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Old 05-18-2016, 02:08 PM   #31
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But I think that our two different views highlight the different ways we've been using our trailers. If I understand correctly from your posts that a lot of your use of the 19 has been to land you own and which has some things already on the property. Our use is multi-thousands of miles of travel for multi-weeks. So, different uses, different needs.

I might point out that, yes, there's lot's of square footage under the bed but it has to accessed either from the interior or by kneeling on the exterior and reaching in. The storage box, on the other hand, is pop the lid open, instant and easy access.

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I don't think we use our trailers different at all. While we do head to our property a lot with the trailer, we keep not a single item there for use with our trailer. I am in fact very adamant that it be fully self-contained, and anything to do with setting up camp must be put away on the trailer some where, with the only exception being a cooler, and maybe a big water jug which will sit in the aisle until we stop to set up.

At our land we do have a nice cookhouse there for group cooking and eating in crappy weather, and for guests to sleep. We have a great group camping area carved into the trees near the river too, where everyone sets up their trailers and tents. We do also have a nice fire pit, which we tarp if there is any precipitation, enabling us to sit around the fire in any weather.

There is no doubt that one has to squat down to access the under bed storage in the 19, but that is usually a very short time while setting up and tearing down, so is not too bad.

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Keep in mind my family is 4 people (me & wife, 2 young daughters), so I have less room in my trailer/vehicle.
I think having two kids along is by far the best reason I have heard for having a storage box. If I was in your shoes, I almost certainly would have one too.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:11 PM   #32
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I think having two kids along is by far the best reason I have heard for having a storage box. If I was in your shoes, I almost certainly would have one too.
They don't fit in the storage box
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:23 PM   #33
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They don't fit in the storage box
LOL... You just never tried hard enough.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:04 PM   #34
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They don't fit in the storage box
Now that's funny!
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #35
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I love the storage box for the reasons already listed. The exterior hatch is small, I don't find it easy to get things in and out of.

We also have the window over the sink. I like it open when I cook but it is not a necessity.


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Wow! Answers from all angles and from seasoned users who know a thing or two. I appreciate you all taking the time to give this some thought and relay your experiences.

It helps to know what else people use the box for, as well as the additional items we hadn't considered. So thanks for listing your contents both in the box, and items that fit through the hatch and under the bed.

Jim, you've given us another side to the debate which we will talk about at length as we make our decision. Thank you!

Pat, I hear you about the accessibility...great point. Having the wheel chocks and set up gear immediately accessible without digging through the hatch is an excellent point for those of us who are either a bit older and/ or have limited movement issues/Muscle weakness.

Several people brought up that the box may protect the front of the trailer, something we didn't remember from previously searching the forum...we'll have to take into consideration as well.

Hmmm...Steve, The box may even prove helpful with some of my larger art supplies and wet paint.

Again, a huge thank you for all of your insight and replies. It definitely helps to hear from your experiences!
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Wow! Answers from all angles and from seasoned users who know a thing or two. I appreciate you all taking the time to give this some thought and relay your experiences.

It helps to know what else people use the box for, as well as the additional items we hadn't considered. So thanks for listing your contents both in the box, and items that fit through the hatch and under the bed.

Jim, you've given us another side to the debate which we will talk about at length as we make our decision. Thank you!

Pat, I hear you about the accessibility...great point. Having the wheel chocks and set up gear immediately accessible without digging through the hatch is an excellent point for those of us who are either a bit older and/ or have limited movement issues/Muscle weakness.

Several people brought up that the box may protect the front of the trailer, something we didn't remember from previously searching the forum...we'll have to take into consideration as well.

Hmmm...Steve, The box may even prove helpful with some of my larger art supplies and wet paint.

Again, a huge thank you for all of your insight and replies. It definitely helps to hear from your experiences!
Lot's to think about ! Pat
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:09 PM   #38
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The question to ask: for those that have a storage box, would you buy the exact same trailer without it?
Nah. Easy access for big and wet stuff is great.
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:54 PM   #39
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OK folks. Still working on the build sheet.

Storage box is a "yes"!

Thank you all for your great advice and input... (and DH added " thanks for your patience"... I think he means regarding my incessant questions ...)
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AND if you plug up the drain holes you could always fill it with water to give the dog a bath..........
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