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Old 03-04-2016, 10:14 AM   #81
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So, Jim, May's too early to get the 2017 5.0 TA. Are you going ahead with the 2016 classic or waiting longer? Inquiring minds want to know?
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:28 AM   #82
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Jim B. seems to be tight lipped, too sad for inquiring minds....
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:42 AM   #83
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So, Jim, May's too early to get the 2017 5.0 TA. Are you going ahead with the 2016 classic or waiting longer? Inquiring minds want to know?
Waiting, (im)patiently waiting.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:50 AM   #84
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Jim Bennett, thanks for the link to Chris' blog. We saw his 5.0 TA at the rally last year, and admired his work -- now I have the photos to remind me of it.

We just got back from our 6 1/2 week journey. On the way back we were thinking about the trip and how we get "better" at traveling each time we go out. Also how much we like our trailer. But when I look at the work Chris has done, I can't help but think there would be a nice little business for someone who was handy and could do some of the mods that Chris has done. sort of like the "little house customs" business that Larry and Debbie Gamble (sp?) have for Casita. I don't have any woodworking tools, and I am a bit afraid to cut the PTEX plumbing lines. So if there were such a business, here is what I would have them do:
  • build a drawer for under the bed storage (I know I can buy one, and probably will)
  • build towel rods for the shower door. Seems like these would strengththen the door too. Chris did a nice job on these
  • Put the expansion tank in the water system
  • cushion the water pump ala Chris (and as I recall, Jim B did this to his 19).
  • add an interior switch for the electric part of the water heater
  • do custom cabinets and sink for the kitchen area ala Chris
That is probably about it. Lindy, being the pragmatic one, would probably not go for a lot of this. But she was awfully impressed by Chris' work

Jim, I know you are near retirement. any chance you might want to do a small side business customizing Escape trailers?
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:52 AM   #85
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Jim, I know you are near retirement. any chance you might want to do a small side business customizing Escape trailers?
Then he would no longer be retired...............
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:57 AM   #86
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I don't know if this will work ... as iyts the first time I have tried to post a picture.


The picture is of my new faucet. I was heading to Bellingham, Wa for my orientation from my home in Juneau, Ak. There is no wifi on the ferries. So when ETI started to test my trailer before my pick up, they discovered that the faucet ordered for installation was faulty. It leaked from the valve and would not hold pressure. Very much to the credit of ETI and their wonderful Customer Service, Tammy emailed me about the problem and wondered if I would like them to install one of their 2017 faucets. I didn't get the email til 3 hours before my orientation.... asked for a picture. When I saw it, I said A-OK and they had it installed and had it working for my orientation. YEAH! ETI!


I hope its ok for me to post this picture.


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not a fan of those all in one handle faucets versus the older two water knob style . Replaced 3 of those type (all high $$$, Moen,etc) in my house in the last 4 years....poor engineering and cheap construction... Previous old style unit with two knobs lasted for 12 years! Hope ETI makes that new faucet an option and not standard or finds one that is easily replaceable.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:30 AM   #87
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not a fan of those all in one handle faucets versus the older two water knob style . Replaced 3 of those type (all high $$$, Moen,etc) in my house in the last 4 years....poor engineering and cheap construction... Previous old style unit with two knobs lasted for 12 years! Hope ETI makes that new faucet an option and not standard or finds one that is easily replaceable.
I second this one. First thought I had when I saw the pic of that faucet, was that looks just like our kitchen one that has been a leaky mess. 2nd one now in kitchen, first was very expensive Moen, current one is mid-dollar and needs replacement after a year. I'm watching the habitat store for a good used solid one now, cause getting too much $$$ replacing the kitchen pull out faucets.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:32 AM   #88
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I doubt the one in your camper will get anywhere near the use of the one in your house but it is something to consider.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:40 AM   #89
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I have had a pull out facet for over 10 years now . It is a price fister . I had paid 200 then . About 5 years ago redid kitchen counter and a new sink just cleaned facet up and it still is in use . The facet head is not the round one though . Pat
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:54 AM   #90
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so is this leaked info correct that the new 2017 models now feature single handle faucets and frame less windows as standard....all of which this potential purchaser at this point would rather not have as standard...not the higher cost for both initial purchase and the possible future higher maintenance cost associated with them! if so 2017 may be looking like a questionable improvement versus a 2016 to this prospective buyer....being a newbie to Escape trailers, was there some kind of owner or potential buyer feedback to Escape some time ago that drives these "improvement" decisions?
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