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Old 06-21-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hello all, new member here who has just placed an order for a 2015 17B. I think I have the build sheet about done, but would appreciate any answers, sanity checks or suggestions:

2 Burner Stainless Stove/Hood - (save counter space over 3 burner)
4.3 CF Fridge - (Hey, need the space)
A/C (we live in Texas)
Digital thermostat (too lazy to control 2 separate things)
Dual 6V Batts (not boodocking alot, but just in case)
Dual Propane Package
Hitch - Andersen or Equalizer? Towing with a Lincoln MKX V6
High lift axle - pros/cons?
2 way hot water tank - worth it? we'd be on grid much of the time
Microwave - do they have a silver one to match stove/sink?
Bathroom window - (natural light and ventilation)
Storage Box (expensive, but wow would it be handy!)
Stainless Sink
Prewire for stereo (I'll install my own)
Stove cover - do we need it?
Thermal windows/insulation - again, do we need it?
TV Antenna w/power amplifier - (broadcast HDTV when no cable)
Water filter - assuming it's an inline cartridge type?
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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If you might consider it down the road I'd have the Prewire done for solar.
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:06 PM   #3
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Maybe so, Padlin. Tell me, where does the solar panel go, and how much juice would it produce?
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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Stove cover - do we need it?
It seems most people use it to augment their counter space, similar to the sink cover (the laminated cut-out from the sink installation). Since the 15A has adequate counter space (chortle, chortle), I had no need for either. Others have simply bought or made cutting boards (beautiful ones, BTW) that they use as a stove cover which I would find more functional.
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Hitch - Andersen or Equalizer? Towing with a Lincoln MKX V6
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2 way hot water tank - worth it? we'd be on grid much of the time
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Stove cover - do we need it?
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Thermal windows/insulation - again, do we need it?
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The hitch is a religious question - search the forum for several threads.

On the grid the electric hot water option lets you use the park's electricity, not your propane.

Stove cover, hood, # burners is an individual question. Think about what/how/where YOU plan to cook.

The thermal windows and insulation help in hot climates, not just cold. They also reduce noise. Consider adding the tank/floor spray foam.
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Congratulations on your order!

The insulation and thermal windows not only keep your trailer warmer or cooler, but this really helps with sound insulation, which can be an issue at some campsites. We are glad we have it quite often!

We prefer not to get the stove cover but we use a cutting board that fits over the burners instead. It is adds more to the usable counter space, I think. We store it during travel.

The storage box is a good deal since it also acts as a rock guard; we priced the Linux (or similar) applications and it would cost around $500 to have someone do that alone on our trailer. This makes the storage box a bargain, I think.

The dual batteries are a more expensive option, both initially and to replace, and they add weight. We stick with a 12 volt single. It's personal preference, though.

So many of the options people choose depend totally on how they will use their trailer, so you are the best judge! Happy trails!
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I prefer a wood stove cover over metal. Turn your 2-burner stove to vertical to gain more counter space. YES, get the dual pane windows and extra insulation. Cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and far less condensation in shoulder season. YES, get pre-wire solar, for no other reason than the "future." NO, ETI doesn't have a stainless steel microwave, but you can get the wiring/plug done and install your own.

Since you're in Texas, consider getting the refrigerator Texas Fans option. These dang refrigerators are difficult to keep at cool temperature in high heat and need all the help they can get!

Exciting times ahead!
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Wow, great advice all. Thank you!

So far it looks like we'll add the extra insulation/thermal windows, the 2 way hot water heater, and go with the equalizer hitch.

So, the newest options sheet:

2 Burner Stainless Stove/Hood - (turned sideways to max counter space)
4.3 CF Fridge
A/C
Digital thermostat
Dual 6V Batts
Dual Propane Package
Equalizer Hitch
2 way hot water tank
Microwave (we can live with white I guess)
Bathroom window
Storage Box
Stainless Sink
Prewire for stereo
Prewire for solar
Thermal windows/insulation
TV Antenna w/power amplifier

any input on:

High lift axle - pros/cons?
Water filter - assuming it's an inline cartridge type?
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2 Burner Stainless Stove/Hood - (turned sideways to max counter space)
The counter space is still the same; there's just more in the center and less in the back. You do lose a useful space for cooking oils, salt & pepper, vinegars, etc., but some put in racks for those items.
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The microwave is black which matches the refrigerator front panel and the window frames. I had the two burner turned in my 5er. There's still room next to the dinette wall for salt & pepper, etc. I prefer a larger area for food prep. YMMV
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