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Old 07-05-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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While fixing up my trailer, I was looking for a tongue box. I wanted it to be a fair size and reasonably priced and could not find any that would fulfil both requirements so; Since my company has sheet metal equipment I made one for myself. It's 20" tall so, it easily takes a propane tank, jacks and several other things. It's made out of .06 aluminium. To keep things simple and labour to minimum, it's riveted. Now, I'm thinking that just maybe there is a market for it's duplicates. What do you think? To keep the price down we would have to make them in lots of minimum 10 and that takes a fair bit of expensive aluminium so, we don't want to just start making them and see what's happening. What do you think? Would there be any interest if we offered these for under $300 + shipping? Naturally, there would be no shipping charge if somebody would want it to pick it up in MIssissauga, ON Canada.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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Turned out wonderful! Tractor supply has one that shape, a member here installed it on the front.
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Looks nice Andrew. BUT, I think financially you'll need to be more competitive to make it worth while. I can purchase a DeeZee tongue box for less than $200 in aluminum. Granted a 20# propane tank is too tall, but I'm happy with a smaller propane tank for the difference... I can fill it up the tank a lot of times for $100. That being said, there's a buyer for everything. If you're really interested in building tongue boxes, build an all fiberglass one that fits the Bigfoot!! Seems lots of Bigfoot owners are looking to buy/replace.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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Looks nice Andrew. BUT, I think financially you'll need to be more competitive to make it worth while. I can purchase a DeeZee tongue box for less than $200 in aluminum. Granted a 20# propane tank is too tall, but I'm happy with a smaller propane tank for the difference... I can fill it up the tank a lot of times for $100. That being said, there's a buyer for everything. If you're really interested in building tongue boxes, build an all fiberglass one that fits the Bigfoot!! Seems lots of Bigfoot owners are looking to buy/replace.
I just got a black poly one for $100. 18" high too!
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Thanks for the comments.
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........I think financially you'll need to be more competitive to make it worth while..........If you're really interested in building tongue boxes, build an all fiberglass one that fits the Bigfoot!! Seems lots of Bigfoot owners are looking to buy/replace.
Anything aluminium that I found on this side of the border isn't cheap. Shipping from US is expensive.

Metal tongue boxes as a sideline are possible but fiberglass is not really our can of fish.

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I just got a black poly one for $100. 18" high too!
Is it 18" inside?
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Metal tongue boxes as a sideline are possible but fiberglass is not really our can of fish.
Man, you could fit a *lot of fish* in one of those metal boxes!
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:33 PM   #7
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There probably is a market for them but I personally won't spend $300 on a tongue box. I tow with a full size chev pick up with a contractors box on the back so storage isn't really a problem. I went to Walmart and bought a Rubbermaid toughbox I think its called. That way I can spend my money on my tool addiction instead. Trailers are only an obsession at this point.
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How much does an aluminum box way?
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How much does an aluminum box way?
About 23 lbs
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Turned out wonderful! Tractor supply has one that shape, a member here installed it on the front.
Here is mine, from TSC. I did have an aluminum box but it was a little too big and heavy, since I'm adding an extra battery weight I went into weight saving to keep my t/w less than 300#
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Looks nice Andrew. BUT, I think financially you'll need to be more competitive to make it worth while. I can purchase a DeeZee tongue box for less than $200 in aluminum. Granted a 20# propane tank is too tall, but I'm happy with a smaller propane tank for the difference... I can fill it up the tank a lot of times for $100. That being said, there's a buyer for everything. If you're really interested in building tongue boxes, build an all fiberglass one that fits the Bigfoot!! Seems lots of Bigfoot owners are looking to buy/replace.
Well, that answers my post.Bigfoot 19 Tongue Cover Replacement

However, I'm not looking for a tongue box but a tongue cover. That would allow me to fit 2 propane bottles and at least one battery in the tongue area.

I believe that most Bigfoot owners who have "lost" their tongue covers, are looking for a replacement.

Having said that, I like the TSC box. But looking at the inside picture, it probably won't have room for my battery.

Looking at the Bigfoot covers ... you have design a box or custom fit a cover that has 2 heights: one for the propane tanks, and than sloping down for the batters so that it can sit against the tongue jack without interfering with the crank. http://www.fiberglassrv.com/gallery/....php?i=31&c=10
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/gallery/...s&searchid=125

Regarding price: $300 is fairly hefty for a pre made box.
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Hi cpaharley - I think I like that tongue box you posted photos of. Could you please give a bit more info about availability for mechanical nitwits like me? What is TSC?
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here you go, the link should answer your questions and try a google search if not local.
TrailerStar® Trailer Tongue Toolbox - 1090781 | Tractor Supply Company
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here you go, the link should answer your questions and try a google search if not local.
TrailerStar® Trailer Tongue Toolbox - 1090781 | Tractor Supply Company
I'm curious; what is the actual inside hight of this box? Can it take a standard propane tank?
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