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Old 09-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #21
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I see my first mod, adding a lip around the top to obtain more horizontal surface.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #22
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Under Bed Cabinet Door

I am wondering if having cabinet door that does not have a frame across the bottom would be a better solution for access to this storage area. I have attached a photo (bottom) of the option Escape offered on the 19, an access door to the front passenger dinette storage. Note that this opening does not have frame across the bottom, thus making it much easier to slide items in and out. With the frame present as shown in the top photo it is necessary to lift anything over the frame before inserting or removing.

That will be quite an effort to lift that 18 pack of bottled water over the frame. It will be even harder to move it around inside with the frame in the way. The downside is, the items could move inside and pop the door open. Also lifting the mattress and using the top access door will allow easier arrangement. I always liked balancing the access door on my head while working in the storage area.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #23
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I agree but with the 19' your bed was supported by a wall on each side of the opening within 24" of the either side, whereas with the 21' it is free standing and needs the support from the floor for strength. You can remove it on your unit and see what happens. FYI, I'm planning on protecting the water heater and forward tank with some scrap wood and will add a piece of 45 degree trim to the interior of that piece of wood to make things slide easier in and out, a mini ramp so to speak..
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:16 PM   #24
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I always liked balancing the access door on my head while working in the storage area.
Not me, so I built a skinny wood stay out of 3/4 x 3/4 walnut to hold it up. Maybe if I had some hair it would be no big deal, but as it is I scratch me wee skull up all the time.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:21 PM   #25
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I agree but with the 19' your bed was supported by a wall on each side of the opening within 24" of the either side, whereas with the 21' it is free standing and needs the support from the floor for strength. You can remove it on your unit and see what happens.
There would be no issue with removing it. The piece underneath does not add support anyway. I bet a buck Reace could figure something out. The first 19s had a post in the middle in the access under the bed, and I asked that it not be there for my build. Reace just beefed up the upper cross support, and I think continued to do it for all other 19s.

In fact, there are many changes like this that have come about since I bought my 19, things they have learned along the way as they roll more of the same unit out the door. This is great that they learn from things as they go along, and implement them, instead of just building the same old time and time again.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:07 PM   #26
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I do not have the post you mention, I remember requesting that it be removed. Since I had a front hatch on my 19 I wanted unrestricted access to that driver side dinette storage. He was more that obliging. I did not know it went on every ones Escape 19.

I see the posts are back, on the new rear dinette Escape 21 the posts are visible. I see it on the passenger side that has the hatch. It appears to be directly in front of the hatch opening. Have to make a note to eliminate those nasty posts.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #27
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There is no hatch on the passenger side on the 21', it is located on driver side up front under the bed, thus there is no access to dinette from outside, thus the supports are there.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #28
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Small storage cabinet

When I first suggested the small cabinet for toiletries in that location, Reace got very excited. I never expected that type of reaction from a manufacturer, but Reace and Tammy aren't your typical owners. Anyhow, Reace thought about it for a little time, and before we left the plant, passed the black thermo-plastic idea by us. My wife and I both said that we preferred white to match the rest of the trailer. We also suggested passing the color idea by Tammy. I guess the three of us won. When I suggested the cabinet I had a much different idea then Reace, and black just wouldn't look right. BUT, like you, now that I see what his vision was, black looks pretty darn good. My wife still prefers white though, and after 43 years of marriage, I've learned enough to go along with her. Besides, she has always had better color coordination than I have. So, I like Reaces idea of a fully functional easy to use cabinet that's really going to come in handy. I haven't made up my mind about the curtain, but then I haven't seen the finished product - BUT SOON WE WILL!

I believe all the pockets are the same size 9"x 9"x 6", at least that's what the email stated
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:15 PM   #29
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the black may hide blemishes easier, as far as the sizes, I base my statement on the fact that the wall becomes narrower at the bottom, but as my signature says......
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:55 AM   #30
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It is my understanding that the propane furnace used to be under the bed on the 21' but it is now in the drawer stack (as of 2016)

however interior pics of the 2017 21' have not been posted quite yet, so this might change yet again.

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