Originally Posted by memobug
There are a fair number of rivets on the outside hatches and vents and such. I counted a few dozen on my 19. I didn't check the roof. It looks like they're sealed with some kind of silicone RTV:
4 on the door stay
4 on the door stay mount
4 on the battery vent
10 on the small hatch accessory
~16 on the fridge vent lower
3 on the power inlet
3 on the water heater deflector
True...I thought the same thing when making a few mods on Bali Hai. To me, the most significant thing was the application of those rivets. Rather than performing the job of holding the cabinets in place (and other load-bearing functions), the rivets on the Escape (at least the ones I saw) functioned to hold covers and hatches in place. Not only is there far less stress on them and less likelihood of their snapping like those on the Casita, the consequences of a rivet letting loose are less significant.
Let's just call it non-ferrous irony, eh?