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Old 01-27-2016, 09:00 PM   #11
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Not with the cordless house shades Jim. If they aren't banded in the up position for travel the cords break pretty quickly. We discovered this in our 17, and once we banded them had no further breakage.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:07 PM   #12
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are talking about the stock shades Escape now uses, with the strings at each end?
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:35 PM   #13
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No, Laura isn't getting the Escape shades or valances, she's getting custom cordless. I agree with you on the Escape shades and leave them down when traveling, but the custom cordless ones need to be banded open.
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Standard shades...

Some pictures or some links to the products that are being mentioned might help as I'm confused what is what here. Below is a pic of what I think is still the standard shades used in the Escapes trailers. (This pic was taken to show the difference in standard LED lighting and the "shaded" LED lighting as per the suggestion of Jon Vermilye.)
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:20 PM   #15
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Hi Laura- we had the same experience with an updated production list when we ordered our 21 in May 2014 and had five weeks as well so I know what you've been going through. Non-stop forum searching. Your build sheet shows a lot of time researching and the toilet shut-off valve is just one example as it is not shown as an ETI option.

I wonder about the wisdom of deleting the valences & shades, unless you are getting a good credit for doing so.

Though I agree with the no mattress & no graphics I think it is questionable not to have dual 6V with no solar, especially with an inverter. I know from experience that it is about par to buy dual 6'ers at Costco, but you spend a bit of time doing the install. Would strongly advise you upgrade the batteries. And again, given the killer exchange rate- if you're getting the inverter, which we definitely use, then get the transfer switch now.

Also, you can remove the sink if you want in the bath, but we use it.

You probably don't need the fastway. We stopped using the Andersen after it starting to be problematic and with our Yukon we frankly don't miss it. You have a Tundra.

Finally, if ordering again I wouldn't get the aluminum rims from ETI as they don't seem easy to replace in the U.S. Also, the rims are weighted on the outside as they come pre-mounted with tires which leaves a mar on the rim when you have to fix a flat or replace tires.

Either way, you are going to love the trailer- and congratulations!
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I believe you want the shades all the way down while traveling, particularly if you leave your trailer unattended on a shopping center/restaurant lot to keep prying eyes to a minimum. Also keeps the interior cooler via shade.
I guess I should have said while driving down the road, as I'm assuming they're going to flop all over the place and get messed up. yeah, will keep 'em down while situated somewhere, unless I want light coming in or the kitties insist in laying in the sunshine. They can be rather demanding at times!
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(snip) I wonder about the wisdom of deleting the valences & shades, unless you are getting a good credit for doing so.

Though I agree with the no mattress & no graphics I think it is questionable not to have dual 6V with no solar, especially with an inverter. (snip)

Also, you can remove the sink if you want in the bath, but we use it.

You probably don't need the fastway. We stopped using the Andersen after it starting to be problematic and with our Yukon we frankly don't miss it. You have a Tundra.

Finally, if ordering again I wouldn't get the aluminum rims from ETI as they don't seem easy to replace in the U.S. Also, the rims are weighted on the outside as they come pre-mounted with tires which leaves a mar on the rim when you have to fix a flat or replace tires.

Either way, you are going to love the trailer- and congratulations!
Thanks! Yeah, we're really stoked!

Yeah, I know others won't agree with some of our decisions. The battery one has already been debated here and at home. I defer to my husband on that one and if it doesn't work out, well I guess we can change it, since the build sheet is signed off on I'm not making any changes to it now.

I know we'll be in the minority on the blinds but I really do not like them and we much prefer the Bali type blinds which we have all over our house. I know I'll make a separate report on those once we start using the trailer. ETI never said "hey Laura, that's a crappy idea" and I figure they would know if it was.

Well, dang, that's the first I've heard that about the rims. But, advantage to us - the factory is only 3 hours away if there's major problems with them. Or they get replaced at some point. But I read here they're easier to clean and that won out for me!

I looked online for information on the 3 hitches they're currently using and the Fastway was the only one that said you could back up with everything all hitched up. Again, easy on me and that makes life easier on the hubby. I just could not see myself getting out all the time to unhitch whatever and then backing up. But, again, if it doesn't work out - guess what? Yep, replace that baby! And then sell it on craigslist.

I looked at that dinko sink in the bathroom and decided I would never use it. I never used a bigger one in the motorhome I rented for a month and I figured my big butt would much prefer the room in the bathroom while showering instead of banging into a sink that I would hardly ever use. (Gawd, I love this grinning icon thingie!)

Thanks for your comments Rossue. It's always great to hear other ideas - that's how some of our build sheets get added to.

I might add, when I thanked many on this forum, I forgot to say "thanks for helping me spend more money". HA!
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I think some sway contols have to be disconnected to back up. The standard Pro Series doesn't have sway control and doesn't need to be disconnected.

I decided not to replace my steel wheels when I realized that aluminum also requires maintenance.
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I think some sway contols have to be disconnected to back up. The standard Pro Series doesn't have sway control and doesn't need to be disconnected.

I decided not to replace my steel wheels when I realized that aluminum also requires maintenance.
Glenn what maintenance do I need to do with the fancy wheels ? Is it if you get crummy weather? So far ours look pretty good over 2 years now . When we wash trailer we always wipe them down . Pat
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Finally, if ordering again I wouldn't get the aluminum rims from ETI as they don't seem easy to replace in the U.S.
I'm curious about the aluminum rims, too. I have had them for two years now and see no reason to replace them. What am I missing?
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