 PM   #87
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I have been looking at "deck boxes" on Amazon. There is a big variety of sizes. It looks like it would be easy to find one that fits behind the propane tanks on the 19. I'd fasten it to the frame, put the battery in it and be good to go for less than $200. Does anyone see any problems with this approach as a storage box alternative? Here's a Rubbermaid box for $95.00.
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I have been looking at "deck boxes" on Amazon. There is a big variety of sizes. It looks like it would be easy to find one that fits behind the propane tanks on the 19. I'd fasten it to the frame, put the battery in it and be good to go for less than $200. Does anyone see any problems with this approach as a storage box alternative? Here's a Rubbermaid box for $95.00.
A deck box is a plastic storage bin designed to sit on a stationary cement slab, or maybe gravel patio. It is not designed to sit on 2 angled 2" wide metal frame rails at 55-?? mph. At the very least you will need to fabricate and attach to the frame a solid base for it.
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I see at least one issue, since you are located in Sun country, rubbermaid products will not last as long as fiberglass. Can you repost the link to your picture, it does not appear.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:50 PM   #90
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The storage box was not an option when I got the "Suite Escape" in 2009. However, I did have ETI put in a hatch on each front side (as well as the passenger side rear) in order to access the under-bench storage areas from the exterior. One front hatch holds the hook-up stuff and chocks. The other holds stuff that is ordinarily not needed such as extra length of slinky. They are under the snap on bug guards, so are out of sight generally. Had the storage box been available, I probably would have purchased it. I then may have wanted interior bench doors as well. (I do have one interior one in the back on the passenger side, as I have my bed made up there.) Its something to consider for those who don't want the storage bin.
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