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Old 04-22-2016, 12:16 AM   #1
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Question 10 random questions about some build sheet details

Hi all

getting very excited about our 2017 21’ that we have on order.

I have a few random questions about couple build sheet details

(I have a pretty good handle on the options, and am getting way more than the ones listed below, FWIIW)

note - we are NOT getting the u-shaped dinette. (see below)

and the dinette will nightly change into the bed for our 3rd camper.

one: we are going to get the outdoor shower. will use it for a variety of things. shower tent when boon docking. doing dishes. sandy feet.

we want it passenger side, for sure.

is just outside the bathroom a good place?

dont want to be down by the (dirty) wheels

two: going to get solar + Dual 6v.
NOT getting the u-shaped dinette

ETI said that the big battery box that holds the dual 6v would allow the batteries to be side by side, or end to end.
I didn’t quite understand this.

what are the advantages and disadvantages of side by side or end to end? I can’t even guess.

three: the ETI installed $170 CAD LED awning light strip (dimmable) does not change color.

some other 3rd party ones do change colors …. doing RED would be nice for preserving night vision when star gazing. Orange doesn’t attract bugs the same way as white….

should I maybe ask ETI to pre-wire, and just install 3rd party myself? I’m not so confident about drilling holes in the hull.

four: any suggestions on 3rd party light changing LED exterior light strips that would work under the awning?

five: ETI offers for $150 “Exterior Access Hatch - REAR drivers side” …. so that goes into the space under the bench seat there, correct?
Why on earth would I want that there? as opposed to just walking into the trailer and lifting there seat up. (?)

six: we are going to get a Counter extension just to the left of the sink…. (partially blocks door when up) - i am told it is great for when washing dishes.

Is the other logical place for another one just to the right of the stove (kitchen area) jutting into the curb side bench dinette area? When that area is a bed, might that make a nice small night table?

Note - no u-shaped dinette.

seven: going to go with NO graphics, and white belly band. Any downsides?

eight: going to go with E2 sway & WDH. Installed by ETI
ETI says it is best with the bigger trailers, and yes, I DO want a WDH & sway.
Any downsides to that particular model?

nine: ETI sells a Water Pressure Regulator for $35 CAD, yet a basic one on Amazon is $9. Isn’t that basic brass Camco one enough?

ten: going to add two additional 12v/dual USB interior outlets. I am thinking locations of 1) adjacent to stock 120v outlet, rear passenger side bench. 2) adjacent to stock 120v drivers side, above fixed bed, in overhead cabinet.

any better or worse places? I’d use them for charging USB headlamps / phones / etc.

thanks!!!

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Old 04-22-2016, 01:51 AM   #2
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10 random questions about some build sheet details

There are too many different LED strips out there for me to recommend a specific one. They come in many varieties, like RGB, RGBW, and RGBWW. They also come in different grades for outdoor use, either completely encased and waterproof, or water resistant and suitable for outdoor use. They come with different controllers too, some with basic color changing and some with flash, strobe and rotating color effects. The controllers also come either with RF or IR remotes. We prefer the RF remote which doesn't have an IR sensor that you have to point at to make it work. The IR ones require you to aim toward the sensor, similar to what you do with a TV remote. The RF (radio frequency) remotes use a radio signal to control the strip, and work within a certain range regardless of where they're pointed.

There's only one tiny hole to drill, and the strip is really easy to wire if you have Escape put a 12v drop in the cabinet adjacent to where the wires come in to the overhead cabinet. I wouldn't worry about one more hole for the LED strip - Escape has to drill one too. It took a bit of comparing and researching before I settled on the strip (RGBW waterproof) and remote (RF) I wanted. Just searched on Amazon. Strip and controller with remote for under $40.

The driver side rear hatch means you can access the under bench storage from both inside and outside. Handy if you store something there that you need to retrieve without having to go in the trailer, lift the cushion and open the bench.

If you're getting dual 6v batteries, don't worry about their orientation in the battery box. Escape places them correctly. They're just saying the battery box is large enough that the batteries can be oriented either way.

We don't have the outside shower, but if we did we'd prefer it on the driver side and not the passenger - and I'm not sure that the passenger side is even an option on an Escape. Putting it on the driver side means there's no water on the ground just outside the entrance or under the awning. The entrance and under the awning is an extension of our living area, and we certainly don't want puddles there.

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There are too many different LED strips out there for me to recommend a specific one. They come in many varieties, like RGB, RGBW, and RGBWW. They also come in different grades for outdoor use, either completely encased and waterproof, or water resistant and suitable for outdoor use. They come with different controllers too, some with basic color changing and some with flash, strobe and rotating color effects. The controllers also come either with RF or IR remotes. We prefer the RF remote which doesn't have to be pointed in the direction of the controller sensor - in fact, the sensor is a radio receiver in the controller. The IR ones require you to aim toward the sensor, similar to what you do with a TV remote.

There's only one tiny hole to drill, and the strip is really easy to wire if you have Escape put a 12v drop in the cabinet adjacent to where the wires come in to the overhead cabinet. I wouldn't worry about one more hole for the LED strip - Escape has to drill one too. It took a bit of comparing and researching before I settled on the strip (RGBW waterproof) and remote (RF) I wanted. Just searched on Amazon. Strip and controller with remote for under $40.

