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Old 12-30-2017, 01:36 AM   #181
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I have seen the flex that happens just driving over a mall speed bump at an angle.
My first RV was a F 250 w/a 9' cabover camper. Going down some hairy backcountry fire roads the camper, over hanging the truck cab, would almost touch the roof on one side and disappear from view on the other side. That's some frame flex and nothing broke.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:57 AM   #182
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But, you didn't have the front portion of the camper attached to the roof of your cab, did you? I think your experience illustrates the forces at work.
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Old 12-30-2017, 03:27 AM   #183
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Who's Escape 21 is that?
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:09 AM   #184
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Hi Jim. That belongs to our friends Rick and Kim. Itís a 2016 I believe. They are both retired Air Force and done working which makes Cherie and I very jealous! But happy for them too!

They bought the Escape new. I believe they have a user name on here (rschlosser) but they donít do forums much. I know they will show the Escape 21 to interested folks and do belong to the Escape referral program. One other couple in our town viewed it then bought one so now we have 2 Escape 21s in our small town. You will often see us camping with them and with another couple who bought our Casita a few years back.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:16 AM   #185
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I was advised many years ago that I should not place my racks on the cab of the truck and on my canopy because the bed of the truck and the cab twist in different directions, going over uneven surfaces, which would twist my canoe.
You could mount another rack to the front bumper so that both racks are attached to the cab.
Hi Glenn. I like that advise. Unfortunately I may not be able to because my hard cover wonít allow it so my rear rack will have to be mounted off the hitch. I understand what your saying and never gave flex that much thought. Iím wondering since we just have cheap plastic kayaks if all will be ok. I may have to test the theory because my roof is so short and Iíd hate to give up my locking hard topper.
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:34 PM   #186
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Propane bottle holders (cont.)

Got the egg out of storage last weekend. Had time today to do a small project that was needed! It was fun to get her out - spring is here!

Last year I had 1" x 1" x 0.25" angle welded to the tongue to support 2 propane bottles. But the bottom of the bottles wanted to walk outwards during travel, even with the center rod and wing nut very tight. So after discussion here with others (thank you!) we decided it needed extra bracing to keep the tank bases from sliding.

I can't weld I and didn't want another trip to the weld shop (LONG WAIT) so I just bolted on some more 1" x 1" x 0.25" to make the bottles secure side to side. Some stated drilling holes weakens the frame, but the holes are not in the frame at all. They are only in the added propane bottle braces, so no frame mods. Then the side braces were still 0.25" lower, so I added a 0.25" shim of aluminum stock, bolted down with flush mounted screws. Now the propane bottles sit flat on four points, and are trapped in all directions.

I would hope it should be good to go now!
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Kayak Rack (cont.)

Well after winter researching racks, we finally have a setup I hope works out well. Its a Yakima front rack and rear rack. The rear rack mounts to the bed rails and sticks out under the hard cover when its closed. Then it has vertical poles that hold the rear rod. I'm hoping frame twist is not an issue. The Silverado does boast their frame does not twist much. And we are just carrying cheapie plastic kayaks. Also it allows the topper to open so that's huge in my book. Access to stuff at all times.

I also learned from the kayak peeps to use cam buckle straps and not ratchet straps. The ratchet straps clamp TOO tight and can damage the plastic kayaks on a hot day. I bought bow and stern tie downs for safety. I haven't got the kayaks up there yet but will add pics soon. For now here is the rack on the truck.
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Hi Joe, I'm a little late for your rack/flex concerns of hurting the kayaks on the truck. Yes trucks will flex a bit but just how much flexing do the kayaks do while using them in the water? Maybe using pool noodles on your rack would give the kayaks a bit more cushion to absorb a little of the flex. BTW, I use ratchet traps on every thing I tie down and have never had a problem with any damage from sunlight and my desert summers can easily be 125*. Like always, YMMV .
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #189
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Fridge door lock

When we bought the EggCamper it had already had an upgraded fridge. It has the 2.7cf Norcold NR751BB. Itís been a great fridge but sometimes the door can open a bit while traveling. The latch will keep the door from swinging open completely but it will open a half inch before the latch stops it. Then temps drop as cold air escapes.

