Shelf above front dinette in Escape 19' - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-26-2018, 11:35 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: Escape 19'
Posts: 99
Shelf above front dinette in Escape 19'

When I first saw Jim's Prairie Schooner, I was delighted with the shelf that runs across the front, above the dinette. Now that we have our own 19', I'm not so thrilled anymore.

That's because of the 4" deep edge that stops things from falling out of the area but also makes it difficult to find anything lying on the shelf, out of sight, and impossible to store reading material other than Kindles and small paperback books.

What I want is an edge that can be secured when we are travelling but can be removed or dropped down when we are stationary.

I had thought of cutting out the edge completely and replacing it with a barrier made of the same fabric (white duckcloth) in which our cushions and valences are upholstered. I thought that perhaps I could secure the barrier to the bottom and sides of the shelf with heavy-duty velcro.

I would be grateful for comments and recommendations that reflect my complete lack of skill with tools and woodworking. And my only marginal skill in sewing.
__________________

egraham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 11:41 AM   #2
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 18,077
How about placing something light on the shelf that raises it to maybe 2" or place plastic baskets from the dollar store and place items in the baskets.
__________________

__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong.....
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 12:02 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: Escape 19'
Posts: 99
That's what we're doing now, but it limits what I can place on the shelf. For example, last weekend, I brought up Barbara Kafka's Microwave Cooking (a wonderful source for using the microwave to cook rather than just reheat; I've been using it since 1982), and can't put it on/in the shelf because the book is too big.

Here's a photo of our shelf in the Wilderness 21', which is what I'd like to replicate. The Escape shelf would not, of course, be as deep, but it would be deep enough to place the cookbook on it.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Trailer Inside White Rock facing front.jpg (206.4 KB, 66 views)
egraham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 12:39 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Eggscape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19
Posts: 1,141
Having just looked at my 2018 model shelf, the front lip could be picked apart with a screw driver and hammer. Donít forget the screws inside the side cabinets need to be removed as well.
Then I would make an L shaped lip that was aprox 4 inches on the horizontal and 2 inches high. Cover it in fabric and install.
This can be done if you have the skill. I have made it sound easy but there would be a page worth of detailed instructions and tricks to make it happen. A lot of work to only get another 3.5 inches of depth max due to the side cabinet doors.

I would suggest that you consider a lower magazine rack along the front wall. Cut some plywood, cover it in your fabric and install with some brackets.

Good luck
Attached Images
File Type: jpg E2B77E66-DBF2-4793-9CDE-FC792EA1F611.jpg (203.7 KB, 25 views)
File Type: jpg 651102F0-7130-424C-839D-1CABA418BF94.jpg (265.9 KB, 34 views)
__________________
So many modifications...so little time.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ape-12918.html
Eggscape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 12:53 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 12,999
I just put stuff on that shelf that fits.
Cribbage board, cards, bird book, stuffed frog.
I drilled through the bottom for a hook and was surprised by how thick it was. Might want to check with ETI. May be a structural element.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 01:24 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Eggscape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19
Posts: 1,141
If your leftover cloth is not big enough to cover a floor style magazine rack you could make it out of wire shelving. The wire shelving is a bit more weight than the plywood, but not by much.
Cut the shelf to width, put the lip on or just above the floor (so you donít loose any toe room) to form the rack base and attach with some wire clamps to the side walls.
I have seen piles of this kind of shelving cheap and available used at Restore which is a used building supply store.
Attached Images
File Type: jpeg 878ED350-C95C-4344-A14C-2153E56E3478.jpeg (149.3 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg 734B742B-2BE9-44B1-9905-F13AB505C847.jpg (52.0 KB, 7 views)
__________________
So many modifications...so little time.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8...ape-12918.html
Eggscape is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 01:42 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Felton, California
Trailer: 2018 21' ; 2014 Escape 19' (Sold)
Posts: 1,121
When we had our 19', I purchased some cloth-covered boxes (think, CD-type boxes) from Target which fit perfectly in that space. We could then put in our cribbage board, Kindles, etc., and lift the entire box down when looking for anything. They were similar to these (https://www.target.com/p/small-recta...3/-/A-52071049) but cloth-covered.
__________________

Jan

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- Cesare Pavese
CADreamin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 02:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19
Posts: 4,428
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
I just put stuff on that shelf that fits.
Cribbage board, cards, bird book, stuffed frog.
I drilled through the bottom for a hook and was surprised by how thick it was. Might want to check with ETI. May be a structural element.
Same as us. We have a number of items that are a perfect fit and secure because of the front ledge.

The shelf, like other parts of Escapes consist of a thin upper and lower panel with solid wood battens. If you had solid wood you were drilling through a batten. Mostly there's just air space between the upper and lower panels.

Ron
Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 02:27 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 12,999
A picture of the only hole I've drilled.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Eye bolt.jpg (107.9 KB, 19 views)
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2018, 06:24 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Grass Valley, California
Trailer: 2011 Escape 19
Posts: 56
The couple we bought our 19 from made four removable bins that fit snug on the shelf. We put all kinds of stuff in them and they stay firm in place when traveling.
__________________

JimHol58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.