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Old 04-12-2024, 01:14 PM   #1
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What are you putting in your rear bumper storage?

I did a search on this but didn't come up with anything particularly recent. I understand the rear bumper storage is usually wet and dirty as it is not a sealed compartment. So - what are you guys putting in there? I was thinking maybe the Beech Lane levelers since it doesn't matter if they get wet? I wish I knew if they'd fit so I knew whether or not to order the bag or not.

I'm thinking maybe some sewer connections if not the levelers?

I've read in the past some of these compartments are prone to rust, some had holes drilled for drainage, some did not.

Wonder what I'm going to get when mine comes off the line ...
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Old 04-12-2024, 01:31 PM   #2
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Just what you said. Leveling boards and sewer line fittings.
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I've been carrying my sewer hoses in the bumper trunk since the cap on the tube for that purpose decided to abandon us. I keep the awning hook there as well.
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Old 04-12-2024, 01:46 PM   #4
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The beach lane levelers fit. I keep mine in there along with my big black trucker’s chocks, my x-chocks, the sewer elbow, and the tool for lowering the awnings.
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Old 04-12-2024, 01:48 PM   #5
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Yes to the above, plus chocks and the handle to operate the jack manually. Our Anderson levelers do not fit. Basically, anything that is wet and dirty or ok if it gets wet and dirty.
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Old 04-12-2024, 01:58 PM   #6
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That's weird; the Beech Lanes fit but the Andersons do not? They look almost identical in size.
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Old 04-12-2024, 02:15 PM   #7
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That's weird; the Beech Lanes fit but the Andersons do not? They look almost identical in size.
That is curious. My trailer is a 2007 and only 16’ long — perhaps it is a smaller compartment.
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Old 04-12-2024, 02:57 PM   #8
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Step brace, accordion style folding table in its bag, tarps, fire tongs, gold bullion. The Starlink pole would probably fit, but I like it in the front hatch. I'm pretty sure our Beech levelers won't fit, but I like those in the side hatch with the x-chocks and all the set-up stuff in one place.
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Old 04-12-2024, 03:04 PM   #9
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I'm leaning towards putting my chocks, x-chocks, hoss pads for my stabilizers, etc. in a bin in the back of the truck. My storage is all aft of the rear axle so I'm being cognizant to not put terribly heavy gear back there and unload my tongue. The curved levelers are space hogs and hard to pack around so I was going to make an exception for them and stick them in the bumper if they fit.
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Old 04-12-2024, 03:41 PM   #10
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I put my electrical cord, my freshwater hose, my water filter and my black waste hose too. Hey, I also have my hidden key where no one would ever find it.
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I put all my electrical items in the rear bumper storage. The 50 amp cord, a 30 amp extension cord, a 25' 15 amp extension cord plus all my various dog bones. I have an internal surge protector.

I find it is much easier to coil the 50 amp cord into the bumper storage than anywhere else. Plus the cords are often dirty from mud or debris and wiping them under certain conditions is impractical.

Plus I've never found water intrusion to be a problem.
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Old 04-12-2024, 05:07 PM   #12
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Lego level blocks. Stinky Slinky elbows. Box of latex gloves. Pry bar..
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Old 04-13-2024, 05:47 AM   #13
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I keep the tool for the manual (Street side) awning, a long cable with lock, large umbrella, broom...stuff that can get wet and is not too heavy.

I also pull all that stuff out at the end of a trip, remove the rubberized liner at the bottom of the storage compartment, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

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Old 04-13-2024, 09:17 AM   #14
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Nothing. When I kept water hoses in it, it was hard to convince the hoses to conform to the shape of the space. In addition the amount of dirt that accumulated in the space and on the hoses just made the whole think impractical. Water hoses are now kept in a storage container in the truck bed.
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Word of caution, our is an older trailer and the electric cord is attached inside and the cord stored. Along with that I keep a spare slinky hose and emergency triangles reflectors. As I was cleaning it out I noticed the bottom metal had torn from the rivets. A few more trips and I might have been ordering a new cord. I took some 1 1/2" alum straps and went front to back to support and reinforce the storage box.
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Old 04-13-2024, 09:22 AM   #16
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Remember, the rear bumper storage gets wet.
I store the sewer hoses and assorted fittings, and a 'sandbag' of gravel to flop over the sewer discharge so it doesn't take off.
Awning hook.
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Hi

When you pull into that "full hookup" campsite that has the drain 50' from the pad (and power), you realize that you need a *lot* of drain hoses . Pull into the third one in a row and you give in and stock up on hoses. Those hoses take up a lot of space .... (Yes, the space available does vary model to model and by year).

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That is curious. My trailer is a 2007 and only 16’ long — perhaps it is a smaller compartment.
Mine is a 2023 25’ with a back hatch. Perhaps the hatch makes the bumper different as it is also a step into the trailer. Note that I do have to put the levelers in with a twisting motion to get them in otherwise they don’t fit.
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Old 04-13-2024, 09:44 AM   #19
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Just what you said. Leveling boards and sewer line fittings.
Ditto; used to also have the leggo leveling blocks and sewer line 90 degree clear fitting. Recently, replaced the leggo with Anderson leveler's and use the Levelmate Pro. I keep a couple leggos in there in case needed for stabelizers.
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Ditto Hans627

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I put all my electrical items in the rear bumper storage. The 50 amp cord, a 30 amp extension cord, a 25' 15 amp extension cord plus all my various dog bones. I have an internal surge protector.

I find it is much easier to coil the 50 amp cord into the bumper storage than anywhere else. Plus the cords are often dirty from mud or debris and wiping them under certain conditions is impractical.

Plus I've never found water intrusion to be a problem.
I also keep a splitting axe in here as well.
I keep my stinky slinky in the storage tube designed for it. I haven’t lost the cap for it yet. Knock on wood!
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