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Old 09-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Under bed storage in the 21'?

Seeing the pix that Jon posted on the 21' prototype build got me thinking about this. I've seen bits and pieces about some tanks stored under the bed in the new 21' but I am wondering if there is any storage still left. Seems like a waste of storage space if there is and it cannot be accessed. I've seen some trailers where you can lift the bed platform, at least on one side to access some storage. There is quite a bit of under bed storage on the 19'.

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We just went to the factory last week and there is storage under the bed. There is an access door under the bed and also apparently an outside access hatch. They are visible on the website pictures I am not sure how much storage there is - there was so much information to take in!
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On another note the 21 also has a vertical steel bar extending up from the countertop which I found very nice for stability entering and exiting the trailer. There is of course an exterior grab bar. Anyone with neuromuscular/balance issues will appreciate this!
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Seeing the pix that Jon posted on the 21' prototype build got me thinking about this. I've seen bits and pieces about some tanks stored under the bed in the new 21' but I am wondering if there is any storage still left. Seems like a waste of storage space if there is and it cannot be accessed. I've seen some trailers where you can lift the bed platform, at least on one side to access some storage. There is quite a bit of under bed storage on the 19'.

Anyone know?

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I've seen those lifts for the bed in a RB 25' Bigfoot... it was also a walk-around, which the Escape 21' is not. After you used the lift... you'd need to step INSIDE the box to grab anything up at the front. I think drawer slides may be a better idea. There's a thread here where owners have done that on the 19 footers.
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It looked like ample storage under the bed accessed from outside in the unit Tammy & Reace took on holidays.
Only about a foot of the black tank intruding into the center front and the hot water tank took up a foot or so at the back of the compartment. On that unit there was a storage compartment accessible from inside at the foot of the bed behind the water heater.
We're going up to Escape tomorrow...I'll try to remember to get a picture.
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Under bed storage on the 21

Actually there are three standard accesses to the under bed storage. First is an outside access hatch, drivers side forward of the water heater. Second is an access on the aft part of the bed foundation. This one is a door that will open into the passageway and provides access length-wise under the bed. Third is the lift up that you see on many other trailers. It gives access to the area (under the bed) between the bathroom door and the short night stand. On top of that we are adding another access door on the bathroom side of the bed foundation. My wife has a plan for that one but everyone, including myself, will have to wait on that one. Overall I'd say that you'll have pretty good access to the storage available under the bed.
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Thank you for that clarification. I have not seen a photo of that second access door, the "aft part of the bed foundation". It appeared to me in one photo (poor angle) that that access door faced the entrance door or "on the bathroom side of the bed foundation". I believe this photo, courtesy of Escape and Jon Vermilye, was of the demo unit used by Tammy and Reace.

Which door is better? Sound like your wife says both. The bathroom side door would make it easier to insert a longer item under the bed without taking it inside and reversing it, but the aft access door probably allows for a longer item.

Any idea of the size of the access doors? Will they have a bottom frame or be flush to the floor?

Based on the line-up that cpaharley provided, you appear to be at the front of the line. Keep your camera and tape measure handy.
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The exterior hatch is 8"x13" and the interior hatch is 13" x 13" and is located where the vent hole in the above picture is, towards the left. Reace did not want to install a door on the angle as it took up too much space. These vent holes no longer exist as the heater is now in the rear of the trailer. That is why I'm installing an additional electric outlet on that corner piece. In addition the floor under the bed is flat where in the 19' you lost about 2" of height due to the frame/tank configuration causing a ledge under the bed. That is not in the 21' model.
That other space where an opening is being contemplated by TAFrazer under the bed, facing the bath, is where I'm installing a supplemental 1000w electric heater. I anticipate a cool front of the trailer and bath area with the heat in the rear. This location is ideal to blow heat into the bath and off the walls and back to the bed. Thus the need for electric in that area. Attached pictures show the same unit I installed in my Escape 19', kept the trailer cozy without using the furnace.
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Jim, I am considering installing a 120V heater too, especially if I start to use campgrounds more. I was planning to put mine right under the furnace in the 'hallway'. I measured and it will fit okay. Was there a reason you did not put it there?
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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redundancy, you already have a heater in that location, installing one up front evens out the heat in the 19. In addition having access to the rear for wiring and adding an on/off switch was easy under the dinette.
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