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Old 11-03-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone use their bumper storage for anything except hoses?

I plan on storing my hose under the trailer in pvc and was wondering what others have done with the bumper storage if not storing hoses. Do we even need it? Wondering.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:16 PM   #2
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Yes!! For you and any resale down the road. Keep it by all means.

My main power cable goes in there. Rubber gloves for handling tank dumps. Crank handle for the B-A-L jacks (I usually use a 3/4 socket & my battery operated drill for these stabilizers). 30A-15 amp adapter. 50A-30A dogbone. I wouldn't do without the bumper storage.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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I think Ive got a larger bumper "trunk" than you, but I keep all my leveling blocks, hoses, power cords, jack cranks,...stuff that is dirty or can get wet. I wouldn't want to lose any storage capability.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:19 PM   #4
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We use the rear storage for all the hose adapters, 1-25' black hose for connecting the gray drain to the blue boy when needing to get the blue boy lower, 1- 25' blue hose w/ spray head for an extra outside water source, 1-6' black hose for connecting to black tank sprayer, 1-shovel, 1-poker for the fire, 1-tong for fire logs, and some Lynx levelers.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:25 PM   #5
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We use Lucy's bumper storage compartment for our fresh water curly hose, 30 amp electric cord, Sewer Solution fittings, other hose fittings, and various small junk. We store our Sewer Solution hoses in the front storage compartment.

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:36 PM   #6
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Don't get rid of it. I sure wish I had one, our sewer hose lives in a giant tupperware box in the back of the truck.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
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We use ours as well for our sewer hose in a plastic tub and our outside rug. Its a nice added bonus.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:29 PM   #8
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Could'nt do with out it. 30 Amp cord, electric cord adapters, and sewage adapters. Rubber gloves, bottle of hand disenfectant. Bar of soap. Wheel chocks.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:34 PM   #9
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Plastic costco table with folding legs fits in there nicely..
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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
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:20 PM   #11
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Sewer hose.

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I plan on storing my hose under the trailer in pvc and was wondering what others have done with the bumper storage if not storing hoses. Do we even need it? Wondering.
Hi, at my very first camp ground, with my brand new trailer, the sewer hose that came with my trailer was too short. I immediately bought a longer, better quality sewer hose. The new longer sewer hose would not fit in the white plastic tube under my trailer, so in the bumper area it went. Also I keep my outside porch mat, sewer gloves, and my awning tool in there. In the rear bumper area the sewer hose is separated from almost everything else and because of the venting in this compartment, the smells go away and the hose dries before next use. The rear bumper storage is the perfect place for the sewer hose and connectors.

My water hoses, power cords, leveling blocks, misc. parts, and a few tools go into the outside storage compartment under my bed. [no smelly stuff in there]
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:25 PM   #12
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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
Hi, nothing.

WHY?
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Hi, nothing.

WHY?

just because...it better when its pretty too.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:36 AM   #14
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All of the above, plus small propane bottles for portable BBQ and Coleman lantern, and gas syphoning tubing for generator, because it's vented.
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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, 02:44 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, 06:18 AM   #17
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Pretty Inside

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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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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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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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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