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Old 03-18-2016, 05:00 AM   #1
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X213 Tongue Storage Box

Good morning fellow X213ers! Has anyone considered removing the battery box and installing a "toolchest" between the LP tank cover and the front nose? I'd like a little more exterior storage and was thinking a larger box could accommodate both the battery(ies), and some leveling blocks etc... I've seen similar posts for other models... just wondering what kind of depth/height we could consider. I currently don't have access to my unit. Princess Auto(Canada) has 12' deep truck toolbox that may work...

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Old 03-18-2016, 05:18 AM   #2
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Personally, I wouldn't add anything extra to the front A frame. The tongue weight is already on the heavy side from the factory.

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Old 03-18-2016, 05:55 AM   #3
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So you wouldn't recommend adding a second battery or use the front "garage"?
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:33 AM   #4
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I have considered a 4' box to mount behind the propane bottles on the tongue of my 24FSB, but not to add a second battery. I would be using it to lock up the existing battery, the WD bars, and maybe a few tools, while I'm at the campsite. Other than that, the only thing I can think I would want in it would be a cut off switch.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:41 AM   #5
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My thoughts exactly! It's a good way to keep your battery locked up as well as keeping your disconnect out of sight. It would also be a good place to store towing stuff while parked at the campsite. While towing, the added weight of a few leveling blocks and such should be negligible.
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:59 AM   #6
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It is no problem to put a box on the A-Frame as long as you keep an eye on your Tongue Weight. Those aluminum boxes are light and strong.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:20 AM   #7
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Thanks ALJO... I'll closely monitor the weight addition... but like you indicated, storage is mostly for when the trailer is parked.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:26 AM   #8
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I've thought about putting one on mine (28 BHBE) but I have my doubts as to whether one would fit between the propane tanks and the front of the trailer. That's the only spot I have, and it's not very big. I haven't taken a tape measure to it yet though... I might get more serious about it this summer when I go to install a 2-battery setup...

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Old 03-19-2016, 08:28 AM   #9
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I have done a couple of 48-inch side mount tool boxes for friends for more battery space for the smaller trailer like the X213. Sure helps keeping the batteries out of sight - out of mind...

TORK-LIFT has a nice medium size aluminum box with slide-on lid that looks neat...
Sometimes the lid on the boxes won't open completely giving a problem to remove the batteries when needed.

You might check out your Bicycle storage area where the 12-inch wide very large floor shelf is installed. There is not much inside this large area. Might be able to build-in some storage doors here..

I would also investigate the storage area around the front clothes ward. There is a bunch of unused space you can see back behind this area accessible from the side front storage door...

I was looking at this trailer really close at one time to become my OFF-ROAD Ham Radio Emergency Comms trailer. Was wanting to remove both bunk beds and turn this whole area into a small storage area just inside the back door and the part in the middle would become a L-Shaped DESK area with hutch for my Ham Radios and computer setups...

Something like this

Would cut one of these OFFICE DEPOT desk kits down to fit...

Obviously I am not worrying too much about tongue weight haha...

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Old 04-05-2016, 02:19 PM   #10
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Got around to adding some extra front storage. Had to move the LP tanks forward a little and will likely have to use a soft tank cover instead of the bulky stock plastic one.
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