Originally Posted by J&G
I checked with Reace. He said he couldn't give us a weight limit but that that shelf is fairly strong. We will reinforce the shelf floor so that there is more to screw into though.
a bit off thread but about the load weight/strength of the center front shelf..
Always assumed the enclosed front ceiling cabinets on either side in the Escape 19 are screwed to wooden reinforcement fiberglassed in, both at the top edge and the lower edge of the cabinets. The center shelf is not enclosed like the side cabinets, so it may only be screwed at the ends and hopefully to wooden reinforcement fiberglassed in along the lower edge. So the center shelf may not be as strong as the side cabinets with regard to weight placed on it.
Perhaps converting the center shelf to an enclosed cabinet at build time as an option would also include wooden reinforcement fiberglassed in at the top edge AND the lower edge to make the center storage stronger, similar to the way the center enclosed ceiling cabinet is attached in the rear of the trailer.
Sent an email to ETI requesting more info about the availability/cost of this option and how it was actually constructed.