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Old 04-15-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Options, Options, Options???

Debra and Michael here and here is Rosarito Mex. for the moment. We are planning to put a deposit real soon on an Escape19. We are both new to this and our biggest question is what are the options that make things easier and more comfortable. Microwave is out I know. So if you have an option on your rig you can't live without or something that you wish you woulda got please let us know.
The humor in the fact that we have picked an Escape over the others is that we are both working Escape Artist. Facebook TheNewHoudinis "like "it!
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:14 AM   #2
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Debra and Michael, you are going to love your 19' like we love ours. BTW, my wife and I have some friends that also live at Rosarito on the beach at the North end of town, Jim and Mary and next door are George and Maria. Do you plan to camp in Baja or also go to the states?


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Old 04-16-2013, 03:27 AM   #3
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I think that the options fall into three categories...

Black and white (must-haves or have-nots) 5%: For example, I will have a small Escape with a big tow vehicle, therefore I do not need a WDH.

Gray (camping style) 90%: For example, I don't even have a microwave in my house or cabin so why would I need one in my trailer? For example, I won't be camping in a hot climate, so I don't need AC. For example, I need an extra 12V plug in the rear to charge electronic gear. For example, I always cook outside so I don't need a stove hood. For example, I boondock all the time so I need solar or a generator. For example, I'm plugged in all the time so I don't need solar or a generator.

Truly gray 5%: For example, I like the standard upholstery but I want a different laminate or vinyl. For example, I like a stainless steel stove. For example, I don't like a stainless steel stove.

As you can see, Michael and Debra, most of the decisions (in my opinion) depend on camping lifestyle. I lurked on this forum for a year before placing my order last fall for an Escape to take delivery this May. There is a thread on this forum for almost every option...and an opinion for every option--pro and con. It boils down to camping lifestyle. Regardless of which options you elect, you can be sure that you will be happy with your choice of an Escape.

And how cool is it that someone is posting from Mexico? Very, very cool.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:42 AM   #4
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Hi: escape13... It's a pleasure to know real escape artists. I just studied fine arts and love to escape. We will be retired by years end and will be setting up my easel and trailer in Florida for the winter. I won't be chained down anymore!!!
Most of today's options weren't even thought of in 2007 when our 5.0 was built. What I can offer as a thought is some options are best added when the trailer is in production ie: The Screen Room. It's better to have Reace add the dome snaps for this, when building your trailer. Same goes for shelves in the closet or drawers in the pantry, and special reinforcing for any TV on the walls. Even extra lights on the exterior or reading lights over the bed.
What ever your pleasure Tammy will slip you thru the build sheet and take care of your needs.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:09 AM   #5
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What I found unnerving when we were ordering the options on our trailer was that there is no complete list of options to be considered. One must read the forum pretty thoroughly to learn the possibilities. And Escape is always making changes that are not necessarily announced, so again you must fall back on the forum to try to catch this information, some of which may be changes you don't want!

Example of a change we didn't want and were able to avoid -- brown accordion shades instead of the previously available off-white

Two examples of options we wouldn't have known were available without the forum -- two-way water heater (electric and propane); extended length stabilizer jacks.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:33 AM   #6
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I must agree that there are a lot of good ideas here that are not on the standard build sheet. I remember a couple of times that I would call Tammy to change something and she would laugh and say I must have been reading the forum.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:59 AM   #7
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Hi Michael and Debra, welcome to the site, and congrats on your purchasing decision.

I would suggest to take some time and read through lots of the past posts. You will find all the options, both standard and custom, well discussed. Lots of good thinking went into most of them.

You kinda need to define to yourselves how you intend to use the trailer. Will you be in hot or cold climates mostly, at serviced campgrounds or boondocking, or combinations of all. You also need to figure out what level of luxury you are comfortable with. There tends to be two ways that folks get into the trailer life, for some it is roughing it compared to what they are used to in their daily lives, and for others (like me) it is looked at as a luxurious way of camping compared to living out of a backpack or canoe. Either way, the resultant is similar, everyone is getting out and enjoying themselves.

One thing to remember, is that just about anything can be done after you buy if needed. You could take the base unit, without any options, and have yourself a great time.

There are a few things best to incorporate from the beginning if you think you would ever need them. Once you get out camping for a while, you will likely figure out more about what you need for your own particular style. Going for the extra insulation and dual glazed windows would be at the top of my list for extras.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 AM   #8
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And there are options not listed on the option list, so do not be afraid to ask Escape anything that you may want them to do or change.
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #9
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Option, one Man's Opinion..

If this helps, here is how we settled on our 19 build this winter:

Well - it is time to reveal the outcome of all your collective input!
Our trailer is moving into week 3 of production - the pictures from Tammy look great.
Here is what we have chosen to do with our 19:

Modifications and Options for Usability
Additional Opening Window over sink
Bike Rack Ready
Cabinet Door at end of Bench
Front Cot READY
Rear U Shaped Dinette
Opening Window in Bathroom
Oven with Three burner Cooktop
Stove Cover
Hitch Wheel
Front Storage Box
Additional Light on Front of Trailer for Storage Box
2 shelves in closet, 2 drawers in closet
Reinforce front , bathroom front & side , and fridge walls
Umbra hidden hook bars (2)

Modifications and Options for Safety
Brake Controller
Equalizer Hitch
Additional Set LED Brake Lights
Halogen Flood back-up lights
Surge Protector
Interior switched porch light

Modifications and Options for Flexibility & Power Independence
95W Solar Panel and Charger
Dual 6V Batteries
Extra Insulation & Thermal Windows
LED Interior Light Package
LED Exterior Porch Light Package
LED lit switches fro pump
Digital Thermostat
Removable Power Cord
Two Way Hot Water Tank
3-12 Volt outlets
Additional front facing110V plug kitchen
1500 Watt Power Invertor
All 120 v plugs split between land power / Inverter Power sources
Honda 2000i Generator

Modifications and Options for Convenience and Comfort
Air Conditioner (11,000 BTU)
Spray Foam Insulation
Exterior Propane Quick Connect
Dickinson Spitfire SS Marine BBQ
Exterior shower
High pressure, low volume shower hose and head
Microwave (Black) full time inverter powered
2 Additional Counter Extensions over rear bed/ dinette (3 total)
6 Captains Reading Lights (4 in rear, 2 in front)
Outdoor Screen Room
TV Antenna (New Style for off air HDTV), cable ready
Starter Kit etc. etc.
Dual wheel X-Chocks

Modifications and Options for Appearance and Style
Aluminum Rims
Custom Formica - White 949 - MC
Custom Fabric (Grey with Black Piping)
Custom Valances (Grey, Black & tan)
Stainless Steel Sink & Chrome Faucet
Full storage cover
Colour matched decals to Nissan Xterra tow vehicle

Have we missed anything useful?
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2012. Escape 19
2012 Xterra 4x4
Dog as Navigator
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:48 AM   #10
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One more thing...don't overlook one of the best resources on this forum: PICTURES. I have made some key decisions based on going over pictures with a fine-tooth comb. As often posted on this forum...we love pictures!

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