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Old 06-02-2015, 11:20 PM   #31
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How critical is the surge protector? Is the Escape one high quality? I'll be working on my computer a lot since we're taking our business (online education) on the road. Don't want to fry my precious Mac. Thanks for all you who are indulging these questions. I know I could probably root around and find answers in past forums but this is so much more fun. :-)
I asked that question a while back. Here are the answers, starting at post $#29 (And decided it was really a necessary item):
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:49 PM   #32
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The EMS option (Energy Management System) is more than just a surge protector. I've had error codes show about park electrical miswirings and open ground connections. You have to disable the EMS to get the power into the trailer if you decide the risk is worthwhile.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:24 AM   #33
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Two cents: Get the EMS. The two way water heater is a nice to have, not a must have. You don't need an inverter unless you 1) boondock and 2) have ac appliances you want to run when you do. Dual 6v batteries means you'll have a little more amp hours when you're not hooked up and are using electricity. Not a must have but we like the option. Then again, we went solar. If you're getting solar, it makes sense to have the dual 6's.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:36 AM   #34
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Hang in there; somewhere on this forum someone posted a thread (this year) about adding on overhead light where they wanted it. They ordered the light and had a wooden mounting block made they used as a template to cut away the overhead liner, then epoxied the block to the fiberglass after running the power wires to the location, and installed the light. ETI runs the wiring up the rear corners underneath the vertical corner pads to the overhead cabinets, so you could tap into those lines.
It was Jim Bennet. Here's a direct link with great pics. Dinette lighting
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:38 AM   #35
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It was Jim Bennet. Here's a direct link with great pics. Dinette lighting
It is a little more difficult to do in the 17 because the AC is between the fan & the location for the lamp. but it can be done. I added on in mine...
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Old 06-03-2015, 11:57 AM   #36
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It was Jim Bennet. Here's a direct link with great pics. Dinette lighting
To give credit where it is due, I did get the idea from RickM.
Adding a Ceiling Light to the Escape 19
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:32 AM   #37
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We just put down a deposit on a 21. Now comes the build sheet. We would love advice from any who wants to pass some out. Here are my two questions.

1. What is the #1 thing you got that you found you did not need?

2. What is the #1 thing you didn't get that you wish you had?

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This was such a excellent question to ask!
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:01 PM   #38
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1.) Outside shower;
2.) got everything else we needed (but have added other things on our own). When selecting additional options, we thought in terms of, "what can't we do later ourselves?" That allowed for customization to suit our needs as we became more experienced RV-ers and kept us from trying things that were above and beyond our expertise.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:47 AM   #39
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Generally satisfied, so no one thing stands out in either category...

got but did not need: range vent, bike rack ready, 3 burner stove

did not get but should have: detachable power cord, thermostat upgrade

We like our outside shower for doing dishes (had it put on passenger side).
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:30 PM   #40
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The EMS option (Energy Management System) is more than just a surge protector. I've had error codes show about park electrical miswirings and open ground connections. You have to disable the EMS to get the power into the trailer if you decide the risk is worthwhile.
How did you disable the EMS? We had one place with bad electrical everything with various codes and we assumed we ran on the battery there.
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