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Old 03-19-2015, 12:35 PM   #11
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I have a hitch wheel that I would be happy to tote to the rally and give to anyone who wants it.
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:52 PM   #12
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I think I'd find the hitch wheel useless on a dual axle, loaded trailer (too heavy) and useful on a single axle loaded 17b. It's often easier to rotate a trailer on a camp site, using the hitch wheel than to hook up.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:12 PM   #13
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When I had a 17B I used the hitch wheel very, very sparingly. They work best going in the direction the wheel is oriented; making turns with the wheel just puts a lot of strain on the tongue jack pole and will eventually bend something. In fact, to make a radical turn I found it best to jack the tongue up and block it, raise and then turn the wheel in the direction I wanted, and then lower back onto the wheel in the new direction. On the 19, as J Mac noted, the wheel is almost useless.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:16 PM   #14
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Dave and Penney,
The water heater light is definitely a good thing to have, however, I am assuming that it tells you if the propane is on but will not tell you if electric is on (someone can chime in if that is not correct.) You don't say if you are getting the dual electric and propane water heater. If you plan to be at campgrounds and not only boondock, then you would want the dual to use electric. If using electric, you will have to go outside to turn it off, unlike the propane. People often forget to turn off the water heater so at least for the propane, the light is very useful.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:43 PM   #15
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Does anyone have a link to the "mod" of adding a lighted HW switch? Hoping its a drop in replacement, given proper part number.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:13 PM   #16
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We're in the process of finalizing our option choices for our 17B. I've read most of the threads on Option Choices and have learned a lot from them. I'm interested in opinions on the following questions:
1. Stove Cover: we don't think we need this for the additional counter space, but is it a good idea to have to provide protection for the vinyl on the wall behind the stove? We will be doing a considerable amount of cooking inside the trailer. Are there any significant disadvantages to having the cover?

2. Hitch Wheel: It would appear that the BAL Tongue Twister ($49.95 from Amazon) could be a better option than the Hitch Wheel ($35.00). Has anyone used the Tongue Twister? I realize that due to the weight of the trailer, moving it by pushing is very limited even with the Hitch Wheel.

3. Water Heater Indicator Light: is this a good idea?

4. Standard Cushions (vinyl backed) v. all fabric: aside from being able to reverse the cushions, are there any other considerations here?

5. Winterizing T-Valve: Is this worthwhile?

6. Captain's Light(s) Placement: we're thinking of getting two of these for night-time reading in bed. Obviously, we need to decide where to have installed. According to Crystal at ETI, most people are sleeping with their heads toward the passenger side. Any significant advantage to sleeping the other direction?

Thanks for your help with these questions and if there are any other things that you feel strongly about, I'd welcome hearing your thoughts.

Thanks,
Dave
My wife and I love the tongue twister. This just helps prevent arguments when hooking up. You get close and it's close enough. Also the Anderson levelors for the same reason.
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Old 03-19-2015, 02:56 PM   #17
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....however, I am assuming that it tells you if the propane is on but will not tell you if electric is on...
That is correct the lighted switch doesn't have anything to do with the electric on dual hot water tanks. Except to tell you if the propane is either on or off.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:12 PM   #18
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You can easily add a switch and light inside for the electric element on the water heater. Or, anyone with basic electrical knowledge could do it for you. At least it is easy in the 19, but as it is wire, and can be routed anywhere, should be able to be done in any other model fairly easily too. We love it. It is very convenient, no going out to the water heater to flip that tiny switch, and I good reminder it is on as well.
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:26 PM   #19
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You can easily add a switch and light inside for the electric element on the water heater. Or, anyone with basic electrical knowledge could do it for you. At least it is easy in the 19, but as it is wire, and can be routed anywhere, should be able to be done in any other model fairly easily too. We love it. It is very convenient, no going out to the water heater to flip that tiny switch, and I good reminder it is on as well.
You are saying you added two switches for the electric water heating, one lighted to show it is on and another to turn it off as with the propane? Or one switch has both?
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:26 PM   #20
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Thanks to everyone for the replies and information! Our camping (trailering) is almost exclusively without hook-ups, so the water heater indicator light will tell us what we need to know. Thanks to Kevin & Barbara for the information on the tongue twister--our Tab is light enough that we can easily move it by hand for any fine tuning of position when hitching up. It sounds like the tongue twister would enable us to do a similar thing with the heavier 17.
Thanks!
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