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Old 11-26-2006, 10:12 PM   #29
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It looks like the unit is made like the Casita, in that there is two halves and the bottom half is a complete fiberglass shell, as is the top half. That way when the flooring is laid down inside it is not exposed to the elements like some trailer s are. Do you think this is correct?
Don't get too hung up about a fiberglass bottom protecting the floor from the elements -- The vast majority of wooden floor failures (rot) is from leaks from above (windows, hatches, appliances like water heater, water tank, air conditioner, etc.) rather than leaks from below (in fact, I can't recall an owner with floor rot not mentioning an above-floor leak) -- Also, some fiberglass-bottomed egg owners have found that their bottoms actually trapped water between the fiberglass and floor, probably making the situation worse -- If I had a fiberglass bottom on my egg, I would have a way to drain and vent it.
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:27 PM   #30
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The Escape trailers have a bilge that runs under the floor and channels water to drain holes at low points. Any trapped water is funneled out from under the floor.
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:45 PM   #31
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Don't get too hung up about a fiberglass bottom protecting the floor from the elements -- The vast majority of wooden floor failures (rot) is from leaks from above (windows, hatches, appliances like water heater, water tank, air conditioner, etc.) rather than leaks from below (in fact, I can't recall an owner with floor rot not mentioning an above-floor leak) -- Also, some fiberglass-bottomed egg owners have found that their bottoms actually trapped water between the fiberglass and floor, probably making the situation worse -- If I had a fiberglass bottom on my egg, I would have a way to drain and vent it.
That exact problem occurred in the PlayPac I had. It was glassed on the bottom. Even had a drainage gutter around the perimeter of the trailer (although THAT wasn't vented nor did it have any drainage holes. ) Internal leaks (from windows and BADLY from the door) had soaked the wood of the floor which was badly rotted. When I bought the thing there was about 2 or 3 inches of standing water in the gutter under the door.

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Old 12-28-2006, 10:49 AM   #32
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Woohoo, just cruised over to Escape Trailer to check on the current progress of the 5th wheel and read the first one is leaving the facility on January 12!! They're promising interior pics soon and an itinerary of it's travels down the west coast to California and then east through to New Mexico. Hopefully it will have a stop somewhere in the Portland area (?), this I gotta see!!! (and put a LOCK on the checkbook )
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:24 PM   #33
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Hello Reace and hello to all the folks from the last Oregon gathering. Happy new Year and Happy Trails to you all.

Are we excited?

Jan. 12 is our BIG day. We take ownership of Rubea II, the first Escape 5.0 to hatch and hit the road. We will first head back to Gabriola for a quick fitting out of various hooks and shelves and, in general, get ready to head south on or about Jan. 18. First stop is Victoria and onto the 4:00 PM sailing for Port Angeles. We will overnight at Rainbow's End RV Park in Sequim. Next day we will head south on the 101 to Olympia and onto the I-5. We will be stopping at Mike and Nancy's near Roseburg, Oregon and then back onto the I-5 down to Bakersfield then East and south into Desert Hotsprings where we will stop for 6-8 weeks. On our round-about way home we will head to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and then generally north and west to Gabriola with an expected arrival date sometime in early May.

Paddy and I have been watching Rubea II take shape for the last six months, from the painstaking hand shaping and constant improving of the plug, to the "hatching" of the first 5.0 shell from the mold. What an experience. Reace and his team just want to get it right the first time. We are awed by the head room throughout most of the 5.0, very impressed with the larger bathroom and shower, complete with mini sink and cannot wait to climb into the "Queen" size bed after a day on the road. Almost everything, battery, propane tanks, electric jacks,etc. are inside the body of the 5.0, leaving the outside clean, streamlined and easy to maintian.

Our travel plans are always flexible and if any of you are near our intended route, please feel free to e-mail us and we will do our best to give you a look at Rubea II.

We look forward to seeing you all agian in Bandon. We are booked into A-26

All the best, Paddy, Ian, Gypsy and Rubea II
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:28 PM   #34
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Woohoo, just cruised over to Escape Trailer to check on the current progress of the 5th wheel and read the first one is leaving the facility on January 12!! They're promising interior pics soon and an itinerary of it's travels down the west coast to California and then east through to New Mexico. Hopefully it will have a stop somewhere in the Portland area (?), this I gotta see!!! (and put a LOCK on the checkbook )
Hi Donna D. We should be going through Portland around Jan. 20. Where can we meet you? Ian and Paddy

PS..throw away the lock!!!
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:04 PM   #35
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Ian and Paddy!!!!!!! woooooohoooooo it's not even my trailer and I'm absolutely ecstatic!!!!!

January 20 is a Saturday......How does meeting at the rest stop on I-5 just south of Portland (Baldoc) sound? You'll have passed through Portland whether by I-5 or the I-205 interchange around the city. Because it's a rest stop, easy on...easy off. We can firm up plans the closer the time gets...ANYONE ELSE WANT TO COME

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Old 12-29-2006, 07:01 PM   #36
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Old 12-29-2006, 09:15 PM   #37
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Looks great!

I'll be eagerly watching for them on the road next spring.
HI Brian: We ahould be bringing Rubea II (Escape 5.0) through Alberta in late June or early July. Where are you in Alberta?

Ian , Paddy, Gypsy and Rubea II
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HI Brian: We ahould be bringing Rubea II (Escape 5.0) through Alberta in late June or early July. Where are you in Alberta?

Ian , Paddy, Gypsy and Rubea II
I'm near Edmonton, and could meet up with you anywhere in the Edmonton area if you happen to come this way... I look forward to hearing from you when have chosen a route. Thanks!
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ow! ow!! Desert Hot Springs is in my hood! Can I come see your original?
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Consider the Winter Warm Up Feb.9-12, at Lake Cahulla, just a few miles from Desert Hot Springs..

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I'm near Edmonton, and could meet up with you anywhere in the Edmonton area if you happen to come this way... I look forward to hearing from you when have chosen a route. Thanks!
Hi Brian:

I will keep you posted on date and route. Paddy and I look forward to meeting youlater in 2007.

Happy New Year.
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ow! ow!! Desert Hot Springs is in my hood! Can I come see your original?
Hi Gina: We should be in Desert View Mobile Home Club around Jan. 25 or so. If you wish to send me your phone number by personal e-mail I will contact you when we arrive. We will be in the Park for 6-8 weeks with plans to head south and east near the end of March. We both look forward to seeing you. Have a great New Year and Happy Trails.

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