The driver side rear hatch means you can access the under bench storage from both inside and outside. Handy if you store something there that you need to retrieve without having to go in the trailer, lift the cushion and open the bench.

If you're getting dual 6v batteries, don't worry about their orientation in the battery box. Escape places them correctly. They're just saying the battery box is large enough that the batteries can be oriented either way.

We don't have the outside shower, but if we did we'd prefer it on the driver side and not the passenger - and I'm not sure that the passenger side is even an option on an Escape. Putting it on the driver side means there's no water on the ground just outside the entrance or under the awning. The entrance and under the awning is an extension of our living area, and we certainly don't want puddles there.

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Thanks for the good info.

and.... yes the passenger side is an option for the outdoor shower. They said that it can be installed pretty much anywhere along the sides - either side.

and.... i often find that the passenger side is more private
and also the drivers side is often much closer to a hedge / trees / the sewer connection.
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Thanks for the good info.



and.... yes the passenger side is an option for the outdoor shower. They said that it can be installed pretty much anywhere along the sides - either side.



and.... i often find that the passenger side is more private

and also the drivers side is often much closer to a hedge / trees / the sewer connection.

I see. So, they'll put it on either side. That side is definitely more private but my concern would be with the water. Perhaps you could have it placed as far from the door as possible - toward the rear instead of the front?
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We are getting the shower on the passenger side for a couple of reasons:

1. That's where we spend our time. We can do a quick hand wash after s'mores or before a meal. On the drivers side with our Casita, it was hardly ever used due to the remote location.

2. With the 15' hose, it will extend to the back of the trailer off the awning mat and out of the way. So that should work fine for rinsing dogs etc.

3. If need be we can rinse the mat of spilled katsup or syrup. It happens.

But that's just us.
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I think that the shower on the curb side will have to be where the kitchen is located because there is an interior protrusion plus there is a water source there. The mentioned bathroom wall may not allow the install.
As fas as the lift up table I had 3 installed, 2 in dinette area and one on the nightstand side, did not do the door side as there is plenty of counter space for drying dishes.
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Hi all
one: we are going to get the outdoor shower. will use it for a variety of things. shower tent when boon docking. doing dishes. sandy feet.

we want it passenger side, for sure.

is just outside the bathroom a good place?

dont want to be down by the (dirty) wheels

---

five: ETI offers for $150 “Exterior Access Hatch - REAR drivers side” …. so that goes into the space under the bench seat there, correct?
Why on earth would I want that there? as opposed to just walking into the trailer and lifting there seat up. (?)

---

six: we are going to get a Counter extension just to the left of the sink…. (partially blocks door when up) - i am told it is great for when washing dishes.
We have a 19' with the external shower on the drivers side. We don't use it a lot but when we do the ground tends to get quite wet and muddy, depending on the campsite. I wouldn't want it on the passenger side.

The exterior hatch is one of the options I couldn't live without. My hatch is on the passenger side at the back which accesses to under the bed. I wish that I also had one at the front to get access under the dinette bench. Opening up the bench is more hassle then it sounds. If I had a hatch that space would get a lot more use. Without the hatch access I just store all my rarely used items under the dinette bench.

I agree, definitely go with the flip up extension by the sink. We usually use it when both of us are cooking together. it gives some more room so someone can work on the stove and the other person still has some work space to prep.
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eight: going to go with E2 sway & WDH. Installed by ETI
ETI says it is best with the bigger trailers, and yes, I DO want a WDH & sway.
Any downsides to that particular model?

nine: ETI sells a Water Pressure Regulator for $35 CAD, yet a basic one on Amazon is $9. Isn’t that basic brass Camco one enough?

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Mind if I ask what your tug is? Just curious. (Never mind, found it in your profile).

Do you know what model of pressure regulator ETI sells? I just have a brass Camco and it does the job just fine!
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On a 19 the rear access hatch makes a lot of sense, on a 21 you are getting access to an area that does not have a lot of room. The amount of room depends on options you have selected, the dual 6 volt take up a lot of space, an inverter would go here, I have solar controls in this area. The front storage box is a much more viable area to carry light weight items and I believe precludes the need for a rear hatch on the 21.
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On a 19 the rear access hatch makes a lot of sense, on a 21 you are getting access to an area that does not have a lot of room. The amount of room depends on options you have selected, the dual 6 volt take up a lot of space, an inverter would go here, I have solar controls in this area. The front storage box is a much more viable area to carry light weight items and I believe precludes the need for a rear hatch on the 21.
thanks - this is a good thought...

however i realized that I may well have an outdoor pole and high up light when camping at certain locations.... and that hatch would be an easy (not drilling a hole) way to get a wire from inside out.....

but yes - we will have dual 6v, inverter, solar, and be pre-wired for a battery monitor system.... so on a NON u-dinette, what all would be in the drivers side dinette bench?

this optional hatch is drivers side, my sleepy brain is telling me that in a 21' (non U) that the dual 6v are in the passenger side bench?

not sure.

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