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Old 12-17-2014, 11:39 PM   #1
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New 5.0TA will have home in Minnesota

Hi all of you Escapees!
George and Jodi here from Minnesota. After searching the internet for small fiberglass campers we found Escape, contacted them, saw a '19' less than 10 miles from our home and were impressed, then crossed paths with a '5.0TA' in the Black Hills in September and chatted with the owners for a long time (Padlin, I believe that's you). In early November we placed our order for a 5.0TA with a completion date of April 21st.
We have been reading so many forum posts in the last 2 months or so that it seems like we already know many of you and you seem like a pretty friendly bunch so we thought we would ask for some input on a few things.

1. We like the look of the aluminum rims, but from past experience with them on cars, there seemed to be a problem with them holding air pressure. How have the aluminum rims worked out for you on your Escapes?

2. How long do the dual 6 batteries last? We typically dry camp and just use minimal lights in the evening, the fan, water pump and charge a few small electronic devices. Would we be good for 4-5 days?

3. Thinking about the inverter, does this significantly reduce the battery charge? I have a 700W hairdryer that would be on for about 3-4 min. Would we need solar to recharge? We will at least prewire for solar, but aren't really sure we would need to put it in.

4. Is the stereo that escape offers adequate? We would mostly use it to plug in an iPod and occasionally look for a weather forecast.

5. We want to put sliding shelves in the pantry similar to yours Bob. Did you take out the middle shelf or install above it? Should we have that shelf eliminated from the build? Do we need to reinforce the walls to mount the brackets?

That's all for now, but there may be more questions in the future, build sheet is due Feb 1. Thanks for your help and any other suggestions you may have to offer.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to our Escape world G&J,
I'll try to answer some of your concerns. There have been no issues with the aluminum wheels holding air. I have had them on 2 Escapes with no issue. If ordering, I'd suggest you get 5 for a matching spare. The dual 6 volts will last your all week with solar. You limiting factor will be water and waste, not your batteries. If you want a hair dryer then you will need solar and an inverter. Leave the dryer home while camping and save yourself some $$$. The factory radio does not have weather. You can purchase a portable weather radio as well as a bluetooth speaker for your IPOD. That way your interior is not marked with speakers and a radio that may be obsolete in a year or two. Enjoy.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:26 AM   #3
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If you camp in shoulder seasons, you're gonna need to run the furnace. The fan probably uses more power than any other device. For that reason, I'd get the solar installed.
Trying to run high wattage appliances like a hair dryer while dry camping is costly in terms of battery power. And trying to mitigate that problem is costly in terms of your wallet.
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Welcome and congratulations on your purchase! Nothing to add on the items that Jim and Glenn mentioned -- they nailed it. As for the slide out shelves, those I've seen don't have reinforced closet walls and they mounted just fine.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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You are very fortunate, we placed our 5.0TA order on the 14th of November and have a projected completion date of 5 August. They must have sold a lot of trailers in less than 2 weeks to be almost 3 1/2 months behind you! I really like the looks of the aluminum rims but we believe that money would be better spent on upgrades inside. We will also go with the 6 volt batteries and purchase a Honda 2000. Good luck with the build sheet.
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1. We like the look of the aluminum rims, but from past experience with them on cars, there seemed to be a problem with them holding air pressure. How have the aluminum rims worked out for you on your Escapes?
I've never had an issue with aluminum alloy wheels holding air, and I've used them at least some of the time on almost every vehicle I've owned. Most of my alloys have been original factory equipment, although some have been aftermarket. Problems holding air may be a quality issue in casting (some are porous) or finish; I don't know of any reasons to expect problems with wheels from Escape... but I don't have any experience with them.

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3. Thinking about the inverter, does this significantly reduce the battery charge? I have a 700W hairdryer that would be on for about 3-4 min.
That's a lot of power, so perhaps 65 amps; fortunately only for a short period. If the use is really that short it might only be 4 amp-hours, but that's still a meaningful portion of the battery capacity.
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Genset vs solar is a whole 'nother thread. If you are going to boondock and run an air conditioner, you're gonna need a generator. Not sure how one sleeps with a generator and air conditioner running.
I've got a Honda 1000 and have added a couple 40 watt portable solar panels. Wish I had just invested in the solar in the first place.
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Hair dryer probably won't be used every day, so may be fine there for a few days. Solar pre-wire would be good should you find you need it later. I think if you get the bigger 12V battery it's in the dual 6V box (best check that) so an upgrade to dual 6V and solar would be simple. You won't really know until you've done a bit of camping in the new rig.
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Hair dryer probably won't be used every day, so may be fine there for a few days. Solar pre-wire would be good should you find you need it later. I think if you get the bigger 12V battery it's in the dual 6V box (best check that) so an upgrade to dual 6V and solar would be simple. You won't really know until you've done a bit of camping in the new rig.
You are correct Charlie, my battery box for the group 29 is the same for the dual sixers, I doubt ETI stocks a different box for each type of battery, other than the black outside vs the white interior box.
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Aluminum rims

The only problem I have had on aluminum rims was on a Pontiac that was 14 years old. I think the issue was in the bead area with corrosion. I doubt you would see that on a trailer that does not get the repeated exposure to winter salt. My fix at the time was a can of sealant in each tire.
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