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Old 11-07-2015, 11:56 AM   #1
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Escaping, how I modified my TA

Previously, I had posted photos of the modifications that I had done to our TA trailer in 2015 5.0 TA Modifications.

Since then, I have done a few more changes, and thought it would be interesting to see how I did the changes and to show more detailed photos of the process.

I put together a small website that documents all the mods at https://escape440.wordpress.com

Hope you will find it informative.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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Stunning ABSOLUTELY stunning!
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:56 PM   #4
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Nice work!!
When I looked at your pics of your 17b mods it looked as though you removed your screen door. Did you or is it just out of sight?
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:04 PM   #5
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Nice work!!
When I looked at your pics of your 17b mods it looked as though you removed your screen door. Did you or is it just out of sight?
When we bought the 17, ETI still had the folding screen door which we did not want. I picked up the newer version a few years later and installed it.
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:54 PM   #6
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The retractable screen door?
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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Previously, I had posted photos of the modifications that I had done to our TA trailer in 2015 5.0 TA Modifications.

Since then, I have done a few more changes, and thought it would be interesting to see how I did the changes and to show more detailed photos of the process.

I put together a small website that documents all the mods at https://escape440.wordpress.com

Hope you will find it informative.
Chris you are my woodworkering inspiration! You take that trailer to the next level ! Again I want to Thankyou for the time you spent helping me with solving the bath vent dilemma. Pat
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:27 PM   #8
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The retractable screen door?
Oops, yes, I should of said the retractable screen door.
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:17 PM   #9
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So fine; my favorite features are the KT counter and drawers vs. doors. Love the open pantry area and that table probably folds down in front so as to in effect be out of the way.

Looks as though you upgraded at some point the cooktop as well. Don't see the controls for the one with the stainless grates. Also, are the dinette benches a tad deeper?

Lastly, are you available for customization for us mortals?
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:21 PM   #10
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The blog is looking great, Chris. I see you have added a few more photos since I last looked in.

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Looks as though you upgraded at some point the cooktop as well. Don't see the controls for the one with the stainless grates.
That is the Dickinson 2 burner cooktop, just like the one they are holding for me to pick up. It will be a few months yet before I get to use mine.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:35 PM   #11
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Great mods, very nicely done.

I like your treatment of the bathroom door. The gap at the top and bottom never appealed to me from the get-go and the hinges only allowing it to partly open and be in the way are a nuisance. Jim and I had a discussion about them at the rally a couple of years ago and I even got as far as welding up a prototype hinge that would allow the door to fully open but I could see that it'd be a lot of work to fabricate them in s/s totally from scratch. Interest in doing that sort of petered out.

So, when you say that the bathroom door "almost" reaches the fridge about how close is that?

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Old 11-08-2015, 08:40 AM   #12
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Any photo's of the bathroom door open?
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:09 AM   #13
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Any photo's of the bathroom door open?
Here are a couple of pictures, the first one shows about where the stock door opens to, giving you about 6+ inches of space between the door and edge of the encounter. The second one shows the door fully open with the newer hinges, about 20+ inches. It is wide enough so a person does not need to turn to get by.
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:14 AM   #14
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Wow your trailer is so beautiful! I love the flow of the counters and the sleek cabinets. Great vision!
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:30 AM   #15
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Thanks for the photos, that's a definite improvement. I think, in the past, several people have damaged and bent their bathroom door hinges, probably in some cases because the door got bumped while the occupants were trying to squeeze by.

Sigh, another mod to do

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I can't find where I go to see pictures. Please give me a hint :-)
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I can't find where I go to see pictures. Please give me a hint :-)
It is in the link at the bottom of the first post.
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Great mods, very nicely done.

I like your treatment of the bathroom door. The gap at the top and bottom never appealed to me from the get-go and the hinges only allowing it to partly open and be in the way are a nuisance. Jim and I had a discussion about them at the rally a couple of years ago and I even got as far as welding up a prototype hinge that would allow the door to fully open but I could see that it'd be a lot of work to fabricate them in s/s totally from scratch. Interest in doing that sort of petered out.

So, when you say that the bathroom door "almost" reaches the fridge about how close is that?

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Old 11-08-2015, 02:41 PM   #18
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Thanks for the photos, that's a definite improvement. I think, in the past, several people have damaged and bent their bathroom door hinges, probably in some cases because the door got bumped while the occupants were trying to squeeze by.

Sigh, another mod to do

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Ron, the hinges (3 needed) specified on the website are made from thicker metal than the stock ones. It would be hard to bend them. Although the screw holes from the stock hinge do not line up with the new one, most are covered by the new hinge.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:26 PM   #19
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Here are a couple of pictures, the first one shows about where the stock door opens to, giving you about 6+ inches of space between the door and edge of the encounter. The second one shows the door fully open with the newer hinges, about 20+ inches. It is wide enough so a person does not need to turn to get by.
Interesting! The bathroom door in Ten Forward is hinged on the other side and opens toward the loft. Hummm.
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Interesting! The bathroom door in Ten Forward is hinged on the other side and opens toward the loft. Hummm.
I would bet they would mount it either way. Something I had not considered yet. Left hand would be beneficial from the loft or outside, right hand for use from the dinette end.

I tell you, over the last month or so, Chris has given me hordes of things to think about. Well, not as much as he has done, as he has done much of the thinking for me. Not used to that, but kinda nice.
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