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Old 09-04-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

Yay! Tammy sent us the first pics of our 19' - The Cottage is finally in the production line! We got our first photos and thought we'd post some of them here, as well as letting you know about what options we chose and why.

Another lifetime ago I had a little 15' 1976 Trillium, and since Glenn & I have been together (7 years) we've been looking on & off for something used. Living on Vancouver Island limits our ability to see a lot of units; frustration at what we saw available locally ( 30 yr old Boler & 12 yr old Casita) led us eventually to the Fiberglass RV forum and then here. From the moment I saw the website photos of Escape I knew instantly it was the right trailer for us. This will be the first trailer for us together as we enter our senior years.

Already firm on the perceived need for a complete shower, we decided on the 19 v/s the 17 because of the Queen bed. The 5.0 was out because we need the truck bed to bring Glenn's favourite toy - a 1400 Kawasaki Concours. (With 2 Kows and a Hog already in the garage Glenn thought we should name the trailer "The Big COW" - Cottage On Wheels. I guess that would be ok - his first choice for names was "Drag Queen" hmmmmmm)

Initially we asked for the following options:
Equalizer Hitch (because of the weight of the motorcycle in the tug)
Extra Insulation & dble pane windows (just renoed our home thusly and love it)
Exterior shower (for our daxie, Bella)
Solar Power - a luxury we thought would be cool. 8)
LED lights (may as well since we're getting solar)
Dual 6v batteries (same reason)
Air Conditioner for our dreams of snowbirding.
Removable power cord (Glenn wanted it and all he had to say was "bugs" and it worked for me)

The artistic, musical side of me wanted to do my own interior design thing, so we opted for our own choices of fabric, formica etc.

Later as we drooled over the rest of the options available we added a bit at a time:
Stainless Steel sink, stove, stove cover
Window over sink
Opening Bathroom window
Cabinet door at end of bench
Storage Box
Bike Rack Ready
Additional Brake Lights (because of the bike rack)

Man it adds up quickly, but by now we've become so invested that we have to make it perfect! After scaring ourselves silly by reading all the posts here about surge protection, we added that last. Poor Tammy - she's re-sent our build list probably a dozen times...

Did we forget anything?

Here are the first photos:


They have already added the bike ready rack, extra brake lights and cut the space for the exterior hatch.

Here you can see the cutouts for the exterior shower and bathroom window as well as the extra insulation.

This one shows the window over the sink and a good view of the extra bracing for where the cabinets will go. It's also good to see the wheel wells to understand why things are positioned as they are.

We are so excited! This process has been so much fun, especially the part reading all the posts from everyone. We hope these photos are useful for others wondering how it all comes together.

Bye for now


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Old 09-04-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

Rosemary, it looks wonderful!

We did not think that we wanted the window over the sink but we have it and I am so glad. It is the main view out of that side when up and about.

The other item I would highly recommend is the dual water heater but since you have had a Trillium, I take it you may not want that. You have a good list there.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

Thanks, Cathy.

Actually we did ask for the dual water heater. It was one of the later additions that I forgot to mention. Glad to hear that some of our choices are ones that others have made and are pleased with. Most of our ideas are ones we decided on based on the sharing of ideas on this forum.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

I was on the fence with the window in the bathroom but I am very glad we got it now. I am pretty sure that small space would be unpleasant without it .
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:04 PM   #5
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Ask to get the opening window over sink, between it and the bathroom opening window and maxxair fan, you will be ok in rainy weather.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

Hi Rosemary,

We have a 5.0 with dual solar panels (because Reese got a deal on some) and dual 6V batteries. We also got the LED package.

We just spent 2 weeks boon-docking in partial shade. The battery level never got below 95%! And that included watching some TV and movies, as well as charging our ipods, phones, radio, etc.

We're VERY happy with these choices!

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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

I notice the new refer vents thru the ceiling vs side vent?
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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That was an astute observation! I hadn't noticed the vent in the roof, but you may be right. I'll ask Tammy when I speak to her next.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

My 201 19ft was the first ever off the line with extra tail lights. The factory copied my idea. I ordered all the options you did. It is a nice unit and I hope you have fun with it.
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Re: Our Little Cottage! 19' Escape in production

Thanks Chuck. The tail lights were a great idea - the more safety features the better. It has been an interesting process creating a custom trailer. We came very close to buying a Lance off the lot, but couldn't reconcile the price; although it is a fine trailer, it just seemed alot for a unit that didn't fit what we really wanted. That was before we knew about Escape, which is turning out to be perfect for us. Now that we're committed and the dream is becoming reality it's very helpful to hear everyone's endorsements of our choices

Thanks Shannon - the solar seemed like a luxury choice for us. Glad to hear it is serving you well.

Jim, Tammy sent me an email saying "with the new 19’ Escape molds we have created a place for the upper Fridge Vent to be installed on the roof." So you were right!

Re the extra windows: because we are getting the dble pane windows, Tammy wanted to be sure we knew the extra windows are single pane. We decided that it would probably be worth it to get the opening one in the bathroom for the reasons MacRae said, but didn't want to compromise the insulating integrity any more by doing so in the kitchen; I hope we can get the same air flow in the rain with the fan, cracking open the door or one of the front windows.

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