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Old 06-16-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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Addition of rod for hanging rain/snow soaked outerwear

One of the best reasons I can see for having an Escape is that I don't have to camp in the rain/snow. But that doesn't mean we don't get wet. One of our first adventures with the Escape was to go to an abandoned landing strip in the middle of nowhere and set up radio antenna towers in the pouring rain. Needless to say our rain gear was drenched and required drying. Our solution is to hang the wet clothes on hangers on the dowel installed over the entry doorway. It is across from the heater and is out of the main traffic area of the trailer.

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Addition of rod for hanging rain/snow soaked outerwear

I have a tension rod in the bathroom (that does double-duty as my hanging clothes space). If clothing is wet, it hangs in the bathroom and drips into the shower area. No harm, no foul and no wet floor in the trailer.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:27 PM   #3
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We use the bath for wet stuff, too. I suppose the walls could be reinforced to have a rod going front to back on far side. Or a long Umbra set. Maybe don't want wood in the bath though. Something similar.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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I see that I posted five years ago. I was talking about my Scamp. However, I'm going to do the same in Ten Forward. A tension rod doesn't need anything except some tension to hold. The one in my Scamp has been there for 10 years or so without moving. I'd be happy if one stayed in my 5er for a couple of years. Up close to the ceiling and it's completely out of the way...

Of course, six really wet coats weighing 10 lbs each may make a difference
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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I was wondering why the picture shown does not match the avatar!!
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Guess I was looking around and found this from five years ago. Didn't realize it was so old. That is probably about when I started lurking here and got on after a while (under another name or two). And finally bought an Escape a long time later.

Yes, heavy coats can pull those tension rods down even though I use them elsewhere.
I would think some reinforcement would allow something more permanent.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:45 PM   #7
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Cathy, you won't know until you try. My experience is to "try" once.. maybe a couple of times, before something becomes permanent. YMMV
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:24 PM   #8
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it seems to me that all that wet clothing inside the trailer would raise the humidity. anytime i have wet clothes i hang them on a line set up between the two end rails that hold up the awning. water drips away no fuss no mess. if you need clothes warmed bring them inside while you have breakfast.
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it seems to me that all that wet clothing inside the trailer would raise the humidity. anytime i have wet clothes i hang them on a line set up between the two end rails that hold up the awning. water drips away no fuss no mess. if you need clothes warmed bring them inside while you have breakfast.
I think that would work in lots of areas of the country. Not so well in Oregon when the rain often comes down sideways. In fact, I seldom use my awning when it rains because of the accompanying wind.
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We find the same thing, seems that when its raining its windy too, so the awning is put away.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:49 PM   #11
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The awning doesn't have to be fully out, or fully in. You can pull it out half way to reduce windage and still have some protection from the rain.

Off topic, apparently this spell check has never heard of windage.
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Just a thought... We have added the suction cup towel bars from IKEA to our bath area. They can be cut to length for the various walls. Keeps the towels, etc neater. We also put the IKEA hooks on the door itself near the top above the window. Wet coats drip onto the door and the floor outside the "living" area. If you have not tried these hooks they are amazing. Every hook we put up is still in place after 18,000 miles of travel.
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