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Old 08-15-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Placed order for a 5.0TA this Monday. Been looking into RVing since summer 2012 and just couldn't bring myself to getting a stickie. Maybe when slide outs become a need, I'll look again.

Due date June 4/2015, which if I am not mistaken is just before the annual rally. That will be a hoot. I'll be the rookie providing the "first backing in" entertainment.

Love the roominess in the 5er and as Donna says, that kitchen counter goes forever. I couldn't believe how much storage is available. Have some wonderful adobe styled material (drapes) in hand, but alas far too few yards (maybe 7) with a repeating pattern.

While I would love a "full load" build, to tackle some of the wonderful camping spots that don't have full hookups, I am however leaning towards a KISS build. Prewiring for solar/tv and getting the options that are best at build time (like spray foam). Then adding bits (like that very sweet Magnum hybrid inverter) as need/desire/money takes over.


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Old 08-15-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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Very nice, you will enjoy your new trailer when you get it. Hope to see you at the next rally with it.

And yes, many things can be added later. You will likely be surprised that you can just do without lots of the bells and whistles, just fine.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Cool beans Bruce! You MAY be able to get away with just the seven yards of material depending on the dinette shape you choose. Also, you could purchase coordinating material for the valances, so that means less yardage there too. ETI could give you a definitive answer about yardage needed.

Exciting times ahead!
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Welcome, Bruce,
I have seen where someone used two different materials on cushions, print and solid, a kind of half and half deal you could consider. The print parts were kind of a band for the solid sections.
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Maybe you could get the cushions with your fabric and the valences with something else?
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:17 AM   #6
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Placed order for a 5.0TA this Monday. Been looking into RVing since summer 2012 and just couldn't bring myself to getting a stickie. Maybe when slide outs become a need, I'll look again.

Due date June 4/2015, which if I am not mistaken is just before the annual rally. That will be a hoot. I'll be the rookie providing the "first backing in" entertainment.

Love the roominess in the 5er and as Donna says, that kitchen counter goes forever. I couldn't believe how much storage is available. Have some wonderful adobe styled material (drapes) in hand, but alas far too few yards (maybe 7) with a repeating pattern.

While I would love a "full load" build, to tackle some of the wonderful camping spots that don't have full hookups, I am however leaning towards a KISS build. Prewiring for solar/tv and getting the options that are best at build time (like spray foam). Then adding bits (like that very sweet Magnum hybrid inverter) as need/desire/money takes over.


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Hi: BCnomad... We had Reace put in the roof mount 160W solar panel& all LED's. Sure glad we did, as the fridge will run on 12V while we drive without worry of draining the truck battery.
BTW welcome to our fiberglass world... Alf
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:58 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses all.


While I am not stuck on getting the fabric changed out, it seems a shame to not use an existing resource -- especially one that complements the stock formica so well. I'll ask Tammy closer to the time. The drapes have a white backing on them so that may help some.

I have been looking at some of the private and public parks amenities and associated fees ..... I tell ya, Walmart camping is looking pretty good right now. I could probably get away with not much in the way of needs (outside of charging phones/computers) but then I read a post of someone having "a moment of need" with a fuller feature load. sigh. My idea of camping is as a roving tourist, so may have full hookups one day, and boondock the next.

Heading through the 'wack again in a month or so, and can have a longer sit in the trailer. With checklist in hand.


PS thanks for the pic Alf. I am strongly leaning towards solar, but may go 'pre wire' route for the first year. I like that the roof is generally clean for solar needs, compared to some internet pics of other campers at least. And room for two panels plus whatever on the ground.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:02 PM   #8
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I would suggest prewire for anything you may decide to use later, like the solar, radio, and the TV. Maybe even the cable for a Battery Monitor, you have to supply the cable. I had all the above and so far have completed the solar install, would have been a real hassle to run the cables and punch the hole in the roof had I not had it done by ETI. I had the TV cables and Antenna installed but no TV arm or the TV itself. Only issue is the antenna on the TA is the highest item and will be the first clipped off by an unseen branch. Think I should have just had the cable connection put in and forgone the antenna, maybe tried a Leaf if I ever want television.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:48 PM   #9
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Hi Bob

I see you have the Jack antenna, how do you like it, does it work alright?

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BC, should you decided to change the fabric - ETI wants your material on hand as the first item before they start production so they can forward it to their cushion supplier.
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