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Old 07-11-2014, 08:12 AM   #11
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All it takes is one forgetful moment and you will burn out the electric element, $$ to repair. One less item to remember to turn on/off. These little items all add up to a list yea long to remember, I want to get away from stress rather than add to it.
I had to do this once when my wife turned it on for spring cleaning, not realizing it was still bypassed. Not a big deal though, other than running to the BORG to get a new element for $20, or so. 15 minutes to swap out, lesson learned.

The list of things that could go wrong with your trailer and gear is a mile long. If one worried too much about things going wrong with your setup, staying home would likely be the best option.

I gotta say, that the mod I did of putting a switch inside to turn the water heater element on, along with an indicator light to let me know it is on, was a minor mod that has really worked out great for us.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:53 AM   #12
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I got both. I'll be camping for nine nights at the Oregon Gathering, full hookups. Guess which version I'll use? Paid for the use of electricity, I'm gonna use it.


Actually, it is those who judiciously do not use the electric while hooked that enables others to by keeping the cost down. If we all used what we thought we were entitled to we could end up with nothing left.
OK I'm off the stage now.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:59 AM   #13
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That's fine Jim. We voted to support our state parks with lottery dollars. It's actually the gamblers in the state that keep the pricing down, not those that judiciously do not use the electric while hooked.
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Yeah, I am not too worried about the little electricity I use when at a campground. People who choose to use A/C use WAY more, especially in those big rigs, and all their usage is factored into the cost I pay, regardless of how little I consume.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:18 AM   #15
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I chose the propane only heater. I'm about 50/50 on hook up vrs boon docking. My thinking was that It is less complicated to operate, will take along time to use the $200.00 up charge in propane, and mostly I used that $200.00 to get other options I felt were more important to me. I find in real world usage I turn the heater on in the am and pm for about 10 minutes to heat a tank for dishes etc. So again with all the options available it comes down to how you will use your trailer and what is important to you.

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Old 07-11-2014, 10:35 AM   #16
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Agreed Dave, those who do not use our natural resources are helping put some back. When I had all all electric EggCamper I had to have hookups. But as some members here discuss the preference of no of a/c nor electric water heaters in their Escapes is a simpler way to camp off the grid, I too prefer the simple way.
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I think it would take a long time to make up the $200 based on propane savings. We went propane only, and as mentioned before, turn it on a few minutes before it's needed and turn it off when not needed, especially at night. This one is mostly just a matter of personal preference.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:57 AM   #18
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Donna, before you mentioned it, that was my thought. You are paying for the electricity, you might as well as take advantage of it and save the propane. I will have the 2-way on my upcoming (Dec. 15) 5.0 TA.

Did you get the u-shaped dinette?
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Donna, before you mentioned it, that was my thought. You are paying for the electricity, you might as well as take advantage of it and save the propane. I will have the 2-way on my upcoming (Dec. 15) 5.0 TA.

Did you get the u-shaped dinette?
Yes, I got the U-shaped dinette, no table mounted (two stooge tables) and had an extra filler board and cushion made. I wanted a lounge!

I'll post pictures sometime next week.

Here in the Pacific NorthWET, propane prices are rising and electric costs are going down. We're big into solar and wind power, not so big into drilling.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:42 AM   #20
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Yes, I would love to see the u-shaped dinette as I am debating on to get it or not. I will be going to the Bandon gathering to view the new 5.0 TA, that Tammy and Reace are bringing, not sure if it will have the u-shape or not.

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