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Old 12-21-2015, 04:09 PM   #41
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I would have to agree with everyone else. Get the dual six volt batteries. It is so much cheaper to do things on the initial build than to change things later. Yes, we did get the U-shaped dinette. Loren
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:13 PM   #42
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Thanks for all the comments on the batteries. Will discuss with Dirk when he gets home *next year* (seems strange to say that).

Also, just found out it'll cost $200 for ETI to install a hitch that we provide. Not the $75 that someone else thought. So, um, yeah, might go with one of the ones they offer. Still need to do lots of research in that area.

Today was spent deciding on and ordering custom graphics that were 30% off at VinylDisorder.com - whew!
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:24 PM   #43
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$200? sounds like they don't want the job.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:04 PM   #44
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Also, just found out it'll cost $200 for ETI to install a hitch that we provide. Not the $75 that someone else thought. So, um, yeah, might go with one of the ones they offer. Still need to do lots of research in that area.
Or go without it, then when - and if - you decide you want one get it anywhere you want. There's nothing exotic about the installation.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:04 PM   #45
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Hitch or hitch receiver install?
Makes a difference.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:11 PM   #46
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I would have to agree with everyone else. Get the dual six volt batteries. It is so much cheaper to do things on the initial build than to change things later.
Not everyone. Laura's current build list includes an upgrade to the larger (but still single) Group 29 battery, which I understand provides the larger battery box that dual 6V GC2-size batteries would require... so nearly all the preparation would be done on the initial build, even with this single battery.

If the trailer is initially equipped with the single battery and that one is tossed to make room for dual batteries initially, it wouldn't have turned out to be the greatest choice, but still wouldn't be bad.

If the single battery is suitable for a few years and is then replaced by dual batteries when solar panels are added and camping changes from serviced sites to boondocking, then the single Group 29 choice would be ideally matched to requirements.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:23 PM   #47
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Hitch or hitch receiver install?
Makes a difference.
I agree. I'm assuming - based on this discussion and Need some hitch info/help - that Laura means the weight-distributing hitch system (WDH), not the receiver on the tow vehicle.
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We plan to purchase a 2015 or 2016 (most likely) Toyota Tundra TRD Crewmax with the towing package
I believe that this truck would come from the factory with a very suitable receiver.

Escape Trailer Industries does sell WDHs, but not receivers.
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Well, I'm thinking of bringing my own fibreglass if I get another trailer.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:52 PM   #49
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Well, I'm thinking of bringing my own fibreglass if I get another trailer.
I agree, if I understand the intent...

I wouldn't expect the manufacturer of a trailer to install my WD hitch system on it, and if they're willing to do it then I would expect them to charge enough to make it worth their while.

I'm sure just about any WDH can be purchased in the Chilliwack area, from a dealer who would install it on the Escape after pickup, if something other than Escape's offerings is desired.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:29 PM   #50
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I agree. I'm assuming - based on this discussion and Need some hitch info/help - that Laura means the weight-distributing hitch system (WDH), not the receiver on the tow vehicle.

I believe that this truck would come from the factory with a very suitable receiver.
Ding, ding, ding! Correct on both counts.
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