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Old 01-05-2014, 11:54 AM   #31
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With the new 21', the street side hatch can easily be widened, where did you get yours Jim?
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:18 PM   #32
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A place Reace recommended, Vision Manufacturying in Summerland, BC. Way better price than what I had found online.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:50 PM   #33
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What are the dimensions of the newer opening, if you remember? Would that be a 12x36 hatch vs 12x24 stock?
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:58 PM   #34
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Ruthe and all,

We went through the same thing when we were first looking about ten years ago. The beds on the smaller Airstreams are just too small, plus the extra weight and cost. I also cruised Air Forum for a while where they posted threads on problems with each new model year as they came out. The lists were often quite extensive. Then we were camping at Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon and a Scamp pulled in. We'd never seen or heard of a molded fiberglass trailer. We ended up with a Casita FD - had a blast with it, recently retired and were feeling a little cramped on longer trips, along came Reace and Tammy to Bandon with the 21 and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Old 01-05-2014, 02:16 PM   #35
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Jim - I added the same hatch to my '09 19. The stock hatch was 16x9", and the new was 30x10". One of the best mods I've made to mine.

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Old 01-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #36
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You can' beat the customer service for the Escape
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:14 PM   #37
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I owned a 25ft Trade Wind Airstream a few years ago it was a 1975. It compares more to Bigfoot than Escape. The new Escape 21 in quality is number 1 in Molded Fiberglass Trailers. And now that Thor. makes Airstream it looks nice and is expensive it can not compare to Molded Fiberglass.
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