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Old 06-19-2015, 11:46 PM   #51
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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.
From our experience during the last eight months a single group 29 12V more than does the job. While technically it may make sense to have dual 6V for more storage capacity for the solar, we've found that it never drops below 3/4 charge- and then only for a few hours. Also you get extra storage inside the dinette seating area where the batteries are stored with easier access.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:49 PM   #52
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In finishing our build sheet we loaded it up pretty good saying better to have and not need than need and not have. One thing we didn't plan on getting but threw in at the last minute was the stereo. The favorable exchange rate allowed for a few extras. We protect our electronics at home with a surge protector so I would do it on the road also. As others have said, the storage box is a must. Plus it does double duty and acts as a rock shield. What we didn't get was the 3 burner stove, oven, screen room, additional front window, and custom formica and fabric. We were very happy with the colors ETI has standard. Just remember, the build sheet will be due sooner than you think. Loren
Wish we'd done the oven now that we have a full-size TV; also having had the stock fabric I would say definitely upgrade. It's ok; the formica is fine- but the fabric is going to be on all your valences too. Am a little surprised ETI hasn't "refreshed" the stock fabric after so many years.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:55 PM   #53
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From our experience during the last eight months a single group 29 12V more than does the job. While technically it may make sense to have dual 6V for more storage capacity for the solar, we've found that it never drops below 3/4 charge- and then only for a few hours.
True, which is why I think dual 6's are a nice to have, not a must have.

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Also you get extra storage inside the dinette seating area where the batteries are stored with easier access.
True, for a 21. The batteries are in the storage box on my 19.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:01 AM   #54
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.....OP getting a 21.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:08 AM   #55
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.....OP getting a 21.
Well yeah, but I can only think in 19...
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:36 PM   #56
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I'm confused Leon. Are you saying the trucker antenna is currently roof mounted on the back of the trailer and you want to move it to the front? Also, why would you need an inside antenna when you have a roof mounted one?
The trucker antenna is the outside antenna. I didn't get a sleek cradle. I got one similar to this amplifier. I would like to have the inside antenna near the front of the trailer, and then it could be used to improve the cell signal even when driving. Also, it works for multiple cell phones. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:51 PM   #57
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That's the type we have as well and it is more versatile than the sleek cradle IMHO. Sometimes I move it from the car to the trailer and place the mag-mount antenna onto a 3" washer I attached to the rear roof area with silicone. Just step up on the bumper to attach then run the skinny wire into one of the rear windows. Have an ac cord for it as well to use on inverter when amp is back there as I have no 12V receptacle(yet).

That inside antenna(candy bar) won't work for phones in your car when left inside the trailer- it is too far away. When the holes get drilled for the solar panel kit I am probably going to have a small piece of conduit rigged in if possible to feed antenna wire through it.
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