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Old 03-18-2019, 02:40 PM   #1
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Hey Escape owners

Do you have the tongue box? If so what do you use it for? Iím wondering if Iíd like to have one. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:50 PM   #2
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Do you have the tongue box? If so what do you use it for? Iím wondering if Iíd like to have one. Thanks

Why not use the Search function on the Escape Owners forum? You'll find hundreds of owners who have and love the box.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:51 PM   #3
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Yes ; Storing chocks , WD Hitch parts , leveling blocks etc .
The storage box is one on the few things on our SOB trailer that has lived up to our expectations
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:39 PM   #4
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+10 been discussed many times. Of all the options on the Escape, I consider the tongue box to be the most critical. Besides the usual stuff I don't want to store inside the trailer, I have the trailer's battery there too.
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:09 PM   #5
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I keep a spare 11 lb propane tank in ours in addition to other things listed. Also a small container of Charcoal starter. Saves keeping flammables inside the tow vehicle or in the trailer.
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:23 PM   #6
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Hummm, I don't know of any Escape owner that got the ETI tongue box that's ever regretted it. Yes, some have built their own... but still...
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:58 PM   #7
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In addition to wheel chocks and leveling blocks and WD hitch parts, we also stash the bag of recyclables, the stick we use to help pry open our front window cover and maybe a few extra bungees. We could stash all that stuff inside the forward, driver's side hatch (there's plenty of storage under the bed in our 21) but it's very handy to have it in the outside/tongue box.

These things we mostly kept in a big bucket in the back of our pickup with our former trailer (Casita). It's nice not to have to do that anymore.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:46 AM   #8
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Does the tongue box reduce the jack-knife angle? I ask as I routinely manage to get even my shorter Scamp into situations where I almost hit the tongue with the rear bumper.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:10 AM   #9
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I use the tongue box for wheel chocks, the stabilizing hitch, plugs and extension cords, outside hoses, and anything else that I need access to when setting the trailer in place. It is handier than I expected and well worth the expense.
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:57 PM   #10
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Does the tongue box reduce the jack-knife angle? I ask as I routinely manage to get even my shorter Scamp into situations where I almost hit the tongue with the rear bumper.
Yup. I discovered that when I'm too tight the lock bracket on the 21 tongue box is at a perfect spot to crack the rear taillight lens on my Tacoma....
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:12 PM   #12
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Yup. I discovered that when I'm too tight the lock bracket on the 21 tongue box is at a perfect spot to crack the rear taillight lens on my Tacoma....

Or on my Tundra as Charlie discovered one day when I was there. HA!


But you learn to deal with it. I love the box. I would not want all that stuff stashed in either the trailer or my truck. One of the best accessories we got. (Electric jack the other one.)
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:41 AM   #13
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Hummm, I don't know of any Escape owner that got the ETI tongue box that's ever regretted it. Yes, some have built their own... but still...

I remember one fellow, last year, I believe, who posted that he had removed his box because he didnít use it (which I could not fathom). He offered it for sale and someone with a differently sized trailer was considering purchase. Looked but couldnít find the thread.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:52 AM   #14
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I'm grateful for this thread because it has made me re-think. I've been thinking that the box would be a wonderful asset for all the stuff I need to grab when setting up or emptying the tanks or whatnot. The little side hatches are ok but lifting a box lid would make it much easier to find and get hold of the things I need, and without bending over as much. The only thing I didn't like was the cost.


Now I'm thinking that the box is too wide, and a potential hazard to taillights that I don't need. The thought comes to mind that a shorter box, off the shelf from some store, should do the trick for hundreds of dollars less. It may be black composite or shiny metal instead of white fiberglass, but that wouldn't bother me.
Maybe something like this, from TSC: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...x?cm_vc=IOPDP2
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Best check all the measurements before purchasing a box. The ETI box is built to the space.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:30 AM   #16
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BTW. No guarantee that your measurements for your trailer will be the same.
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:12 PM   #17
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we bought our 19' used and didn't have a box. we had so much stuff we were stuffing in the back trunk or under the bed! We had to have one. Batteries, hoses, cords, tools, BBQ, chocks, blocks, etc. It's full!


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Old 03-20-2019, 08:26 PM   #18
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For me personally, the front storage box is a necessity.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:58 PM   #19
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Mine basically stores all the parking and hitching gear, plus the generator. So weight distributing bars etc when I'm parked and leveling gear when I'm moving. If I had a truck to store all that stuff in the bed, I'd probably put folding chairs and our folding table in there instead. Definitely glad I got it - I'd have serious storage-space issues without it.
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I'm grateful for this thread because it has made me re-think. I've been thinking that the box would be a wonderful asset for all the stuff I need to grab when setting up or emptying the tanks or whatnot. The little side hatches are ok but lifting a box lid would make it much easier to find and get hold of the things I need, and without bending over as much. The only thing I didn't like was the cost.


Now I'm thinking that the box is too wide, and a potential hazard to taillights that I don't need. The thought comes to mind that a shorter box, off the shelf from some store, should do the trick for hundreds of dollars less. It may be black composite or shiny metal instead of white fiberglass, but that wouldn't bother me.
Maybe something like this, from TSC: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...x?cm_vc=IOPDP2
It's only a hazard if you jackknife the trailer. Otherwise, not a problem. Secondly, storing the battery in the box eliminates the battery inside the cabin, which is a huge plus to me.

On price, I think the storage box is an incredible deal. You get a custom fiberglass front box, sized and designed to match the contours of the trailer and the trailer's A frame. I think the price is cheap! Added storage is a huge plus on any of the fiberglass trailers. Sure, a standard trailer tongue box is cheaper. But the sloping front of the trailer and A frame, those generic boxes do not fit as well. And be sure to apply the currency discount to the cost if you live in the USA.

One thing I keep in my box is my bathroom/shower kit. My wife's stuff is kept inside the rig. Its an easy grab and go for me.
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