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Old 05-18-2016, 01:04 PM   #2741
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Thanks Hugh! I love seeing how these beauties are built. The inside framing, reinforcing, wire routing, plumping. It helps to look behind the finished product.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:28 PM   #2742
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They have been putting the switches on the upper cabinets for nearly a year now. Maybe knowing they would not be able to go on the door jamb anyway, once the new moulds were done prompted it.
I'm not sure that would change. The moulded fiberglass inner door frame is there for reinforcement of the opening, not to accommodate a curved door design. With the vertical wall and flat door the opening will still need to be reinforced. Jim, are you saying that the aluminum door frame (from the door supplier, Lippert) will be the only reinforcement?

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:42 PM   #2743
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Hey Hugh... Interesting change for the light switches. Did you request the switches be moved off the door jam and placed on the upper cupboard?
I didn't request anything special so I guess that is standard for a 2016 classic
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Old 05-18-2016, 11:09 PM   #2744
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It will be a bit easier, though templates will still be needed to be made and used for all the cabinetry components. What it will do though, is to give a bit more space at the top and bottom where the earlier moulds curved inward.
You do lose some storage space in the overhead storage on the passenger side due to the new awing being recessed into the trailer.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:34 AM   #2745
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You do lose some storage space in the overhead storage on the passenger side due to the new awing being recessed into the trailer.
good point...had not thought of that.....hopefully not too much space is lost for the new awning design that could have done without...have to wait for build in progress pics
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The upper cabinets are where we keep light-weight stuff, like clothing, towels, etc.
It doesn't really matter what the shape of the cavity because we're not trying to pack hard sided or heavy stuff in those cabinets.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:22 AM   #2747
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The effect of the moulded relief for the awning will have no bearing on storage being up so high in the upper cabinets, and will be more than offset by the effectiveness and look of the new awning setup.

The space gained at the lower corners will be the real benefit.

It is too bad that this relief won't work on the 5.0.
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I'm not sure that would change. The moulded fiberglass inner door frame is there for reinforcement of the opening, not to accommodate a curved door design. With the vertical wall and flat door the opening will still need to be reinforced. Jim, are you saying that the aluminum door frame (from the door supplier, Lippert) will be the only reinforcement?

We need build-in-progress photos from the first 2017-spec unit destined for a customer.
The main reason I see for the side gables on the door were to accommodate a flat screen. In my 2009 they were built out of a white melamine particle board. The new door frame should stop any flex I would think, though not certain what the finished product will be like, but certainly will know in short order.
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The main reason I see for the side gables on the door were to accommodate a flat screen. In my 2009 they were built out of a white melamine particle board.
Ah, that makes sense now: Jim, you're talking about cabinetry around the door to accommodate the screen, not the structural moulded fiberglass component which is bonded to the shell. Earlier Escapes didn't have those gables at all, since they didn't have a screen. The switches have moved around over the years, and I agree that they're likely to continue to move as appropriate to the interior design.
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Ah, that makes sense now: Jim, you're talking about cabinetry around the door to accommodate the screen, not the structural moulded fiberglass component which is bonded to the shell.
I believe on my trailer, the moulded fibreglass pieces that attached to the shell were a lot smaller than newer models. The while particle board gables were not a part of the cabinetry at all.

This is about the best photo I have from when I set up to do my cork flooring. You can see the gable in question is about an inch away from the cabinetry. It was the same on the other side.

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