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Old 02-08-2019, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hello from Florida! U shaped dinette or not?

Just ordered our 19 and will be picking it up in June. It will be just 2 of us and a dog, and we can't decide on whether we should opt for the u shaped dinette or not. Any advice??
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:38 PM   #2
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It is a perfect size for two people to lounge and looks great. Personally I don’t like the white wall without it. If your handy you do your own...check out post 132 here Modifications to Eggscape

Also if you want to put large bins under the bed you may not want the doors mounted under the bed so you can make drawers. Check out posts 14 and 52 here Modifications to Eggscape

I say the following to as many 19 purchasers as possible...if you like looking out the windows while seated there...order the raised floor. I am 5 10 and my chin was level with the bottom of the window without the raised floor. Good I guess if you are not wearing anything.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for your input. We are still weighing a lot of things. This forum is great for new people like us! Another question: I read somewhere about someone who bought their own microwave and put it in.... but I can't find the thread again. I think it included the model that had been purchased from Walmart.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:55 AM   #4
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I personally consider a 19 too tight for a U dinette. I’d only consider it in a 21. Or maybe a 5.0. And only if you don’t mind losing some of your table’s limited surface area as well. We are all different though, so YMMV.
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I personally consider a 19 too tight for a U dinette. I’d only consider it in a 21. Or maybe a 5.0. And only if you don’t mind losing some of your table’s limited surface area as well. We are all different though, so YMMV.
I have the U shape in my 19, and I have to agree with you. It's a bit too tight to take advantage of the U. But, it does look better than the blank wall, and it does afford a bit more underseat storage.

The one thing I would definitely do there with a 19, U shape or not, is to have Escape raise the benches as much as they are willing to do. Ours were raised 4 inches, but I understand they now go only 3. Raising the benches makes for a much better view out the windows, and makes the bench storage that much deeper.
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I read somewhere about someone who bought their own microwave and put it in.... but I can't find the thread again. I think it included the model that had been purchased from Walmart.
I was one of the people that did this...post # 30 here: Modifications to Eggscape
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
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I was one of the people that did this...post # 30 here: Modifications to Eggscape
Thank You for sharing all your mods on the 19, it helped solidified my decision to get the 19 later this year or early 2020
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:20 PM   #8
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Thank You for sharing all your mods on the 19, it helped solidified my decision to get the 19 later this year or early 2020
That’s great!
I am always afraid posting all the modifications to a 19 that some would think it is not great from the factory...of course which it is. I just like adding our own touch. Still many more mods to post and do.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:06 PM   #9
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That’s great!
I am always afraid posting all the modifications to a 19 that some would think it is not great from the factory...of course which it is. I just like adding our own touch. Still many more mods to post and do.
I'm driving to Chilliwack this summer, would love to see your 19 before visiting ETI
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:33 PM   #10
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Not a problem...anybody is welcome to stop by and see it. I sent you a private message which you should find at the top right of the page.
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:27 PM   #11
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We just got a new Escape 19. We got the regular table because we wanted MORE TABLE to spread out on. The regular table has a nice feature where it slides back and forth to make it easier to get in and out of the bench seats. If you don't expect to seat more than 4 people, the U shaped table just gives you less table and no advantages.
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:30 PM   #12
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I like my buddy's 19 with large table and seats for four. It's where we gather to dine and to play cards in inclement weather.
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Old 03-08-2019, 06:30 PM   #13
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We have a 21, and our decision came down to what we chose to use the space for...

A) regular table- a workspace with a larger table and dining space for various sit down activities where you need a surface, might be better for someone that works occasionally or does hobbies that require table space, or if you dine inside a lot
B) u-shape- offers a smaller work and dining area, but also serves as a lounge area.

It depends on your needs. Most campgrounds have a picnic table and we like being outside, so we rarely use the inside table for dining, but it works for breakfast, coffee and if it's raining. In the evenings, we play board games on it or put our feet up on the cushions and read. There is no couch in the trailer, so this is our comfy 'lounge' area, but it still functions as a food prep area or dining space when needed.
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:58 PM   #14
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If you don't expect to seat more than 4 people, the U shaped table just gives you less table and no advantages.
Advantages:
  • more hidden storage space
  • more storage space for the passenger outside access compartment
  • no table base to cramp your foot area
  • lounge area to put your feet up in comfort
We use the same portable table, that we use outside under the outside shower to wash dishes, for a table in the Escape the few times we need a table.

There are reasons many here have chosen a u-shape dinette, just as there are reasons many here have chosen not to have a u-shape dinette.

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