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Old 03-10-2013, 01:46 PM   #11
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Nice purchase Handbuilder! I bet it'll work perfectly on you front storage deck. Post photos when you get it set up.

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Old 03-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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Thanks Deb! I hope it does the trick! It will be nice to "hide" the generator when traveling. I do have concerns when we stop at restaraunts or road side attractions with stuff on the deck...never worry about anyone taking the crates, but the Bal leveler and genny might be tempting...at least now they can be stowed in this box. I will take photos once its all set up. Carey is not letting on that he kmows this will be his task but he did remind me to go get the keys from the seller since I drove off without them. LOL - seller and I got to talking and completely forgot...

My maiden voyage was torrential rain at the show last year. I was glad to have the deck because I threw everything soaking wet on it, strapped it down and when I got home, I opened & dried it all out (of course it was bone dry, no rain in our town). That trip has scarred my thoughts of putting the awning/screen room on the trailer...the thought of pushing wet cloth onto the front panel and closing it up for travel traumatizes me. Haha I have visuals of water dripping inside the trailer while enroute. That said, I did tell my hubby that I might try the screen room out this year, it would work for camping but not the dog shows as I need more usable covered space than what the trailer awning offers.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:17 PM   #13
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Carey will be happy that the genny and other accessories won't be exposed to the elements and/or as easily stolen.

You might make the request to your sweetie that he secure the box to the deck (drill holes, use fender washers and bolts?) and not just tie it down with straps. Even though locked, the storage box could easily be lifted by two guys, taking it and all it's contents in one fatal swoop.

Bolted down or mounted in a secure way would present less opportunity and more of a challenge to the bad guys.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:37 PM   #14
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Yes, will do...the box has 4 holes in its floor and bolts w/washers to attach to the mesh deck...should be easy to do. You're right - I would be very upset if it was stolen because it wasnt secured properly.
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Good point Deb.

Tamara, Glenn secured the box to the frame using self-tapping screws from the inside of the box - also using aluminum L-channel strips as reinforcement. Basically the screws first hit the aluminum strip, then the box, then the frame. I'll take pictures tomorrow for you.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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Finally got some pictures of the deck box interior. The first pic shows the length of the bottom of the box - the L-strips are along the floor and outside walls of the box.

The second pic is a close up of one of the strips showing the self-tap screw (and Sharpie mark where the frame rails are).

The third pic shows where on the deck we installed the box - close to the camper vice the tongue.

The fourth pic shows the latch and lock we added for extra security.

Finally, the last pic is a Kryptonite chain and lock we use to lock the generator to the trailer when it's not tucked away in the deck box.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #17
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Schweet!

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:55 AM   #18
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Great visuals, thanks!! I will plan to put the box against the trailer wall as well. I use a long rubber coated steel cable with heavy lock to secure the genny to the rear bumper when it is in use, plus the cable is also used to intertwine big stuff on the deck to keep from walking (ie the cooler, lounger, etc) I like the Kryptonite lock youve got, that sucker looks unbeatable! I carry a lock box that I use to lock the generator/cable and when I dont take the generator on a trip, the lock box is attached somewhere on the trailer so I dont have to carry keys at the show or when fishing at the river/lake.
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Yes. We have a lockbox too. Tucked it under the dinette seat so it's not taking up any living space!!
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:17 PM   #20
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Debbie, the lockbox in this case, i sa residential padlock/lockbox accessed by a combination letter code.

We kept one hanging indiscretely on the fence (in the kennel facility) in case our son (when he was a latchkey kid) ever lost his housekey.

the one I hang on the trailer is usually locked on the bumper (or generator cable). The keys to the trailer are kept inside....this way I can leave my car keys and such locked inside when I leave the trailer to show the dogs or when we step out to town for dinner. We do have a firearm lock box in the truck camper tho...prob like the kind you have in your Carl.
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