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Old 04-12-2019, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Build order is signed and trailer will be done in June. I've been trolling this forum researching options and its been a wealth of information, thank you to everyone that has contributed in my decision making.

What did I do different from standard build?

- 3 burner cooktop with oven. No microwave. I mostly boondock and wanted an oven.
- Exterior shower.
- Solar installed, 1500 W, and outside solar port just in case I need it.
- No television or stereo system. Will purchase my own 12v television and install stereo system. Did install additional outlets in locations for power.
- Extra insulation and thermal windows (Yes, I did receive email saying thermals are no longer available for kitchen and bathroom.) I had a kitchen window installed, no window in bathroom.
- High lift axle. I'm notorious for ripping of leveling jacks, LOL.
- NO TOILET. I'm installing a composting toilet. The tank is still there, haven't decided what to do with it yet.
- Had electrical drops installed for composting toilet along with several extra 12v and extra captains lights.
- Converted bench seat to U-Shaped dinette.
- Went with new Birch color scheme.

Looking forward to the pickup and spending some time in the Pacific Northwest before heading back to Wisconsin.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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Another nice modification is the drawer under the closet. The closet floor is recessed and the drawer gives you a wider drawer than the ones under your cooktop. Which you do not have.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:18 AM   #3
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Build order is signed and trailer will be done in June.
Hi Brian,

We have a June 13th pickup date scheduled, when is yours?
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:26 AM   #4
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Welcome Brian, to our Escape world. Glad you made the jump to being a member, lots of good folks here with help. Re: your build, 2 things. I believe the new interior is maple not birch, if that makes any difference. The other is not tv ready. That means no exterior coaxial if you ever do end up in a cg they wold have cable. Otherwise you are OTA and need an antenna which btw can be outside and use the coaxial connection. You maybe the 2nd compost member, congrats on taking the leap.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:39 AM   #5
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Hi Brian,

We have a June 13th pickup date scheduled, when is yours?
My build is done June 12th. I haven't scheduled a pickup date yet. I need to do that ASAP as my calendar is filling up.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:44 AM   #6
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Welcome Brian, to our Escape world. Glad you made the jump to being a member, lots of good folks here with help. Re: your build, 2 things. I believe the new interior is maple not birch, if that makes any difference. The other is not tv ready. That means no exterior coaxial if you ever do end up in a cg they wold have cable. Otherwise you are OTA and need an antenna which btw can be outside and use the coaxial connection. You maybe the 2nd compost member, congrats on taking the leap.
Thanks for the correction, LOL. Its just the lighter color, LOL. I had all the hookups for the antennae, just opted to purchase my own television and stereo system. I just spent 4 weeks in Utah in my R-Pod and never used the television. As long as you have cell coverage, television is available over the internet. And its been my experience, that cell coverage is usually more available than over the air television stations. I even watched the NCAA basketball tournament. Composting...yea, I took the leap of faith. Everything I read says it works and to eliminate all that water waste weight, sounds good. Someone I chatted with said they were going to convert their black water tank to water for their horses which they also trailer. Lots of options I guess.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:51 AM   #7
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Another nice modification is the drawer under the closet. The closet floor is recessed and the drawer gives you a wider drawer than the ones under your cooktop. Which you do not have.
Yes, I did get one drawer under the closet, and I reinforced the walls so I can add additional shelving in the closet. I saw quite a few conversions in the forum with pull out shelving and changes to the closet. I liked the idea of adding what I wanted in the closet rather than additional drawers by Escape.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:57 AM   #8
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My build is done June 12th. I haven't scheduled a pickup date yet. I need to do that ASAP as my calendar is filling up.
Ours is done the 12th as well, we are newbies and plan to spend a few days at the Lynden WA KOA before leaving the factory area. Maybe we will see you there.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:02 AM   #9
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I believe the new interior is maple not birch, if that makes any difference.
I just recently made that same mistake and would have kept doing it in the future, thanks for pointing that out Jim.
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Old 04-12-2019, 02:55 PM   #10
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Hi Brian, We are working on our build sheet for August delivery and it looks like we're doing many of the same options.

The composting toilet - I've read/heard from others that they can be great for extending boondocking time. I think some people convert the unused black tank to a grey tank, as opposed to a fresh water tank, which seems like a sensible modification to me if the goal is to spend more time disconnected, since you can always bring extra water jugs. If you have not yet seen it, The Fit RV people have an excellent video and article addressing pros, cons and tips about using a composting toilet after having used it for about a year. You probably already know the pros and cons, but it's worth a watch, if only for the tips:

https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/the...osting-toilet/

I think they're out of Utah. They have a small RV, but their website is great for all sorts of helpful system and design modifications.

Have you looked at the "It's Friday" threads at all? I hope you'll share your build pictures as you get them, which helps others to live vicariously through you while we wait for ours to be built. :-)

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