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Old 05-01-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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I'm planning on purchasing a Buyers tongue box for my trailer and wondered if there were any real cons against the white colored box. It seems to me that this color would look better against my trailer and would keep the contents cooler. However, it may look dirtier sooner . . . but is cleaning this plastic a real challenge or not? Also, the hasp on the black box is different than the one on the white box. Odd, huh? Care to weigh in on this?

Here's the link for the product: http://www.toolboxesdirect.com/truck-tool-...ymertoolbox.cfm
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Booker! Sometimes I get the links to post correctly and other times, well . . .
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
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So what's a Campster trailer look like. Is it 13, 16 or something else feet?

Where is your propane tank and how big is it?

I ask this because if your trailer is like my 13 foot Scamp the box you are considering would take up the whole tongue and wouldn't accommodate a 20lb propane tank as the box is not tall enough at 14.63 inches. My 20lb tank is roughly 18 inches tall.

As far as color goes, I chose white.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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So what's a Campster trailer look like. Is it 13, 16 or something else feet?

Where is your propane tank and how big is it?

I ask this because if your trailer is like my 13 foot Scamp the box you are considering would take up the whole tongue and wouldn't accommodate a 20lb propane tank as the box is not tall enough at 14.63 inches. My 20lb tank is roughly 18 inches tall.

As far as color goes, I chose white.
Thanks for your vote, Joy A.!
You can view a Trailswest Campster in the "Albums" on the main page. It's very simular to a Compact Jr.. The Campster that I bought had the tongue extended so, with this addition, the trailer is now about 14 feet long. At present, I do not have any propane tanks and am in the process of investigating a used horizontal tank. I plan to create a frame above the tank onto which I want to mount the tongue box. Check out Roy in TO's marvelous mod entitled "Adding a tongue box"
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:09 PM   #6
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You are welcome.

When I looked at the Home page I was looking for Campster and didn't notice Trailswest Campster. I had this feeling that is was similar to a Compact Jr.

That's a nice mod Roy did. I need somewhere to carry a gas can so I've been thinking about downsizing my propance tank then making a tray above it for a 1 gallon gas can. I need to do some research on the various size propane tanks and their dimensions.

Good luck on your mod.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:46 PM   #7
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We have the same box on our '72 Trail Mite. Got it on sale at Camping World last spring. Ours is black and I really haven't noticed any adverse affects from stuff inside getting too hot, and we went across Arizona, Utah and such last June. We use ours to stow our BBQ, hoses, extension cord, battery charger, jacks and wheel chocks.

This photo isn't the best for showing the installation, but it gives the basic idea. We use a shorty propane tank and actually only filled it twice all last season, with 80-something nights spent in the trailer.

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:13 AM   #8
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Our tongue box is black & I really like the color because it doesn't show dirt. Right now the yellow pollen is showing up on it but that will be over soon. We keep the battery, wheel chocks, stabilizer jacks, etc. in ours. The box has a rough texture that won't show "dings" from gravel hitting it and also gives a lot of protection to the front of the camper.
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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A couple of decades ago, the Bell system was doing some tests on what colors to paint their company vehicles (They had decided to scrap the old olive drab they were using). Surprisingly, they found that light colors showed the dirt less than dark colors, so they went with white.

I would go with white, in part because of the above, and also because black is going to heat up fast and may also contribute to earlier failure of the plastic.

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I thought it was interesting that the two boxes had different hasps until I remembered our search for a water storage tank last year. Different colored plastics (white, green and black) were manufactured at different facilities, in different geographic areas, adding to the cost for freight for different colors.

I'd agree with Pete. My old white van always looks (sort of) clean. Our black car always looked dirty, a few hours after a meticulous wash and wax. Our grey truck is great... but that's not an option for you, I know.

White blends with the trailer, less heat transfer.



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Old 05-04-2009, 10:47 PM   #11
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am in the process of investigating a used horizontal tank. I plan to create a frame above the tank onto which I want to mount the tongue box.
Thank you for the complement Lisa. I considered the horizontal too. Just too $$$ for me at the time. As for colour, you can always paint the box with Krylon. I've seen many colours on plastic lawn furniture and it looks good.

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Old 05-05-2009, 02:00 AM   #12
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I have the white one. I wish I had the black since I have black Rino Lining as a rock guard up front. However I didn't like the black latch as much as the white. My feeling is I could always paint if I really don't like it. A 20lb won't fit in one of these - I'm going with two 10lbs. That plus the battery box will fit nicely inside (yes there will be air vents!) and then all the dirty hoses and chocks can finally have there very own home.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:06 PM   #13
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Well, after all you advice, I just ordered the white box. Strangely enough, the white box was $10 more than the black one and I could only find it in one online shop. I wonder why they charge more for the white box? Oh well. . . it's ordered and will be here on the 10th. Now, I need to find a more reasonably priced horizontal propane tank for under the tongue box.

By the way, I enjoyed telling some of my non-RV friends this evening that I had ordered a tongue box. You can't begin to imagine the perplexed look on their faces!
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:36 AM   #14
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Consider that the box's weight, empty, is 21 pounds. That is a sizable weight penalty for the superb convenience of having a storage box, if the extra weight is not a problem with you. I would love to have one but the cheap, thin, propane tank enclosures are considerably lighter.
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