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Old 03-24-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Upgrade your caboose and other fun activities!

I inadvertantly posted this same exact message on the exterior storage thread first (sorry). If this is a duplicate for you, I apologize. Nonetheless....


Need a place to store all of your outside stuff? Time to upgrade the caboose (rear bumper storage).

I extended the bumper about 6 inches and added a neat little diamondplate lid. Incorporated locks (to keep my stuff to myself) and added nylon marine tie-downs as handles.

I added some extra goodies on the "service" side of the bumper as well. I've always been less than enamored by the city water hookup on my '87. I ditched the old connection and added a standard flange-mount city water connection. Since we're always in need of an extra spigot, I chose to incorporate this into the bumper as well rather than external attachments. The other hole that you see in my electrical cable "port". I thought this would be a little neater rather than hanging the cord from under the lid. Includes a screw on cap once the cord is pulled back into place. Since I didn't really want to fool with wiring an extra light back there, I mounted a battery operated LED light just inside the bumper (right side of pic).

Well, time for the picture upload. This is my first try, so bear with me if at first you don't see pictures!.





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Old 03-24-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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Nice work.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:17 PM   #3
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Not sure what's going on with the pics, but I'll try again.

Next try.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:57 PM   #4
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You can be proud of those mods. The bumper looks great & the pics are very good
thanks for sharing them.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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It looks good, I don't know how I missed this when it first came around (maybe dealing with back room issues at the time).
Normally, it is advised against adding anything back there, but it looks like you've only added maybe 10 pounds to it, so I think the effects would be minimal, if any at all.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:46 AM   #6
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Very nice Mod. looks factory to me....
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:58 AM   #7
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Hey, whats the stop valve for, Drain???????? looks awesome... I was thinking I needed more room too....
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:27 AM   #8
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It looks good, I don't know how I missed this when it first came around (maybe dealing with back room issues at the time).
Normally, it is advised against adding anything back there, but it looks like you've only added maybe 10 pounds to it, so I think the effects would be minimal, if any at all.
I was careful not to add too much weight in the back. I just need a little extra room for the "stuff" I didn't want stored inside the trailer. I haven't noticed any difference in handling! Thanks for the response.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:33 AM   #9
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Hey, whats the stop valve for, Drain???????? looks awesome... I was thinking I needed more room too....
Hello! I actually use it for three purposes.

#1: (and foremost) I use it as an extra spigot. To fill buckets, clean stuff, etc. on the outside. It actually comes in real handy and I don't have to keep up with unreliable "Y" splitters.

#2: As you state above, I use it as a drain when preparing to leave.

#3: I actually open it before I turn on the campground water. That way I can flush out anything yucky that may be in the lines (usually not a problem). I can then slowly close the "drain" valve so I don't create a pressure spike in the trailer.

Thanks for your post! Warren
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You have inspired me, Do you have any pics of it under construction... I would also like to store some stuff outside, yet have no room for it right now....
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Wanting to reduce water and dust intake, I added closed cell foam and sealant to my bumper storage. Seems to work well enough, but when it is hot, the lid is hard to raise, cause the foam gets somewhat sticky (&#$@@@). I did leave the drainage holes in the base of the compartment. Did you? Did that seal it up well?

However, making that cover is a good idea, and even more so if it overlapped the
rear bumper like it does on the sides. Did you use existing hinge and rivet it on the existing cover?
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That looks great! With little outside storage area I could use an addition like that.

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:54 PM   #13
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You have inspired me, Do you have any pics of it under construction... I would also like to store some stuff outside, yet have no room for it right now....
Unfortunately no pics during construction. I'm usually that way, though. That way you can't see how many mistakes I made.... Sorry. WWW
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That way you can't see how many mistakes I made.... Sorry. WWW
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