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Old 07-01-2016, 03:32 PM   #51
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Those vertical walls served several purposes other than support, they kept things away from the pump and water heater, particularly metal objects that could do some harm. I'll have to enclose some of that area partially.
ETI partially boxed in the water heater under our 2016 21, but left the rest of the under bed storage wide open, with unimpeded access from both inside and outside. This picture shows the protective support ETI provided for the right side of the water heater. I built a similar support to protect the front side of the water heater from other stored objects that may shift during travel. I like the complete open space for access, and just wanted to protect the water heater.
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Old 07-01-2016, 03:35 PM   #52
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Wide open spaces are nice in a house, not so much in an RV cabinet or storage area. Everything you store there tends to slide and bump into everything else. So, you have to come up with a container or divider solution. I think it would be nice to see a stock solution.


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Old 07-01-2016, 03:58 PM   #53
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Yes that was the same for my Blackjack but my first 19 had vertical walls arond the water heater as well
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:11 PM   #54
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I would rather see more then less compartments. I dissembled the entire bed area, replaced the flying joints with glued and screwed joints, improved the water side protection, formed a hatch side compartment and reassembled everything with adhesive. Coated all that bare wood with sealer. the best part is the 4' x 2' under bed drawer.
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #55
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Nice work, Klem. Gives me some good ideas.....
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:39 PM   #56
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I've changed my trailer ID to reflect the model: 2016/17 Maybe someone has an idea for a better identifier
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:47 PM   #57
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I would rather see more then less compartments. I dissembled the entire bed area, replaced the flying joints with glued and screwed joints, improved the water side protection, formed a hatch side compartment and reassembled everything with adhesive. Coated all that bare wood with sealer. the best part is the 4' x 2' under bed drawer.
Very nice Klem with the one large slider let's you put wider items in slide . Nice stops too . Pat
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:54 PM   #58
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I would rather see more then less compartments. I dissembled the entire bed area, replaced the flying joints with glued and screwed joints, improved the water side protection, formed a hatch side compartment and reassembled everything with adhesive. Coated all that bare wood with sealer. the best part is the 4' x 2' under bed drawer.
very nice work Klem....perhaps Escape will borrow your idea and someday offer a similar option with the same attention to detail like sealing unfinished wood, etc.
Curious if the new trailers without vertical supports use a stronger horizontal support material/structure to help mitigate the effects of removing the vertical support structure...looks like it was poplar/white pine previously....the whole rear of the new escape 19 trailer being open with the stick,glue,staple frame construction does make it somewhat easy for owners to make it a DIY project area to suit ones own taste.
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Old 07-01-2016, 05:58 PM   #59
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very nice work Klem....perhaps Escape will borrow your idea and someday offer a similar option and hopefully with the same attention to detail (seal unfinished wood).
Why don't you ask them?
I ask, how much extra weight does this mod add to a 'light-weight trailer'?
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:36 PM   #60
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Why don't you ask them?
I ask, how much extra weight does this mod add to a 'light-weight trailer'?
nice option for those who do not want to DIY or do not have the means to do the mod...however the DIY prospect allows one to possibly choose different/lighter weight/stronger materials and design to suit their taste.
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