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Old 06-22-2014, 08:59 AM   #31
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I visited Escape last month and asked Reace specifically about the benefit of thermal windows and insulation in hot/humid climates. (I am in on the Texas Gulf coast and have been debating the benefits). He said he saw more value in the extra insulation over the thermal windows and one doesn't have to do both. He could do just the insulation and not the windows (split the package so to speak). It's worth considering and will save a few dollars.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:29 AM   #32
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The stove cover adds splash/sputter guards between the burners and walls.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:39 AM   #33
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One of the benefits of the thermal windows is peace and quiet, particularly in noisy campgrounds.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:09 AM   #34
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I visited Escape last month and asked Reace specifically about the benefit of thermal windows and insulation in hot/humid climates. (I am in on the Texas Gulf coast and have been debating the benefits). He said he saw more value in the extra insulation over the thermal windows and one doesn't have to do both. He could do just the insulation and not the windows (split the package so to speak). It's worth considering and will save a few dollars.
Hi: JStelly... For our 5.0TA we split the package. No thermal windows, but extra insulation... as we like the idea of having the awning windows open/out, up in the bed loft.
You can't beat the smell of fresh air!!! Alf
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:34 AM   #35
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I don't get how thermal windows can give peace and quiet in a noisy campground. When does anyone sleep with the windows and vents closed? I could understand closing the windows to use the AC but then the AC noise would drown out the outside noise of the camp ground. Same thing with the furnace.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:45 AM   #36
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If you plan to keep your trailer a long time an advantage of the dual 6v batteries is that battery life is related to how deeply the batteries are discharged. Assuming proper charging and maintenance, a battery that routinely gets 30% of its capacity used will last longer than a battery that gets 50% of its capacity used. If you use more than 50% of battery capacity regularly you can expect very short service life from each new set of batteries. With the cost of batteries so high, more battery capacity will save money in the long run.

It's also worth spending some time learning about proper battery care. You hear of people who get 1-2 years from their batteries and people who get 5-7 years. How batteries are treated makes the difference.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:13 AM   #37
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I don't get how thermal windows can give peace and quiet in a noisy campground. When does anyone sleep with the windows and vents closed? I could understand closing the windows to use the AC but then the AC noise would drown out the outside noise of the camp ground. Same thing with the furnace.
Other than extreme heat or cold, we normally sleep with everything closed but the o/h vent. Depends on weather as well as locale, particularly in rest areas.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:39 AM   #38
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I don't get how thermal windows can give peace and quiet in a noisy campground. When does anyone sleep with the windows and vents closed?
Just about every night of our May month long trip through the South West. It's cool at nights at the higher elevations.

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:04 PM   #39
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I guess we're just spring/summer campers. And we only, so far, camp at/on camp grounds. When it gets cold we add a blanket. We keep the windows open, vents open and often the door open.
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A true story:

I was really leaning toward Casita. I emailed them twice asking for a brochure and price list. (One thing I hate is when this info is kept confidential -- why?)

It has been weeks, and no response from Casita. Also, I went to the casita owners forums of which there are several. Seemed nobody there really wanted to help.

Last Friday was the very first time I even looked at the Escape. I was blown away over the quality and appearance. I sent a web form inquiry, and within TEN MINUTES I got a reply from ETI. They have been nothing but helpful and responsive.

Also, I joined the Escape forum after deciding to order, and within FIVE MINUTES I had all sorts of people welcoming me and giving me advice.

Is it any wonder I chose Escape? You folks are the best.
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