One of the joys of Toto stewardship is the opportunity to modify Toto. Why? To make him even better than he is. Though we selected many of his features, we left some things for ourselves to do, so Toto wouldn’t be too expensive and so I would have something to do after all my clients flee. (It’s bound to happen sometime. Isn’t it?)
We’ve talked about all sorts of potential Toto enhancements.
An electric powered tongue jack, like this one, to save my shoulders. But it would add 25 pounds of tongue weight, so… maybe not. Would be nice though.
Some sort of TV setup. We have a 19″ TV we could install — all we would need is a mount. But it raises all sorts of questions about what we like to watch. Ultimately we would want a setup that let us watch anything that’s at home, live, streaming, or recorded on our DVR. That can all be done, but it involves expense and hassle. And it would make going home pointless, no? Yes.
In our four trips to-date, watching something streaming on the laptop or tablet has been good enough, if not exactly a home theater experience. So, yeah, this project is out there, but it’s just out there.
Now I will admit to having already raised the TV topic. It says something that I am raising it again. But what does it say?
Raising the Toto Lounge floor. We’re not really tall, and our feet don’t reach the floor from the dinette seats if we try to get comfy (note that our feet reach the floor just fine when we’re standing). Some Escape trailer owners have put in a riser of sorts in this are for the same reason. We might. Or we might just an empty cardboard box as a footrest. Thrifty! Aesthetically bankrupt, though.
Re-working the dinette table. The double-pedestal setup is kind-of an industry standard, and it’s okay, but it’s a hassle to set up and take down. The pedestals also get in the way of my cardboard footrest idea. We have to take it down for travel, just to make sure it doesn’t fall down. And sometimes I don’t want a table at all, especially on those trips when I don’t plan to do any work. (Ideally, all trips, but that’s not going to happen much in the next year or two, unless, uh, see earlier comment about clients fleeing.) This project could be/should be done in conjunction with the raise-the-dinette-floor project. Frankly I’m tired just thinking about it.
Deepening the bottom of the U. The Toto Lounge’s U-shaped dinette seating is a little shallow at the bottom of the U (located at Toto’s stern). Other Escape 21 owners have found a way to use the existing cushions (supplemented by big pillows) and a hunk of plywood to deepen that seat. This only works if you’ve removed (permanently or temporarily) the stock dinette table. I really want to try this. My only hesitation is that I’ve somehow never learned how or where to acquire plywood that doesn’t warp.
Wow, the dinette has a lot of opportunities. I’m thinking it won’t be such an issue during the warmer months, when we probably will spend more time outdoors and less time in the Toto Lounge.
Installing the cellphone booster. I got a booster that comes with a little antenna, designed to be snaked out a car window and stuck on a car top with its (the antenna’s) magnetic base. The booster is a cradle that comes with a mount, suggesting that perhaps I ought to mount it somewhere. And then if I want an antenna outside of Toto’s envelope of fiberglass and metal-ized, mylar-coated bubble-wrap, then I have to get a different antenna, one designed for permanent mounting on Toto’s roof, and drill a hole in Toto’s roof. <shudder> But, yes, I want to do this, because it makes quite the difference in mobile reception when we’re in marginal areas like Grayland Beach State Park.
Re-sizing the aftermarket shower curtain. We love the new shower curtain but it’s larger than it should be. Sooz was going to cut it down and hem up the side last weekend, but then life happened and it’s not done yet. Not critical but it will reduce the frequency of my inadvertent brushes with the cold, wet shower curtain, causing instant chills and possibly back spasms.
Team Toto will spend more than 50 nights away from home this year, at various campgrounds and a few RV parks. Is that too much? Not enough? We have no idea, but we expect to have an opinion (or two) by sometime in November. We’ll probably also be better prepared to rank the importance of these projects. Maybe some of them will get done, someday. Maybe not.
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