DIY Raised Floor - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-09-2016, 09:24 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
DIY Raised Floor

Here's the process: First, you have to raise the WFCO. If your not in build yet I would ask ETI to raise it and the propane detector up to make an easier job if you decide to do it later. Only wire I had to unhook was ground as it wasn't long enough-changed it from a 6AWG to 8 with copper ends. Had to snip some zip ties to allow the loom to move.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160407_090327[1].jpg (189.1 KB, 66 views)
File Type: jpg 20160409_161543[1].jpg (140.9 KB, 56 views)
__________________

Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Next, I built the box and thought I could use the filler boards. Used 1x3 garden stakes for the joists but turns out the finished flooring is too thick so no go on filler boards.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160407_171708[1].jpg (127.0 KB, 45 views)
__________________

Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:35 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
This 1/4" material I thought I was using wasn't finished so decided to use it on top of the vinyl floor. Used 1/4" backer board on top of the box - can see it on next photo.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160409_135800[1].jpg (198.5 KB, 23 views)
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:38 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Had to weight down the flooring and used anything I could find
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160409_135437[1].jpg (355.7 KB, 34 views)
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:44 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Waiting for Dicor pedestal to mount.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160409_182917[1].jpg (248.0 KB, 76 views)
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 09:49 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Last step is to get some matching plywood from ETI for the face and L-metal for the top.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160409_183850[1].jpg (120.5 KB, 74 views)
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 11:07 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Patandlinda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ventura County, California
Trailer: 2013 19 Escape
Posts: 5,681
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Last step is to get some matching plywood from ETI for the face and L-metal for the top.
Nice job Ross ! Had me a little worried when I saw your torn paneling , but then zoomed in and saw your pencil lines . Love the Mad magazine ! I am still working on my toilet shut off . Already cut the line . Need 2 3/8 X 1/2 barb connecters to finish job . Can't find at Lowe's and Home Depot . Need to go to plumbing supply Monday . Would of been simple if I had enough Plex under dinette to cut . They left me about 3 in then it goes into bath . Not enough for valve . Could I bend the plex out say 2 in I wonder ? Anyone ? Anyway looks nice . Pat
Patandlinda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2016, 11:21 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Thanks Pat, like Reace says- "how hard can it be?" Wonder how many other Reaceisms are out there Raised the bench as it is too high for comfort at 22". Average dining chairs are 18" to a 30" table. Lucked out on the cork remnants for free; not a lot of cork flooring jobs.

BTW- there is another mod one can see in post #5. Any guesses? Hint- not the cig plug.
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 12:03 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
sunrisetrucker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Nanaimo Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Trailer: 2015 17b "Shelly"
Posts: 338
That copy of Mad magazine made me laugh, as a kid I loved reading them. Nice work on the floor.
__________________
Like a lot of fellows, I have a furniture problem. My chest has fallen into my drawers
"Billy Casper"
sunrisetrucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 07:24 AM   #10
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 19,410
I'm curious as to why did you not bring it out to the edge of the dinette?
__________________
Jim
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years Lincoln
cpaharley2008 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 07:57 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
In Tweaking the Table we cut down our table to a 23" depth. I mentioned then we decided to keep a raised floor back to that as well as otherwise it would be a weird step up onto the lounge. When sitting you don't need the floor any wider and it gives you another 5" of standing room sideways when at the stove. Oddly, the cork remnant was 24' depth. It worked out, and the platform can be easily lifted out. The trapezoid shape keeps it snug in place and I used 3" vertical blind to wrap around it.
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 08:27 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Zardoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Marana, Arizona
Trailer: 2018 Airstream Flying Cloud (Escape 19 & 5.0 previously)
Posts: 1,084
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunrisetrucker View Post
That copy of Mad magazine made me laugh, as a kid I loved reading them. Nice work on the floor.
It was the R. Crumb art book that caught my eye. I have a book of all of his LP album covers on our coffee table.
__________________
Rich & Mary
"Everything in moderation, including moderation."
- Oscar Wilde
Zardoz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 08:36 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Box Elder, South Dakota
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21, 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax
Posts: 489
After raising the floor will the Dicor pedestal lower far enough so the table rests on the support rails for use as a bed?

Anyone know how much ETI would charge to raise the floor like this in the build?
stephen99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 08:42 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,157
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Here's the process: First, you have to raise the WFCO. If your not in build yet I would ask ETI to raise it and the propane detector up to make an easier job if you decide to do it later. Only wire I had to unhook was ground as it wasn't long enough-changed it from a 6AWG to 8 with copper ends. Had to snip some zip ties to allow the loom to move.
Looks good Ross, I much agree that the 22" of seat height is too much for good comfort.

One thing though for new folks to watch, wait and consider, is that with the 2017 model, the water heater will not likely need to be tipped for the exterior fact to fit the previous slope of the mould. This will bring the overall height of the seat down a bit. I had discussed this with Reace, but until he gets the new 21 moulds (the same at the rear as the 5.0TA moulds), he won't know just how much height he can save. It still would not hurn to have the converter raised though.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Next, I built the box and thought I could use the filler boards. Used 1x3 garden stakes for the joists but turns out the finished flooring is too thick so no go on filler boards.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Had to weight down the flooring and used anything I could find
The book does explain a bit about you.

I had a subscription for many years too.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:21 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunrisetrucker View Post
That copy of Mad magazine made me laugh, as a kid I loved reading them. Nice work on the floor.
Appreciate it; found the box of magazines at a garage sale the weekend I retired
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:24 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post
It was the R. Crumb art book that caught my eye. I have a book of all of his LP album covers on our coffee table.
Remember the Junebug 'toon? "Everything up his nose"
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:25 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by stephen99 View Post
After raising the floor will the Dicor pedestal lower far enough so the table rests on the support rails for use as a bed?

Anyone know how much ETI would charge to raise the floor like this in the build?
Man- you had me worried Went out to measure and it is 13.75"; the Dicor goes to 12.5.

As far as cost for ETI: isn't everything $200 now(-; Actually I think that's what LeonW said it cost him but he wasn't exactly sure.
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:31 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County CA, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
Looks good Ross, I much agree that the 22" of seat height is too much for good comfort.

One thing though for new folks to watch, wait and consider, is that with the 2017 model, the water heater will not likely need to be tipped for the exterior fact to fit the previous slope of the mould. This will bring the overall height of the seat down a bit. I had discussed this with Reace, but until he gets the new 21 moulds (the same at the rear as the 5.0TA moulds), he won't know just how much height he can save. It still would not hurn to have the converter raised though.



The book does explain a bit about you.

I had a subscription for many years too.
Thanks, Jim..... trying to take things less seriously; Alf is my mentor

The 21 has the water heater under the bed, but know its under a bench in the 5.0TA.

So no one has any guesses on the other mod eh? And what's with the West Coast insomniacs- we're up before 6 AM on the Forum. Oh brother

So here it is: The rails bugged me not being uniform and they're just painted poplar. Like my new bathroom door? Ha ha, just kidding- had a few sticks left over from a KT remodel and it was already perfect width.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160410_062737[1].jpg (98.0 KB, 35 views)
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:33 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Box Elder, South Dakota
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21, 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax
Posts: 489
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Man- you had me worried Went out to measure and it is 13.75"; the Dicor goes to 12.5.
Thanks, Ross. Glad to hear that it will work. I like the idea of recessing the raised floor a bit so it's out of the way for someone working at the stove. I'll ask ETI to do this in our 21.
stephen99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2016, 09:41 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Box Elder, South Dakota
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21, 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax
Posts: 489
Does the Dicor pedestal/slide combo also rotate?
__________________

stephen99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×