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Old 03-10-2015, 12:59 PM   #11
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Our list is due by May 1, 2015, for a July hatching. The list has benefited from ideas on this forum. Thank you!

Comments on any item are welcomed. We are especially interested in comments on the following two issues:

#2. Oven effectiveness in baking uniformly. We were intrigued by the Dometic-SMEV-oven/range model CU43410730000US? It got a rave review in Trailer Life March, 2015, pg 77 – they were unusually critical of typical RV ovens. However, I’m unable to locate a dealer; Dometic ‘knows nothing,’ so it may be ‘vaporware’ on this continent, and I just learned that ETI won’t install alternative ovens.
But – will the standard oven bake a loaf of bread nearly as well as a home oven, or should we leave it off our build list?

#12. 12 V heaters on water tanks: Reace says that with the sprayed foam, the trailer is good to -15 C (+5 F) without heaters, especially if daytime temperatures are above freezing. It’s hard to imagine that we would camp in colder weather than this, but we could imagine going to our lake home in Minnesota any time of year – in which case we would need to winterize the trailer before getting into really cold country. Any experiences that suggest that the heaters are worth having?

1. 2 way hot water tank
2. LED indicator switch on water heater
3. Oven with 3-burner cooktop [how well does this oven bake?]
4. Counter extension in kitchen by door and on night stand.
5. A/C with digital thermostat
6. 5-aluminum rims
7. Bike rack ready
8. Dual 6V batteries and 160 W solar panel
9. Install owner-supplied Hensley hitch. Lengthen safety chains, electrical cable, and break-away cable by 12” to 28” past lip of coupler.
10. Exterior hatch on rear driver side
11. Exterior shower
12. Extra insulation and thermal windows
13. Spray foam insulation under trailer [Any need for 12V heaters?]
14. Inverter 1500W with transfer switch
15. LED Awning light strip
16. LED interior light package
17. 4-LED Amber Exterior lights with triple switches at door like Donna D’s (1-three outside lights on, 2-only patio on, 3-interior lights on).
18. 8 LED captains reading lamps: 2 – over bed, 4- corners of dinette, 1 – kitchen counter, 1 – night stand
19. Reinforce all walls full length
20. Install customer supplied grab bar in bathroom
21. Microwave
22. Opening window in bathroom
23. Pedal flush toilet
24. Removable power cord
25. Stainless steel sink and chrome faucet
26. Starter kit
27. Stereo with four speakers: upgrade to Jensen AWM975 with weather band.
28. Storage cubby cabinet outside bathroom door
29. Storage box in front of trailer
30. Exterior propane quick connect.
31. Stabilizer pads on corner ‘jacks.’
32. Install extra grab bar just inside of door
33. Surge protector
34. TV ready with 12V with USB and 120 V outlets at two locations: over nightstand, and over dinette on driver’s side. No antenna or wall mount TV arm initially.
35. Additional 12 V with USB outlets by each 120 V outlet
36. Custom formica: Santa Cecilia Gold 3452-58 (or -46). (Lighter version of standard formica goes well with standard fabric – until we saw pictures of Escapes with custom fabrics). Keep scraps and kitchen sink cutout for us.
37. Chocolate brown edging on counters.
38. Custom fabric: samples on order that add red or other colors to mix
39. Standard bench seat dinette (we love the large table)
40. E-Z-Lube (or Nev-R-Lube?) bearings on Dexter axles
41. Maxxfan 7500 smokey [I understand that the 7000 white is similar, but is opaque without skylight feature.]
42. Are there optional doors for easier access to under-bed storage?
43. Winterizing T-valve.
We have yet to use all the lights in trailer . Maybe 2 at a time . They are bright we have the LEDs . We have the captain lights at the bed and really prefer the lights under cabinet for reading in bed . As for the oven would not be without . We have cooked garlic bread , baked potatoes , pizza , Mac and cheese , cinnamon rolls from Trader Joe's you bake , etc. great little oven . We are 68 and do need lots light for things and couldn't believe how bright the lighting is .. Escape added a outside handle for us right inside door frame . We thought we needed something more on outside but actually what we have works great and looks nice not changing the exterior looks but giving us safer entering and exiting . You are going to have a well equipped trailer . Congratulations .
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Also have 3 switches at door . 1 for each side of trailer and most important 1 to turn on ceiling light before we enter .
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #13
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I have always found the use of 12VDC power for heat pads interesting, as it seems impractical to run them on stored energy in a battery, or on solar power. Using 12VDC power via a converter from shore power makes no sense, because the pads could run directly on 120 VAC. My conclusion is that the 12VDC choice is to enable the use of the pads while towing.

