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Old 03-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Exterior Access Door for 17B'

Tammy needs all of our decisions this week -- (the pressure is on!) We are planning on the Exterior Access Door in the passenger side rear, but Tammy said we could also have it on the driver's side front if we prefer. Having never been in a 17'B or seen one - what is the best location for the access door?

Thanks for any and all advice!

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Old 03-29-2010, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

I wish I could help.

I had an exterior hatch installed in the passenger side front. That's where I kept chunks of 2 x 6, axe, maul, jack etc. Very handy to have access from outside. Then I added the cargo carrier and box to the rear bumper and put all that stuff, and hoses, power cords etc in it. That got me concerned about un-weighting the hitch so I tried to put heavy stuff in the front compartment to offset the weight. Trouble is, I don't need access to that stuff from outside and some is too big to fit through the hatch. So, I'm still trying to work out what goes where.

Given all that, I'd have a large hatch for the rear compartment. That way I could access the rear compartment without having to re-make the bed.

Another consideration is if you get the new combo fiberglass propane cover / storage compartment ( when it becomes available ) do you really need another hatch at the front? I'm guessing that you would access yours from the side of the trailer. My hatch is at the front and I probably won't be able to use it when I get the propane cover / storage combo.

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

Baglo,

Thanks for the input. We have it now penciled in for the rear. We will leave the bed made up in the back like we did with our Scamp side dinette. That way we would have access to the storage space under the bed without lifting off the mattress like we always had to do with our Scamp
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

I had the access hatch also installed on the rear passenger side, for the same reason of leaving the bed untouched during the day. I have to experience yet how I like it....
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:35 AM   #5
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

We have the 17B and have the hatch on the rear passenger's side. Having it on the driver's side doesn't work to well because of all of the permanent stuff stored there. I would not want my jack handle bouncing up into the electrical panel.
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

All interesting observations so far. To add to the mix is a question of leaking. Is there more potential for a leak while driving in lots of rain. I have not seen the issue on units I have had in the past but . . .

I am having one installed on the driver side front dinette of my 19. However my Escape is going on the same delivery truck as Gerda's and I have to wait to try it out.

If I was able to see and gauge the space in the new front tongue storage I might have opted out of the extra hatch I ordered.
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

Thanks everyone. I am going to go with the rear passenger side one as we currently have on the order. Now to decide on the graphics color.......
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:03 PM   #9
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

I had two front hatches and the rear passenger hatch placed in the "Suite Escape". I am very happy that I did because I now keep the front dinette made into a bed, which was not contemplated initially. Further, it appears that if the propane tanks were side by side, opening room would still be adequate. (IMHO)
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Re: Exterior Access Door for 17B'

Talked about the propane cover / storage box with Reace a week ago. A prototype was in the shop so we didn't get to see it, but I gather that the unit will be right up against the front of the trailer, since they sent the front wall of a trailer to ensure clearance.

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