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Old 07-20-2003, 07:17 AM   #15
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Suburban's attic

I'm with you, Rick. I think it's empty; he just puts it up there for the aerodynamics.

Or maybe they use the attic for their laundry. :shg
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:56 AM   #16
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Pam makes me ride up there in the Thule cargo box when I act up. It's a little confining, I can lay down, but not roll over!

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1ab9e029820thule.gif/>

It's actually not as small as it looks. The dimensions of the Thule Evolution 1800 box are 91.3"(L) x 31"(W) x 16.2"(H).

In the box, starting at the back, and working my way forward are:

A 15 gallon wheeled Blue Tote tank
Two (2) 5 gallon Water tanks
150 feet of coiled White Fresh Water hose
50 feet of green grey water hose.

Wedged along both sides of the above are:

1 Large roll of indoor/outdoor carpet
4 folding bag chairs
1 folding wooden slat table
1 folding canvas table with two drink holders

Also carry a shoe scraper up there.

In other words, anything that is wet, dirty or possibly stinky or has to occasionally be packed up wet (when departing in a rain storm).
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:00 AM   #17
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Oh, wow. It's big enough for the blue tote and then some. That's great!
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:16 AM   #18
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Well, what I did was lay out everything I wanted to haul on the garage floor ... BEFORE I bought the box ... and measured the dimensions (height, width, length).

Then I bought the box to "size."

The Thule Box works really slick ... even opens from both sides, which is really handy, because I have different things tucked on either side of main bulky cargo.

They make four sizes of Thule Evolution boxes ... I bought the 1800 ... which is the next-to-largest box.
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:22 AM   #19
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Also ... we only use the Thule box on long, extended trips.

No need to carry all this stuff on a quickie little campout.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1ac0f215fa0MVC-616S.JPG/>

Here's another view of the box.

I really wanted three things:

1. storage for wet, dirty, stinky stuff.
2. aerodynamic -- so it wouldn't lower gas mileage
3. help keep the bugs off the tippy top of the trailer.

The Thule 1800 Evolution cost about US$450. Had to buy it locally because the size of the box is too large to deliver UPS ... and most trucking firms won't deliver to a private address.
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:45 PM   #20
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FYI:

California has some terrific Sand Dunes.

Oceano Beach State Beach
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f1d77d172c3fpismo.jpg/>

Dumont
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Glamis
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There are at least a half dozen others.
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:01 AM   #21
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Why?

Charles,

Why is it that people from out of State, always tell you about what's right under your nose? I, too, have driven by that area many many times. After seeing your pictures and notes, that will be a ''next trip'' for us very soon.

P.S. I'll bet Pam makes you ride up there is that sleek carrier when you are Naughty.
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:06 AM   #22
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Duh

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Charles, that's kinda spooky because I posted that comment about you riding up there before I read page two and saw your own admission about that. I'm not quite awake yet this morning and didn't even see page 2. Well, I guess it must be true then, huh?

That is a great idea for a place to carry all that stuff. You are just full of good ideas and stuff.

Regards,
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:09 AM   #23
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Hi Keith!

The Great Sand Dunes national monument is only about 20 miles off the main road, Rt. 160, the southern route to Durango.

I bet we've driven across Rt 160 a couple of dozen times, never bothering to take a short drive up Rt 150 to the Great Sand Dunes. Big mistake!

You won't believe you're in Colorado!

>>naughty

If that were the case, I'd be riding in the cargo box full time!:)
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Old 08-19-2003, 05:22 PM   #24
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I've been there myself in July, when there were lots of skeeters, but not yet with the Scamp. It's hard work trying to walk up that loose sand!

I think the most amazing thing about it is that it is almost a closed system -- the wind blows the sand and makes the dunes, which march to the river, where the sand falls in and is carried down the river, which runs to the start of the dunes where it sinks underground leaving the sand to be picked up by the wind again. But it's not a closed system because some of the sand is blown across the river and is making dunes against that last set of mountains before the flatlands begin:O

Pete in the RatHaus, who also likes Indiana Dunes Natl Lakeshore
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