While going down the road, there's lots of air circulation under the trailer, the trailer interior may not be heated to normal occupied levels, and the plumbing is not in use. 12 VDC heat pads make sense to me for people who tow in cold conditions (not just below freezing), a condition which is unlikely for most people in most locations, but may apply to some.
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40. E-Z-Lube (or Nev-R-Lube?) bearings on Dexter axles
Nev-R-Lube - which means sealed no-maintenance bearings - is not available from Dexter for the size of axles used by Escape (Torflex #10). On a trailer needing only 3000 pound axles and using components from Dexter Axle (the industry leader), you are stuck with traditional greased bearings and their required maintenance.
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I added a front outside light (with switch on the light) above the storage box. Makes it easy to see what's in there and hook/unhook the trailer at night. It's on the same outside wiring as a passenger side light I added.

The drawer Kathie mentioned is 36 long by 12 wide by 10 high, mounted on full extension 100 lb slides.

The added door next to the bathroom is for a removable "shoe drawer" with moveable dividers for muddy shoes; it's ABS plastic so I can hose it off outside.
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I've found sealed no-maintenance bearings ( in a home furnace and the trailer furnace, and other applications ) are just as likely to fail as others - and likely to fail just outside of the warranty.
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Nev-R-Lube - which means sealed no-maintenance bearings - is not available from Dexter for the size of axles used by Escape (Torflex #10). On a trailer needing only 3000 pound axles and using components from Dexter Axle (the industry leader), you are stuck with traditional greased bearings and their required maintenance.
Dexter does sell a Nev-R-Lube bearing for the #10 Torflex Axles - a 35mm cartridge. Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Nev-R-Lube Bearings

But, here's where it gets muddy. They are for the 6 bolt hubs -- not 5, as on the Escape. According to Dexter, "These axles are equipped with 6 on 5.50" bolt circle hub-drums and 10 x 2-1/4" brakes. The increased diameter of the hub prevents the use of smaller pilot 5 on 4.50" wheels."
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I think there is a description in the furnace manual, "sealed, lifetime bearings".
Doesn't say whose lifetime.
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Nev-R-Lube for Dexter Torflex #10

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Dexter does sell a Nev-R-Lube bearing for the #10 Torflex Axles - a 35mm cartridge. Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Nev-R-Lube Bearings
Good catch, Robert
The Nev-R-Lube brochure didn't list the 35 mm bearing cartridge size used for the Torflex #10, so it missed that axle size.

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But, here's where it gets muddy. They are for the 6 bolt hubs -- not 5, as on the Escape. According to Dexter, "These axles are equipped with 6 on 5.50" bolt circle hub-drums and 10 x 2-1/4" brakes. The increased diameter of the hub prevents the use of smaller pilot 5 on 4.50" wheels."
So it is available; however, Nev-R-Lube would require different wheels from Escape's standard or optional equipment, as the quoted section explains. It isn't the number of bolts that's important, it is the distance between them. If Escape is willing to supply different wheels, it could still be viable. Wheels with a 6 on 5.5" bolt pattern are normally used on heavier trailers so they only routinely come in larger sizes; fortunately, Escapes come with relatively large tires for their weight anyway, and 15" diameter wheels for 6x5.5" hubs are readily available. Although those wheels are typically a little wider than normally used with ST205/75R15 tires, the typical 6" width is still a good match for the tires.
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Sealed bearings

I don't know if sealed bearings increase bearing lifespan, since well-built and properly maintained vehicles (which sadly often does not include trailers) run for their lifetime in non-commercial use on their original wheel bearings, whether those bearings are conventional or sealed. The main benefit is avoiding regular maintenance, and given the poor maintenance practices I repeatedly read about in forums like this, that seems like a significant benefit to me.

The Dexter cartridge system looks strange compared to most sealed bearing systems, or at least those used in most cars. It seems to be designed to minimize the cost of the replacement cartridge if required, and to work with zero-offset wheels (because zero to small positive offset is the common practice for trailers).

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I've found sealed no-maintenance bearings ( in a home furnace and the trailer furnace, and other applications ) are just as likely to fail as others - and likely to fail just outside of the warranty.
I recently had to replace the draft inducer fan motor in my furnace because its bearings died... after 15 years, attached to the hot exhaust of the furnace. Perhaps non-sealed and serviceable bearings could have lasted longer, but I am glad I only had to replace this component once, rather than servicing bearings every year. If I could have replaced just the bearings (rather than the whole $90 motor) I suppose that would have been a very small advantage.

I note that even bicycles and medium-duty trucks (front axles) now use sealed cartridge bearings.
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