Where to get a front box for my scamp?? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-27-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I have been thinking in my sleep it seems like for ages about what kind of box to build/buy for the front of my scamp. It would be nice to find one that fits right up against the curve of the RV, but are there such thing?

I have a simple rubbermade box on there now and would like to get something for perminent as it doen't have much space since most of it is lost with the curve of the rv, and the rectangle box..... does anyone have any advice on what to do or where to find one?

Thanks!
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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I see that there has been several views with no responses. I can only imagine two possible avenues of exploration:
  1. BigFoot
  2. T@B

I doubt that there is anything else "Off-the-rack" that would come close. Otherwise, it would have to be a local custom build.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:03 AM   #3
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The problem is the setback, I know of no company making one for off the shelf purchase. As Frederick mentioned, you'll probably need to have one custom made. Or perhaps put a standard box on and figure a method of using the area behind the box (on top of the frame)... like maybe use the area to mount the stinky slinky tube... or a place to carry the phony grass or yard rug...
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:48 PM   #4
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Try the following site:
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Old 12-28-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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Mcnick,

Be careful. I do not reccommend any added weigh in front, because I ran into 2 Fiberglass Trailers (Name I will not disclose) that had boxes both wood & metal. Each bump you hit magnifies added stress to the front fork of hitch & where the body is bolted. I seen one that cracked the frame in 2 places and one that the frame was cracked in one place! I warn you I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DON"T DO IT!!!!
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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It is plastic, and basically consists of just 2 pieces: The curved wall and the hinged lid. It fits right against the body of the trailer, so the back and bottom are open for ventilation.

Might be worth inquiring at: [b]parts@dutchmenmfg.com
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:03 PM   #7
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I've put the box on 2 short 11 pound propane tanks and the battery. The picture shows the first attempt, I'm on revision 3 now but the location is the same. The box is slightly ahead to allow the lid to open and/or access to the propane valves. The box actually locks the propane tanks in. It is set up so the entire box can be tilted forward like a cab-over on a big truck to get at the battery and propane tanks. It is used to store light bulky thinks like the plastic wheel chocks, the trailer jacks, the water hose etc. while travelling and converts to a lockable storage for when we are camping.

In the picture on the right it looks like the box is real close to the truck, but that is not the case. The truck is turned to the right by at least 45 degrees hiding the hitch. I know I can get close to a 90 degree turn and still be clear of the box.
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Hey everyone,

I have been thinking in my sleep it seems like for ages about what kind of box to build/buy for the front of my scamp. It would be nice to find one that fits right up against the curve of the RV, but are there such thing?

I have a simple rubbermade box on there now and would like to get something for perminent as it doen't have much space since most of it is lost with the curve of the rv, and the rectangle box..... does anyone have any advice on what to do or where to find one?

Thanks!
I just bought a new ATV and am going to have to leave my tailgate down to haul it in my truck.
I have to move my propane tank on the Scamp to be safe when turning. I am going to buy an aluminium cross bed tool box for a pickup and mount it on the tongue. I will mount my propane tank on it and put the battery in the trailer.
It will give me outside storage for my portable grey water tank, water hose, carpet and other items that usually are on the floor of the trailer when I am traveling.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:27 AM   #9
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We just bought a tongue box from Summit Racing that is made of a poly material, pretty lightweight. The back is not curved, of course, but the front is narrower than the back to go along with the angle of the tongue. We removed our propane tank because we had taken the heater & stovetop out. The box will hold our battery and a few other things like the plastic wheel chocks & leveling blocks. I doubt that there will be any more weight on the tongue than there was with the propane tank. It's a pretty good fit but it doesn't have the curve you are looking for. Good luck!
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Old 02-16-2008, 10:16 AM   #10
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We removed the propane tanks and bolted a metal trailer tongue box on our Burro. It is lockable, weatherproof and fits nicely on the tongue, leaving room for the battery. You can see an example here: http://toolboxes4less.com/trailer-tongue-boxes.html

I'll send you a photo of it mounted on our trailer if you want more information.
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Old 02-23-2008, 02:03 AM   #11
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A year or two back I had a few posts on a storage box that I got at either Lowes or Home Depot and mounted on the front of my Burro. It was very light and added little weight. I put the propane tank inside it (with a vent in the bottom) and had space for a small tool box, electrical cords, and chocks. The problem is I'm not really sure how to reference it here, so I'll give the preview # and also the web site address. I hope this works:

#185837
#185758
#184981
#184978
#184650

Exterior Storage Box Ideas

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...ost&id=3967
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...ost&id=3958
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...ost&id=3833

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