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Old 08-08-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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Raised Dinette

I'm seriously considering raising the dinette in our 2011 Escape 19'. Has anyone done this modification after manufacture?

Does anyone know the manufacturer and style of the flooring? I'd like to make the raised floor the same as the rest of the trailer, thus I'd like to find the same "linoleum" that's in the rest of the trailer. Also, who makes the fake oak covered plywood used to the cabinets?

The big problem in raising the dinette is the breaker/fuse panel. It's at floor level so will need to be raised with the floor. Not a problem, but all the wires to it then need to be extended. The structure doesn't look too difficult, though the faces of the dinette will need to be remade.

Any suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Thicker seat cushions.
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I'm seriously considering raising the dinette in our 2011 Escape 19'. Has anyone done this modification after manufacture?

Does anyone know the manufacturer and style of the flooring? I'd like to make the raised floor the same as the rest of the trailer, thus I'd like to find the same "linoleum" that's in the rest of the trailer. Also, who makes the fake oak covered plywood used to the cabinets?

The big problem in raising the dinette is the breaker/fuse panel. It's at floor level so will need to be raised with the floor. Not a problem, but all the wires to it then need to be extended. The structure doesn't look too difficult, though the faces of the dinette will need to be remade.

Any suggestions or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Hugh, I think Reace could give you the flooring info. I believe its made by Armstrong.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
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Thanks. I also sent an email to Escape but haven't heard back yet. (It's only been a couple of hours though.)

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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I'm ~just~ OK with the visibility from the dinette and my shorter wife was unhappy the seats are so low, or the windows are so high, take your pick. We had noticed it in the factory demo and knew we'd have do something to improve the view.

The solution I came up with is pretty simple and doesn't require doing anything that can't be undone.

Basically, I constructed a 2" wide "spacer frame" that sits (and is screwed to) on top of the existing framework. We experimented first and that amount greatly improved my wife's view out the windows and doesn't make the seat too high for her feet to reach the floor.

I'll face the pine piece with oak.

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Old 08-08-2014, 09:31 PM   #7
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Ron, this frame is only along the front, not back? We have the same problem and we are not short.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:59 PM   #8
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I've marked the frame pieces with green masking tape. The height of the frame is 2".

We sighted to the closest ground that we could see with and without the riser. 2" makes more difference than you might expect. I guess an advantage of this type of solution is that there could be individual differences in the two seat heights.

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I'm ~just~ OK with the visibility from the dinette and my shorter wife was unhappy the seats are so low, or the windows are so high, take your pick. We had noticed it in the factory demo and knew we'd have do something to improve the view.
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I noticed that also when visiting the factory, and as I am also "vertically challenged", I requested they make the benches 3" to 4" higher, which they did.
Of course that doesn't help those whose Escapes are now finished, but it may help someone else.
BTW, I think Ron has a good idea.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:01 AM   #10
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I did make our benches 3in higher . Couldn't t see very good out the windows. Much better . When I figure how to post pics of everything that is done will share .
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