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Old 05-28-2014, 03:15 PM   #51
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One final change...

I found the LED lights over the dinette too harsh in the evenings. (I know, I know, nobody on this forum ever eats in their trailer or watches television in the evenings. I do. I've had my fill of eating cold dinners outside in the rain/wind/dark and some television can help fill a dark February evening.) I took Vermilye's suggestion and bought this light filter, cut it to size, and put it inside the light fixture: Roscolux 08: Pale Gold | Lighting Filters & Gels for Live Performance Lighting, Photography & Video Production | PNTA.

For serious table work, the overhead LED is more than adequate.

BTW, after spending forty nights in Egbert over this past year, I can truly say I don't regret any options I chose, nor (just as important) do I regret any options I didn't choose.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:14 PM   #52
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Karen, do you happen to have and captain lights, I found the warm light bulb exchange in that fixture to make the illumination more subtle.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:09 PM   #53
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Yes, I have one captain's light over the front dinette (corner) which is my "permanent" bed. It is really bright but since I use it only for reading in bed at night, I don't find it too harsh.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:07 PM   #54
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Very enlightening and informative thread.

Karen, Egbert is beautiful. Your family and ETI has done a great job and you all can be very proud of this labor of love.

I'll be heading up to BC to pick mine up next month. More pics tomorrow.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:16 PM   #55
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How's the solar now you've had a chance to camp with it a little? I've been wondering if I should get two panels to help with the low winter sun you mentioned here in the PNW. I'd like to avoid the expense and hassle of a generator if possible.

I admire what you've done with Egbert. You're giving me great inspiration.
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How's the solar now you've had a chance to camp with it a little? I've been wondering if I should get two panels to help with the low winter sun you mentioned here in the PNW. I'd like to avoid the expense and hassle of a generator if possible.

I admire what you've done with Egbert. You're giving me great inspiration.
If you are going with the ETI installed panel 1 should do it - now 160 watts. I have 2 - but they are only 95 watts each.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:32 PM   #57
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The solar panel (95 watts) is great and has kept up with all my needs for the most part--even in canopied (and mostly cloudy) Fort Ebey in the summer. I camped in the open in February and got a little nervous by the third cloudy day. I probably would have been able to make it through but just didn't want to chance not having enough juice to fire up the furnace first thing in the morning so I moved to a powered site. Keep in mind, I don't use a lot of power: furnace, LED lights, music (all day even if I'm not there), television (winter evenings), and charging my tablet. And it's my understanding that the factory-installed panel is now 160 watts? The only inverter I use is a 375-watt unit to charge my tablet (Amazon.com: Tripp Lite PV375 Portable Auto Inverter 375W 12V DC to AC 120V 5-15R 2 Outlet: Electronics).
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:39 PM   #58
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One more comment: I have identical quadruplet granddaughters and they always remark how small Egbert is (compared with their trailer) when they come inside, but they all hunker down and enjoy sitting at the dinette drawing and yakking away. They love Egbert!
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:05 AM   #59
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Thank you! The laminate is Formica Mineral Olivine Radiance Finish (3447-RD) and the vinyl is Congoleum Ultima Sandstone (Jalapeno). Keep in mind that there is quite an upcharge for custom vinyl as Escape is only paying about $6 per square meter for their product...you pick up the difference in price between their product and your pick and it can be hefty.
Hefty is an understatement. We wanted a solid color vinyl floor and there are not many choices, be careful, if you fall in love with one of Armstrong"s commercial grade products like we did, it cost more than the custom fabric we ordered from Sailrite.
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Hefty is an understatement.
The upcharge was a surprise to me and had I known beforehand, I probably wouldn't have gone for it. But in retrospect, I'm glad it happened the way it did. I had six months between down payment and pick-up (my choice) and needed all that time to make decisions. I was determined that this would be my first and last trailer, and I truly wanted to do it right and not have any regrets. Someone said a few days ago that he spent a couple of hours a day on the forum just reading. I also did that and it was worth every minute as there is so much information to be gleaned.
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