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Old 04-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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I've noticed that some of the other fiberglass trailers have fiberglass cabinets as well. Is there a reason why Escape doesn't do that?

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Our guess would be , all sizes would need specific molds - with 6 sizes - that would be a lot of molds .There would also likely be a serious limit on alterations and modifications . Having had another brand with molded cabinets with no mods available , we are so happy to have an Escape ( aside from all the other positives of coarse ) .
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Plus many, (myself included) don't care too much for the institutional look of white fiberglass interiors. They would be good from a maintenance point of view though. I had looked at Oliver trailers that do the moulded interiors, where everything inside is fiberglass, and asked if they would use a different colour gel coat, and they wouldn't.
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Have to agree with Jim. I prefer the wood cabinets, and, having done a few alterations, it is easier with wood. They also use the woodwork to provide structural support for the roof & AC.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:27 AM   #5
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This all makes sense. What I am thinking about is the outgassing and trying to keep it to a minimum.

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Ruthe, the outgassing has been discussed, and most people found either no issues, or that any there were cleared up quite quickly.
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There is definitely off gassing , but ventilation does look after that . Our last new FG trailer (04) did have moulded fiberglass cabinets , it also had off gassing , possibly more than our Escape .
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:54 PM   #8
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Thanks Gabeck. That's interesting to know. I know I've mentioned outgassing before but it's not a trivial concern to me. As we get closer to buying the trailer I want to make sure that I think things through. (Our Airstream was about 20 years old when we bought it so any outgassing was pretty much over with.) For example, I'm thinking about getting a different kind of mattress -- one with fewer chemicals -- we've slept on futons for years partly because they don't have the same chemicals as the regular mattresses.
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Although fibreglass cabinets really do have appealing features , the material is completely non-porous , wood products ( even those veneered on one side ) are not , this seems to add a level of comfort when in humid areas - especially cool dampness .. just our feeling .
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I think as long as the cabinets are not particle board -- and I don't believe Escape uses particle board at all -- then the outgassing could happen fairly quickly.
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We picked ours up in August of last year and spent 9 or 10 days coming home and by the time we got home it was pretty good. certianly the first few days were a bit stinky but just use the max fan and open windows to air it out.
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Thanks Dave.
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When you order your new mattress, order it a little smaller than the factory queen sized. It will allow air to circulate around it and eliminate any wetness in the winter against the exterior rear wall. Allow 6" around the entire exterior bed perimeter and you will have no problems.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #14
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We picked up our trailer in December and I would say it is still offgassing. This was a concern to me since I have two children, and so I've aired it out with every bit of nice weather we've had. In March and April, I would even put a heater in it and get the temperature up, then open it up to let the fumes out. (Wanted it to offgas before we went on vacation for 10 days.)

Now, with the windows and fans open I don't smell anything, but when it's been closed up, even overnight, I still smell fumes. I know it'll fade eventually, and I do admit to having an extra sensitive nose!

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When you order your new mattress, order it a little smaller than the factory queen sized. It will allow air to circulate around it and eliminate any wetness in the winter against the exterior rear wall. Allow 6" around the entire exterior bed perimeter and you will have no problems.
Another advantage of a reduced size mattress is it would make it a lot easier to install the mattress pad and fitted bottom sheet when making up the bed. I find it a small struggle to make the bed in an already tight working area with open access to only one side of the bed. The extra clearance would help a lot with this. Our 15A has a fixed queen width mattress, basically the same mattress as in the 19.
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Our 15 is still giving off fumes picked up on April 1. I think most is the fiberglass. It is definitely stronger than our last trailer. I open all of the cupboards and doors and the shower door. I too have a sensitive nose. Unlike some I'm glad we didn't go into a long trip after we picked it up and it has had time to air out. I think I would have been ill had we had to travel for a week or more after taking possession. Others haven'tentioned this so I guess I am just sensitive to the smells.
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I'm looking for an excuse to get a smaller mattress. For both bed making and bed wetting!!
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I'm looking for an excuse to get a smaller mattress. For both bed making and bed wetting!!
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Oh great guys just something else to consider as we look for our "retirement home" trailer. I had never considered outgassing. Jim do you think that could be a potential problem with an Escape?

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