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Old 07-16-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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A few more build questions

Don't see marker lights as an option on the 17b, but have seen a lot of photos of them. I assume ETI will add them if requested. Does anyone know the approximate charge? Marker lights mean more holes in the trailer, which I dont like, but I like the look. What are your preferences and why?

What do you think is the most useful location for additional 120v and 12v outlets?

Andersen or Equalizer? We must use a wdh. (Front wheel drive v6 tow)

All the regular bulbs inside can be swapped out with LEDs, no?

Looking at possibly eliminating the roof vent in the bathroom. It will have a window. One less hole in the roof? Agree or not?

What does prewire solar actually mean? Does it mean that all you have to add later is the panel and charger? Where is the wiring terminated?

Much of this has probably already been asked/answered before, so thanks for humoring a noob.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:58 PM   #2
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I wanted 12v outlets anywhere I'd want to be able to charge devices. Besides the one for the tv, 1 at the dinette and 1 outside for the box fan.

No experience with the Anderson but the Equalizer has worked well for the last 8 years, it does squeak and is pretty heavy.

I like the vent in the head and use it, all 1 weekend we've had the trailer.

Prewire Solar for the TA is a pair of cables protruding through the roof where they normally install the solar panel, they are terminated with MC4 connectors. the other end is at the batteries, which in the TA is under the dinette where all the power connections and equipment is. It'll need a fuse and the solar controller.
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I opted for no pre-wire solar because I plan to set my panels on the ground around the trailer, not on the roof. Creating an entrance for the wiring through the bottom or side of the trailer should not be a problem.
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Excellent. MC4's -- that certainly makes it convenient. Add the controller, mount the panel and pretty much done. We're getting dual 6V batts so we can have additional amp hrs as well.

I've heard good things about both hitches. Some say the Andersen produces more sway, some say it's noisier -- I suspect both are true, and thanks for the feedback.

Any opinion about the marker lamps?
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Andersen or Equalizer? We must use a wdh. (Front wheel drive v6 tow)

I vote anderson, we have it on our 21. Easy to setup and to store when not in use. That said I have no experience with any other WDH

All the regular bulbs inside and can be swapped out with LEDs, no?

I swapped our exterior bulbs out, our interior is already LED. I've seen many LED replacement bulbs on the market

Looking at possibly eliminating the roof vent in the bathroom. It will have a window. One less hole in the roof? Agree or not?

The 21 roof vent has a fan, if yours has it I'd keep it.
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Looked over the Anderson, they both look like they do the job and the prices are about the same. The Anderson looks quieter and lighter then the Equalizer, the only 2 issues I found with my Equalizer. If we can believe the reviews at Amazon it might be worth trying.
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Had a 17B; would put a 12V outlet on the nightstand wall facing single dinette, as well as one either under the driver's or passenger side double dinette near exit of dinette or just under the flip up counter. For 120V I didn't miss having any more than the standard set. Didn't add any in 21.

Would check more on the installed vs. aftermarket LED's. I was asked that by a potential buyer when mine was for sale. Tried one to replace the standard bulb in the hood and it started blinking. Went back to standard.

Don't think the 17 has a power vent in bathroom, but would definitely keep the standard one. We are adding a window in the 21 to increase ventilation. Used the standard WDH and it worked great, but it is a little heavier and you gotta use the grease on the bars. Going with Anderson this time, but still not sure am making the right choice there.

We had dual 6V batteries and no solar. Would keep us going for 4 days before monitor started showing significant drop. Getting solar this time only because we're doing an inverter and need to keep the battery charged.
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Don't see marker lights as an option on the 17b, but have seen a lot of photos of them.
Do you mean clearance lights? The 17' doesn't have them because it isn't wide enough to need them. On the other hand, an extra set of high-mounted lights is offered, listed in the options as:
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We must use a wdh. (Front wheel drive v6 tow)
Why? WDH might be required, but not due to front wheel drive in any vehicle that I know of.
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...a few things you mentioned;
> The anderson hitch was touted as being quiet and now many people lubricate them to keep them from squeaking and they exhibit uneven ball wear. The advantage is they are lightweight but my heavy equalizer WDH is great and pretty quiet with the heavy plastic pads from the manufacturer that I installed. I would purchase the Equalizer again. It works really well with my Honda Pilot 4wd, front wheel drive TV. Keeps those front drive wheels firmly planted, especially with my heavy tongue weight.
> Every light bub I have is LED from the factory but I could have done it later myself. Have Escape do it. BTW, their lights are a soft glow type, not the horrible bright white ones most places sell.
> Keep the bathroom ceiling vent. There is no leakage problem with those. With my side window open and the top vent open the room is very well vented. Get both.
> If you are considering Solar (I have two panels, a commercial controller and four 6 volt batteries) have Escape put at least one panel on top, get two 6 volt batteries and the GoPower controller which is standard. That is what I started with and would do it again. You will absolutely not regret it.

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Do you mean clearance lights? The 17' doesn't have them because it isn't wide enough to need them. On the other hand, an extra set of high-mounted lights is offered, listed in the options as:


Why? WDH might be required, but not due to front wheel drive in any vehicle that I know of.
They are called a lot of different things and I never know what the proper name is, but I'm talking about the small lights that are along the top, in the front and rear. Personally I dont like the look of the additional horizontal tail lights on the 17.

As for the need for a wdh, I got my info straight from ETI. They state that all fwd tows must have a wdh.

Here's a quote from their FAQ:What does an equalizer hitch do?
The EQ hitch evenly distributes the trailer tongue weight of the trailer throughout the front and rear axles of the tow vehicle and the trailer axle. All front wheel drive vehicles will require an equalizer hitch.
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