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Old 09-30-2009, 09:36 AM   #15
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Aw gee. It was way more fun to watch the reverse-engineering discussion!

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Old 09-30-2009, 10:50 AM   #16
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What is a "pontoon"?
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:17 AM   #17
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Reace,
Thanks for chiming in

So just to correct what I said above, there is a resin coating on the top of the plywood floor, and then that plywood floor is tabbed to the shell.

Don, the underbody of the Trilium (and so, I believe, the Escape) has two lengthwise "bulges" in the bottom along the outside edges (i.e. the trailer bottom is flat over the frame but where it goes past the frame on the sides, it dips down between the frame and the outside side of the trailer).

If I understand Reace correctly, the aforementioned drains run from the inside of the trailer to the outside of the trailer at the lowest level of the floor, which would be the pontoons (they hang down underneath, so they are lower inside too). These drains are to drain nuisance water from inside the trailer (vs. from inside the wood of the floor reinforcement).

You can kind of see the "pontoons" in the photo of Alf's trailer.

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Old 09-30-2009, 12:02 PM   #18
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Is the purpose of the pontoons for water drainage, cosmetics to hide the frame, structural strength or all of the above?
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:32 PM   #19
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Is the purpose of the pontoons for water drainage, cosmetics to hide the frame, structural strength or all of the above?

All of the above This is an idea we adopted from the Trillium....we just made it a bit deeper to be more effective.

The plywood floor is resin coated on the bottom then laid into the fiberglass to create a good bond. The top of the floor is bare other than the fiberglassed seams.

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:23 PM   #20
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Hi: All... I certainly hope I didn't steer anyone wrong in reverse or fast forward. What I know for certain is the construction methods used in the Escape trailer made my buying decision easy and I will stand behind that decision as a proud owner. They may be more expensive than the others but worth every penny!!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #21
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Hi: All... This posting is just a "Biased Bump". To good a thread to let languish...IMHO.
We've had many people look at our trailer, some before I've even set foot out of the truck, and all say the quality is very apparent!!!
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:10 AM   #22
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I am just a little confused on the drainage holes around the edge? The idea is really great because this way water can't sit inside the trailer and soak the wood floor from a broken pipe, etc but wouldn't that be an easy way for ants or other critters to get inside from the outside thru those holes?____ What would stop rain water while traveling thru big puddles from splashing up and getting the interior wet?_____ I'm sure there is a simple answer and sometimes i just get "Brain Freeze".
I have to say i am really interested in an Escape trailer and have directed a friend of mine to this brand that never had a fiberglass trailer before.
Keep up the great work Reace
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:18 PM   #23
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Think of it like a funnel. Water can enter the large open area on top and drain through the small lower holes but it's much harder for the water to enter from the lower side where the 1/4 inch holes are.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:35 PM   #24
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Think of it like this: Sure a trailer's spinning wheels can splash water up into the hole, but the point of having the hole there is to allow water to flow back out. Based on the very essence of a favorite physicist (Newton) and popular Blood Sweat and Tears rock song "What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheels got to go round." ;-)

As for the ants . . . they can squeeze in through any number of small gaps and spaces, so short of putting a dab of insecticide around the tires and hookup hoses and cords there's no keeping them out. If you do get ants at some point simply moving the trailer from one place to another will generally end the infestation.

What you really don't want in your trailer is a place ants might like as a nesting spot. What they look for is wide (by ant standards) very narrow space between two surfaces where they can build easily protected nursery colonies. The big, open spaces of the pontoons don't really qualify.

Kudos to Reace for improving on the Trillium design by making the "pontoon" gutters deeper and providing more vent holes. Our Trillium-inspired Surfside project tralier has a rotten floor problem because the gutters were not quite deep enough and only one vent hole was drilled at either end, so when I came to pick the old maid up and tilted her on her axle a lot of water poured out.

The whole floor may have to be replaced.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:10 PM   #25
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It's not the ants
This guy thought he culd take my tire at Emily.

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Geeesh!
Somehow the pictures got interchanged and when I tried to edit them I ended up back on my main page.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:07 PM   #27
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thanks peter and james..... that is a very logical explanation..... especially the funnel concept. I liked the escape before and even like it more now.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:37 PM   #28
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I just had another escape construction question. The belly seam photo, are screws or rivets used all the way around? and what purpose do they serve? Since the two halves are fiberglassed together, do they simply hold the seam trim or add strength to the whole structure by screwing all the way through the top and bottom half lips? Third, do the penetrate all the way through the shell? Thanks again.

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