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Old 07-10-2016, 12:32 AM   #11
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....Then I'll be done, ya right.

'Yeah right' is right Hugh. As soon as one mod is done I think of 2 more...

Not a problem I guess, as long as I enjoy doing it.

Just completed: white door lock hardware, red belly band, white grab bar, Teak shower floor. On deck: Dickinson cooktop and Allure vinyl plank flooring....



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Old 07-10-2016, 02:32 AM   #12
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I've found the Escapes are very polished where you can see them. I'm not as pleased when I pull back the blanket and look underneath. However, I suspect the construction is towards the upper end among manufactured trailers.

This particular breakage, drawer frame, would be fairly easy to fix. Likely pull the stove and drawers and fix the frame in place. The new stove and easy close slides made my renovation a little more involved.

Whoa now, we already have a great trailer! But I do think this is the last major mod. Oh ya, need to pull the 'fridge to insulate, baffle and install fans. Then I'll be done, ya right.

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Currinh you probably right about the construction being at the upper end . One manufacturer Airstreams ,and for what they cost the problems on the new ones I am seeing is not cool . Believe me I don't want one but I can't believe what issues on brand new ones . You will see a big difference in your refrigerator when you tackle that one . Pat
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I've found the Escapes are very polished where you can see them. I'm not as pleased when I pull back the blanket and look underneath. However, I suspect the construction is towards the upper end among manufactured trailers.
I think this assessment is very accurate. For the most part built great where needed, but the rest of the construction, though MUCH better than most RV manufacturers, is not anywhere near the quality most of us see or expect for our homes. If manufacturers were to finish with better quality components, the price would be driven beyond what many would be willing to pay. I would be the average RV owner uses their unit maybe 2-4 weeks a year, so they don't want to pay for top quality. Many of us here use our trailers a lot more (because we can) and look for nicer touches.

Say we are rebuilding a bathroom for someone, a job we could do for $6,000 would do the job, with everything working fine, but most times we end up spending near twice that doing it up real nice for them.

And yeah, you ain't nowhere near done yet Hugh, though methinks you are quite aware of that. Good work, by the way. I like to see this kinda stuff done.
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'Not a problem I guess, as long as I enjoy doing it.

Just completed: white door lock hardware, red belly band, white grab bar, Teak shower floor. On deck: Dickinson cooktop and Allure vinyl plank flooring....
Exactly! I too, like I think with Hugh, very much enjoy doing these mods. I enjoy the planning and building both. Do I need to....no. Do I enjoy the process and the resultant.... you betcha!

So you are going with the Dickinson stovetop too? Man, I bought mine last September in anticipation of installing it. It sits at Escape collecting dust for now until the 2017 moulds are done.
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:42 PM   #14
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Yep, I looked at about a dozen different ones Jim. The Dickinson imho just looks better installed. Add to that the burner design and BTU output and we have a winner. And the flush counter with the cutting board in place? Now who wouldn't like that?

The only other one I think looks really slick in the trailer is the SMEV with the smoked flip up cover.

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So you are going with the Dickinson stovetop too?
Wow! I though the Atwood three burner was expensive at around $300. I'm seeing the Dickenson at around $500? Must be nice. Glad I didn't see it when I was planning the kitchen mod. Look forward to seeing one installed.

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Wow! I though the Atwood three burner was expensive at around $300. I'm seeing the Dickenson at around $500? Must be nice. Glad I didn't see it when I was planning the kitchen mod. Look forward to seeing one installed.

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If you haven't seen his blog yet Hugh, Chris R's modifications to his 5.0TA are easily the most amazing I've ever seen on an Escape. He installed the Dickinson, and the install is documented here:

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If you haven't seen his blog yet Hugh, Chris R's modifications to his 5.0TA are easily the most amazing I've ever seen on an Escape. He installed the Dickinson, and the install is documented here:
I had seen this, the curved counter is familiar. I didn't notice the stove before though. He did a great job.

I restored a 1955 Shasta a few years ago. The kitchen was nearly rebuilt and I installed a roundish flush mount sink. Really like it and I'd do this in the Escape but it would require new formica, i.e. new counter, counter extensions and table. Just didn't seem reasonable. The stove in the Shasta is an earlier model, with oven, that I just put in Dora (our Escape 19). We really like this stove.

I liked this quote from Chris R's blog, "Installation was fairly easy with the right skills". Aint that always the case.

Thanks for pointing me there.
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