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Old 03-16-2015, 09:40 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. We rarely use our range hood so I think we will stick with the decision to eliminate it.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:20 PM   #12
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I talked to ETI last Friday. The 12v outlet now comes standard with two USB outlets. We added a second 12v outlet with USB near the bed.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:45 AM   #13
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Glad to have the range hood

I know that some folks don't use the stove much. We prefer to cook outside, but I noticed on our last couple of trips that we cooked inside more than I would have expected. Maybe because it was fall and cool outside. One night I decided to make pasta, which as you expect, puts a lot of moisture into a small trailer on a cool evening. We ended up range hood fan going, the Maxx Fan on, and the kitchen window open. The windows still steamed up. After we were done cooking, it didn't take long for them to clear off, but I was happy for all the ventalation that we could get. To quote Ms. Donna, YMMV, but we are increasingly glad to have a range hood.

Also, I thought about USB plugs, but decided that it was just as easy to get regular 12volt outlets that work with the power cord for our laptops, the Bose speaker and the TV, and then get separate USB plugs that we could use for our iDevices. That way, if USB-C, or (whatever the next version of USB is) ever takes off, all I have to replace are the plugs. That said, I am curious as to what the 12volt/usb plugs that Escape installs look like. Are they simply USB outlets or are they a combination?
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:22 AM   #14
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When I had ETI add my stereo (with XM) antenna they ran the wire up through the fridge back side and out the roof vent; then epoxied it to the roof top glass. Can't see it from the ground.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:13 AM   #15
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Another option with the stove re: concern being too close to wall is to flip the stove and sink, I had the stove installed by the door because I did not want to be cooking near the bed (in the 19' model) and the sink was installed by the bed. That also allowed the kitchen window be moved further away from the door. The look was more aesthetically pleasing from the outside. In side with the stove by the door it was closer to the MaxxFan and I eliminated the hood.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:58 PM   #16
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Another option with the stove re: concern being too close to wall is to flip the stove and sink, I had the stove installed by the door because I did not want to be cooking near the bed (in the 19' model) and the sink was installed by the bed. That also allowed the kitchen window be moved further away from the door. The look was more aesthetically pleasing from the outside. In side with the stove by the door it was closer to the MaxxFan and I eliminated the hood.
I've seen a photo of your set-up, Jim, and liked it very much. We almost did this, but the frequency with which we use the sink vs. the stove came into play. The sink is used all the time and for more then dishes. We felt the elbow room in its original position was better for us. Hope it works well--we'll see!
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Old 03-17-2015, 05:54 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the input. We rarely use our range hood so I think we will stick with the decision to eliminate it.
I may be late with this recommendation, but it is similar to many others. We skipped the hood - rarely use it at home for venting, but use it all the time for light. In place of the hood we now have an extra under-counter light which should be a very nice substitute. For venting we have two Maxxfans (no AC).

We really like the open look and, I have a phobia about hitting my head - even if it's not possible in the Escape.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:10 PM   #18
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Different strokes for different folks. I purchased a custom ETI build and it's fully self contained. I gave up the stove and dishwashing at the picnic table at the same time I gave up my tent (YMMV). I cook all the time in the trailer, use the range hood (thank goodness when I was trying to burn my steak!) and am glad I'm not schlepping stuff out of the garage/garden shed when I decide I'm going camping... no more! Pack fresh food and go. YMMV.
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Different strokes for different folks. I purchased a custom ETI build and it's fully self contained. I gave up the stove and dishwashing at the picnic table at the same time I gave up my tent (YMMV). I cook all the time in the trailer, use the range hood (thank goodness when I was trying to burn my steak!) and am glad I'm not schlepping stuff out of the garage/garden shed when I decide I'm going camping... no more! Pack fresh food and go. YMMV.
Excellent points, Donna, and you do have a gorgeous, well-appointed trailer Lots of details out there to be considered and individual reasons for the decisions made. It helped me immensely to read through the forum and look at the photos--the information here was sanity-saving! Peace~
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:14 PM   #20
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Gae that's why belonging to a forum like this one is so terrific. I read a LOT. but I keep remembering, it's not about my past (can't repeat that) it's about the future and how things may change for me and what I may want for that. Folks can decide for themselves (certainly) just as I've decided for what will work best for me. Best of luck to ALL!
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