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  • #2040

    Andrew H
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    Hello folks,

    I am going to purchase the TD kit soon, and like so many others have been planning much beforehand.

    One main issue I wanted to address was cabin storage. Having trawled the forum I’ve found some great ideas and advice. This internal storage (http://teardropforum.com/forums/topic/cabin-storage/) is definitely something I will add.

    The reason for this post was to ask for any opinions and assistance on the idea of under floor storage. I’ve seen the drawer box added by Waterlust and others which looks great but concerns me about the increased height of the galley. So I wondered if it would be possible to add storage space under the floor and make it accessible through panels in the cabin floor?

    The diagram below gives the idea of what I mean, though only illustrates one storage box, I would create probably two and their location would be dictated by the gaps in the trailer. I was thinking they could be made out of the same ply as the cabin and use epoxy, filets and fibreglass as elsewhere.

    Clearance from the ground is a concern and I wondered if anybody who has the CLC trailer could possibly let me know the distance from the underside of the cabin floor to the ground. I’ve read about different wheel sizes and also about mounting the wheel above or below the suspension so if you could also say how the trailer is configured that would be really helpful too.

    I’m also a bit concerned about the harsh environment under the trailer and close to the road but hoped that yatch varnish would be good enough to withstand that. Cutting big holes in the floor is a worry too!

    Any advice would be very much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Andrew

    #2043

    western_flyer
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    I’m in the process of sealing my TD to the Northern Tool trailer and eventually covering and sealing up the underside of the trailer. For access hatches I am installing Attwood marine hatches. http://www.attwoodmarine.com/store/product/hatches. If you look around the internet they can be found at an attractive price. In sea kayak fashion I will also install 6 inch deck plates opposite the Attwoods to facilitate proper storage and retrieval of items. The deck plates are available on the CLC store page.

    #2047

    ArtisticAdam
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    That is a future upgrade for mine as well and I plan to do something similar to Wester_Flyer. You may want to try searching for a marine drop-in storage box like this https://www.boatoutfitters.com/drop-in-storage-tub-11×15

     

    #2049

    Andrew H
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    Thanks western_flyer and ArtisticAdam, they are both really good suggestions. I hadn’t thought of making the hatch smaller than the storage space as with the marine hatches. That makes me much more comfortable about doing it because I’m not cutting such a big hole in the floor and weakening it. I really appreciate your posts, thanks.

    #2052

    Boardwalk
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    I installed 2 boxes under the floor.  I reinforced the cutouts with hard maple and sandwiched the floor and the frame with two additional frames to form the box and then the cover.

    #2057

    PopeyeTheTrailerMan
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    From the bottom of the trailer to the ground – 23 inches.

    From the bottom of the frame to the ground – 18 1/2 inches

    Have fun

    #2072

    Andrew H
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    Thanks very much for the measurements PopeyeTheTrailerMan, after all this feedback I feel much happier about doing this, it has been a real help to me.

    Boardwalk; your floor and hatches look really great. Do you mind me asking how much clearance you left between the bottom of your boxes and the ground and has it proved to be enough?

    Thanks again for all the comments & photos.

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