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Old 06-28-2022, 04:08 PM   #1
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Is it possible to add a tongue box to a curved front trailer?

I thought about putting this thread in another forum but ultimately I didn't see one it specifically fit in.

I am planning on moving my batteries inboard which will free up tongue space. I am looking to utilize the space for storage*. Will it be possible to add a tongue box with that curved front or will it prevent a box from firing in there/opening? Links to products that might fit are highly encouraged/appreciated.



* I am still 2 months from picking up the trailer so I don't have the ability to dry fit for a box at the moment.
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:22 PM   #2
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I thought about putting this thread in another forum but ultimately I didn't see one it specifically fit in.

I am planning on moving my batteries inboard which will free up tongue space. I am looking to utilize the space for storage*. Will it be possible to add a tongue box with that curved front or will it prevent a box from firing in there/opening? Links to products that might fit are highly encouraged/appreciated.



* I am still 2 months from picking up the trailer so I don't have the ability to dry fit for a box at the moment.
I would fabricate a storage box and if you canít do it, have a custom one built. I like to add things to my coaches that when itís done, it looks like it belongs there. If you can find one that you can purchase, that would work also. However, I would try to get the most out of that space if youíre going thru the trouble.
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:58 PM   #3
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It is possible to have a steel/aluminum box installed on the tongue. BUTÖ You really would want to have the measurements of the distance on your tongue between front cap and LP tank to get a true idea of what you can fit. My trailer has a curved lower front, and I put an aluminum storage box on the front. The width and the height of the box are imperative though.

It took me a while of looking for the perfect fit for my tongue, and I actually ended up buying one off of EBay (brand new from manufacture).

My box opens all the way, and doesnít touch the front cap, but it does touch my LP cover, which to me is no big deal except when I need to change the tank out. Then itís a PITA to remove the cover.
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Yes, you can do this. Just judging by your photo, you may be able to install a toolbox like I did, when I moved my LiFePo4 inside the pass-thru. Now, I use the toolbox to carry ground tackle. The lid will not open 90 degrees (only about 80), but wide enough to easily get stuff in and out. I did not permanently affix my box to the tongue because I wanted to be able to take it off whenever I wanted. Instead, I affixed angle brackets to the tongue with taping screws to prevent the box from moving fore and aft, and used heavy duty shock cord to on the handles to give very secure mounting.

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It is possible to have a steel/aluminum box installed on the tongue. BUTÖ You really would want to have the measurements of the distance on your tongue between front cap and LP tank to get a true idea of what you can fit. My trailer has a curved lower front, and I put an aluminum storage box on the front. The width and the height of the box are imperative though.

It took me a while of looking for the perfect fit for my tongue, and I actually ended up buying one off of EBay (brand new from manufacture).

My box opens all the way, and doesnít touch the front cap, but it does touch my LP cover, which to me is no big deal except when I need to change the tank out. Then itís a PITA to remove the cover.
I've been wondering about replacing the rivets on my cover with some sort of toggles or something or maybe strong rare earth magnets so instead of lifting the cover up off the tanks I can just pull the front cover then tilt the tank forward. Wonder if that'd help with your situation? I'm not even sure if it's possible as it's my first RV and I don't know a lot about stuff yet.
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If you are planning on moving the batteries inside the trailer or even a storage compartment be careful. Lead acid batteries produce hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide gas when charging. The area where the batteries are must be vented to the outside. Even AGM batteries will vent if overcharged.
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If you are planning on moving the batteries inside the trailer or even a storage compartment be careful. Lead acid batteries produce hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide gas when charging. The area where the batteries are must be vented to the outside. Even AGM batteries will vent if overcharged.
I was thinking the same thing. And we know that lithium batteries have their issues.
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The compartment is not air tight. It's going to be AGM batteries indeed.
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