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Old 11-04-2010, 02:37 AM   #15
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When I repaired the rear end separation (sounds painful) on our Tradewind, I replaced the sheet steel separating the bumper storage
compartment from the belly pan with stainless. The top portion that supports the hinge for the access lid no longer goes underneath the plywood, since that brought the water in contact w/ the wood; instead, there's a 5 foot piece of aluminum angle that's bolted to the frame, with a half inch gap to allow any rainwater to drain into the storage compartment. It always got wet, anyway, and there are ample drain holes to prevent any water from accumulating...

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Old 11-04-2010, 03:44 AM   #16
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I cleaned ours then primed/painted the frame and exposed pan as well as the top U support. The edge between the pan support/U support and belly/upper sheet were re-caulked. All of the exposed bolts (ground tie down, exterior faucet, bumper bolts, etc.) were replaced with stainless. The insulation replaced. Then on the underside of the lid - 3/4 D gasket on the rear, 1/2 on the sides and 3/8ths on the front edges - that stopped water and dirt from getting into the area.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:18 AM   #17
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Not sure my bumper storage drawer is pretty inside, but I did take it to the local lineX dealer several years to have it sprayed with their non skid bed liner. It always looks clean and I have no rust.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:39 AM   #18
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We store our 30A shore power cord; 30A extension cord; wooden blocks for the jack;awning tool and some wrenches. Not to hijack the thread, but does anyone ever padlock it when traveling or storing?

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Old 11-04-2010, 07:55 AM   #19
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We store our 30A shore power cord; 30A extension cord; wooden blocks for the jack;awning tool and some wrenches. Not to hijack the thread, but does anyone ever padlock it when traveling or storing?

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Yes, We have a padlock on one side
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:24 AM   #20
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just because...it better when its pretty too.
When I had the waste tanks' frames and metal boxes re-worked, the fabricator also cleaned up the inside of the box, spray-painted it silver, and replaced the leather "washer" that the electrical cord passes through.

The "washer" is that thing that is made of leather cut in a circle, and the hole is just cut in radial lines around the circle. I realize now that it couldn't be leather, it must be some kind of vinyl, since it keeps it's shape even when it's wet.

And of course, do not forget to caulk where thehorizontal top of the "trunk" meets the vertical wall of the TT, so rain and road slop won't leak in there and mess everything up again...

Any chance of a photo update, Cynhia?
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:27 AM   #21
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Hi from Ga. . .I'm in the wet, dirty and smelly group (I've been worse places),but I don't put any thing in worth stealing. Seems like mine might be pretty easy to get in to. And no point in pretty, IMO., regards, Craig
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:11 AM   #22
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When additional storage space opens up it is quickly filled. Always appreciate new places to put 'stuff'.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:17 AM   #23
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Hi from Ga. . .I'm in the wet, dirty and smelly group (I've been worse places),but I don't put any thing in worth stealing. Seems like mine might be pretty easy to get in to. And no point in pretty, IMO., regards, Craig

Well, Well..that explains it, my TT came to me from Ga.
I love it there. BEAUTIFUL but it rains too much for me. Dont mind being wet but dirty and smelly...NOPE.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:28 AM   #24
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There are different types of bumper storage—one kind is a drawer. I have seen one where side brackets came apart and the drawer had to be removed until it could be fixed. That means one should check it from time to time to make it is secure and doesn't fall out. There's probably a weight limit for that type (or any type for that manner).

I have a lid on mine, no lock. We leave the exterior power cord there since it came that way plus an adapter for 50 amps.

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Ok. Ok..It seems that IS the place for all the stuff I never knew where to store. How about this question...what have you done to make your bumper trunk pretty inside
The mat which came with the trailer is a mess, and a bat idea. Holds water under it and starts to rus the galvanized steel. I removed mine, cleaned and sanded well and sprayed Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating. Not as thick as spray bedliner, but so far holding up well.
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Now we are talking about decor ideas for inside the bumper?
Mine is decorated with old mouse turds...
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:33 PM   #27
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If I had to live it a cardboard box it would be decorated with wallpaper and curtians...Im just saying..
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We got into ours, emptied it, and swept and washed it, then painted everything oil based metallic silver to protect against rust.
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