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Old 11-25-2015, 11:57 AM   #121
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For those who may have problems leaving or losing their removable cord, do not under any circumstances unhitch your trailer from the tow vehicle when at a campground or you may forget that as well.
The likelihood would be pretty much the same.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:58 AM   #122
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Cut two inches off one of those snake-like "Floaties" little kids use swimming. Works great (and you can use the larger, remaining piece to re-capture your childhood .
Great idea . It has to be really snug though ? I think the reason for rubber though it won't squish or fall apart easy . Do you have to worry if they will chew through ?Pat
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:32 PM   #123
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Cut two inches off one of those snake-like "Floaties" little kids use swimming. Works great (and you can use the larger, remaining piece to re-capture your childhood .
This is something I am going to try. Those "pool noodles" (as my son-in law calls them) are available at the dollar store during the warmer months (so far). If one fails you, have a lot left. Jim's playdough idea sounds promising. I thought of steel wool, but since it rusts, it would not be a good solution.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:34 PM   #124
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You can use the left over pool noodle to make protectors for a ladder.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:41 PM   #125
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Eric, no problem using the standard cord for the 21'. The 19' is the one that can have a problem as that area under the bed is basically inaccessible that has the cord storage. The 21' area is accessible under the dinette. We use pliable rope caulk around the opening on the exterior when using the cord. A little foam sounds good for that, too.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:44 PM   #126
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You can use the left over pool noodle to make protectors for a ladder.
I think those are pipe insulators for heat pipes so they have a hole in the middle. That allows them to wrap around something well like the ladder. Don't think a pool noodle would work for a ladder! (but then I haven't had any pool noodles lately so maybe they work, too).
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You are right, they are pipe insulators, but since I took that pic, I have replaced them with pool noodle. Had to cut my own slit with a serrated knife, but they already had a hole in the middle.
I also use them to protect paint on the RAV when I tie down my canoe.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:50 PM   #128
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I like the pool noodle idea. Like the rubber barrier too. Thought using wood would be best because of it's plug-the-hole stiffness. That turned out to be its Achilles heel. Other issue is of course, chewability. Just check the rubber gasket on the bottom of your garage door. Mine's very chewed out at the corner. Of course, that mouse had all night to do it. Right now am thinking of fashioning a funnel-like barrier from fine hardware cloth, maybe combining that with an actual funnel cut to fit and screwed or glued to the inside wall.
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Eric, no problem using the standard cord for the 21'. The 19' is the one that can have a problem as that area under the bed is basically inaccessible that has the cord storage. The 21' area is accessible under the dinette. We use pliable rope caulk around the opening on the exterior when using the cord. A little foam sounds good for that, too.
Cathy what do you mean inaccessible ?Yes it is in corner under bed but you can get to it pretty easy unless Escape is doing something different . Enclosing corner with ply solves any problem of tangling . Will post pics later what I did 2 years ago . Pat
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PS--- I used to use pool noodles on my SUV roof racks.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:55 PM   #131
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Cathy what do you mean inaccessible ?Yes it is in corner under bed but you can get to it pretty easy unless Escape is doing something different . Enclosing corner with ply solves any problem of tangling . Will post pics later what I did 2 years ago . Pat
They may be doing something differently now. We could not get to that area. As I recall, we would have to have removed about 16 screws. We never did. Just lifting up the stuff on the bed was a big deal.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:58 PM   #132
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Hi every body,

What do you think of the outside shower, we both will be using the inside shower, how often is it used, how many have that outside shower and never got to use it?

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Old 11-25-2015, 01:11 PM   #133
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We use the outside show all the time; the inside shower, not so much.
But, we don't stay in RV parking lots very often. When we do, we use their showers.
Depending where you camp you might find issues with rinsing soapy water on to the ground.
I observed another Escape using the outside shower as a dish-washing station and, of course, they are used for rinsing sand from kids and dogs.

I take an all-weather mat from the back foot well of the RAV to stand on and keep dirt from splashing up.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:14 PM   #134
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We use ours all the time - doing dishes, showering off, washing the dog, our feet- filling up buckets. When you're not hooked up to sewer it saves on the grey tank. I know there are lots of others who don't use it at all. It again is "how" you would use it.
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The older style o/s shower leaves a big hole in your side which can allow cold air as well as possible leak if not properly winterized. The newer style utilizes snap on connectors so there is no hole for air infiltration. In addition winterizing is simpler.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:21 PM   #136
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They may be doing something differently now. We could not get to that area. As I recall, we would have to have removed about 16 screws. We never did. Just lifting up the stuff on the bed was a big deal.
Cathy no screws to remove . Don't need to lift bed just open doors , get in there a little and reach in there . I put the ply under bed right away cause when I got home saw cord go to center under bed .Saw a potential for problems , not confining cord . Pat
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The older style o/s shower leaves a big hole in your side which can allow cold air as well as possible leak if not properly winterized. The newer style utilizes snap on connectors so there is no hole for air infiltration. In addition winterizing is simpler.
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Cathy no screws to remove . Don't need to lift bed just open doors , get in there a little and reach in there . I put the ply under bed right away cause when I got home saw cord go to center under bed .Saw a potential for problems , not confining cord . Pat
They must have moved the cord because it was in the far corner on ours and no way you could reach in and reach it. You would have to be crawling way in under the bed. Even then, I am not sure we could access it. Don't think we could. They have probably changed something on that. Not to mention getting rid of all of those screws.
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I don't understand.
I think he is partly referring to where the hose hooks up. It is different now. The door and whole thing is different.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:41 PM   #140
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I think I will need it, I am keeping it in my options.

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