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Old 06-13-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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Bathroom Door & Main Door Latch

Hi Everyone,

We dropped by Escape yesterday to look at all the different models. One thing my husband noticed right away was the gap in the bathroom door, it isn't the full size of the opening. We were told for air circulation but we ordered the window and it has a fan....so why a gap

We were also told our escape 19 will not have the outside door latch (to hold door open), new door will be stiffer so won't be necessary. Our concern was the thermal window, when open, someone can push the door so they connect. Does anyone have this new door without the outside latch??

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Old 06-13-2017, 11:42 AM   #2
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The bathroom door has been cut smaller to allow air circulation in/out of the area, with or without the window. Heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. Believe me , if you had an older model with the full size door you will appreciate the gaps at top and bottom. As far as the new door hinge vs the older style lock tab, it is an improvement that ETI is installing. You can always add the lock tab after delivery if so desired.
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Old 06-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #3
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On a cold winter night you might not want to open the window while taking a shower. The gap will allow the warmer air in the trailer to come in while the fan is on.
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The air flow works better if you leave the bathroom window closed and and open a window somewhere else in the trailer when you run the bathroom fan. This works better to vent all the ....errr... bad air If you open the bathroom window the air flow is something like 3 ft from window to vent. It misses the bottom air in the bathroom. The window is useful for spying on your neighbours if you forget get to bring a book.
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for your replies, we are now OK with the gap!!!

Now the big question, gap at top or bottom?? We asked for the gap to be at the bottom so my husband isn't looking at it, does location matter... I don't think we'll be putting a towel holder over the door due to excess weight onto hinges...

Again, THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT�� and so appreciated ��
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Now the big question, gap at top or bottom?? We asked for the gap to be at the bottom so my husband isn't looking at it, does location matter...
If the gap is at the bottom, air flow into the bathroom under the door and out through the vent or window will go through the bottom of the room, which seems important to me. In dry RV bathrooms (so there is no threshold) a gap is normally left only under the door, which works for this purpose.
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Thanks for your replies, we are now OK with the gap!!!

Now the big question, gap at top or bottom?? We asked for the gap to be at the bottom so my husband isn't looking at it, does location matter... I don't think we'll be putting a towel holder over the door due to excess weight onto hinges...

Again, THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT�� and so appreciated ��
Hi: ISeyes... You could always get one of those London UK. Underground mats that says "Mind the Gap"!!! Alf
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We were also told our escape 19 will not have the outside door latch (to hold door open), new door will be stiffer so won't be necessary. Our concern was the thermal window, when open, someone can push the door so they connect. Does anyone have this new door without the outside latch??

Yup, new doors (2017) have no latch to hold open the door. There is enough tension to hold it open. only once was the wind howling enough to move it a bit. If your passenger side dinette window is open, the door and window can collide. If the window is closed no problem as the door will hit the belly band. So if it's warm out and you want lots of air flow we use the screen door and leave that window closed so if someone leans on the open door it won't bang against the open window. If you just need a little ventilation easy enough to open the window with no problems as the door will be closed. Works well, and nice to be able to just lean out instead of going out and close the door when it cools off.
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Old 06-13-2017, 07:31 PM   #9
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Have camped in tremendous high winds thru Nevada last few days. Will attest that new door does swing shut. So am proponent of latch.
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I would let them mount the bath door with gap at both top and bottom, that way you can allow natural convection of air to move, if you block off either top or bottom, it defeats the purpose.
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