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Old 10-31-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Table and chair storage

We are wandering through our build list, and trying to decide how we will use the 17 we ordered.
Today's questions: Where do you all store your outside folding chairs and tables?
And the bigger question: We're getting the tongue storage box, so is there a need to have the outside exterior access hatch(es)?

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Old 10-31-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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Hi Don truck bed . Every little nook and cranny you will find a use for . We have 1 outside hatch . Your decision .
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We are wandering through our build list, and trying to decide how we will use the 17 we ordered.
Today's questions: Where do you all store your outside folding chairs and tables?
And the bigger question: We're getting the tongue storage box, so is there a need to have the outside exterior access hatch(es)?

Thanks,
Don
Hi: dfandrews... Our 5.0 didn't have an outside access hatch. I made sure the 5.0TA has one. Alf
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:24 PM   #4
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I have both the storage box and the outside access hatch--wouldn't be without either one now. Two outdoor umbrella-type chairs and the two small (side) tables fit in the box even with the two batteries. If I take a folding table, which I seldom do, it goes in the truck bed.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:30 PM   #5
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I've got an outside hatch, front, passenger side. I don't have the ETI storage box ( which would cover the hatch in the current location ). I would rather the hatch was on the side, passenger side rear, because we leave the rear dinette as a bed and it's a hassle to open the bench. Having a hatch there would make access much easier.
The chairs and tables get heaped on the bed ( rear dinette ) for travel. Solar panels end up in the bathroom, generator, bbq and 10 lb. propane tank are in the aisle ( on a carpet runner so they don't shift around in travel ).
Chocks and Linx blocks end up just inside the door or in the TV. All of that doesn't really get in the way because they are all out the door as soon as we get to camp. If one were doing a lot of driving and overnight stops, it would be a pain.
After six years, I'm still trying to figure out the best places to store stuff.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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In the rear hatch of our 19' I keep 4 folding chairs, a collapsible aluminum table, a large ground mat, a screen tent, a broom and the bunk for above the front dinette inside the trailer. The front storage box is filled with other stuff.
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #7
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Wow! Thanks very much, all of you, for your responses. It looks like that exterior hatch is on the to-do list, because, as Pat said, "every nook and cranny", so ease of access, especially under made-up bed areas, is a must.

So, just how big is the access hatch door?
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Not sure what size fits where. You have an awning arm to contend with. Jim Bennett installed a larger hatch on his 19 ( with pix, somewhere on the forum ).
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Hi Don 17 1/2,x 8 1/2 is opening size on my 19 it clears the arm fine . Check pics on forum -the Escape trailer Industries . It just looks like 19 has a longer canopy in front section of trailer my arm clears door when it is opened . Looks about same position in rear for awning arm whether 19 or 17 . To be sure you can talk to Escape . Looks good to me though .
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:34 AM   #10
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Thanks, Pat.
It is on my list of questions (2 pg.s long) to ask at ETI in a week and a half. If it doesn't rain here tonight, I'll at least get to see what rain is like, when we get there!!! (For the rest of you who don't know what I'm talking about: my rain gauge total for all of 2014 here in sunny coastal So.Cal. is 3.86 inches; we're told we'll get ½ inch tonight. Pat, you'll probably get 3/4".)

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Edit: 10:16 pm - RAIN!!!!!!!!
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Keep in mind, when people talk about storing their folding chairs they generally don't describe how they fold or what the folded measurements are. I don't know this, but I think if I put my folding chairs in the ETI box there would be little room for anything else. The zero-gravity chair would be left at home, if I had any place to put it. I have a couple uncomfortable chairs that fold compactly and would fit through a hatch, but the ones I use don't.
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Have a safe trip . We need the rain here .
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:11 AM   #13
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I keep mine in the exterior hatch under the bed. Two chairs, aluminium table, all the setup stuff for the trailer (X-chocks, blocks, hoses, cables, etc), BBQ accessories, fire poker, bocce, snake toss game, 12x7 patio mat, etc. I do have the advantage in the 19 of having lots of room under there. The large items are loose, the smaller stuff in 3 separate bins.
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Not sure what size fits where. You have an awning arm to contend with. Jim Bennett installed a larger hatch on his 19 ( with pix, somewhere on the forum ).
I did this, and absolutely love it, though with the awning now moved forward, one can no longer do this. I know it is what I am used to, but I MUCH prefer the awning shifted to the rear for a couple reasons, firstly so I could put this large hatch in, and secondly because it allows for a large picnic table to fit completely under.

New Hatch for Escape 19

I was looking for a photo of the picnic table under the awning, but could only find one I took recently when getting photos of my new to me Trillium 1300, but it gives you the idea of the look with the awning about a foot back.

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...but could only find one I took recently when getting photos of my new to me Trillium 1300...
What are your plans for the Trillium?
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What are your plans for the Trillium?
I am going to rebuild it over the winter, and give it to my daughter as a wedding present on May 02. Lots of work ahead of me though, but it has the potential to be a nice little unit for them. It is still sitting out at our land 90 minutes from home, but I will be picking it up, and putting it in our garage soon.

My daughter is excited about it, and is willing to put lots of sweat equity into it. I got a really good deal on in, but it will take an good cash infusion to get it to where we would like it, total work TBD yet.

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The trillium is really cool. Will you be posting photos of the renovation on FGRV! Good on you for doing this for your daughter!
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We had a '76, redid a bunch of things on it.....we loved it, that's what got us "hooked" always knew we would want another fibreglass trailer....we've had the 17 and now the 5TA. I'm sure they'll love it- we even made $$$ on it after 6 years.
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Thanks, Pat.
It is on my list of questions (2 pg.s long) to ask at ETI in a week and a half. If it doesn't rain here tonight, I'll at least get to see what rain is like, when we get there!!! (For the rest of you who don't know what I'm talking about: my rain gauge total for all of 2014 here in sunny coastal So.Cal. is 3.86 inches; we're told we'll get ½ inch tonight. Pat, you'll probably get 3/4".)

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Edit: 10:16 pm - RAIN!!!!!!!!
Yep...a week and a half should get you firmly into the rainy season. Enjoy your trip. One tip: It tends to be windy when a storm comes in so jackets and hats are more popular than umbrellas for dealing with it. An umbrella will work for the between storm drizzle but you don't see many of them.
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Westender,
Thanks for the tip about the wind. We got a taste of that this morning after the storm blew through (but we're not really used to such weather!). 0.71 inches of rain. And now it's blue skies, with a few cumulus clouds. In three days, we'll be at 83°.
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I am going to rebuild it over the winter, and give it to my daughter as a wedding present on May 02. Lots of work ahead of me though, but it has the potential to be a nice little unit for them. It is still sitting out at our land 90 minutes from home, but I will be picking it up, and putting it in our garage soon.

My daughter is excited about it, and is willing to put lots of sweat equity into it. I got a really good deal on in, but it will take an good cash infusion to get it to where we would like it, total work TBD yet.

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Very good of you to do. That will help keep you out of trouble.

I suppose the very close similarity to the Escape attracted you so that you know all about this one, too.
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