Back home from the factory followed by two nights at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park (campground of the BMX bikers and endless children)! It was fun to see all those Escapes in one place, and to meet Tammy and Reace, and Tammy's Dad Dennis. I'm still drooling over the 5.0, but in all practicality we will only move up to a 19 at some point in a few years when we upgrade TV to an SUV since we don't want to be stuck with a pickup (need room for dogs/stuff in TV).
The bed extension is a piece of carefully cut plywood with folding legs that fits exactly your Escape's dining table end and hallway, thus the necessity of the visit to the factory for Reace to measure it. He did ours himself! Here's a link to the forum piece about the original: Bed Extension For 17B
We also got a couple shelves put in the top of the wardrobe, an extra 12V outlet by the front dinette, a hatch to easily access the passenger side of the big dinette (aka under the bed) where we now have all our towing and tank dumping accessories, a battery disconnect switch and we also bought an LED for the porch light while we were there since I hadn't found one yet.
Between the bed extension and the hatch alone, the trip was well worth it; the other things were just bonuses since we were already there! The first night after getting the extension was a learning curve for the dogs, but they finally got it last night and we four had a pretty perfect night of sleep.