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Old 06-23-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
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Adding a rear hatch to a 21

I have the U shaped dinette in our 2014 21'. I didn't get the extra rear hatch. After struggling to get stuff out of the back today, I decided another mod was in order. Has anyone done this after the fact? What size is the hatch and what's the best source? Order it from ETI? They install it on the driver's side - correct? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:46 PM   #2
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:44 PM   #3
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I just installed this one on the rear drivers side of my E-21. Big enough to get plastic shoe boxes through which I store stuff in . I also store my power cord and a 25' water hose coiled up. I had to make the 1' wide seat support 2' wide. My furnace is in the rear so not much space to work with. The price was not bad and I figured I could get a larger hatch if needed but this one works fine for me.


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Old 06-24-2017, 06:57 AM   #4
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The rear area is ideal for long light things. We are at Hatteras and a new beach umbrella and beach tent fit great. We have the flip up tables and find that accessing stuff under the U shape is a pain. Basically have to remove all the cushions to get to the most rear section. I didn't see the need when we ordered, but do now.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:58 AM   #5
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This appears to be where Jim and Garland ordered their hatch. Custom sizes and configurations available.
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Jim B./Garland: Was the hatch you did on your 2009 19 considered Bright White, Polar White or Colonial White? They show each on their order form. My guess is Bright White.
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Carl,
Isn't your batteries located on your curb side dinette? I agree the rear in the "U" set up is large but access is limited.
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I have the U shaped dinette in our 2014 21'. I didn't get the extra rear hatch. After struggling to get stuff out of the back today, I decided another mod was in order. Has anyone done this after the fact? What size is the hatch and what's the best source? Order it from ETI? They install it on the driver's side - correct? Thanks in advance.
I left off the hatch on the passenger side dinette seat, not certain what I would do with that space, wanting to first use the trailer some and see what my needs may be. It would either be cabinet doors on the inside, or a hatch on the outside. Kinda leaning to the hatch now, but still going to use the trailer a bunch before making that decision.

The hatch is a real easy thing to add, just follow the steps properly.
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This appears to be where Jim and Garland ordered their hatch. Custom sizes and configurations available.
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Jim B./Garland: Was the hatch you did on your 2009 19 considered Bright White, Polar White or Colonial White? They show each on their order form. My guess is Bright White.
I see now that Escape hatches are from Lippert Components, not that the supplier would really matter. Vision offered good service at a good price.

I forget what colour I got. I know that Escape changed the gelcoat colour a bit since I ordered my 19 in 2009.
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Carl,
Isn't your batteries located on your curb side dinette? I agree the rear in the "U" set up is large but access is limited.
Yes batteries are on curb side. Escape picture I borrowed shows a curb side. I am looking at a driver's side door.
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...I forget what colour I got. I know that Escape changed the gelcoat colour a bit since I ordered my 19 in 2009.
As of Sept. 2015 the color match was still Krylon "Dover White". Could it be different for the current models?
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For anyone ordering a 21 - especially with the U-shaped dinette - I would highly recommend getting the rear hatches on both sides. There is a lot of storage space that is accessible from outside - way easier to get to than from inside. I'd be kicking myself if I'd have listened to the person who suggested it was a waste to get them.
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