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Old 10-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hi, I've read a comment by ice-breaker about his experience with the cot in the 19'. Does anyone else have experience, and if so could they comment?

Anything you have to comment would be appreciated. Comfortable, inviting? Wide enough? Any comparison to a solid bunk? Person in lower bunk remain happy?

Any comments really appreciated! thanks. j
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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Aw shucks, you don't trust my opinion? .

Just kidding, it is always good to get as many opinions as possible. Makes for an informed decision.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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What were your comments on the cot?
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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What were your comments on the cot?
We have used our 2013 Escape 19 for about 35 nights, most of those with 4 of us in the trailer with the bunk in use. Both my 12 yr old daughter and my 17 yr old 6'-4" tall son have used it and both sleep well on it. The bunk is rated by Escape for up to 200 lb, which seems about right given its construction. Although I have heard unofficially that Escape have tested it to much higher loads.

The bunk consists of two metal (pipe) poles extending across the width of the dinette area with a non- stretching piece of canvas like fabric threaded between the poles. Each pole breaks down into two pieces for storage. It takes about 2-5 min to set up the bunk or take it down. Brackets need to be fiberglassed to the walls of the trailer during construction to support the bunk. So you would have to decide when ordering the trailer whether you want the bunk. I understand that some have had the brackets installed but didn't get the bunk, just in case they wished to add it later. When the bunk is down the brackets are fairly unobtrusive and do not normally pose a hazard for bumping your heads. You could probably bump your head on the bracket if you really tried.

Our kids have slept with their bedding directly on the canvas, however, you could easily bring along a foam pad for additional comfort.
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Thanks a lot Dave, for expanding on your previous comment! Sounds like it will be a good possible option for us. j
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The bunk is rated by Escape for up to 200 lb, which seems about right given its construction. Although I have heard unofficially that Escape have tested it to much higher loads.
Anything properly designed will have an ultimate capacity greater than the posted working or everyday rated load. The fact that Escape may have tested the cot installation to a much higher load than the 200 lb rating would be good work practice. You don't want it to fail when a 202 lb person lays in it or a 200 lb person bounces on it.

I would think that a device like a cot holding a person should be able to safely support a load at least 1.25 or 1.5 times the rated capacity. The ultimate capacity of systems like lifts used to move people typically include a load factor of about 7 to 12 times the rated capacity.

Good for Escape if they did load test the cot to a higher load than the rated capacity - helps one sleep better.
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