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Old 03-25-2018, 04:04 AM   #1
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outside grab rail

has anyone installed a grab rail like this on an escape?

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Old 03-25-2018, 05:29 AM   #2
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I have the "mini" version of this on my a-frame and I love it. I asked, and ETI will not install it on my new 17.
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:39 AM   #3
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I have the "mini" version of this on my a-frame and I love it. I asked, and ETI will not install it on my new 17.
First of all I don't have an Escape but I've built and modified after farming and flying in my past.
So, I'm sure you're concerned about finding a 'solid' attach point.
I would think there are solid wood members that ETI uses to attach the the exterior door frame.

I've seen many build pictures that ETI sends to their customers.
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Just phone ETI and ask them for the loc's of the wooden inserts that are formed into the fibreglass mold at build time.
But you will need a datum line to measure from an outside goof proof starting point, I would think ETI will know this.
Use some very good quality exterior caulk when attaching the hand bar to seal your fasteners.
That's how I'd do it, but there are lots of experience Escape owners that may already done similar mods.
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The grab handle Escape installs is held in place by two rivets. How do I know? When I made the mistake one morning of attaching a 25 foot tether for my dog to it... (too lazy to put on shoes, go outside and use the bumper) ...when she spotted another dog and tried to race over to it, snap! ... this happened.

There's no way to replace the rivets with like, machine screws and fender washers because you cannot access the other side of the fiberglass shell.
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:40 PM   #5
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The grab handle Escape installs is held in place by two rivets. How do I know? When I made the mistake one morning of attaching a 25 foot tether for my dog to it... (too lazy to put on shoes, go outside and use the bumper) ...when she spotted another dog and tried to race over to it, snap! ... this happened.

There's no way to replace the rivets with like, machine screws and fender washers because you cannot access the other side of the fiberglass shell.
Josie (sp) can get excited. Who'da thunk it?
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yeah, I can't tie my Maggie (a yellow lab) to anything, she'd drag the whole trailer around if she could

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I wonder if I could get away with cutting 1" or so holes in the inside wall, and slipping a metal bar in place as backing, pre drilled where the anchor bolts go... then put white plastic cap/plugs in those holes for cosmetics.

this is for my wife, who's got very short legs and bad knees.
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I'd recommend using the suction type grab bars used in bathrooms, they are pretty sturdy and should work well on the exterior fiberglass.....https://www.amazon.com/Grab-Bar-Vive...ab%2Bbars&th=1
I put one in mt Escape Bath and used one on my EggCamper which did not have an exterior grab bar. Various sizes available...
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I've done something similar to that in drywall. I think that you'd need flat bar at least 3/4" wide and inserting it into the interior holes, at an angle, might require more than a 1" hole. It could get a bit messy.

Perhaps another alternative would be to make up some small plates, maybe 1 1/2" x 1 1/2", whatever's suitable for the base of the grab bar and install them on the exterior. With 4 pop rivets and some 5200 they'd be pretty bomb proof.

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