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Old 02-20-2011, 11:26 PM   #1
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Box on the bumper...

Fellow Eggers : I've noticed that some of you have a box installed on your back bumper for bar-b-q's, etc.

Is this a good idea...doesn't it obstuct the rear turning signals ??

I can imagine that it's nice to have some extra storage, especially for a yucky bar-b-q...but is installing one of these safe ??

Could I ask those of you with experience to chime in on this one please ...I'm very curious as to how it's been for you !!

Thanks in advance to those who respond.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: Box on the bumper.

P.
I installed a nice aluminum diamond plate box on my rear bumper in which I store my Honda Generator.
See: Honda-genny-conversion-and-box
I did have to move the spare tire to the left but, as you can see, it still allows the lights to be seen properly.
Since I had already installed an extra battery up forward, the extra rear weight made little difference in the tongue weight ratio.
It's been on for 2 seasons and has been no preoblem - very convenient actually!
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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Paul,
Here's some info on what I did. Hopefully, it will give you a "jumping off" point for your project. It's made by a company called "Stow-Away", and they make several different models. Mine is a 5 footer. If you do decide to go with a rear storage box, I would suggest removing the existing 4" sewer hose bumper and replacing it with a good 5' chunk of heavywalled 3" square channel, full welded to the existing 3" main frame channels. The standard sewer hose bumper is woefully inadequate to support the load, and will probably buckle under the weight. I also incorporated a 1.5" crossmember about a foot and a half forward of the rear bumper to brace and provide some additional support for the hitch. As for the hitch itself, I used about a 2' section of 2" receiver tubing (not the same as 2" square channel) for a standard 2" receiver hitch set-up. The 5 ft. box comes with built-in tail/directional/lic. plate lights, and I hooked those up with a 4-pin flat connector wired into the wiring bundle which runs along the floor of the trailer in the back under the toeboard. I don't know if you trailer is wired the same, but you should be able to pick up your lighting power taps somewhere inside your trailer where it feeds your trailer's lights. As to the strength of the assembly, The box weighs about 40 lbs, and I carry about 100 pounds of junk in the box, and also I stand on top of it (another 235 lbs) when I wash the trailer roof. It doesn't mind me being on it one bit. Also, the box comes with a lighted license plate bracket, because most standard lic. plate mounts would be eclipsed by the box. It also comes with a hefty key-lockable twist latch. Very secure. I'm not sure how your trailer weight distribution is, but my Casita is very tongue-heavy to begin with, so I have no problems with the added weight on the back as far as trailer handling is concerned.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:12 PM   #4
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That looks nice, Greg. Is yours the standard or basic frame?
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I also found some other posts, photos and ideas in this thread.

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Old 02-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #5
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Matt,
I have the Standard model, with the fixed frame 2" receiver mount.
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Box on Bumper prototype

On one of the manufacturer's sites I saw a prototype bumper box made of white fiberglass that 'faired into' the body. I can't remember which company but it looked very attractive.

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Old 02-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #7
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Http://www.Escapetrailer.com has a new hitch mounted one, but it is not molded into the body.

Greg, it looks like you added the operating tail light option, too. that really looks clean and the Stowaway likes like a great option, if one can handle the weight back there. I suppose it depends on the trailer, and what you haul back there.
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I didn't mean to apply that the bumper box was fiberglassed to the body but that it wasn't a simple rectangular box but had lines that matched the rear.

I wish I new where I saw the picture.

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Http://www.Escapetrailer.com has a new hitch mounted one, but it is not molded into the body.

Greg, it looks like you added the operating tail light option, too. that really looks clean and the Stowaway likes like a great option, if one can handle the weight back there. I suppose it depends on the trailer, and what you haul back there.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:38 PM   #9
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It probably wasn't the Escape then. Their box mounts up front:

NEW STORAGE BOX ON 19 FT. ESCAPE

Bigfoot has a big hitch box available, too. But they're on the hitch end as well.

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That's very nice as well.

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It probably wasn't the Escape then. Their box mounts up front:

NEW STORAGE BOX ON 19 FT. ESCAPE

Bigfoot has a big hitch box available, too. But they're on the hitch end as well.

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:33 AM   #11
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I can't help it, I'm a visual person. I think stuff other than the spare tire hanging off the back is.... ugly. Don't hate me, it's strictly an opinion. Others think an A/C on the roof looks like a pimple. That doesn't bother me... I'm short . I guess I'm lucky, I tow my trailer with a truck. I can haul all the yucky stuff I want and it doesn't destroy the great look of an egg. I'd build a box to put yucky stuff in and haul it in the tug or trailer before I'd add a bunch of stuff hanging off the back. YMMV
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:06 AM   #12
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I'm with Donna on this. I use a tote box that fits nicely under the trailer when camping or it can do double duty as drink/snack table when needed. I would be reluctant to put a box on the back as I know all to well how much stuff I tend to collect over the camping season which could result in a real negative effect on the tongue weight. Each time I pick up the tote, the weight of it tells me when it needs a good clean out of all the items that I really dont need or use anymore in it.
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I believe an attractive bumper box can be built that would be non intursive. I'm surprised it doesn't exist.

We limit items in the bumper box to water hoses, power cords, jack handles, chocks and blocks. Really not much in the way of weight. Basically bulky stuff needed for setup.

As to ugly I believe one of the ugliest add-ons to a Scamp or Casitsa is the roof air conditioner. It just seems disproportionate for the size of the unit. I really prefer the Casita 16s standard room AC. It is more than adequate to cool. Very inexpensive to replace.

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:50 AM   #14
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Hmmm, I think that Stow-Away box looks great -- it's such a nice match I would have guessed it was completely custom. I might have considered one until...

we got a good look at our frame.

The back loop of the frame juts out there a couple of feet like a diving board. Now that I see it (and the slight downward bend we have on one side) I wouldn't add any extra weight to the bumper without having the frame reinforced. That said, I'm guessing plenty of trailers have better frames that can easily handle rear weight, just not our '77 Boler.

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