I wanted a way to keep this from happening so it needs a lock. If you open the door you will see a small plug on the top of the door opposite the hinge. This will pop right out with a small screwdriver. It is for switching the hinge. Well that hole was very deep. I took a 5/16-18 tap and I tapped out the hole to add threads. Then I drilled a same size thru hole thru the upper fridge lip.

Now when you close the door you can optionally screw in the a same sized thumb screw. This holds the door shut tight as can be! The thumb screw is only needed during travel, and not needed once at camp.
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I'm only posting this pic here for reference. I dug up this panoramic view pic to give peeps a feel for interior.

p.s. - I get to bleach / un-winterize the water lines this weekend! FINALLY
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:37 AM   #191
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Mattress replacement

After 2 years of sleeping on 3 different pieces of foam (horrible setup) we decided to take the plunge for a good mattress. Some research here and good tips from members (Thank You) took us to Mattress Insider. Ended up talking to a rep who steered us to a coil spring mattress. I think its called their Parkview model. It comes shipped in a box rolled up, but does expand quickly being coils springs.

The dimensions for any other EggCamper owners were 87" x 53" x 8". We also had the two back corners radius-ed to 14". We actually ordered 53" wide but it measured 54" (length measured correctly). 53" would have been better as it is a tad snug at the sink area.

Now we have to sew 2 full size fitted sheets together to fit ha
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Now we have to sew 2 full size fitted sheets together to fit ha
Maybe try one of the larger sheets fitted for a deep mattress? We happen to shopping for sheets for the 21 which apparently is sized for Full XL, 54"x80".

XXL at Amazon, Macy's and Bed, Bath and Beyond in King and other sizes seem to be 84" long, and some are designed for ridiculously thick mattresses. (One reviewer noted a poor fit, stating that her mattress was "only" 15-inches deep!?)

Anyway, reworking the edges on a large fitted one or adding elastic to a huge flat sheet might be a lot better than having a seam across the middle.
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Maybe try one of the larger sheets fitted for a deep mattress? We happen to shopping for sheets for the 21 which apparently is sized for Full XL, 54"x80".

XXL at Amazon, Macy's and Bed, Bath and Beyond in King and other sizes seem to be 84" long, and some are designed for ridiculously thick mattresses. (One reviewer noted a poor fit, stating that her mattress was "only" 15-inches deep!?)

Anyway, reworking the edges on a large fitted one or adding elastic to a huge flat sheet might be a lot better than having a seam across the middle.
Darn it Mike! Why didn’t you tell me this earlier lol. I had no idea they sold XXL sheets! Had I known I’d have made the mattress 84 long. Oh well, yes I thing since they are for thick mattresses they will fit just fine on our 8” mattress! Thankfully you caught us before we cut new sheets and mattress pad! New XXL Full size have been ordered from the mother ship! Thank you again!!
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Darn it Mike! Why didnít you tell me this earlier lol. I had no idea they sold XXL sheets!
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:47 PM   #195
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After 2 years of sleeping on 3 different pieces of foam (horrible setup) we decided to take the plunge for a good mattress. Some research here and good tips from members (Thank You) took us to Mattress Insider. Ended up talking to a rep who steered us to a coil spring mattress. I think its called their Parkview model. It comes shipped in a box rolled up, but does expand quickly being coils springs.

The dimensions for any other EggCamper owners were 87" x 53" x 8". We also had the two back corners radius-ed to 14". We actually ordered 53" wide but it measured 54" (length measured correctly). 53" would have been better as it is a tad snug at the sink area.

Now we have to sew 2 full size fitted sheets together to fit ha
We bought a "ParkLane RV" mattress for our EggCamper a couple years back when they were still marketed through Camping World. I believe at that time it was called a "Queen Narrow" or something like that (just under $100 on clearance). Anyway, it is 3" memory foam on top of 6" interlocked coil springs and one of the most comfortable mattresses we've ever had, home or camper. I thought ParkLane had stopped making them, so maybe the company you're talking about (Parkview?) is indeed a different company but with a similar product.
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