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Old 10-15-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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July 4th is my date!!!!

Thanks everyone for the help with this decision so far! It will be a long wait for our 19' baby!! I will need more help as I plan it all out for the build so thanks in advanced! Dory (our FJ Cruiser) will have yet another toy! Woohoo! Still to decide about solar/no solar, 1/2 batteries, range hood or not.....
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Let the fun begin, are you guys picking up or delivering?
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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Jim,
I think probably delivery. Based on your experience, what options are "must haves" We think the A/C, extra insulation, LED lights, storage box, bike rack ready, Anderson hitch, screen room are must haves so far, but I am sure there will me more.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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I would not get the screen room nor bike rack ready, other items are definite. In addition the digital thermostat, spray foam underneath, removable power cord, extra set of brake lights, bath opening window. Maybe we all can have a mini Escape rally in August, I'm aware of at least 5 within 150 miles.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:04 PM   #5
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I am a triathlete, so carrying bikes is pretty important or I have to put them inside. My partner thinks the screen room is important, but maybe there is an aftermarket one I can find. I used to have a nice one, but left it in Idaho at my brother's place. Digital thermostat is not on options list. I wasn't sure if the spray foam underneath was part of the extra insulation option or not. What about solar and bigger/extra batteries. I don't see us as being huge on dry camping, occasionally maybe, but not for extended periods of time.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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July 4th? WHAT a GREAT DAY! You will truly have gained independence. SWEET!

I'm not getting solar, but having it wired for future if I find I need it. I am getting the dual 6v batteries. I too am not much of a boondocker. If the time comes up that I need to (Quartszite), then I'll be a hardsided tent. I can do just about anything for a few days.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:13 PM   #7
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The screen room entails your awning to be at it's highest point for the sides to hang straight. You can not tilt the awning for rain or shade. Took 2 of us awhile to put up once as a test then it stayed put away. There are many bike rack options to install but with a single point of attachment there will be movement. Solar is a definite, 1 or 2 batteries depends on your 12v needs. Go here for an explanation The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1). The spray foam underneath is one package and extra insulation with thermal windows is another. Together they make the Escape warm and quiet. Ask for the digital, there are some options not listed, if you want it, ask. Escape is a custom builder
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:17 PM   #8
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I have my awning tilted for rain/wind, with the screen room. What's the problem?
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Here is an after market Patty O' Room that I played around with on our 17B.

Trouble is, its made for an awning that extends 8', not 7' like ours and I never did find an upholsterer willing to alter it for a reasonable price. It has full drop down curtains & is heavy so it stays at home most trips.
That said, I ordered the screen room from Escape for our 21' - it's light enough to carry is case we're ever somewhere the bugs can out fly the wind.
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I am a triathlete, so carrying bikes is pretty important or I have to put them inside. My partner thinks the screen room is important, but maybe there is an aftermarket one I can find. I used to have a nice one, but left it in Idaho at my brother's place. Digital thermostat is not on options list. I wasn't sure if the spray foam underneath was part of the extra insulation option or not. What about solar and bigger/extra batteries. I don't see us as being huge on dry camping, occasionally maybe, but not for extended periods of time.
Keep in mind that traveling with bikes on the back of the trailer in inclement weather will result in absolutely filthy bikes. If you have a large inve$tment in your bikes, you may want to rethink carrying them there. Failing that, think about a bike cover and putting on the higher brake / tail lights on the trailer. Also make sure your rack is suited for the task. There is a lot more bounce at the back of the trailer than there is at the back of a vehicle.
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