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Old 01-27-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Build sheet finalized for "The Trailer"

YAY! Just a short while ago I signed off on our build sheet so it's now finalized. It's a darn good thing I was doing tons of research before the surprise slot opened up for the trailer last month. Just over 5 weeks from calling them to finalizing the build sheet. Didn't help that hubby was out of town during half that time. But, only two items went up in price before I signed off on it, so it wasn't that bad. I expect more items to increase in price, though.

For those that are interested in the build sheets for others (I know I love reading those posts!), here's what all we're getting. I know not everyone will agree with it, but that's fine. It's our trailer and hopefully will be for many, many years to come. (huge knock on wood is what you just heard!)

Now I get to start planning for trips! Lots of fun there!

21' trailer
2 way hot water tank
2 burner stove w/cover and range hood (yeah, decided to go with that after looking at my other options; will report on any head banging later after we get it)
rotate stove 90 degrees
install customer provided sink and faucet, rotate sink 90*
12v drop terminating on rear bumper for future flood lights
additional 12v exterior outlet by standard 120v exterior outlet
group 29 12v battery
inverter 1500w w/one outlet
pre-wire solar
surge protector
additional opening window in bathroom
extra insulation and thermal windows
additional exterior LED light by storage box
2 LED reading lights in dinette
LED awning light strip
additional switch by door for inside lights
air conditioner w/digital thermostat
aluminum rims
E2 by FastWay hitch
power tongue jack
wireless back-up camera
exterior hatch, rear drivers side
2 shelves in wardrobe closet
1 shelf in full length cabinet
full height cabinet added to drawer stack, w/flip up counter
counter extensions - end of kitchen counter and 2 in dinette
additional door on bed platform - bathroom side
delete sink in bathroom
install customer provided bathroom faucet and showerhead
water filter
winterizing t-valve
toilet shut-off valve
foot flush toilet
starter kit (easier just to get it all at once from them and not that much of a price difference)
2 12" filler boards for dinette
storage box for front of trailer
custom flooring
custom formica (basalt slate)
custom fabric (sunbrella volt berry)
u-shaped dinette (table provided, but not installed)
cushions along side made into two instead of one long cushion for ease of access to storage (and to appease cats that might be lounging on them as well)
white belly band
install customer provided heat tape on tank pipes
sand pads
install customer provided horst probes
3 reinforced walls
delete mattress, graphics, day shades and valences

Whew! It's so exciting to get all this figured out.

I send out many thanks to various folks on this forum that have been willing to post their build sheets and reasons behind different options. I may not agree with all of 'em, but I still learned from them.

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Old 01-27-2016, 05:35 PM   #2
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Sweet!
Congrats on finalizing the choices. Now you can sit back and watch the time fly by.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:36 PM   #3
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Congratulations Laura!! We picked up our 19 a few weeks ago and LOVE the basalt slate formica.

We also deleted the graphics. Curious: why did you delete the day shades and valences. I'm guessing you want to do your own... but how will you attach and operate any shades you install? I ask this because we still have our 17B that we'll sell this spring... but we need to install a new shade for the back window. I'm perplexed as to how to do this.

Again, congrats and many, many years of happy and safe travels!
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:45 PM   #4
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Sweet!
Congrats on finalizing the choices. Now you can sit back and watch the time fly by.
Thanks Greg! Yeah, like figuring out trips to go on and places to vend at outside of the Seattle area. If it comes earlier than originally planned, got a few things in mind already.

Alaska will wait until Dirk retires in 6 years. then we'll have lots of time to head up that way and explore!
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:49 PM   #5
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Congratulations Laura!! We picked up our 19 a few weeks ago and LOVE the basalt slate formica.

We also deleted the graphics. Curious: why did you delete the day shades and valences. I'm guessing you want to do your own... but how will you attach and operate any shades you install? I ask this because we still have our 17B that we'll sell this spring... but we need to install a new shade for the back window. I'm perplexed as to how to do this.

Again, congrats and many, many years of happy and safe travels!
Thanks Dolly! Hey, you need to change your info thingie on the left side of the screen then! Just saying.

Yep, we're going with Bali shades. I really detest shades with cords and I especially detest that black metal thingie that holds them down. I talked with ETI about it and they said there's room along the bottoms of the cabinets to install the shades. They'll be cordless, just like the ones we have at home. And I won't have to worry about the cats getting hung up on them or chewing on the cords.

Glad to hear someone else likes the basalt slate countertop. I know someone else that has it on order for their 5.0TA.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:59 PM   #6
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Laura, do yourself a favor, stop reading this thread.
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Hey, you need to change your info thingie on the left side of the screen then! Just saying.
Done... thanks!

Thanks for the info on the Bali shades. I'll check into those. Good info.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:52 PM   #8
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Laura, do yourself a favor, stop reading this thread.
HA! Not a chance! I read every thread, which is how I've learned quite a bit about these trailers and stuff involved with them. Although I won't continue reading some when they go too far off topic or get into stuff that just goes right over my head. Yeah, just not into engine power and stuff like that.

Well, I will admit to not reading the ones on traveling to various locales very closely, but I did bookmark a bunch of 'em. I wanted to wait until we had the trailer ordered before I started reading those. Now that the build sheet is done, I can concentrate on those threads more than before.
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Thanks for the info on the Bali shades. I'll check into those. Good info.
Someone posted that they use wraps around their blinds to hold them in place while traveling. I plan to get some of those velcro-type wraps (a package of different colored ones) to put around the shades. I use them on some wire grid display racks I have for my show inventory and they work great at keeping the support feet from rattling around.
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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.
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