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Old 02-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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Hi! My husband and I just purchased a boler that we are starting to restore. We have just emptied out the inside and have decided on how we will redo the interior. We'll post pictures as we go along. We are thinking about exterior storage on the back and are wondering if anyone has done this and what they used. Pictures would be great.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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We added an aluminum rack to save on weight and a heavy duty plastic trunk. My husband bolted it to the rack. We store blocks, outdoor door mats and other things that are used for setting up and leveling. It saves room in the car.

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Old 02-02-2014, 01:35 PM   #3
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While some have added storage to the rear of their FGRV's there are several minuses to keep in mind:

1. The back of the trailer frame usually isn't designed for any additional weight.
2. Adding weight to the back will reduce tongue weight, not always a good thing
3. It's much easier to back into things and be hit in the back, with the trailer extended.
4. It can be tempting to others to "Borrow" your stuff.

Again, some FGRV owners do this, I, for one of many, wouldn't.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:36 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum Carmen.
Glad you have joined us. Several
similar owners will be along with a
lot of ideas.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:50 PM   #5
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It all depends. I have a cargo rack ( lightest I could find, but still substantial ) that fits into the 2" receiver that is factory installed for bike racks. I used a locking pin to secure it. On top of the cargo rack is an aluminum checker plate box with two padlocks. I used to have it bolted to the rack ( from inside the box ), until I realized that I couldn't undo the nuts holding the spare tire with the box in place. I now use a ratchet strap to hold the box on and a cable to secure it.
Inside, I carry four litres of gas ( for generator or emergency ), my water hoses, heavy duty extension cord, vinyl gloves, a couple small axes, wand for flushing tanks. I try to keep it light.
I've weighed the tongue and I'm maintaining about 325 pounds.
So, it depends.

Another negative, however, is that it adds two feet, which can cost when it comes to ferry fares.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:26 PM   #6
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Plastic Box

We have had a plastic box (3'x18"x15") attached to the top of our bumper, captured by the spare and supported on three L brackets.

We have had it for 6 years, do not lock it and have never had a theft.

We carry our wooden blocks, water hose, power cord and a few basic tools.

Two plastic fence posts (5"x 5" x 4') are attached to the bottom of the plastic box/L Brackets. We use one for a long sewer hose, the other for our clothes line and awning poles.

I have not weighed it but its not heavy and as close to the body as it can get, the back of the box is behind the spare.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:16 PM   #7
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I installed a 2" receiver to the rear of our unit. Of course, it was installed buy welding heavy tubing to the frame so it could hold the weight. That being said; every camper I've ever owned I have installed a 2" receiver on the rear. I do use a locking pin and if hauling anything such as generators I always use a locking cable. I once made the mistake of saying "I've been camping for X amount of years and I've never had anything stolen" That same camping trip a Class A motor home parked beside me that evening and left the next morning while I was gone fishing. They left with my cooler packed with drinks, beer and wine. They couple across from us had been sitting outside and told me noone else had even been around the camper except the couple that left in the Class A motorhome. Now I lock everything with cable locks.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:33 AM   #8
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If adding storage to the rear bumper I would go with either Norms approach of keep it light and close or Teds of having a 2 inch hitch receiver installed with appropriate reinforcement to the frame.

Back bumper is not generally designed to take weight pounding on it, and when you extend that weight out from the bumper it applies leverage to the force of every bump, that puts stress on rear bumper and rear frame welds thus the need to reinforce that area. Bike rack, platform supporting generator or box all would make me think I need some extra support.

Weight further from the axle has more tendency to cause sway, as does being light weight in the front. People as you can see do put weight on the rear successfully but it does require some planning and testing to come up with a well balanced load that tows well and travels well with the specific trailer and load.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:16 AM   #9
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Back bumper is not generally designed to take weight pounding on it, and when you extend that weight out from the bumper it applies leverage to the force of every bump, that puts stress on rear bumper and rear frame welds thus the need to reinforce that area. Bike rack, platform supporting generator or box all would make me think I need some extra support.

Weight further from the axle has more tendency to cause sway, as does being light weight in the front. People as you can see do put weight on the rear successfully but it does require some planning and testing to come up with a well balanced load that tows well and travels well with the specific trailer and load.
Don't people usually but a box for generator, blocks, etc. on the front of the trailer with the propane tanks? Wouldn't that get around the above problems with just some added hitch weight?
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:57 PM   #10
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Rear bumper weight. Weight belongs over the axle. Heavy weights like generators can be a problem. On our very first trip towing a trailer it swayed with a generator on the rear bumper. Moving it over the axle and no sway.
Lesson learned.

Our bumper box empty and loaded is light. If desired it is also lockable plus it o ly cost $18 at Walmarts.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:14 PM   #11
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Don't people usually but a box for generator, blocks, etc. on the front of the trailer with the propane tanks? Wouldn't that get around the above problems with just some added hitch weight?
Yes people do modify the front for storage or generators. Some pretty nice solutions too. If I was not internet challenged (service issues) I would do some searching. People do use the rear also, but it takes a little more thought and planning. Heavy load both front & rear both being far from axle is not ideal.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:25 AM   #12
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Norm, what make of box do you have? I've looked and not found a plastic box that lockers.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:10 PM   #13
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Rear Storage Box Source

We purchased our box at Walmarts, I believe it was $18. It's about 3 feet long x 18 inches deep x 16 inches high.

The box has a place for a lock. However this would not stop any determined person. We've had the box for 6-7 years and never had it touched by any one in over 1000 nights on the road.

Actually if you were nearby I could give you one. A Scamp camper we met in Seminole Canyon Texas gave us one.

To use the box the way we do requires removing the pin that forms the hitch and adding two little latches.

It comes in black. Our's is spray painted white.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:32 AM   #14
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More Rear Storage

Since this couple were real travelers in a Scamp 13 and their trailer was different than most I thought I'd post these pictures.

I saw the pictured Scamp 13 at the local Walmarts today. It weighed 2100 lbs. It had 2 propane tanks, 2 batteries and a generator on the tongue. The generator sat on a steel frame welded to the A below.

The rear of the trailer had the tallest bumper box I've seen, again a steel frame attached to the bumper.

Most windows had individual Awnings. Their map showed travel to every state, province and territory.
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