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Old 09-24-2016, 05:14 PM   #21
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My 2016 classic 21' has the high lift axel, bathroom window (had one in my Casita and love the free light) double 6 volt and the solar panel. I can go without my generator unless i'm at Yosemite in the shade. The ETI installed solar is very sturdy and I have read posts about panels blowing off. I think it's pricy, but in the end well worth it. We have every option except for the awning lights and mag wheels and oven. I would delete the tv antenna next time, but everything else is awesome and i would miss it. spend the money now or regret it forever. ( my opinion)
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:47 PM   #22
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Configuring a 21' and have some picture requests if people have them along with general information from others
  • are there any other special set ups that are made when opting for the dual 6v set up? or could that be easily done later? Last I knew they include the 12v disconnect when you get dual 6v and at least solar prewire, which is how I got mine. Don't know if the disconnect switch is included with just the dual 6v'ers.
It would take a bit of work to rewire for adding the switch
later, but if your decent with wiring you could probably figure it out.

  • the 160 W solar kit with controller is another option i'm feeling meh about. It feels expensive for what you get. If you buy it can you hook up more panels to that same controller? What is the preferred way to do the ports if you go down the aim-a-panel route? regular 12 volt socket or something fancier? It is expensive for what you get as long as you have the time and knowledge to do it yourself later. I got just the prewire so I could install a bigger at the time 160w panel and a better controller and monitor for about the same price. It did take a good deal of time and research to plan and do the install.
  • Is there enough light in the bathroom if you don't opt for a window? Yes, we got the opening window for the air flow.
See my answers above in Red.
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:09 PM   #23
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I focused on the fabric and told her that what they use looks (to me) like it was designed in the 70's (I didn't mention by someone on drugs; had enough of the drug-filled 70's, thank you very much), I don't like it and by using my own I could get purple. Yeah, I like purple.
funny ...thought the same thing..looks like some very used crash pad couches in the late 60's..

So the Canadian customs allows you to take things to ETI to be used later in your trailer build as long as you declared them?
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:10 PM   #24
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funny ...thought the same thing..looks like some very used crash pad couches in the late 60's..

So the Canadian customs allows you to take things to ETI to be used later in your trailer build as long as you declared them?
Yeah, I've been wondering if they got a ton (literally!) of that fabric at a really good price and haven't used up enough of it to switch to something else.

I took along receipts for everything that I was taking to ETI, which listed what they were and the price I paid. I also put that information in a spreadsheet to make it easier. She wasn't interested in seeing those, but she could have. I was told by another border officer to have those with me. She did want to know the value of everything and what they were. She closely questioned me on the issue of the trailer being built in Canada but being exported to the USA for me. I showed her the build sheet and mentioned how there's a section for Canadian taxes but it wasn't filled out since I wasn't getting the trailer in Canada. I told her that everything I was bringing up was getting installed on the trailer by ETI and would be on the trailer when it crossed the border. She had asked if any of those items would be left in Canada.

It was much easier than I thought it would be, taking them across. However, she did kind of throw me for a loop when she asked why I wanted those items on the trailer instead of what was normally on there.

Then she asked the usual questions about tobacco, booze and guns, plus how long we were going to be in Canada. Then we were on our way.
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:24 PM   #25
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See my answers above in Red.
Thank you for insightful responses. I will confirm with Escape and see how they do it nowadays in regards to the 6V kit. Did you get a tiltable roof unit when you did your custom install or just basic fixed panel?

I can easily do the work my self, but as probably most users I plan to use this thing when I pick it up. So absorb a few hundred to have a nice time right out of the gate might be worth it.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:11 AM   #26
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Thank you for insightful responses. I will confirm with Escape and see how they do it nowadays in regards to the 6V kit. Did you get a tiltable roof unit when you did your custom install or just basic fixed panel?

I can easily do the work my self, but as probably most users I plan to use this thing when I pick it up. So absorb a few hundred to have a nice time right out of the gate might be worth it.
I went with a flat install which has worked fine for my needs up to this point. I have a suitcase panel for the cold months when I have no hookups but have yet to use it.

I probably would have had ETI do the panel if they had told told they were swapping to the 160w. Last I or anyone else had known they were using the 95's.

Oh well, I like to tinker and I learned a lot, so it was worth doing it myself. I had had the trailer delivered so there was no trip home I needed to be concerned with. I was still working, not knowing I'd be retired 3 months later.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:37 AM   #27
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Configuring a 21' and have some picture requests if people have them along with general information from others

LED Awning Strip, what does it look like and where is it attached?
I am not sure where ETI intends to place the LED strip, but we opted out because the one they use has the bluish/cool tint effect, rather than the warmer tint effect.

the 160 W solar kit with controller is another option i'm feeling meh about. It feels expensive for what you get. If you buy it can you hook up more panels to that same controller? What is the preferred way to do the ports if you go down the aim-a-panel route? regular 12 volt socket or something fancier?
We choose to add the 160W solar panel, even though we currently have a 100W suitcase solar panel. I sent ETI a Zamp plug that will be installed on the outer wall so that I can plug in my portable panel, "just in case we have to follow the sun", and it will also be connected directly to the controller.

Is there enough light in the bathroom if you don't opt for a window?
the main reason we chose to go with the bathroom window was for ventilation, while keeping the door closed. It works well on current Casita
A utilitarian tweak I would also consider is adding two 12V plugs on the outside. One next to the 120V outlet on the passenger side and the other between the two tires on the driver side, so you can readily plug in your air compressor for your tires. For me, this is a "must have".
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:59 AM   #28
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build is getting pricier

Appreciate the insights.

Items under consideration
  • external storage box
  • side door for under bed storage
  • stove upgrade
  • hood range delete (do you get a credit for that?)
  • no graphics (are graphics included? or upcharge?)

Confirmed add ons
  • 160W Solar Panel
  • Propane Quick Connect
  • high lift axle
  • insulated tanks
  • rims
  • interior reading lights
  • bathroom window
  • insulation and thermal windows
  • fan maxxfan 7000K
  • Dual 6V Batteries
  • Exterior Shower
  • Winterizing T Valve
  • Foot Flush Toilet
  • 2-way Hot Water Tank
  • External Fridge Fan
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:07 PM   #29
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I'd trade the rims for the front storage box. The rims you can buy locally, probably at a cheaper cost and replace them when you replace the tires. This particular storage box must come from ETI.

Do you need TUMS yet?
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:57 PM   #30
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I second Donna, I'd lose the rims and get something else on the list. I got much better custom rims on my previous 17b aftermarket, they'll be unique to your trailer, and you can do them whenever later down the line.
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