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Old 01-06-2018, 04:46 PM   #1
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How secure are the interior doors and drawers?

I'm showing my Scamp colors here: we added positive latches to all the doors and drawers in our Scamp 16, and developed elaborate routines for securing everything when we went on the road. We drive off road a lot, but even on the freeway, we had to clamp everything down. Have you found the door and drawer latches on the cabinets in the Escape to be good for keeping the inside things inside? If not, what latches worked easily and effectively?
Thanks so much for your advice regarding the decor. We're on it!
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:54 PM   #2
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We have had no issues with the door and drawer latches coming loose as we go down the road. We don't overload the cubbies (nor the wardrobe closet), and I don't leave stuff under the bed that might slide forward when we're underway; but those things are normal considerations. YMMV.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:05 PM   #3
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I'm showing my Scamp colors here: we added positive latches to all the doors and drawers in our Scamp 16, and developed elaborate routines for securing everything when we went on the road. We drive off road a lot, but even on the freeway, we had to clamp everything down. Have you found the door and drawer latches on the cabinets in the Escape to be good for keeping the inside things inside? If not, what latches worked easily and effectively?
Thanks so much for your advice regarding the decor. We're on it!
You travel rougher roads than we do, but we've only had one problem, and that was our fault. We once mistakenly left a tall, heavy water bottle standing just inside a floor-level cabinet, and it was top-heavy enough that when it tipped over, it popped the door open and fell out into the aisle. The plastic bottle obviously rolled around a bit before we discovered it, but no damage to the camper. We just need to always remember to lay tall, heavy things down inside the cabinets, or put them inside a basket that will keep them from bashing the door open. Again, totally our fault, not the camper's.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:11 PM   #4
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We had some of the doors open on us when we first got the trailer, changed to these. The only issue with them is the wings are fairly sharp. Haven't gotten cut from them, but it feels like you do. They work well but then I don't do much off roading.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:46 PM   #5
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I've had no problems with drawers, however I have had the latch on the cabinet under the microwave open on more than one occasion, dumping some of the clothes I carry to end up on the floor. I may add a stronger closure, but it isn't all that much a problem.

On the other hand, I've also had the door under the sink/counter space open, spilling pots & pans as well as my coffee maker, a more serious problem. I solved this by using a bungee strap across the doors when traveling.

I do admit to driving "lumpy" secondary roads as much as possible, and often end up in undeveloped campgrounds where there is a fair amount of twisting and bouncing that probably contributes to the doors opening.
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Old 01-06-2018, 06:03 PM   #6
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I too use bungee cords when traveling washboard or pothole roads.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:40 PM   #7
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We received our 19 last Spring and did quite a few short trips throughout the summer with a total of 42 nights camping. We have had absolutely no problem with any doors, drawers or the refrigerator although we door put rubber twist ties around the door handles and a bungee on the refrigerator similar to the picture gbaglo posted. Better safe than sorry but I would be pretty confident with no restraining devices in place. Just stock and store items in a logical manner.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:05 PM   #9
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BTW. I don't bungee the upper cabinets, which are kept closed by gravity. We use those for clothes, towels, snack cupboard. Only one that has heavy, slippery stuff in it is the dish cupboard above the stove and it's never come open.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:26 PM   #10
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I've had the large cabinet door next to the frig open twice. Once was due to a water container inside that probably banged up against the door. Second time I'm not sure what caused it to open, so I now have a strap across it.

Of course it's purple. Of course I sewed cat ribbon on top of it. No plain Jane bungee cords in this trailer!

I also did the same thing across the flip up table/counters as they flop around quite a bit while in transit.
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