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
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