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Old 03-14-2014, 12:23 AM   #51
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I'm also a device watcher not a TV watcher. I'm planning on external antennas for a cell phone booster and WiFi booster. I am also going to future-proof a bit with some conduit between front and back cabinets to make pulling wire easier as the technology changes. (I much prefer gigabit Ethernet to WiFi when possible, its faster and less chance of interference from my neighbors microwave oven and gadgets). I'm going to skip the satellite and TV antenna connections.

I will get solar. I will have the wiring installed when the trailer is built since the wires need to be inside the walls. Living in the northwest I may need an extra solar panel to be able to charge in the winter when the skies are dark, the days are short and the sun never gets very high. I will wire so an extra panel can be added later if it turns out I need one. Going to a larger wire size will help with voltage drop issues as well as adding the ability to safely handle more current.

Not all technology is happy on a cheap inverter. I will get an inverter that produces a pure sine wave. That way I know I'll avoid expensive problems.

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Old 03-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #52
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I've thought about conduit as well but probably won't. Still thinking about it though. Up in this end of the woods, coax is disappearing and is being replaced with Cat6. Will yours be the first Escape with fiber optic cables You could also network all the trailer monitors and thermostat

Its too much for me. At this point I'd probably be more interested in kayak racks.

BTW, I've got a new build date. I did have the very last date available in 2014 but due to some fortuitous event got advanced to Oct.

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Old 05-11-2014, 12:06 PM   #53
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Dometic/SMEV Combo

Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post

Still loving our Dometic/SMEV Combo flush mount stove/sink.
Jim, what model did you get? Can you post a link please? What are the advantages?
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:59 PM   #54
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Thanks to all of you for your input over the last months as Angela and I developed our build list. This forum has been an invaluable source of information and we've just signed off on our list.

We added the following items to make boondocking a little easier:
-extra 12 volt outlets (more efficient use of power than using an inverter)
-600 Watt Inverter (for incidental use)
-Dual 6 volt batteries
-LED lights in and out
-Screen Room (We've got some Finnish relatives who just sit outside in the swamp and acclimatize themselves to repeated bites until it no longer bothers them. We're not like that!)
-Solar Panel

General comfort and interior appearance:
-6.7 cf fridge (fingers crossed hoping Reace and Dometic find a fix)
-stainless stove, hood fan, cover and sink
-windows in the kitchen and washroom
-removeable power (tidier)
-cabinet door at end of bench
-air conditioner, digital stat and surge protector (some day we might visit Texas or Osoyoos)

Pure vanity necessitated the aluminum rims

We didn't get the following because we had to cut somewhere:
-2 way hot water (if we're at a “resort”, we'll probably use their facilities)
-oven (bbq instead)
-exterior shower (we're just cleaner than everyone else )
-1500 watt inverter and auto transfer switch (couldn't justify it once we dumped the microwave idea)
-Extra reading lights (the darker it is, the easier to see our tablets) We did place some 12V plugs in the upper cabinets at both ends, so it will be easy to tap into that power for future additions if necessary)
-quick connect propane (we prefer a high pressure connection)
-stereo and tv connections (use tablets and bluetooth stereo instead)
-extra insulation (I did a heat loss calculation Home Heat Loss Calculator and concluded that the gain would be minimal/$ spent. As far as noise goes, our dog snores louder than a campground party, and we can always turn on the jet engine above the stove for white noise)
-starter kit (I wanted a three piece coupler lock set that's keyed alike so we purchased elsewhere)

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