Rear storage ideas for Coromal Pioneer Silouette

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 21:04
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Hi all
Have purchased a 2010 Coromal Pioneer Silouette PS351 and more than happy after doing a few trips.
One thing that it lacks, as all pop up campers is storage space.
I was thinking of a few external storage ideas for generator, jerry cans for fuel and/or water preferably on the rear bar as I don't want any more weight on the draw bar.
Appreciate any ideas or photos, even what fellow Jayco campers have come up with.
Thanks in advance.
Mark
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:11

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:11
Worst place to put extra weight especially petrol.

Doubtless you will get the "Ive done it for 40 years " without trouble answers.

But sensibly its not the thing to do.
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Follow Up By: Mark A1 - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:30

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:30
Thanks TomH
Thought it might even out the weight on the tow ball by putting a bit of weight a the back?
Mark
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Follow Up By: Kyle H - Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:47

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 22:47
Hi Mark
Putting weight on the rear bumper may also destabilise the towing capabilities of your van. It can increase the tendency of your van to sway.
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 14:03

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 14:03
If you put weight at the rear of the van you get what is called a 'pendulum effect' this dramatically increases the risk of sway. The safest place for weight is as close to the axle as possible.
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:55

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:55
Does the Silhouette have water tanks, if so, one or two? What is on the drawbar now that you don't want to put anything else on it?
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Follow Up By: Mark A1 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 22:38

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 22:38
Hi Road Warrior

Yeah the Silhouette has a 90ltr tank towards the front of the camper (in front of the axle).

I currently have have two 150mm diameter pipes on the drawbar with annexe poles and hoses etc.

The main concern is the silhouette camper, without anything added to the drawbar already has a massive towball weight and adding anything else on the front will only increase this more.
I installed airbags to our 150 series Prado to deal with the sag in the tow vehicle (I can't use tensioning bars as I have a Treg hitch for off road use).
Another point to mention on the front drawbar I have the locating lugs for the bars/ rods to support the bed ends when they are extended out so can't put a toolbox on the front without interfering with these either.

I think for the easiest option to revert back to throwing Gen set into back of the car again.
Don't really want to mess with the balance of the trailer for towing purposes.

Be interested what you think though.

TIA
Mark
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 16:02

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 16:02
A bit left field, but given the floor of the Silhouette is most likely plywood like my F400, you could cut out a hatch in the floor behind the axle and fabricate an under-floor storage box for some items. There's a lot of wasted space under the floor there. My F400 has two tanks so I can't do it, but wasn't sure whether the Silhouette was the same.
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Follow Up By: Mark A1 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:27

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:27
Sounds like a good idea Road Warrior (first name name Max??) to utilise the wasted space underneath.
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Reply By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:00

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:00
Mark,

If your van has the Esy-Tow independent suspension you will find that it is incredibly tolerant of changes to weight distribution. I have a Magnum 541 off road pop top and have never detected any difference in towing behavior. People who have never towed the Coromal vans with this suspension don't know how good they are. They tow like the van is part of the tow vehicle.

Like you, I have fitted air bags (within the coil springs) as I have an off road hitch. Every bit as good as towing with a WDH. I don't think you would have a problem with a container on the back bar so long as you don't over do it. I have just fitted a holder for a 20 litre water Jerry can. The extra 20 + litres on the back bar made absolutely no difference to how the van towed.

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Kevin
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:01

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:01
Sorry, that should have been 525 not 541.
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Follow Up By: Mark A1 - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:23

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:23
Thanks Kevin.
We have the independant suspension on the camper which is I think is fantastic as well.
The Prado also has anti sway control for towing.
Thinking of loading the back bar up with a bit of temporary weight and taking it for a test drive before spending $$$ on modification to see how it handles.
Fully aware as to not overload it too much though.
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Mark
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:51

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 17:51
Sounds like a good plan. Let us know how you go
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