Who's built a storage box on the tongue?? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-16-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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With a 5-week trip planned for June/July I'm looking for ways to make life a lil easier and more organized in our Trail Mite. I'd like to build a cabinet to mount on the tongue to enclose the propane-tank and battery and to provide some storage room for our jacks. hoses, extension cords, tools, and whatever else I can cram in there.

Have any of you built something like this? I'd hoping to see some photos and read some ideas on contruction method, materials, etc.

I'm also gonna check out Ikea and Home Depot in the hopes of finding something ready-built that could be modified.

Ideas???

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Old 03-16-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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How about a cool looking diamond plate tongue box?

PRO SERIES DIAMOND PLATE TRAILER TONGUE BOX

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:13 PM   #3
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The box is from Home Depot or Lowes annd is mounted with Uni-Strut.

Search for this and you will find we have talked about it before.....more than once too!


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Old 03-16-2007, 07:14 PM   #4
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Here is the rear edge mount.
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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We have had several discussions of these boxes, and found that people have built them (of wood, aluminum, and who know what else), bought various storage boxes and adapted them, and found boxes designed specifically for this purpose.

Some of the designs sold for trailers (such as Donna's example ) are tapered (or trapezoidal), to fit the A-frame tongue and maximize storage while minimizing interference with the tug's bumper in a turn. I found a few in a web search, just to show what I'm talking about...
Geneva
Delta (same one Donna already posted)
Tuffy
Tool Box Store
These are generally aluminum, and steel is common, but I know there are plastic boxes of this shape out there.

With any tongue box I would be very careful about the weight. It can add up, between the box and contents, and could be significant to both trailer balance and tongue structure.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:43 PM   #6
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Sheech!!!!!

Here I'm trying my darndnest to loose weight (well at least on my trailer' tongue!).... and here some folks are lookin' to ADD weight, go figure.... , ROTFLMBO!!!
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:12 AM   #7
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I built one that had that trapozoidal shape out of cedar.

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Old 03-18-2007, 11:30 AM   #8
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There's a good source of ideas: many of the Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers people have tongue boxes, typically of a scale more suited to our eggs than most commercial products.

Rich, that link didn't work for me until I logged into T&TTT, so I'm posting the image here so everyone can see it in case they have the same problem... I hope you don't mind. Nice job of tying the design into the trailer appearance.


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Old 03-19-2007, 08:49 AM   #9
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I built one that had that trapozoidal shape out of cedar.

http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/alb...hp?pic_id=2706

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Coop, when I try to view the picture from the link...I get a "not authorized" message, would you mind posting the picture here, please.
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Coop, when I try to view the picture from the link...I get a "not authorized" message, would you mind posting the picture here, please.
That's the message I got before I logged into T&TTT, so I guess it wasn't just me. Anyway, Coop's picture is the one I posted, above...
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Anyway, Coop's picture is the one I posted, above...
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:30 AM   #12
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I am surprised nobody is concerned with adding too much weight onto that part of the trailer.
As a 13 ft Boler owner I know that the weakes part of the frame is just behind where the front of the fiberglass comes down and the frame bends from the angle to straight.
All I can imagine is the force generated with the extra wieght on this weakest link going down a rural road hitting pot holes or going down a rough road and not to mention those camp-ground speed bumps.....
Speed bumps?
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I am surprised nobody is concerned with adding too much weight onto that part of the trailer.
As a 13 ft Boler owner I know that the weakes part of the frame is just behind where the front of the fiberglass comes down and the frame bends from the angle to straight.
All I can imagine is the force generated with the extra wieght on this weakest link going down a rural road hitting pot holes or going down a rough road and not to mention those camp-ground speed bumps.....
Speed bumps?
"I SAID NOT TO MENTION THOSE SPEED BUMPS"
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I am concernd and always watching the weight that I place in the area of the box which I pictured above.

The box itself is very lightweight molded plastic and the propane bottle in it was already on the tongue.
I keep the storage down to my cables and jacks and other lightweight but outdoors purposed items.
I even moved the battery to the inside to help lighten the load.

I am not so worried about the frames weak spot as mine has been nicely reinforced but the way the extra weight here effects the way the rig handles is what I think of.

Another nice benifit of my box setup is that I can stand on it safely and reach the roof.that has been very handy a few times.
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