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Old 06-01-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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Advice for a newbie?

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?

Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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I'm just gonna drop this thread right here.

If you could do it again, what would be different?

I can't answer your questions till August
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:51 PM   #3
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Welcome Maury & Julie. Read everything you can here on this forum and you probably will still be confused. We just turned in our build sheet on a 21 two weeks ago. We have on it things others say we don't need such as heat pads but I will be living in this trailer in northern Iowa for three weeks in the fall up till November and didn't want to take a chance on a freeze up. A lot of things depend on where and how you are going to use your trailer. Good luck with the build sheet. I thought it was a lot of work but am anxiously waiting for the results. Loren
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link and the thought, Loren. Makes sense. It's not a one-size-fits-all question.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:38 PM   #5
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Build it the way you intend to use it, where you want to use it, and how you want to use it. I'm not camping below freezing for many days at a time anymore, so no need for foam insulation and tank heaters anymore...
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:51 PM   #6
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Build it the way you intend to use it, where you want to use it, and how you want to use it.
Another "for example".

We plan on doing lots of cold weather camping and to camp in the high country during the summer. So - skipped the A/C and went with with all the warm options like foam, extra insulation, thermal windows, etc. Did skip the heat pads because they draw too much to be used on batteries alone - probably just fine if you are plugged into 110.

Since ours is only 1 month old at this point, we really don't have anything on either of the "should-have" or "should-not-have" lists at this point. 100% satisfied - but it took 6 months of watching this forum to make our final decisions.

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Old 06-02-2015, 12:11 AM   #7
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Escape doesn't profess to build a "4-season" trailer like Oliver does on their website. Costs less and works for me!
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:31 AM   #8
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We took possession of our 21 last Tuesday and went the rally in Osoyuss. The one option I am so glad I ordered was the storage box. It is indispensable in my opinion. Anyone who orders an Escape and doesn't order the storage option is making a huge mistake. Even though we have only had our 21 for a week, we are 110% satisfied. I'll let you know in a month or two about our favorite and least favorite, but it will be hard to beat the storage box!
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Ditto - our 21 has a bunch of good stuff, but the box up front holds most everything messy we don't want inside. PLUS it bounces rocks nicely.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:08 AM   #10
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How important is an opening window in the bathroom? Seems like the roof fan would do the job. Thoughts?

Thanks for all the helpful info!
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