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Old 09-16-2012, 11:27 AM   #41
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

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One of the best features I find, is the storage hatch to access under the bed storage, in fact I even enlarged ours, as others have done too. This is invaluable for access the things like chocks, blocks, gas hoses, chairs, tables, bocce balls, electrical cords, Frisbees, etc. For us, one of the most valuable assets the trailer possesses.
Hi Jim,

Since the storage hatch is standard on the 19, our new unit will have one, but we were concerned that it might be a bit small to fit things like chairs & tables. You say you enlarged yours - how did you do this?

Waiting - 2 1/2 weeks to go & counting,
Rosemary & Glenn
HERE is my post showing what I did. Unfortunately, one this size cannot be retrofit into the newest 19's, as the awning support arm (and the whole awning) has been moved over to the right so the door does not hit the right side arm when opening.

We fit our 4' table into the old one with no problem at all. Our quite large chairs were a bit tight, but would go in. It is just way easier with the larger access.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:33 AM   #42
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Does any one who has put the larger door in have pics?
Is this what you're looking for? http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=1806.0
You are much quicker than me, I should have read on.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #43
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

I stand corrected! The rear storage compartment in my 17' holds very little due to interior battery compartment and added bench supports. I guess the 19' has an additional 2' to us as storage. I use, for the most part, my truck bed for storage. BTW, nice job on the large hatch mod!
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:09 PM   #44
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

Thanks Jim and Donna, unfortunatly with new new location of the awning i won't be able to do this mod. It certainly would be nice. Thanks
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

Thanks! That sounded like a scary project for those of us not so experienced with tinkering; it's probably just as well it's not possible for our new 19 or we'd want to try. You made it look easy
Do you think the new front storage pod will carry most of the items you might have fit in the bigger hatch? (Not likely the 4' table)
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:14 PM   #46
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run down jeep trails hauling dead moose. I do not think any trailer built can hold up to that.


The Aussies have some interesting off road caravans but of course the $ to import one would be prohibitive.
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #47
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

I stand corrected! Nice trailer. Looks like the frame and suspension could with stand rough roads. I am not sure about the rest of it.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #48
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

The 4' table (actually only 43") we have folds down to 43' long, and about 5x8" square.



We are not going with the front storage box ourself, as we don't find we need the space at all. Could be some day when finally retired, and on the road for a few months at a time, we might opt for one, but for now between the Pilot and available storage in the 19, we still have space left over.
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We have found that with the 2 6 volt batteries in the front storage box and the unique shape our chairs and table won't fit. I agree with Jim that the box is not needed as there is ample room in the rear storage area, however i do like have the outside box for the hose, cord, wheel chocks and items like that. I like having all the items that can get a bit grubby in the box, I imagine this would track considerably less dirt into the rear storage area. Although it is a bit of a pain in the butt taking the propane cover off every time to get the lid of the storage box open and closed but I am getting used to it.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:03 PM   #50
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

Thank you All for your Ideas and Suggestions.

I have received a LOT of actionable ideas and course corrected my option list. I intend to publish the COMPLETE LIST of Options, Factory Modifications, User Additions, and Store purchase ideas we have gleaned from the many posts and other Forum contributions.

Before this planning time window closes and our trailer goes into production please help me with your Non Factory modifications and Gear purchases. I am most curious to know about the "personal touches" that have made your Escape unique and more funtional / pleasurable.

PS - our trailer is getting very expensive......
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