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Old 04-23-2018, 08:11 PM
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Default Map Box... or not

I am working on Section 35 and am not planning on installing a map box. Would it be wise to just cover the hole in the sub panel with a blank panel so that area would be available for mounting other avionics, etc? I just want to make sure I'm not missing some other good reason there is a nicely framed hole placed here...
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:43 AM
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I say do nothing until you know what you want there.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:33 AM
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No map box planned. I like having access through the sub panel hole. If I mount avionics there will probably just make a bracket and add some nut plates to hold it. That way will still have the hole for future access if needed.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:28 AM
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I did as you are proposing - put a plate over the hole allowing more surface for mounting avionics.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:46 AM
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Plate over the hole and mounted avionics boxes. Some people have made bracketing that holds the boxes through the hole horizontally as well. Unless you are going to cut the map box hole in the front panel, don't rivet in that lip now at the very least.
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:28 AM
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I've got a non-RV and have owned it for decades. It has a glove box in the panel, and that's a very handy place for small storage. I won't say that I couldn't fly without it, but it would be harder.

It's held in with two #8 screws per side, accessible from the panel. The box comes out by dropping down under the panel, giving the sort of access we all like to have.

In my opinion, it would be a mistake to leave the glove box out if you have the option of installing one.

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Old 04-24-2018, 11:06 AM
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I've got a non-RV and have owned it for decades. It has a glove box in the panel, and that's a very handy place for small storage. I won't say that I couldn't fly without it, but it would be harder.

It's held in with two #8 screws per side, accessible from the panel. The box comes out by dropping down under the panel, giving the sort of access we all like to have.

In my opinion, it would be a mistake to leave the glove box out if you have the option of installing one.

Dave
I agree. You won't be putting a map in there, but it is a great place for batteries, pens, sump tester, sun shade, CD's, O2 Pulse meter, adapter and charging cords, etc., etc., etc.. If you have no current plan for the space, why not have a map box? You can remove it later if you need panel space.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:05 PM
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I custom built a glove box since I had aluminum sheet left over from an OOPs during construction. I don't miss the panel space and that box is soooo handy. Wondered about that during construction. Glad I built it. IE. Sump tool, batteries for headsets, oximeter, barf bag, Sunglass cleaner, POH for anybody that cares and wants to dig for it, etc.

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Old 04-24-2018, 05:42 PM
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Yes. Use a map box. RV'S don't have much storage space.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:24 PM
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Map box- I donít use it, but my wife loves it. I actually had to make an oversized one for her.
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