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Old 03-16-2015, 06:08 PM   #1
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Build sheet modification question

We are currently putting together our 19's build sheet. Many options are already decided but we would love some input on others.

We like the idea of having more counter space by turning the stove. My question regarding this concerns how close the burners are to the wall. I'm sure ETI wouldn't consider this modification if it was unsafe but is it awkward for cooking?

We also think we want to eliminate the range hood. Thoughts?

We also are considering prewire for stereo for possible addition of satellite radio. Is this a possibility.

Is the 12v/USB outlet a useful addition?

Thanks for any help you can offer
Larry and Caren
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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We are currently putting together our 19's build sheet. Many options are already decided but we would love some input on others.

We like the idea of having more counter space by turning the stove. My question regarding this concerns how close the burners are to the wall. I'm sure ETI wouldn't consider this modification if it was unsafe but is it awkward for cooking?

We also think we want to eliminate the range hood. Thoughts?

We also are considering prewire for stereo for possible addition of satellite radio. Is this a possibility.

Is the 12v/USB outlet a useful addition?

Thanks for any help you can offer
Larry and Caren
Turn the stove! No concerns at all and I'm so glad I found out it could be done before we finalized our build.

Range hood: some say get rid of it, it's in the way etc. and also we never cook inside the trailer. Well I say, I'm not a small person and for the life of me I can't see how it could be in the way of anything. I can reach out and touch the exterior wall without my face even coming close to it. If you're in the "I never cook inside the trailer" crowd then maybe you might want to eliminate it. Heck, then you could even eliminate the stove But if you're going to cook in the trailer from time-to-time then you might want to ask what you'd rather clean; the range hood or the ceiling and the fantastic fan.

Electronic pre-wiring: things change so fast, I'm reluctant to build in something that could be obsolete in a very few years.

USB outlets: You can get them on ebay for under $5. I've installed them in several areas. I'd recommend using the trailer for a couple of trips and decide where you want to put them. They're easy to install afterwards.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:34 PM   #3
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Range Hood: we had one before and never used it so we did not get one in the Escape, don't use the one in the house either. That might be a good indicator, do you use the one in your house? if so then get it. Pros: It was nice to hold magnets. Cons: plastic vent flap broke 3 times, without being used. I agree with Ron, it was not in the way. In place of the hood ETI installed another light.

On edit: we don't use the stove for much other then water for coffee and on bad weather days.

Pre wire for stereo on our trailer is just speaker wires run from where ETI would normally install the receiver to where they would put speakers.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:44 PM   #4
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Agree with padlin: we had problems with the outside flap. The outside ducting discolored, lost the retaining pins, and the light that comes with it isn't bright enough.

In our 19, we didn't order it. We'll use the Fantastic fan instead: much more effective for removing moisture & cooking odors. But, to each his own, right?

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Old 03-16-2015, 07:18 PM   #5
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Our trailer is in production, so we haven't camped in it, yet. But we did decide to turn the stove 90 degrees to gain some counter space, plus we eliminated the range hood. I read the forum extensively and decided to go this route. Many folks like the openness the absence of the hood creates, and yes, a light is added in its' place. We dry camped a lot and in our previous Casita and using the hood fan was not an option, a great DC power sucker. I used small fans in the camper and found that the Fantastic fan took care of cooking odors and moisture. We don't cook often inside and even then, nothing greasy.

The stove cover does have an additional flange that shields the vinyl of the trailer and like others, I trust that Reace wouldn't allow the stove to be turned if it was a danger. I cook using the back burners on the stove at home, so think this arrangement will be fine. But folks have to decide what suits them best---and isn't this the great advantage of an Escape trailer? To have the input in construction of our trailers is tremendous!

We received terrific advice and insight from folks on the Forum and at ETI. Great support to be found here. All the best~
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:19 PM   #6
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Folks. You don't have a Fantastic Fan. It's a MaxxFan. A superior product.
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Oops--thanks for the clarification!
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Larry and Carin,
We also pre-wired for stereo--for 2 reasons. 1) wanted a larger cabinet door on the rear overhead, thus eliminating space for built-in speakers and 2) wanted to have time to research options for stereo/sound. So many forum members have customized their systems and they have the knowledge to do so. With so many wonderful decisions to make, we decided to put this on the back burner, yet have the ability to add something later. Some folks have added their own Jensen system and Bluetooth speakers--something else I'm looking at.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:25 PM   #9
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Heck, then you could even eliminate the stove
I thnk Ron's joking, but a travel trailer can be useful without a built-in stove. It has been pretty common in tent trailers to have an inside-outside stove, which plugs into a low-pressure propane fitting where you want to use it at the moment - either outside, or inside on the kitchen counter. You can also just omit the stove and use the portable stove inside (with one-pound propane cylinder or butane cartridge) when desired - example. Neither is an Escape option, and I don't know if Reace would even entertain either as a customization, because I haven't asked (yet ).
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I thnk Ron's joking, but a travel trailer can be useful without a built-in stove. It has been pretty common in tent trailers to have an inside-outside stove, which plugs into a low-pressure propane fitting where you want to use it at the moment - either outside, or inside on the kitchen counter. You can also just omit the stove and use the portable stove inside (with one-pound propane cylinder or butane cartridge) when desired - example. Neither is an Escape option, and I don't know if Reace would even entertain either as a customization, because I haven't asked (yet ).
I asked and it's not. Well, I should say.. I asked for the stove to be omited but plumbed for future. Crystal said no. Either stove or no stove + no propane plumbing for stove. I suppose if you're willing to run your own propane lines (in the future), ETI might omit the stove. I wasn't willing to go that far. YMMV.
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