installing an ETI supplied under bed door - tips - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-20-2017, 11:36 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: los angeles, California
Trailer: 2017-21' Escape, Casita 17' (sold)
Posts: 1,245
Question installing an ETI supplied under bed door - tips

hi all

So I had ETI send me an under bed door - that i'll install right outside of the bathroom on our 2017 21'


they sent it with all hardware installed (hinges) - yay!

Unfortunately they didn't include a short hunk of trim for the bottom lip of the hole, that will be visible as i put shoes in and out of the new hole. That would have been nice.

Anyway - having inspected the stock door, i see they used some blocking to re-inforce along the sides of the hole.

i'm semi-handy.... own a jig saw but i'm afraid i'll be a klutz and make a wobbly hole.

any tips as to how best cut a straight line ? with the side of bed panel in place.

and should i very carefully cut the hole, and get that right first, then add the blocking?

(I am aware that i should start slightly small with the hole, and slowly get bigger to tidy the edges....)

Unsure how to secure the blocking.... they used a staple system i dont have - maybe some little metal bits, with proper length wood screws, and some wood glue too?

and...Not a huge big deal, but where would i get a suitable hunk of that wood grain "cap" trim to add to the most visible part of the new hole?



Thanks

john
__________________

Losangeles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 11:44 AM   #2
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 19,377
You can stain the wood to match the trim and get some 1x1 pine trim for around the door, staple it in place horizontal and attach at top and bottom vertical pieces and then the horizontal piece.
__________________

__________________
Jim
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years Lincoln
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 12:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 13,665
I've found an oscillating multi-tool does a nice clean job, but I've only used it on small cuts.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 12:32 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: los angeles, California
Trailer: 2017-21' Escape, Casita 17' (sold)
Posts: 1,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
I've found an oscillating multi-tool does a nice clean job, but I've only used it on small cuts.
that was my first thought.... i recently bought one... it is 100% amazing what it can do.

perhaps with a steady hand I can do a good enough job?

anyone know of any glue on wood grain / plastic trim that would hide the cut and the added blocking?

Losangeles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 01:28 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Greg A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19 "Seventy Degrees"
Posts: 2,809
Mark your lines for your cut and then tape them with painters tape. It will give you a better guide to follow and also will help to prevent splintering along the cut.
The Depot carries wood grain edge trim that isn't bad if I'm following what you want to cover. Used it on a Murphy bed I built years ago.
Greg A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 03:35 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: los angeles, California
Trailer: 2017-21' Escape, Casita 17' (sold)
Posts: 1,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greg A View Post
Mark your lines for your cut and then tape them with painters tape. It will give you a better guide to follow and also will help to prevent splintering along the cut.
The Depot carries wood grain edge trim that isn't bad if I'm following what you want to cover. Used it on a Murphy bed I built years ago.
cool, and cool - thanks!!

John
Losangeles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 03:38 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Trailer: 2014 Escape-21
Posts: 264
If you have access to a Kreg jig, that works great for adding the supports behind the paneling and provides a really strong joint.
Eddie
elongest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 04:20 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,734
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
I've found an oscillating multi-tool does a nice clean job, but I've only used it on small cuts.
That's what Reace used (Milwaukee cordless, for what it's worth) to cut into the cubbies to access/swap out bathroom water hoses on new 21's during his whirlwind trip around the states this past Summer.
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 05:14 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19, sold; 2019 Escape 21, Sept. 2019
Posts: 4,805
I made a simple jig that made it easy to cut it out exactly and in the right place.

I glued in the backing blocks. They're solid as a rock, nothing else is required.

I used oak veneer on the edge. Others have found other edge treatments. Or you can just leave it as is.

Ron
Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2017, 05:16 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Van., British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 19, sold; 2019 Escape 21, Sept. 2019
Posts: 4,805
The photo.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 23-11-2014 3-49-27 PM5_resize.JPG (336.3 KB, 36 views)
Ron in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2017, 08:06 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,151
On all my cabinets cut into existing woodwork, I first installed blocking/backing framing the exact door size I wanted, which essentially became the jig. I then quickly cut with an osculating saw the panelling free hand leaving it a touch inside the framing. I then ran a small router with a straight bit around the hole to make the panelling edge nice and flush with the framing. then a quick sand to clean up where necessary, and knock the sharp edge off the front of the panelling. If it was a drawer I was done, with a cabinet with door, I painted the sides a colour just like Escape did, and put a tough vinyl cap on the bottom, again like Escape uses.

Though my description sounds lengthy, it really was quite easy to do. A few minutes to get a frame in place, and about a minute to do the other prep work, Combining a bunch of openings at once helped speed up the process too.
__________________

__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×