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Old 06-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #21
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I was thinking that the t-mold would add some cushioning especially when the table is down and it is against the fiberglass in the dinette. I guess I'll have to route that grove and use the t-mold. I don't mind the look of good quality Baltic birch edge after sanding and finishing.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:52 PM   #22
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I was thinking that the t-mold would add some cushioning especially when the table is down and it is against the fiberglass in the dinette. I guess I'll have to route that grove and use the t-mold. I don't mind the look of good quality Baltic birch edge after sanding and finishing.
Don't quite know what you mean about it being against the fiberglass when it's down. It will rest on the dinette bench rails. If you mean the back (standard bench with no U-shape dinette), that may touch the vinyl wall covering, but never any fiberglass. Since you plan on rounding the edge if you go with Birch Plywood, there's no need to protect the wall from the smooth edge.
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:28 PM   #23
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In my Casita the tables sit on the fiberglass that makes up the benches I just assumed the Escape was the same. Thanks for the info.
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In my Casita the tables sit on the fiberglass that makes up the benches I just assumed the Escape was the same. Thanks for the info.
Oh! That would explain it. There are many significant differences, not the least of which is no exposed fiberglass gelcoat on the interior, except around the door frame area. The seat benches are wood frames with a plywood hinged top and paneling on the sides.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:21 PM   #25
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Thanks Jim. The extra door is to go under the bed to the right of the angled part. I think the only other under bed access from inside the trailer is at the foot where we plan to place a drawer like others have. I am not very big on fixing myself up but I was thinking I might want to use a hair dryer with an outlet beside the sink down low. I think that one would be able to use the hair dryer there and be use the bathroom mirror at the same time with the door open.
We added a 110V outlet on the angled side of the 21 bed; pretty useless space otherwise; wifey sits on the bed and uses that outlet with the long mirror inside the bathroom door to dry hair.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:41 PM   #26
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On Baltic Birch. I've found all the 4x8 sheets to have voids, the 5'x5'ers are the good stuff.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:51 AM   #27
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Thanks to all for your input. This forum has been so helpful. I will be putting the extra 120 at the foot of the bed on the angled part and adding that exterior hatch in the rear drivers side. But now I have more questions. Does anyone know what the dimensions of the opening of the microwave cabinet are height and width? Is there a shutoff switch to the batteries or do I need to add that as an option? I had one added to my Casita as the battery would drain while parked for a period of time.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:55 AM   #28
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:11 AM   #29
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Hi Jim. I am getting the solar panel and inverter. Is that what you are referring to? I am also getting a cover for the trailer and thought the solar won't be helpful when the cover is on. Im glad I noticed that you are getting an exterior fridge fan on Prarrie Schooner, I guess I'll need to add that to my list as well. This trailer is getting so pricey I may have to live in it!

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Old 07-02-2016, 08:14 AM   #30
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Oh! That would explain it. There are many significant differences, not the least of which is no exposed fiberglass gelcoat on the interior, except around the door frame area. The seat benches are wood frames with a plywood hinged top and paneling on the sides.
The bathroom interior is all exposed gelcoat.

Also the inside of the entry door on the classic Escapes.

If you haven't already I would strongly recommend you contact ETI and get a referral to see a trailer.
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Maybe cut a hole and install a clear panel to allow the sun to hit the panels. I have never covered any of my trailers in 10 years, never had any issues.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:00 AM   #32
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Maybe cut a hole and install a clear panel to allow the sun to hit the panels. I have never covered any of my trailers in 10 years, never had any issues.
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Maybe cut a hole and install a clear panel to allow the sun to hit the panels. I have never covered any of my trailers in 10 years, never had any issues.
You may not even have to do this. I have the original Escape cover & a 95 watt panel. Enough sunlight gets through the cover to maintain the batteries over the winter. My controller shows anywhere from .1 to .4 amps, and with the battery disconnect switch off, that is enough to keep the batteries up.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:04 AM   #34
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The bathroom interior is all exposed gelcoat.

Also the inside of the entry door on the classic Escapes.

If you haven't already I would strongly recommend you contact ETI and get a referral to see a trailer.

Well, I thought the bathroom insert was acrylic or ABS - not gelcoat. But, wasn't really talking about the bathroom. And, I mentioned the area around the door.


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Old 07-02-2016, 01:44 PM   #35
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The bathroom interior is all exposed gelcoat.

Also the inside of the entry door on the classic Escapes.
That's the door frame which Robert mentioned. It is in the new style as well, for the same reason - just no longer curved because the walls are vertical.

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Well, I thought the bathroom insert was acrylic or ABS - not gelcoat.
I'm pretty sure that Escape moulds the bathroom shells (upper and lower) in gelcoated fiberglass to fit the outer shell shape.
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You may not even have to do this. I have the original Escape cover & a 95 watt panel. Enough sunlight gets through the cover to maintain the batteries over the winter. My controller shows anywhere from .1 to .4 amps, and with the battery disconnect switch off, that is enough to keep the batteries up.
We have a Calmark cover on our 17, also covering the 150W. solar panel. About noon I happened to be in the trailer, and
was pleasantly surprised to find the same thing. There is just enough sunlight to trickle-charge the battery.
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In the classic Escapes the inner surface of the door itself is gel coat.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:08 PM   #38
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In the classic Escapes the inner surface of the door itself is gel coat.
Ah, right, sorry - sometimes I need to slow down and read what's there rather than what I first see...
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