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Old 08-03-2015, 03:51 PM   #91
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Jim, main reason I asked was due to the 500 pound hitch weight. Will I need to be very careful of what I place in the box? It's well within tongue weight percentage.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:37 PM   #92
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Get yourself a Sherline tongue scale http://www.amazon.com/Sherline-LM-10...e+weight+scale so you can measure at home. If you go beyond then you may need a w/d hitch, that gives you more capacity on some vehicles. Check the owners manual.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:41 PM   #93
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If you are going to buy the Sherline, make sure you order it with a 1,000 lb. gauge, otherwise it comes with a 2,000 which will be harder to read at 500lbs and less accurate. Gauge is most accurate in the middle of the range.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:24 PM   #94
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Ralph, the heat strip in the A/C was listed before as an option, but I notice it's no longer there. That might mean it's no longer offered, but you could always call Escape and ask.
OK, I contacted ETI about the heat strip. Tammy says it IS still available as a option ($100). She says they took it off the option list because people were confused as to why they offered a heat strip if the trailer comes standard with a furnace.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:51 PM   #95
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I think that the heat strip ends up in the same category as the electric hot water heater option. Many feel they are paying for campground electricity, so they should use it! I went without either and feel that it would take many years camping with hookups to break even, but that's just my opinion.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:18 PM   #96
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I think that the heat strip ends up in the same category as the electric hot water heater option. Many feel they are paying for campground electricity, so they should use it! I went without either and feel that it would take many years camping with hookups to break even, but that's just my opinion.
I never liked running the A/C for the heat strip in the Casita because of the noise. That's why I grabbed Cpaharley's idea for the Broan heater mod. Nice quiet heater that keeps the trailer warm except in the coldest conditions. No tripping over a cube heater either.


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Old 08-03-2015, 09:21 PM   #97
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What he said. Another vote for the box. I really think ETI should make it standard equipment.
I strongly disagree. We don't have the box, and for the past 6 1/2 years have had no need for it. Maybe to bring stuff that we don't need. As it is, very little goes into the tow vehicle other than non-campsite stuff, and we still have some storage room left.

Having Line-X on it is a good thing though. I might be adding that to the front of our trailer.

It is not possible for a 5.0 either, and those folks manage without.

I do understand that many do love it though, and if it works as a good option for them, that is great.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:55 PM   #98
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Agree- they're standardizing several things already such as the EZ-Lube & Digital Thermostat. It might be tempting though as it seems like a high margin item.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:04 PM   #99
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I strongly disagree. We don't have the box, and for the past 6 1/2 years have had no need for it. Maybe to bring stuff that we don't need.
I agree with you disagreeing. I have the box but waffled for a long, long time over it. I'm glad I have it now but should I have decided against it, I'm sure that would have been okay, too. It's a very high-ticket item to have as standard when so many do not want or have it.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:08 PM   #100
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Agree- they're standardizing several things already such as the EZ-Lube & Digital Thermostat. It might be tempting though as it seems like a high margin item.
The digital thermostat changes the mode that the A/C uses. With it, the fan is off when not cooling, and the option on running on a low (hence quiet) fan speed is possible. Far better than my past units.
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