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Old 06-22-2017, 09:55 PM   #1
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"The Trailer" - Likes, Loves and Dislikes

Today I zipped out to The Trailer and took a huge pile of photos. I've had folks ask for some of these and others are "just cuz" type photos.

The purpose of this thread is to let others know what I like, love and dislike about my 2016 21 footer Escape trailer.

There will be lots and lots of photos, with my usual verbage with each post.

So, enjoy with your evening bowl of ice cream, morning coffee or whatever. It's gonna take a while to post all these.

(For those wondering about the title - Dirk and I don't name our vehicles. Last year or so there was a thread about names of your trailer and what-not. Tongue in cheek, I decided to name it The Trailer. Heck, we already have the Tacoma, FJ and Tundra, so why not? )
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:01 PM   #2
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Dislikes

I'll get this bit out of the way first. Here's what I disliked about it.

It's covered in snow! 9 inches (or so) of that stinking stuff.

Granted, I wasn't quite ready to use The Trailer then, but still! And that I had to shovel a pathway to it to make sure it didn't have any leaks or what not.

Whew, there weren't any. I was rather worried with that much snow on there. Did take off what I could.

Much better in the third photo. Out in the wilds of Corvallis Oregon. First trip I took with it after getting my lessons through RV Driving School in Sequim WA.

Other than the snow, I think that's all I can come up with in terms of dislikes.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:08 PM   #3
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Nemesis boot clamp

I'm sure you're looking at the previous photo, wondering what the heck that orange thingie is. It's the Nemesis from Purple Line. I get more comments on that from fellow campers than my trailer and my truck, combined. More than one have commented on stolen trailers and all that.

Nemesis Professional Caravan Wheel Clamp | Trailer Accessories | Purple Line

I'm getting better at putting it on. Having a little stool to sit on while doing that helps a great deal. Comes in other colors, but of course I got the blue.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

We also got the KoJack levelers from Purple Line. Fortunately I don't need to use 'em at every campground I've been to, but sure need 'em at home.

We also got their Purple Line Mover (not Purple People Eater, Nathan ) but don't have any photos of it. It really saved me a huge amount of time waiting around when I was in a situation where nobody moved their trailers until the last/first in the row was gone. Used the mover and got out of there quickly. Acquired quite a crowd watching us. I was directing Dirk, so couldn't take any photos. Sorry Pat. Eventually I will.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:20 PM   #4
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Storage Cubby

I didn't think I'd like this, but I actually do. However, as you can see, I don't wad it with a ton of stuff so it doesn't look cluttered (least to me and Dirk). The turquoise is a fold up thingie that holds bandaids. Lots of 'em. I need stock in the company.

In the rest of the bins are small, rolled up bath mats/rugs from Ikea. I lay 'em out before I go to bed so I don't track gunk from the rug in front of the door into bed when I take off my slippers and socks. And I get to step on clean rugs when I get out of the shower and sit at the end of the bed doing my beauty routine.

Not quite in the love category, but I do like having 'em there. Yeah, never thought I'd say that, huh?

The Command hook on the side is used with small bungies for keeping the door open. Note the burgundy screw cap covers.

12/12 Snap-Caps - for #10, #12 & 1/4" screws | Pro-Dec
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:40 PM   #5
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Bathroom, part 1

Okay, never ever thought I'd say this. If someone wants me to eat my words, make sure they're made with low FODMAP ingredients. Otherwise I'll get sick eating 'em.

Yep, I LIKE having the bathroom sink in there. There, I said it. For those that have spent some time on here or are reading old posts, I had quite the conversation when we were working on our build sheet about not getting that sink. Then finding out that it wasn't possible and we had to have it. I wanted the extra room and not the sink.

Well, my posterior doesn't smash in to it while taking a shower, thankfully. I can stash my soap in there all the time and the showerhead while traveling. I don't use it for anything else, but yeah, it's nice having it there. (guess my words can be made of popcorn)

ETI screwed in the showerhead holder. Not us.

Showerhead from Eco Camel:

Jetstorm Handheld

Shampoo dispenser from Amazon, most likely. Yeah, no surprise there, although the 2 chamber one isn't linking up. You'll get the idea.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

The infamous TP holder is used mainly for keeping a spare roll within easy reach. I got tired of taking it out whenever I wanted to use it. Command hook is for a black plastic bag that I shove used TP in as none of that stuff is going down my toilet. Yeah, that's for another discussion, you think?

I call the next photo "Self Portrait on my arm".

This shows the TP holder that I actually use. Much easier to roll it off the standard type holder. From Ikea, as well as the towel holder under the curtain. Both attached with heavy duty Velco. Both stay up way better now.

Note all the washcloths. Yep, use 'em all. For my face while I'm showering at I detest water in my face (please note you will not be able to use this fact as you won't catch me in a swimming pool where you can splash water in my face). Drying off my hair. As well as the toilet and another for the walls.

The lovely, double sided curtain comes off before my shower. Held up with Command hooks. Sewed it myself.

Close up of the stunningly beautiful cat shower curtain I found in Coos Bay at the Fred Meyer store down there. Others may have it, but they ran out last month as I bought 'em all. Cut it in half and trimmed some off around the ledge for the toilet and it fits perfectly.

