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Old 03-25-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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2015 5.0 TA Modifications

I thought some of you would be interested in changes that I have made to our new 5.0 TA. I had modified our previous 2008 17B (search for “New inside mods, Escape 17”) with custom doors and drawers and a few other miscellaneous things. Although we really liked the 17, we needed a slightly bigger bed and a chance to improve on our 17B changes was appealing. The new TA caught my attention and its design addressed most of my wishes, so we ordered one. I knew the modifications for the TA would be more extensive than before and anyone who has a TA or even a 21 can probably see the differences. Generally, I have added or modified doors, drawers, shelves, steps, lights and counters. The hardest part was making the first cut into the new woodwork. There’s more to do, but I need to take a break and go camping. All these modifications were designed and completed by myself, they were not done by ETI, i.e. they are not on their option list. Overall, it was a lot of fun and time flew by. Would I have done anything differently, I will have to think about that.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:02 PM   #2
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Wow Chris what an awesome job, love the cabinets.

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This is simply stunning. With an Escape like that one, nobody -- not even an Oliver -- has anything on you. Beautiful work!
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Absolutely beautiful. And whoever got your 17b is one lucky dog, too.
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Wowser! These are totally cool mods! I thought I was going to do well by putting roll out shelves in the pantry. You've blown by my ideas!

Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:26 PM   #6
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Wow, that is exceptional. The curved counter and sink and the cabinetry/carpentry work. It looks like one of those remodeled Airstreams you see pictures. Something Robert Johans may have done on one of his redo's. You have been busy Chris, your unit is brand new!!
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That looks great, Chris. I love that you still have the warmth of wood, but with cleaner, more modern looking lines. BTW, I like the the way you carried the grain of the wood through the drawer front, cutting them from a single sheet to match.

We are installing a lot more cabinetry similar to this for customers. Simple clean lines are the trend, and less profiled woodwork. I too prefer this look. Not that some classic rail and stile doors don't look great too.

I have considered similar ideas too, but my thought was to re-skin all the plywood using maple too, and maybe use Baltic Birch for the drawer fronts and doors. This lightness of this wood, would look nice.

Did you change the framework much? I am not real familiar with the interior door/drawer layouts in the 5.0 TA.
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Fantastic again Chris!

Thanks for posting. See you in Osoyoos maybe?
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Yes, please try to make it, I'm sure the pictures do not give your work the full justice it deserves as seeing it in person would accomplish.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:48 PM   #10
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I love all of it, but especially all of the big, deep drawers! The look is incredible!
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:00 PM   #11
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Jim, all the drawers are 3/8 Baltic Birch plywood except the fronts. The BB plywood is just as cheap as the regular stuff, but made better, flat and no gaps. The fronts are 3/4 cabinet grade plywood, beveled top and bottom (or side to side), smoothed with a belt sander, edged and a paper backed oak veneer glued to the frontside. They are a bit heavier than the standard, but way stronger.
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We will be in Osoyoos and all are welcome to view the trailer.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:14 PM   #13
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Jim, take a look at the pictures on the Escape site for the counter in the TA and you will see the difference. On my version, the only cupboard is under the sink. The three at the bottom are self closing tip-out bins, sort of like a flour bin in an old kitchen. This work well in a trailer as the more weight that goes in it, the better it stays closed.
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Chris - I'm curious ... did you take possession of the 5.0 just as one would normally get it from Escape or did you order it with just the cupboard framework and go from there?
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That is some great work Chris; the counter top & edge is retro too, no?
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Yes, it is the same stuff that was used in the 50s, but attached with double sided autumotive tape.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:35 PM   #18
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Chris - I'm curious ... did you take possession of the 5.0 just as one would normally get it from Escape or did you order it with just the cupboard framework and go from there?
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Good question, I got it with no cupboard doors, drawers and minimal framing on the counter. All the rest was finished as one would normally get.
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Wow so beautiful! It's amazing what a difference your changes make. Well done from idea to completion!
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Wow, amazing work!
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