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Old 03-22-2016, 09:17 AM   #91
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I know that these pictures are of the new 19 model, but based upon what I have seen, I can safely say that I see nothing new that would make us want to change to the new model on our 17B. Which is a good thing.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:32 AM   #92
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We have the typical reaction to "change", and are trying very hard to embrace the new features, after falling in love with the classic look. However, as full timers , we also spend a considerable amount of time in our patio under the awning, and this is a major paradigm shift.

How will we be able to support this awning?

Will we be able to engage a manual override?

How can we attach privacy screens to it?

Attached is an example of a typical setup at our campsite. As with all awning types, we also exercise caution and never set up under extreme conditions.

Sign me...concerned.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:49 AM   #93
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I prefer the original version:
  • The new body style coming out of the new moulds seems to have lost much of the character that the original had. Seems a bit more "straight sided" and "boxier" looking than the original.
  • The new door probably resolves some of the issues people had with the old door, but again, they have gone in the direction of functional at the expense of appearance. The old door was very appealing to me.
  • I am not really a fan of adding high tech for the sake of high tech. The older manually operated awning can be more readily repaired by a dumb shmuck like me than the electronic version. If something were to malfunction on the automated version, I would be standing there for a month scratching my head. I like the look of not having the awning arms on the new version, however, I have concerns regarding operation of the awning in winds and rains where the older version could be utilized.
  • I think the new window style is ok. The look will take a bit of getting used to. I never had any issues with the older windows and would probably prefer the overall appearance and operation of the old compared to the new.
  • It is nice that the new door allows more choices for a fridge. That is good.
  • Addition of a medicine cabinet in the bathroom is a definite plus. May have to think about best way to retrofit one into my own 19'.
Overall, I would choose the classic version over the new version. I suppose that in a year or two when everyone is more used to the new version, it may be more appealing. I expect that the new version comes with its own benefits to ETI that will allow them to mass produce more trailers for more people with greater speed and fewer issues. Obviously, those benefits to them outweigh the reduced visual appeal that comes with the new design. I would suggest that ETI keep the old moulds just in case.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:09 AM   #94
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The awning can be operated manually too, in case of a problem.

As mentioned above, of all the changes, the awning is still the one thing I am sceptical about, but I bet my concerns will be allayed once we get to know it better. I certainly do like the concept of it.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:37 AM   #95
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I agree!
Yea, I'm a, "purist" too. But happy for those who like the new model. Everybody's happy (can't say that often, huh?).
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:49 AM   #96
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Very smooth! What a feat . Well done you guys. We still love ours though!
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:02 AM   #97
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Love the flat wider door. Looks to have three strong looking hinges too. Has the roof line also gone flatter for a solar panel to sit more flush? I could not tell. All windows open in the rain makes a nice breeze with the roof fan. Excellent Reace!!
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:03 AM   #98
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If some are on the fence, new vs old: order one with half the windows old style and the other half new style. Problem solved.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:06 AM   #99
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I may be a bit biased, and obviously in the minority here, but personally I prefer the old look.


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not to worry..the changes in the 2017 may have increased the value of anything prior to it and especially 2015-2016 models as they are the last of the previous design with all fixes applied. Some will like the 2017 going forward and some will not and for those your trailer just went up in value!
and I for one applaud independent thought and free speech..its rare on many forums.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:10 AM   #100
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I prefer the original version:
  • The new body style coming out of the new moulds seems to have lost much of the character that the original had. Seems a bit more "straight sided" and "boxier" looking than the original.
  • The new door probably resolves some of the issues people had with the old door, but again, they have gone in the direction of functional at the expense of appearance. The old door was very appealing to me.
  • I am not really a fan of adding high tech for the sake of high tech. The older manually operated awning can be more readily repaired by a dumb shmuck like me than the electronic version. If something were to malfunction on the automated version, I would be standing there for a month scratching my head. I like the look of not having the awning arms on the new version, however, I have concerns regarding operation of the awning in winds and rains where the older version could be utilized.
  • I think the new window style is ok. The look will take a bit of getting used to. I never had any issues with the older windows and would probably prefer the overall appearance and operation of the old compared to the new.
  • It is nice that the new door allows more choices for a fridge. That is good.
  • Addition of a medicine cabinet in the bathroom is a definite plus. May have to think about best way to retrofit one into my own 19'.
Overall, I would choose the classic version over the new version. I suppose that in a year or two when everyone is more used to the new version, it may be more appealing. I expect that the new version comes with its own benefits to ETI that will allow them to mass produce more trailers for more people with greater speed and fewer issues. Obviously, those benefits to them outweigh the reduced visual appeal that comes with the new design. I would suggest that ETI keep the old moulds just in case.
great comments and especially that last suggestion.....
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