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Old 11-01-2008, 10:39 PM   #11
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Re: What factory modifications have been made by owners or prospective owners?

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Dear Jim,
I am ordering the 17' B with the indoor shower package. I had the good fortune of seeing one in Eureka, CA about a year and a half ago. That was it for me. One of the things those people are now doing is to remove the wardrobe and continue the bench seat toward the entryway. He wants to be seated while taking his shoes off ( and putting them on). There will be the storage underneath. He also had the roof reinforced and a rack placed to carry a lightweight boat.
I don't know if I can figure out how to upload those pictures that I took. There are so many things to think about. What is your rv experience? Try to think of your daily routine and the attendant things that are needed to make it smoother.
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I have seen that model too, it is very nice. I have thought about a light weight rack to carry a canoe so it is not on the way on the tow. It would have to be transtered to the tow if the trailer is parked at a camp site. Just a thought. If I get a roofmount A/C it might make this undoable.

I have done extensive back country camping, backpacking, canoeing, etc, and have used an RV for the last 20 years, from tent trailers to a 24' stick framed that is now used just as a cabin at some rec land.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:03 PM   #12
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Re: What factory modifications have been made by owners or prospective owners?

Thanks to all for your input. Thanks Thane for the links.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:34 AM   #13
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Thoughts on the front shelf: making it deeper with a higher lip to hide tp.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:03 PM   #14
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I don't know about making the front self deeper.. But something like a medicine chest (small, light weight plastic/Fbglass..) that could be mounted above the commode would be great.. I don't think that it would get in the way of #2 and probably solve some Bathroom storage issues..
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:34 PM   #15
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I wonder if Velcro is strong enough to hold one of those smaller plastic drawer or gadget gizmos. (Or super-strong suction cups?) It probably would have to be removed during travel, but being H2O-proof, might prove a workale idea. Since the under-sink piping goes into the wall, I was thinking of a corner suction-cup catch-all might work there. Since there are drain holes, it might work as a shelf for shampoo, or other wettable containers. Being directly under the sink, I don't think that it would create an interference, and might possibly remain dry.
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:43 AM   #16
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Sandra,

You hit me with a lot of questions regarding my modifications on the mileage thread. Some regarding the bathroom door, but I don't have one, unless you count the porta-potti storage area Storage room was more important than a shower/commode and all the hassles of blackwater dumping.

Here are just some of my factory changes:

Added 8" to frame length to place bumper far enough aft to be serious protection.
Added heavy mesh to area inside frame rails fore and aft for storage.
Added 4" lift and 30" tires for better rough road travel.
Fridge is 5 cf AC/gas.
Small front dinette.
Custom storage in place of Plan B bath that contains wardrobe, air conditioner, microwave, porta-potti and several storage drawers.
Original wardrobe is now three shelves (I should have made it shallower).
Single propane bottle (wanted more storage area on tongue).
Stainless sink instead of white unit.
Two burner stove with cover.
Sony radio with CD, two speakers.
Wall mounted AC unit.
Propane furnace.
Max-aire Fan (a lifesaver....get the best one offered, must have thermostat.
Awning.
Tinted windows.
Three hatches so under bed/dinette storage can be accessed from outside.

Owner mods:
Added front storage box on tongue, plywood sides with nice aluminum diamond plate locking cover.
Bigger tires and wheels as mentioned in mileage thread.
Rear frame mounted "roll bar" to mount oversized spare tire, added protection, and to mount other goodies.
Replaced chintzy tail lights with flush mount LEDs.
Added serious backup lights (ever back a trailer into a cramped spot at night ALONE?).
Front "skid hoops" around trailer tongue jack to keep it from dragging.
Better leveling guages.
Nice custom bookshelf on fridge wall at bedside (rear dinette always stays a bed).
Two small catch-all shelves, one on door, other on adjacent wardrobe (was).
Found matteress way too hard; added 48x78 foam camping mattress from Cabela's, then added 2" memory foam pad.
Bedding is two sleeping bags opened and zipped together forming a bag that is 68x80 with top being fleece and bottom cotton so it can be flipped for seasons. Oversize tucks in and does pretty good at staying in place. Winter weight bag carried just in case.
Added 1/2" foam insulation around fridge. Also added fridge fan as summer cooling was marginal.
19" LCD TV/DVD on drop down swing mount added at junction of side and rear overhead cabinets on passenger side. Reace had stated he would not recommend this location as the cabinets were not strong enough for the weight. I added some hardwood reinforcement inside the cabinet and the weight is low at 10# and it has not shown any kind of weakness. Most owners would stuff this area with books adding a lot of weight.
Added extra slider/brace to front dinette table. Attaches to trailer wall and pegs added to table slide in a grove; much more stable.
Window shades made out of those foilding windshield heat shields.

Planned mods:

Add shocks to suspension; too bouncy now.
Continually upgrade insulation (should have doubled factory insulation which was offered as an option)
Upgrade windows to double pane and try to come up with some combo that can be vented during a rain (why I say Maxaire is a must).
And more, but thats all that comes to mind at this late hour.

All in all I am very happy with my Escape but there are a few negatives too. Insulation and draft prevention could be better. Even though there is plenty of real wood in the cabinets I was dissapointed to find that some is paper overlay. It is wearing through in several places. Some fit and finish could be better, several cabinet doors are slightly off plumb, not much, but noticeable. Reace and Tammy were very accomodating to my many changes, but I wish they were closer so I could have been involved a little more directly with the build.

Living in the US I took notice about the agreement between Escape and Trillium as I was hoping there would be production in the US as well as Canada. Traveling I get a lot of curious folks wanting to see the trailer but many are turned of by the thought of purchasing in Canada. I tell them it was painless, and it really was, but I know it is a negative for some. That is unless you are stuck in the Escape parking lot, covered in ice in February, waiting anxiously for a wire transfer of funds to go though. Just kidding....just more added to the adventure.

Photos sometime, I hope.

Ace

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I picked up a container for shampoo and such at Urban Barn. Got a couple towel hooks as well. They were pricey and supposed to stick to the surface of the shower with suction. When that didn't quite work as advertised, I used 3M double sided tape to fasten them to the wall. When that failed, I decided to just sit down and think about it. Luckily the toilet was conveniently located.

And, best solution I've come up with so far is to throw the shampoos, etc. in the sink, which is rather small and we haven't used as a sink to my knowledge.

On separate header, I will post on TP and paper towels.

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Hi: gbaglo... Try a product called "No more nails" from Home Hardware/Building Center. Comes on a roll with a peel n stick backing. Cut to length. 1/16th. thick and gummy. Make sure you got it straight...no second chances!!! Its holding my full length mirror to the outside of the powder rm. door.
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Alan, thanks for taking the time to give objective insight. IT realy helps potential new owners like myself, Take care.
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #20
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Ace and all,
Thanks so much for the insights. I'm appreciative of your input. Ace, what are the areas of wear in the "wood look" have you noticed? With regard to the "fridge mods": how did you add foam? Was the fridge fan one of those that one places inside to improve circulation?
Could you also further describe the skid hoops? I am also getting a 19" tv and Reace is working on a more secure arrangement, I believe. Did you originally receive blinds that you changed? If not how did you modify the existing ones? Hopefully I haven't bombarded you too much again. BTW where are you now? In California?
Sandra
P.S. I'm looking forward to the pictures!
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