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Old 10-31-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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What factory modifications have been made by owners or prospective owners?


Hi all,
I am in the process of ordering my Escape and wish to learn as much as possible. I am ordering extra extra outside lights, outlets and tv wiring. I am also adding doors to the front dinettte bench and the bottom of the wardrobe. This is a letter I sent to Jeff:Jeff,
Nice to hear from you. The Oliver forum has been pretty lively. Have you checked it out? The Casita Club has been long standing. I check both of them out for ideas even though much of the information is "brand specific" it is still informative and helpful. The Oliver forum can be reached through he manufacturers' site and may be somewhat sponsored by them. The nice thing about having one devoted to one's own kind is that others wouldn't be too interested in some topics. For example, I would love to see pictures of how your wardrobe turned out. ( I saw it in production). Also I would be interested in seeing anything else special that you did. Further, as I have expressed, I would like to learn what others have done. I am requesting a wardrobe mod: recessing it about 8" for my dog's dish and to sit on the dinette bench catty-cornered to remove shoes. Also to get a larger window on the passenger side from followed by a small one over the wardrobe (like thqt over the sink). Then I want a small door down at the bottom at the doorway side (about 6" x 12") to put my shoes and dog leash in the bottom of the cupboard. It will be accessible from the open entryway so I can out them in and keep my floors cleaner and the shoes and leash out of sight. I also am getting a tv outlet on the opposite side for a table top tv. I'm having the microwave door hinged at the top. I am short so I'll never hit it, can keep it up while prepping and not have to open two doors to use it. I also have the large dinette and not the newer front bed option, but I'm having a door put on the passenger side bench. That is so I can reach under as I intend to have the bed always made up. Then I will use storage containers that I can pull out to access the door and the interior below- bench area. I'm also trying to figure out a flip up false front. Needless to say, my ideas are not unique, and again, I'd love to hear about others. I also am going to have a rear light but want a third higher brake light. I'm trying to think of everything possible that would not be easily available, once constructed. What kind of solar wiring did you get? Was it for a battery, water heater or lights or all of the above?
I am also working on a possible rear-view system so I can better judge the traffic behind me. I am very appreciative of the warm and welcome reception by Tammy, Reace and their employees.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Re: What factory modifications have been made by owners or prospective owners?

Great thread Sandra.

These too are the things I am really interested in at this time. To get as many things right from the start. Some of your ideas I had not thought about yet. I have only talked to Reace a couple of times so far, and will get more into specifics later. I am going to watch and listen for a short while as I formulate my own ideas.

So, keep those ideas coming.

BTW Sandra, which model are you ordering?
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:55 PM   #3
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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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Old 11-01-2008, 03:07 AM   #4
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I'm thrilled to have this forum!!! I've been on Oliver's forum a lot, but it's gotten so pricey! Too pricey! But it does have some wonderful features. I'm fond of the window coverings/screens, for one thing. Wonder if they could go on the Escape. I guess the best thing is to make a list of both trailers and compare.

I'm hoping to see a 19' Escape this spring and take the plunge. Want to live in it full time!
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:09 PM   #5
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Welcome!
The window coverings are now shades, not blinds. There are some other changes as well. For example, the bath door comes hinged on the opposite side from the Escape site picture (for dressing room privacy). However, I'm requesting it be hinged on the right. The tail lights are new, as is the screen. Tammy and Reace are always forward looking to improve their product. If you haven't already, contact them and see if you can look at one that is close to you.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:27 PM   #6
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Bathroom door on my 17B is hinged on the left. Inside the door I have one of those stick-on LED lights. This works for me for trips to the john in the middle of the night. I can turn the light on, but the door shields the light from my sleeping partner.

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Ours is on the left as well... we got one of those crank LED lanterns that have a night light option and just put it on the small dinette table.. basically stays on all night after a couple of minutes of cranking.. we have another that you can charge the battery via the firewire port on my laptop.. anyway they are pretty efficient and in "night lite" mode offer more than enough light to negotiate around our dog on floor when if we get up in the middle of the night..
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Good idea, what other things did you request? Is there anything that you'd have done differently? Since sometimes I'm in a hurry, I thought the right side hinge would be better for me. I probably will have a challenge enough not to step on my dog!.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:59 PM   #9
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Well there's one thing.. Since I wasn't too sure about my Highlander and the Escape, we ordered the High Axel Lift on the Escape.. Probably not necessary and perhaps might cause a lowering in gas mileage. The Escape now has higher ground clearance than what my Highlander dreams about when it's sleeping..
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When I ordered my Escape, I was planning on getting a Toyota Tacoma, eventually, so I also have the high-lift axle. But, the Old Bag, didn't like the high step up into the Tacoma, and maybe I was just in a bad mood the day I drove it, but it didn't turn me on. So, we got the RAV4. It couples fine to the Escape, but the trailer is four inches higher than need be. I doubt, though, that that four inches significantly affects the mileage.

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