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
ual 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
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.