Cat bath towels!!! Yep, found 'em on Amazon. They have lots. It was hard to pick which ones I wanted. OMG, I love these. Super soft and they do absorb water. I was afraid they'd be pretty things and that would be it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I need to submit a review of 'em. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 'em.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:43 PM   #6
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Sorry, there isn't a Bathroom Part 2 as I forgot I could put up to 8 photos per post.

And for those wondering, the shampoo dispenser is held on with heavy duty Velcro as well.
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Okay, never ever thought I'd say this. If someone wants me to eat my words, make sure they're made with low FODMAP ingredients. Otherwise I'll get sick eating 'em.

Yep, I LIKE having the bathroom sink in there. There, I said it. For those that have spent some time on here or are reading old posts, I had quite the conversation when we were working on our build sheet about not getting that sink. Then finding out that it wasn't possible and we had to have it. I wanted the extra room and not the sink.

Well, my posterior doesn't smash in to it while taking a shower, thankfully. I can stash my soap in there all the time and the showerhead while traveling. I don't use it for anything else, but yeah, it's nice having it there. (guess my words can be made of popcorn)
No FODMAP involved Laura, I assure you. But I did tell you so...

No worries though. There were a few things I asked about before my trailer was built where I went against the general advice and wished later that I hadn't.



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The Kitchen, Part 1

We're still both in love with the kitchen counter. As well as the sink and the backsplash. I can not admire those two components enough. Formica is Basalt Slate:

Formica® Laminate - Basalt Slate

ETI won't install this type of sink any longer. I forget why, but others remember (Donna and ?) why. Bummer as we just love it. I had them rotate it so the faucet would be off to the side instead of in the middle of my prep/counter area.

Bucket is from Lowe's. Pat (of PatandLinda) gave me the suggestion of putting something inside the sink when dry camping so I could use that water for the toilet. Fits perfectly. Thanks Pat!

Ceramic cat holder for the scrub brush for cleaning dishes. Had it for years. The Trailer asked for it. I could not turn down that request.

Backsplash is Peel & Stick tiles from Lowe's:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Peel-Stick-...-in/1000009118

Another color of screw cap covers. Just love using the different colors. Two more colors in other parts of the trailer. Yeah, had fun with 'em.

If you're considering getting the flip up counter at the end of the counter. Don't hesitate! I could not use the kitchen without it. I just shoved the trash can up there for this photo but plenty of other stuff has been wadded on there. I do want to paint the back of it black though. One of these years. I can see the unpainted part when sitting on the dinette.

The trash can came with this attachment thingie that I tried gluing on the door. Don't bother. I tested it out and epic fail. Left a rough spot that I usually don't notice or I do my best to ignore. I keep the can shoved under the counter, along with extra bags, the grey bucket and some "snacks".
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Test for ya

So, who noticed the addition to the door lock in the photo showing the flip up counter?

Says "locked".

I could not remember which way was which and was running the risk of breaking a nail (oh no!! The Horror!!) when it was locked and I thought it wasn't.

Printed it out on my Dymo LabelMaker. Just love it. I need to print more labels for other areas of the trailer.

Just something to think of to make your own trailer easier to use.
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Kitchen, Part 2

Empty drawer. Didn't last long in that state. Put in some of this purple sticky stuff that's adjustable. Drawer Decor - read the link; it's easier to understand. I had to get the purple directly from the company as it wasn't available on Amazon and it might be discontinued by now. Bummer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kitty themed (of course!) spoon rests from Amazon. Careful washing 'em as they break in the sink if you bang 'em around too much. Don't ask me how I know. I just know. I now have more than two, just in case.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Knives from Analon. They have covers that slide off. Love 'em.

Gotta upgrade my utensils. They're blue plastic from the cooking set I got with pots that I love. These are more for backpacking. Low on my list as they work. Sort of. I'm really picky about my utensils as many of 'em don't feel good in my hands. These work for now.

Some have asked about the windows. I don't have the other, slider style to compare with. But I do like these. I like having 'em open when it's drizzling outside. And I do feel a breeze through them. Ignore the view out the window.

Multi reasons for the next photo, besides admiring the nice wall hanging. Yep, bought a big bundle of those larger Command hooks, as you can tell.

This is the photo with the new, under the stove vent light that Charlie of RV Widgets told me about. Got it from Amazon (should have bought stock in them years ago). It really, really lights the place up. I LOVE this light. I tried taking a photo of it off and then on, but it really doesn't show the difference as my camera flash kept going off. But it really lights the place up. Thanks Charlie!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Note the "stove vent closed" sign. Got tired of that thing flapping around in the wind one night, so for my next trip I made this sign and hung it up to remind me when I close it. That way I can remember to open it the next AM (or whenever). It's the little things like this that really make it easier to use The Trailer.

What, she's using paper plates!?!?!? Nope, not quite. Check out the next photo. I just love these plates. I got the dinner and salad size plates, as well as the cups. Yeah, way more than I need for myself, but they're fun to choose a different color each time. Things like this make me really have fun using the trailer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bowls are great for salads and snacks.
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