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Old 05-21-2017, 05:56 PM   #1
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Thinking about buying a5.0 I have a question about the under coach insulation. Is there any type of cover that protects the insulation? To me that's important for our winter Alaska roads that are sanded. I'm 5'5" can I reach the ceiling lights and fans. We had that problem in our Arctic Fox so we sold it. Also are the seat cushions comfortable? In the Fox they were hard and uncomfortable. Want something small and comfortable. Respectfully, Arnold
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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Arnold, welcome, sent you a PM. Next time you make a Costco run up to Los Anchorage we would be more than happy to show you our 5.0 TA which is the "classic" model. If you cannot access the PM give Escape a call and they will give you the contact information. The trailer still brings smiles to our faces every time we use it. Scott

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Thinking about buying a5.0 I have a question about the under coach insulation. Is there any type of cover that protects the insulation? To me that's important for our winter Alaska roads that are sanded.
Arnold: The stock ETI underfloor insulation application of spray foam is not covered. If we add insulation to our trailer I have considered covering with something like this myself:
http://www.lowes.com/pd/Parkland-Pla...-Panel/3436816
Impervious to water, not affected by solvents/petroleum, light and fairly strong.
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Hi Arnold! Welcome to the EscapeForum. As a 5.0TA classic owner who's 5'6" tall (and shrinking), I can reach the MaxxFan controls if I stand on the loft steps. All the lights I can reach. Now... comfortable cushions? That's subjective. I like the cushions in the dinette and have taken some great naps back there! But, I also like a firm mattress.

Scott and Lori have offered you a tour of theirs, you should really take them up on it so you can decide if the build will work for you.
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I would not call the seat cushions comfortable. I don't know what you would call them.
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:07 PM   #6
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Now... comfortable cushions? That's subjective. I like the cushions in the dinette and have taken some great naps back there!
Subjective is the best comment. I, too, have great naps on the stock cushions. But could I sleep on them all night? No. I can sit or lounge on them for long periods of times while reading and I do appreciate that they are extra firm and are not going to break down anytime soon.
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:52 PM   #7
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I would not call the seat cushions comfortable. I don't know what you would call them.
We are with you Cathy not comfortable at all But we are all different in our likes or dislikes . What we don't like others like . Need to check out a trailer and see if they will work for you right Cathy Pat
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We are with you Cathy not comfortable at all But we are all different in our likes or dislikes . What we don't like others like . Need to check out a trailer and see if they will work for you right Cathy Pat
Yes, just clueing in the OP that many of us don't find them comfortable when that is what the OP wants. There are people such as yourself, I believe, who have made deeper cushions to try to remedy that. Also, can always add outdoor furniture cushions to them if someone doesn't like them.
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Yes, just clueing in the OP that many of us don't find them comfortable when that is what the OP wants. There are people such as yourself, I believe, who have made deeper cushions to try to remedy that. Also, can always add outdoor furniture cushions to them if someone doesn't like them.
I know Cathy . Darn tooting ,raised floor 3 1/2 in floor under dinette, added extra 2in high quality foam to seat to make 6 in.thick , and added large pool noodles behind seat back to make that slant . Someday maybe have dinette cushions redone . Great idea about outdoor cushions . Pat
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I know Cathy . Darn tooting ,raised floor 3 1/2 in floor under dinette, added extra 2in high quality foam to seat to make 6 in.thick , and added large pool noodles behind seat back to make that slant . Someday maybe have dinette cushions redone . Great idea about outdoor cushions . Pat
Escape used to add foam to the cushions long ago, if ordered, but I believe that they stopped doing that. So people have to do it themselves if they want more. As you did.
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Thanks Scott, will call before coming.
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:39 AM   #12
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At half my weight Deb is fine with the cushions, me not so much. Picked up some higher density foam last year and replaced mine, too hard! If I think of it I might try 2" of the softer one on top of 2" of the hard. Every butt is different.
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At half my weight Deb is fine with the cushions, me not so much. Picked up some higher density foam last year and replaced mine, too hard! If I think of it I might try 2" of the softer one on top of 2" of the hard. Every butt is different.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:26 AM   #14
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You can get an option for the fan to have a remote. I didn't get one in the 21 as I can easily reach it. But I have 5" on ya. If I had the 5.0 I probably would have ordered the remote option.

Although that's only good for turning it on and off. You'll still need to open, close and latch it on your own, I believe.

Yeah, check one out to see if it works for ya.

Regarding the cushions. At first I was fine with ours, but over time my butt gets a bit fatigued if I'm sitting there reading for more than several hours. We have the u-shaped dinette and I have it set up with a filler board and cushion so I have more room to stretch out. The table was not installed.

I've been considering adding another layer of cushion to what's there already. I just haven't figured out what I want and what will work best. I do have enough upholstery fabric to get it done, so that's not a concern.

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If I had the 5.0 I probably would have ordered the remote option. Although that's only good for turning it on and off. You'll still need to open, close and latch it on your own, I believe.
The upgrade to the MaxxFan 7500K model with remote features electric open/close. If it didn't it certainly would limit the usefulness of the remote. It still has the manual knob so you can close it in the case of a malfunction or loss of 12V power.
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Yes, the remote closes it automatically and does everything. Very glad we have that and can use it while reading in bed.
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At half my weight Deb is fine with the cushions, me not so much. Picked up some higher density foam last year and replaced mine, too hard! If I think of it I might try 2" of the softer one on top of 2" of the hard. Every butt is different.
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I just bought a couple of very comfortable cushions for outdoor furniture that could be used in the Escape. They are from Pier 1 and were $35 (they say $50 but apparently are perpetually on sale). There are much cheaper ones there but they are not any more comfortable than the ones in the trailer. It's the ones marked $40 or $50 that are much better. At least they seem so without using them yet.

I actually did get them for outdoor furniture but if they seem good, we can get some for the Escape or use those.
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Last winter we had a couple extra throw blankets with us, just as a space saver we started sitting on them. Surprisingly they do a lot to firm up the seat, keeping me from sinking through to the plywood. Made a big difference in comfort.
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The upgrade to the MaxxFan 7500K model with remote features electric open/close. If it didn't it certainly would limit the usefulness of the remote. It still has the manual knob so you can close it in the case of a malfunction or loss of 12V power.
Initially, we weren't going to get the fan with remote, but ended up with it because we wanted the "smoke" (transparent) cover instead of the white (translucent). Talk about unintended consequences: I use the remote to check the room temperature. I love it!
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