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Old 05-07-2016, 08:02 AM   #311
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Has anyone explored the area in front of the outside storage spot to see if there's more storage space to use?

I'm looking to install an inverter somewhat close to the batteries.
Yup !! I just cut mine open last week. Lots of room in there.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:23 AM   #312
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Access from inside bunk or from exterior storage?


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Old 05-07-2016, 11:20 AM   #313
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I opened up the area in the bunk bed.
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:38 AM   #314
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I'm wondering if they have that area purposely closed up because most people don't weigh their trailers and tongues and adding weight in that area would just contribute to an already heavy tongue; potentially overloading the rear axle of their vehicle and compromising handling. But because Jayco advertises this as one of their smaller, lighter trailers and show SUVs towing it in some pics (which is entertaining itself) most people buying it won't have 250/2500 or 350/3500 that could handle all the extra weight on their rear axle.

While the extra space would be nice, I know that for us, we can't really add any more tongue weight to the vehicle. Not because it can't take it, but because we're close to payload already. If I had the space, I'd have to fill it with pillows. Haha.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:00 PM   #315
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To counter your tongue weight. Load heavier items on the rear of your trailer. I pull my trailer with a ram 2500 diesel, I'm way over board for this little trailer but we love it. I made that area in the bunk a big toy bin for my kids.
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To counter your tongue weight. Load heavier items on the rear of your trailer. I pull my trailer with a ram 2500 diesel, I'm way over board for this little trailer but we love it. I made that area in the bunk a big toy bin for my kids.

Where exactly in the rear would you have room in the X213? The only place is under the bed slide and in the couch. That's where our chairs go and other things that get pulled out and set up and the area is full because it's not that large.

We keep our food in the pantry, kitchen stuff in the kitchen cabinets, clothing in the front wardrobe and cabinet above the bunk, bathroom stuff in the bathroom and tools and levelling stuff in the outside accessible cabinet. I like that when I arrive, I have very little set up. Slide out the bunk, set up dinette and toss the chairs, beach tent, and other lake stuff out the door and I'm ready to camp. So I'm not about to decide my canned goods are heavier than my beach tent and shove my canned goods under the dinette so I have more work to set up when I arrive.

We don't need the extra space anyway. We've got 5 of us and I'm happy with the amount we bring. A few more hooks in the place solved our issue of lack of space for jackets, towels and wet suits. I don't want to haul anymore stuff!
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Then your problem is solved. I need the space and I try to use every corner of my unit for something.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #318
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Then your problem is solved. I need the space and I try to use every corner of my unit for something.
I didn't have a problem to solve. I hope you didn't think I was criticizing that you needed the extra space. I was musing why Jayco didn't open that space for the average bear. I threw out extra heavy tongue weight as the possibility and said from our experience the tongue weight is very heavy on these. You are the one who said to put heavy stuff in the back and I just questioned where in the back you meant since the back is such a small area and difficult to get heavy things under the dinette or shove into the small opening for things under the couch. I was actually curious where you meant to store stuff and what heavy stuff you put there.

Folks here know a lot more about weights than the average person. The average person doesn't weight their trailer and is trying to tow the this thing with an SUV. They don't weigh the trailer or the tongue and just hitch up and go. So I can see why the area is closed off. I also think it's cool people who need it, have found a way to use it that works for them.
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Hey everyone. I picked up a couple of 6V interstate GC2 batteries at Costco today and wanted to find out what battery boxes seem to work best for these. The height looks like it's going to be very tight. Also, what size wire should be used to jump these? I had a post saved and I can't find it anymore.
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You need 10awg wire. I'm not sure about the boxes. Make sure to wire them in series so u get 12v instead of 6v. If you have larger wire it will be fine to use it.
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