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Old 09-22-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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I noticed in some previous posts that several people have them. There were some photos showing batteries in them. Wondering how they're secured and where to get those necessary vents.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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You can usually find 4" square vents in the roofing sections(soffit vents etc) and the local hardware. I made my tongue box out of scrap sheet aluminum I took off a tent trailer I salvaged out. It's strong enough to hold a bike rack on top.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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I made my tongue box and the welder made the tray. The box is held on by thumb screws through it into the tray and also by locking hasps. The vents and access doors are deck plates from West Marine. The lid is piano hinged and locked with a locking hasp.

My box as built to hold both the generator and propane tank. The battery is out front behind the jack.
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Joy,

What does your tongue weigh? Are you on Frederick's trailer weight list?

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I noticed in some previous posts that several people have them. There were some photos showing batteries in them. Wondering how they're secured and where to get those necessary vents.
I used "U" bolts from underneath around the frame and thru the box bottom and I put a piece of wood inside the box bottom (1/4 plywood) because they are usually flimsy(even the aluminum ones) and up thru the wood and I made an end piece, using a metal switch plate with 2 holes drilled thru that and then 2 bolts. Some unbolts have a flat flange so you may not need the switch plate. This made the box very sturdy and secure and able to carry the weight of 2 batteries. The vents I used were found @ hardware store, 2" round white, painted black and they slip in a 2" hole saw hole. I put one on each side, rear and on bottom, not front.
With the wood bottom, I was able to secure the battery boxes to prevent movement. I installed LED running lights for nighttime hitch hookups and inside to find items.
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Joy,

What does your tongue weigh? Are you on Frederick's trailer weight list?

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Don't get any ideas Norm, you are going to have to get a bigger TV if you keep improving that trailer of yours.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:03 PM   #7
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Jim,
You are right. My goal is a low tongue weight. I'm targeting my next tow vehicle. I'm looking to a hybrid, hopefully a Honda CRV hybrid or a Ford C-Max Hybrid. I'd love to go all electric but I doubt battery technology will make the leap to 200 miles on a charge in the next five years.

I'd really like to get a tongue box in white for the battery and Propane Tank. I would not put an extra battery or generator in the box because it would mean adding a 100 pounds to the tongue. My goal is no more than 200 pound tongue weight.

Our Honda CRV had it's first mechanical failure this month, a brake caliper was dragging and I had to replace it, ($75) not too bad.

My next project is a rear seat organizer for maps and road books, followed by a solar panel.

In a sense I'm glad to see you sold your rig but it does make me nervous in another sense.
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The plastic tongue boxes are available in white.
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Escape Tongue Box

I have an Escape 17 with their factory built tongue box. Lightweight fiberglass construction with LineX coating, rated at 100 lb load, & shaped to allow normal turning, etc. My Escape had the dual 6V option which puts the batteries on the rear bumper.
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Jon, Nice looking. What do you store in your bumper box?
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While traveling it holds my coleman gas grill, a couple of small propane tanks, grill brush, a plastic box with a couple of cans (bug spray, silicon spray & charcoal lighter), a small folding table, two folding chairs, my power cord & 3 hoses. There is probably some other stuff buried in the bottom. When stopped, I usually throw the hitch & weight distribution bars inside.

Generally it gets the stuff I don't want to put inside or the things I use as I set up.
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I have an Escape 17 with their factory built tongue box. Lightweight fiberglass construction with LineX coating, rated at 100 lb load, & shaped to allow normal turning, etc. My Escape had the dual 6V option which puts the batteries on the rear bumper.
With your batteries in the back and only propane up front, why do you need an electric jack? You t/w can't be more than 300#, did you install or it came from factory? Just asking??
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I probably don't really need the electric jack, but it was a factory option. On my last trip I only stayed at most sites for a day or two & it helps hooking & unhooking the weight distribution bars. Since it was a 111 day trip - that is a lot of hookups! Or, it could be just because I'm lazy!
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Jim,
I'd really like to get a tongue box in white for the battery and Propane Tank.
Norm,
I just finished my propane furnace install and mounted the propane in a white tongue box.

The EggCamper came with two angle irons, ostensibly for mounting a generator on the tongue. I took the angle irons off and used the holes left in the frame to mount the box. I mounted the box with 4 1/4x20 SS bolts w/nylock nuts and used aluminum strips that you see inside the box as stiffeners.
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