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Old 02-08-2018, 02:12 PM   #1
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Interior Grab Bar Location

The build sheet for my Escape 19 is due tomorrow and I am thinking of adding an interior grab bar to be installed at orientation. According to my salesperson, I need to specify on which side of the door it will be mounted on since the area needs to be reinforced.
I am thinking that on the right hand side when exiting the trailer makes more sense. Can someone who has done this weigh in so I can finally turn this build sheet in and pop open a bottle of champagne?
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:00 PM   #2
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You already have one there, there is a chrome support pole right at the edge by the door and very useful to use when exiting the trailer...
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:48 PM   #3
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I’ve been cautious about using the stripper pole not knowing how much pressure can be put on it. Using for reinforcing your footing going down is not going to compromise it? Please say no!
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:45 PM   #4
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I used it in my 21 for 2 years and in my 19 for over a year, no issues have been reported elsewhere either.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:47 PM   #5
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The build sheet for my Escape 19 is due tomorrow and I am thinking of adding an interior grab bar to be installed at orientation. According to my salesperson, I need to specify on which side of the door it will be mounted on since the area needs to be reinforced.
I am thinking that on the right hand side when exiting the trailer makes more sense. Can someone who has done this weigh in so I can finally turn this build sheet in and pop open a bottle of champagne?
Ours is on the right. Just thinking about how much it matters, if at all: Yes, it matters to us! When leaving the trailer we open the latch w/the left hand, and the right hand automatically goes to the handle/grab bar. On windy days, when closing the door, we can reach out and grab it, and maintain hold on the door with our left hand, while the right hand has the handle/grab bar.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:47 PM   #6
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that chrome pole seems very solid on my E'21. my wife has very short legs and bad knees and needs all the help she can get to climb up/down steps, this pole certainly seems to help her.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:04 PM   #7
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My interior grab handle is the same one as on the outside and is placed on the right side of the door as you exit. The door frame IS reinforced. The only real question was height, as DW is 5 foot tall and I am all of 5' 7". YMMV
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:29 AM   #8
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Following up on this issue, I received a reply from Escape that they will not install an interior grab handle in this location, the reason given that this area is hollow and would have no support. I was surprised by this since others have had it installed.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:54 AM   #9
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Following up on this issue, I received a reply from Escape that they will not install an interior grab handle in this location, the reason given that this area is hollow and would have no support. I was surprised by this since others have had it installed.
I'll have to watch this thread as we were thinking of installing a handle on the inside of the door frame behind the existing outer one. The pole is to far back to me to use when stepping out so we thought a handle on the inside would be perfect.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:12 AM   #10
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Not sure about the 19', but on our 21', the outside grab handle is screwed into the door frame for secure support. Seems like it wouldn't take much to drill all the way through the door frame and use two long bolts to secure an inside grab handle to the outside grab handle with the door frame providing support between the two. Problems with that might include: 1) the inside grab handle compressing the vinyl foam interior wall cover and what that might look like and/or damage, and 2) finding suitable bolt heads and nuts that can do the job but still be hidden by the little grab handle hardware covers. How about mounting a lower grab handle to the sink cabinetry just inside the door? Best of luck...
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