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Old 04-29-2016, 04:44 PM   #31
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Eric has it right. I would add that inverters are a funny beast. I believe they have a lot of downside and not a lot of upside. First when you are in an RV, you are in a 12 volt world. Everything possible works off 12 volt or propane. This includes the furnace, the water pump, the refrigerator, the lights, the hot water heater and the breakaway brakes. These all use 12 volt and/or propane. The big exception is the A/C.

Second, there are many devices that you can purchase that run on 12 volt: portable fans, clocks, laptop computers, chargers for phones and tablets and I am sure many others. Then there are substitutes, my wife has access to a butane powered curling iron and dries her hair in the campground bathroom.

Third, there seems to be things that travellers cannot do without. Probably the main use of the inverter is the microwave, followed by some special appliance one cannot give up such as a favorite coffee pot, coffee grinder or blender. Many of these items have alternative devices to achieve a similar result, some are even available in 12 volt versions. A big source for 12 volt ideas can be a truck stop, all big rigs are using 12 volt devices or an inverter.

Now the down side to an inverter. The biggest is they are inefficient, there is a significant loss in converting 12 volt to 115 volt. Second would be they can draw power from your batteries even when not in use. Third they cannot run everything. The air conditioner for one, possibly the hair dryer are probably off limits. Fourth, they have a limited time span, they are limited to 1/2 the amp hours of your battery. Running a microwave for 15 minutes is a measurement I use. And finally they may require solar and may require the dual six volt batteries, only to be able to provide enough power and to recover from inverter usage.

I think what I have said is an over simplification. There are many variables.

Back to your original question, yes you want to add additional 12 volt outlets. On the 21 there is only one standard, right in the center of the trailer. I would opt for ones on both ends. Not sure where the standard one is now on a 19, but ours had it high over the queen bed, easy to access but no shelf to place anything you may be charging. Related to this is consideration of having some extra 12 volt runs installed, no connector on the end, just a live 12 wire placed in a cabinet. I had several of these for adding items later such as lighting, TV, sound systems and clocks.

Here is the funny part Bruce, I am installing an inverter.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:22 PM   #32
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In my experience of looking at older fiberglass trailers.... the graphics tend to fade and crack and peel over (a long) time, making the trailer look .... well... blah, and old.
My 1988 Scamp has the original graphics and are not faded, cracked or peeling. They, like the rest of the trailer is kept waxed. I suppose if they were faded, cracked and peeling the rest of the trailer would look likewise.
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My 1988 Scamp has the original graphics and are not faded, cracked or peeling. They, like the rest of the trailer is kept waxed. I suppose if they were faded, cracked and peeling the rest of the trailer would look likewise.
Donna question about the graphics . You put wax on them too ? Or should we use 303 ? Our wax says do not use on vinyl . What wax do you use ? Pat
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Donna question about the graphics . You put wax on them too ? Or should we use 303 ? Our wax says do not use on vinyl . What wax do you use ? Pat
Yep, just wax right over the top of the decals. I think when you're reading "vinyl" they very well may mean vinyl seats... maybe. I've used just about everything on the Scamp from Gel Gloss to Meguiar's to Nu Finish. Just depends on how much time I have. It's all good. About the only thing that's consistent is I use Turtle Wash and Wax on all trailers and motor vehicles. In fact I'm using Turtle Ice Spray Wax on my F-150. Neat stuff!
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:47 PM   #35
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Donna is right on as usual. I've had several Scamps 20-30 yrs old and the decals were in great shape. I've only found bad looking decals on poorly maintained trailers and the shell is usually in similar condition. Good quality wax every 6-9 mos and everything will still look great 10-20 years from now.
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10 random questions about some build sheet details

When it comes to signage or decals not all vinyl is created equal. There is good better best and like ink pigments the warm end of the spectrum fade quickest.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:02 PM   #37
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I'm betting ETI uses Oracal 651 or Oracal 951. If you look at ETI trailers that are 10 years old, the decals look as good as new (if the owners have been taking care of the trailer). Seeing Jim's 2009 17' with black decals was the reason I went with black too. Elegant!
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:23 PM   #38
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These are the Avery 700 High Performance Films Escape uses. I don't they use the high gloss though.
http://graphics.averydennison.com/co...-1-24-v6-2.pdf

As mentioned, emailed Avery and had them send me a sample book that has all their colours in in. Much truer than the one I linked to, especially if you don't have a calibrated monitor, and WAY better than the one that Escape emailed me.
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We removed the Escape graphics on our 19' which were a year old, and there was just a little ghosting as I recall (but there would be plenty if several years old). We are slowly adding graphics to our no-graphics 21' with white belly band. You can make it your own on the exterior just as you do with the interior.

Have the driver's side extra hatch and would not be without it. Nothing like having to go into the trailer and all the way to the back when rain and mud, and get the cushions, flip-up tables and everything moved to get something out of there. We have no need to fit everything under the bed.
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Yep, just wax right over the top of the decals. I think when you're reading "vinyl" they very well may mean vinyl seats... maybe. I've used just about everything on the Scamp from Gel Gloss to Meguiar's to Nu Finish. Just depends on how much time I have. It's all good. About the only thing that's consistent is I use Turtle Wash and Wax on all trailers and motor vehicles. In fact I'm using Turtle Ice Spray Wax on my F-150. Neat stuff!
Donna , Gregg also ,I went out to read label of my wax . Marine, RV Meguiar's pure wax, 56 . On the back it say's keep off vinyl and rubber areas . I use the Gel Gloss to wash trailer . The Meguiar's is saying it is a Carnauba Blend . I have Nu Finish also I could use . What do you think ? Pat
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