Hatch hole help - 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 06-30-2018, 01:03 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
skiman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Jeromesville, Ohio
Trailer: Escape 21' pulled with 2014 Silverado Crewcab
Posts: 728
Hatch hole help

Trying to figure out best way to cut a hole for the new rear hatch. What kind of tool, oscillation, jig saw, etc. Tried to outline the hole with tape, won't stick because of BT S protectant. Cleaned that with Softscrub and little better.

What's worked well for others? I am thinking oscillating mutitool or handheld jig saw. Any tips would be hugely appreciated.
__________________

__________________
Carl,

"Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?"
Zig Ziglar
skiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 01:10 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,234
I prefer a multi tool, but they do not do radius cuts well. I have cut a hatch in before with a jig saw and a fairly fine blade and it worked well.
__________________

__________________
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 06-30-2018, 01:18 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
AKCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Trailer: 2016 Escape 19
Posts: 418
You could call Escape, but I noticed on my build pictures that they cut the holes out but not the corners. I would imagine a die grinder with a cutoff wheel might work for that part. I would defiantly test in the middle. One of those Sheetrock tools that cut with a drill bit would do the corners, but test cut in the center to make sure it won’t chip the gelcoat.
AKCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 02:21 PM   #4
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,626
I use a Roto-Saw tool for fiberglass; variable speed and it works quite well. Basically a small hand-held router.


https://www.rotozip.com/en_US/web/ro...ontrol-any-cut
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
skiman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Jeromesville, Ohio
Trailer: Escape 21' pulled with 2014 Silverado Crewcab
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post
I use a Roto-Saw tool for fiberglass; variable speed and it works quite well. Basically a small hand-held router.


https://www.rotozip.com/en_US/web/ro...ontrol-any-cut
Have one. I'll dust it off.
__________________
Carl,

"Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?"
Zig Ziglar
skiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 03:19 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Eggscape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19
Posts: 1,258
Simple jigsaw and med to fine blade. Pilot hole to start and I applied most of the pressure to the side of the saw that was to be cut out and discarded. You can also apply tape to the foot of the saw as well. I used the belly band as the leveling point to measure from...good luck.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 460D4216-4204-4B52-9BB6-E68B2DF2D489.jpg (107.8 KB, 16 views)
__________________
So many modifications...so little time.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ape-12918.html
Eggscape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 05:34 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
skiman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Jeromesville, Ohio
Trailer: Escape 21' pulled with 2014 Silverado Crewcab
Posts: 728
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eggscape View Post
Simple jigsaw and med to fine blade. Pilot hole to start and I applied most of the pressure to the side of the saw that was to be cut out and discarded. You can also apply tape to the foot of the saw as well. I used the belly band as the leveling point to measure from...good luck.
Unfortunately the old 21 has a big style line about an inch above the hatch. Wish it was open and flat like this.
__________________
Carl,

"Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?"
Zig Ziglar
skiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 09:03 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: ,, Oklahoma
Trailer: 17
Posts: 812
Another rotozip user here with residential fiberglass shower holes.
gocamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2018, 09:38 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
rubicon327's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Burlington Twp., New Jersey
Trailer: 2010 Escape 19
Posts: 3,329
I have cut openings in the Escape shell for a rangehood exhaust and bath window. Also did an outside shower on a Scamp. I sometimes drill the corners and then do the cutting with a Dremel with reinforced cutoff wheels. Has always worked perfectly.

https://www.dremel.com/en_US/product...-wheels-5-pack
Attached Images
File Type: jpeg 7B296FD6-03B2-4F4B-BA3A-D4508745CB6E.jpeg (22.9 KB, 108 views)
__________________

rubicon327 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 02:53 AM.


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