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Old 01-13-2019, 09:17 PM   #1
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Just ordered our first Escape Trailer (the 21)

New Escape 21 ordered!

After enjoying several tent trailers over the years, it is now time for us to upgrade to a hard-sided trailer. Our thanks to everyone on this forum for all the useful information!

We have ordered an Escape 21 and will pick it up in April.
Highlights from our build sheet:
• Oven
• Microwave
• 2-way Hot Water Tank
• Exterior Shower
• Several extra 12v/USB and AC outlets
• Dual 6V Batteries
• 170W Solar Panel
• Air Conditioning
• Power Awning & LED Light Strip
• Stereo, Jack TV & TV antenna
• Additional Front Window
• Extra Insulation & Frame-less Thermal Windows (w/opening rear window)
• Opening Bathroom Window
• Aluminum Rims
• High Lift Axle
• Additional Exterior Hatches (rear driver side & rear passenger side)
• 2 - 12V Heat Pads with Spray Foam Insulation
• Storage Box (Front of Trailer)
• Custom Fabric & U-Shaped Dinette
• Wall Mount Extendable TV Arm
• Surge Protector
ETI also agreed to install this double sink we provided ( https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Sinks/Pa...77-000127.html ). ETI will even save the formica cutouts for us.

Here are some additional items that we have bought (or will soon buy) for the trailer. We will install ourselves.

• 22-inch SuperSonic 1080p LED Widescreen HDTV with HDMI Input and AC/DC Compatible for RVs (https://www.amazon.com/SuperSonic-10...flat+tv+for+rv)

• The Andersen Levelling system (https://www.amazon.com/Leveler-Ander...ersen+levelers)

• Andersen No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch (https://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Hitc...ribution+hitch)

• We also got a simple 300W inverter for $29 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MDXS0U..._t1_B00SRP55IW) We did not think we needed the big inverter that ETI offers. All we needed is to occasionally use the 300W version.

Here’s an item we will likely buy, but we are still investigating the details:

• weBoost Drive 4G-X RV 470410 Cell Phone Signal Booster (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N705CF3/ref=emc_b_5_t )

Our thought is that we will use the trailer’s hitch connection to mount a flag pole holder. We would then use the holder to mount a telescoping antenna pole. We would then place the Cell Phone Booster’s antenna at the top of the pole. We would then feed the coax cable for the antenna in through the hole the trailer’s main power cord uses (hence we did not opt for Escape’s removable power cord).

We recently visited ETI in Chilliwack to put the finishing touches on our build sheet. This was a very valuable visit. The ETI people were excellent to work with. Being on-site really helps one figure out the details, make measurements, ask questions, etc. For this trip, we flew to Seattle on a Thursday night and drove North to Bellingham. We then spent most of Friday at ETI. We really liked the hotel in Bellingham (TownePlace Suites Bellingham - https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...es-bellingham/ ). We will definitely use this hotel in April for a place to stay the night before we pick up our trailer. It has covered parking with gate control for security, the rooms have a full size fridge/freezer, and being a Marriott property, the service and rooms were very good.

Our thanks to all the contributors on this forum!
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:33 AM   #2
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New Escape 21 ordered!

• Stereo, Jack TV & TV antenna

Here are some additional items that we have bought (or will soon buy) for the trailer. We will install ourselves.

• 22-inch SuperSonic 1080p LED Widescreen HDTV with HDMI Input and AC/DC Compatible for RVs (https://www.amazon.com/SuperSonic-10...flat+tv+for+rv)
We have this TV set up including the Supersonic TV. This basically runs on 12V. If you run it on 120V, Supersonic provides a transformer which plugs into a regular 120V outlet. However, if you want to run it on 12V you will need to find a 12V outlet to plug it into, but no transformer is required, the wire from the 12V outlet goes directly to the TV. You may be better served by just getting ETI to provide you a 12V outlet only for the TV. When your trailer is plugged into 120V, you can still run the TV from the 12V outlet as the trailer takes care of transforming 120V to 12V. However, when you are boon docking and want to turn on TV you are also fine too and the 12V outlet is close by, see attached. The 120V outlet is somewhat superfluous. It just means a few less wires to worry about.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:19 AM   #3
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CONGRATULATIONS and I know you will be very happy with your Escape !
The double sink is interesting and does not surprise me that Escape would agree to install it. My only concern would be the counter space you lose because of it. We only go on 3-4 day trips now but plan to long time it more in the future, the one thing that seems to disappear fast is counter space so not sure I would want to give it up.
Also would agree with you about the members on this website, would suggest you go to a rally when you can.

Enjoy the journey.

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Old 01-14-2019, 06:10 AM   #4
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Every tv I have used in 4 Escapes have been 12v as it seem superfluous to to get a 120v model as most convert the 120v to 12v eventually.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:02 AM   #5
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Good and well thought out list! I’ve wondered about the Anderson WDH myself. ETI doesn’t want to install a Fastway E2 on my Jeep GC, because of the auto-rear leveling shocks.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:28 AM   #6
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A quick clarification. The 22-inch SuperSonic 1080p LED Widescreen HDTV can run directly from a 12v connection or 120v. Thus we had ETI install an extra 12v outlet right by the TV antenna connection.

The only annoyance was that the TV did not come with the 12v cord. Thus I had to order one from amazon - but it was only $8.

The TV consumes about 24watts. Thus some care may be needed when boondocking.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:47 AM   #7
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Wheee !!! Big fun. We just picked our 21' up this past June, and love the thing.
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Do not like your pocket inverter. It is a square wave inverter instead of a sine wave inverter. Many years ago we were charging a portable drill motor battery, the square wave inverter killed it, actually two rechargeable batteries as we could not believe an inverter would damage a battery and tried it again. The square wave inverter can power a laptop but a direct plug into 12V DC works as well. We also had a fairly cheap, really cheap, square wave inverter that sent a spike of power to our laptop, killed the laptop also. We then installed a 300W pure sine wave inverter (about 10x the price) and never ruined any device since then. Maybe pocket inverters have gotten better in the past 25 years, but we sure hate destroying devices.
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:31 PM   #9
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Thank you Myrl and Gary- the story about your noise spike killing the laptop is sobering. I will need to look into this a bit more. Thanks again
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Hi Bea, what a difference in price 25 years make. Our 300W pure sine wave inverter was $300. Today one is available for as little as $60 on Amazon. Go live it up and buy a pure sine wave inverter for only twice the price of the one you showed. Forgo a bottle of wine this week and you will pay for it.
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