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Old 03-08-2015, 10:24 AM   #31
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you have that much space on your tongue ... how big is the box ?
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:05 PM   #32
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I bought this aluminum under body toolbox used by truckers on eBay for $140. I will make some simple mods to it, flip it on its side so the door opens up, and mount it on the tongue of my travel trailer. I prefer the "out of site, out of mind" deterrent. That, coupled with a entry sensor on the door (and insurance), is about all I figured you can do.
I you mean by laying it on its side that the door will be on the top, won't you have problems with rainwater filling the latch mechanism recesses and running inside the box?
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Old 03-08-2015, 03:13 PM   #33
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It's only the width of the batteries (long side). There's plenty of room on the tongue between the propane tanks and the front wall of the trailer.

As for the problem with rainwater filling the latch mechanism, I did not think of that. I will have to come up with a plan for that.
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I wanted to update this thread after I completed my mod. I ended up purchasing a side rail truck tool box. It fits perfectly by tape measure. I have not installed it yet because ther is a huge snow drift in front of my TT. This weeks warmer temperatures should get rid of it hopefully I can install it this week. I got the box at Lowes for $149. The battery fits perfect in the bottom and I have a lot of space leftover for storage. I'll post pictures later this week.
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I wanted to update this thread after I completed my mod. I ended up purchasing a side rail truck tool box. It fits perfectly by tape measure. I have not installed it yet because ther is a huge snow drift in front of my TT. This weeks warmer temperatures should get rid of it hopefully I can install it this week. I got the box at Lowes for $149. The battery fits perfect in the bottom and I have a lot of space leftover for storage. I'll post pictures later this week.
Don't forget the off gassing from the batteries is corosive so besure you have it vented properly.
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Don't forget the off gassing from the batteries is corosive so besure you have it vented properly.
Getting an AGM battery (which is a sealed type) will eliminate this concern. More expensive battery though.
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Don't forget the off gassing from the batteries is corosive so besure you have it vented properly.
Thanks Grumpy, yes I have done some preparation before I install the box. I drilled a series of 1/4" holes next to the battery and at the opposite end of the box for cross ventilation. I also glued down a rubber pad for the battery to sit on. With temperatures in the upper 40's to low 50's this week, I am seriously going bonkers to get out and do all the Mods I want to do.

The only thing I am trying to decide is how to mount the box to the A-Frame. I don't want to drill into the frame if I don't have to. I'm going to Tractor Supply today to check out the size of the square type U-Bolts. I'd rather use that if possible.
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The only thing I am trying to decide is how to mount the box to the A-Frame. I don't want to drill into the frame if I don't have to. I'm going to Tractor Supply today to check out the size of the square type U-Bolts. I'd rather use that if possible.
If you can't find what you need there, Amazon seems to have quite a variety of square u-bolts.
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I feel your pain Camping Couple. We have about 3' of snow in front of our camper. Looking forward to pics of your mod.
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I don't have a dog, unfortunately. I instead inherited a cat in the divorce. But don't think for a second I haven't considered pulling out at every stop a large dog food bowl with the name "HulK" in big bold letters on the front, 1/2 filling it with dog food (and silicone to keep in it place), and then having a large chain tied to the camper with a dog collar clip.
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