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Old 10-31-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Table and chair storage

We are wandering through our build list, and trying to decide how we will use the 17 we ordered.
Today's questions: Where do you all store your outside folding chairs and tables?
And the bigger question: We're getting the tongue storage box, so is there a need to have the outside exterior access hatch(es)?

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Old 10-31-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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Hi Don truck bed . Every little nook and cranny you will find a use for . We have 1 outside hatch . Your decision .
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:00 PM   #3
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We are wandering through our build list, and trying to decide how we will use the 17 we ordered.
Today's questions: Where do you all store your outside folding chairs and tables?
And the bigger question: We're getting the tongue storage box, so is there a need to have the outside exterior access hatch(es)?

Thanks,
Don
Hi: dfandrews... Our 5.0 didn't have an outside access hatch. I made sure the 5.0TA has one. Alf
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:24 PM   #4
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I have both the storage box and the outside access hatch--wouldn't be without either one now. Two outdoor umbrella-type chairs and the two small (side) tables fit in the box even with the two batteries. If I take a folding table, which I seldom do, it goes in the truck bed.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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I've got an outside hatch, front, passenger side. I don't have the ETI storage box ( which would cover the hatch in the current location ). I would rather the hatch was on the side, passenger side rear, because we leave the rear dinette as a bed and it's a hassle to open the bench. Having a hatch there would make access much easier.
The chairs and tables get heaped on the bed ( rear dinette ) for travel. Solar panels end up in the bathroom, generator, bbq and 10 lb. propane tank are in the aisle ( on a carpet runner so they don't shift around in travel ).
Chocks and Linx blocks end up just inside the door or in the TV. All of that doesn't really get in the way because they are all out the door as soon as we get to camp. If one were doing a lot of driving and overnight stops, it would be a pain.
After six years, I'm still trying to figure out the best places to store stuff.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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In the rear hatch of our 19' I keep 4 folding chairs, a collapsible aluminum table, a large ground mat, a screen tent, a broom and the bunk for above the front dinette inside the trailer. The front storage box is filled with other stuff.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #7
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Wow! Thanks very much, all of you, for your responses. It looks like that exterior hatch is on the to-do list, because, as Pat said, "every nook and cranny", so ease of access, especially under made-up bed areas, is a must.

So, just how big is the access hatch door?
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:44 PM   #8
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Not sure what size fits where. You have an awning arm to contend with. Jim Bennett installed a larger hatch on his 19 ( with pix, somewhere on the forum ).
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:02 PM   #9
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Hi Don 17 1/2,x 8 1/2 is opening size on my 19 it clears the arm fine . Check pics on forum -the Escape trailer Industries . It just looks like 19 has a longer canopy in front section of trailer my arm clears door when it is opened . Looks about same position in rear for awning arm whether 19 or 17 . To be sure you can talk to Escape . Looks good to me though .
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:34 AM   #10
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Thanks, Pat.
It is on my list of questions (2 pg.s long) to ask at ETI in a week and a half. If it doesn't rain here tonight, I'll at least get to see what rain is like, when we get there!!! (For the rest of you who don't know what I'm talking about: my rain gauge total for all of 2014 here in sunny coastal So.Cal. is 3.86 inches; we're told we'll get inch tonight. Pat, you'll probably get 3/4".)

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Edit: 10:16 pm - RAIN!!!!!!!!
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