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Old 06-20-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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tongue box

I've been concerned about having batteries or generator (or even LP tanks) walk off when I leave them on the tongue unattended or in certain neighborhoods; and have been looking for a tongue box that would do it all and have found nada.... now there are fabricators that for a phenomenal phee can make anything you can dream up in whatever kind of metal you would like. But, I don't want to spend a thousand bucks, either.

I came up with this basic design and sizing... and am going to hit HD tomorrow for wood, etc. At this size, it won't hit in a tight turn and my 2500 doesn't have a problem with the added tongue weight.

Now I really would like to have a metal top or something that will really hold up to the weather; painted plywood will not... even marine playwood gets ugly in a couple of years. I have thought about coating the box inside and out with pickup bed liner or even have Rhino coat it, but again its costly.

Besides the vents (12 x 12)... or? I'm thinking that being able to lift the top a little and still maintain security, would be good.

I also know that if someone really wants to get to it, they can. But, I want the thief to at least make some noise.

If anyone has any ideas, criticisms or suggestions about this box, let me know.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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A plywood box would add a bunch of weight imo. Cable lock and a cover when not in use for the generator is what I would do.


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Old 06-20-2015, 06:19 PM   #3
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Go to a metal fab shop and have it made out of alum.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:02 PM   #4
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Go to a metal fab shop and have it made out of alum.

Especially diamond plate. Any boat maker or repair can do it too.


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+1 on the aluminum. It'll cost more at first, but the weight savings will be worth it. Good luck!
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WW go to fab shop I'll bet cheaper than you think - with the Honda in there your gonna want more security than a wood box - plus I'd put one of those gorilla chains around it bolted to frame - even a cut off wheel on a portable cut off tool has a hard time cutting though the gorilla chain -( hardened steel)

You know if you go to lowes - they have diamond plate and can cut it to your specs - just need to find someone to weld it --- also I believe if you went to a metal yard - they will cut to size too...


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I agree completely that aluminum is the way to go and there's a fabricator in the little town north of me. I'll check with them on monday. If you haven't bought metal in a while you will be shocked at the price. I've actually priced buying diamond plate on line and having it shipped here. It takes one 48 x 96 plus one 24 x 96 and one 2 x 48 which comes to over $500 with shipping. I would save $200 if I could pick it up close by.
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WW I think maybe go 2 aluminum boxes - 1 for propane 46 by 14 and a triangle tung box in front - on Amazon w free shipping looks like it would be under $250 - you might need to move locking mech for back box - might be a cheaper less hassle waY to go
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OP - Just remember it is illegal to lock access to the propane tanks. You can lock them in place and they can be behind an unlocked door but you can't lock access to the valves themselves.
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Guys let's keep on topic. Several off topic posts have been deleted. Thanks.
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