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Old 07-21-2018, 05:35 PM   #1
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reinforced walls

working on final build sheet 5.0 TA
wondering how many choose to add this option increasing trailer weight and cost?
pro or con?
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:59 PM   #2
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I had some reinforced, this was before anyone found out you could bring all your extras with you to pickup and ETI would install them for you. As that wasn't an option I had walls reinforced for folding shelves at the dinette, and the wall along the stairs in the 5.0TA for Umbra hooks and a future handrail, when and if we get old.

With the trucks weight limits I wasn't worried about extra weight, nor was the $ much of a concern. YMMV
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We had several walls reinforced. Basically, if I thought I might want to attach anything heavier than a couple pounds, and with other than a 3M Command attachment, we had that particular wall reinforced. We did four that way.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:53 PM   #4
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Just remember that each reinforced wall adds about 25 lbs. Doesn’t sound like much when you do one. Do four walls and it is equivalent to another A/C unit on the roof. You may have the tow vehicle capacity but sometimes I think we lose sight of the fact that these are supposed to be lightweight trailers where decent fuel economy is part of the appeal.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:54 AM   #5
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and I found, after 4 Escapes that reinforcing all the walls was not needed because all have corner studs as well as supports so it was just a matter to finding the corner or supports for anything heavy. I went from 4 down to 1 in my current model.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:00 AM   #6
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I had both dinette walls and both loft walls reinforced during Ten Forward's build. I didn't know what or IF I was ever going to add something like a magazine rack, television mount, spice rack, etc. What I did know, is I want stuff where I want it. I didn't want to worry about finding bracing. It may be a couple of inches too low or too high. Adding the reinforcing gives me what I need/want.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:10 AM   #7
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Are reinforced walls an option on the build sheets?
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I was going to reinforce those walls also, but instead elected ETI to install 2 pop up tables there, I figure they will have to install bracing ahead of time for the tables and the corners are always braced, so that should solve my dilemma.
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Are reinforced walls an option on the build sheets?
If you go to their website they have diagrams of the standard locations for everything.....
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Another option to mount stuff if you don’t have or get reinforced walls, but find you want/need to mount something where there isn’t framing, is to fabricate a backer board that you attach your widget to, then attach the backer to the framing. I’ve done this in a few places out of 1/4” thick oak, stained to match the interior, once for a knife rack, once for a spice rack, and once for a Caframo fan.
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