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Old 08-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #11
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Order the extra tail lights mounted on each side of the rear window. It was my idea in 2010 and many people did the same.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:10 PM   #12
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The dual h/w means propane and electric, so without hookups, like the microwave, you will not need the dual water heater...
True, but when there are services using the electric heating element will reduce propane consumption. The electric heater doesn't cost much, doesn't take any extra space, and is not a good idea to try to add later. I would certainly get the electrical option.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:18 PM   #13
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Another opinion. I got the dual water heater and wouldn't again. First, to turn on the electrical element you either have to get down on the floor and turn it on on the panel, or go outside and flip the switch. Second, the propane heats the entire tank in about 15 minutes and the water stays hot. Electrical takes much longer. So, in the morning, I just turn until the tank is hot and that is enough to do morning wash up and dishes. The water in the tank stays hot for a very long time. If we need more hot water, we turn it on for another 15 minutes and then turn it off again. It does not appear to use much propane at all. Third, you add the expense and maintenance of the electrical element. In 5,000 miles so far, we have not used the electrical part. I wish I had applied the $200 difference to something else.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:22 PM   #14
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Ford usually has decent towing information in the owners manual. I suggest having a read and asking about anything you are unclear about, to confirm that the tug is suitable, see how concerned you need to be about trailer weight, and determine if the weight-distributing ("equalizer") hitch is needed.

What year is the Sport Trac, and does it have the towing package?
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:24 AM   #15
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True, but when there are services using the electric heating element will reduce propane consumption. The electric heater doesn't cost much, doesn't take any extra space, and is not a good idea to try to add later. I would certainly get the electrical option.
We got the dual electric/propane option for the water heater in our 19'. So far we have not had opportunity to use the electric as we mainly stay at locations without services. Our thinking when we ordered the dual option was that even though it may not get used much in short term, our longer term plans would include more extended stays at locations with services where the electric water heater would be of value.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:03 AM   #16
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First, to turn on the electrical element you either have to get down on the floor and turn it on on the panel, or go outside and flip the switch. Second, the propane heats the entire tank in about 15 minutes and the water stays hot. Electrical takes much longer.
I just simply added in a switch to the a20V line to the heater, and leave the little toggle on the heater on all the time. This is a real easy mod to do, one that I did a thread about.
Water Heater Indicator lights and 120V Switch.

Boondocking most of the time (probably 80%), I do mostly use propane, BUT when there is power available I always use it. I find it heats fast, costs me less, and is WAY quieter. If you wish to have it fully hot in 10 minutes, just use both electric and propane heat at the same time (though I have only done that once).

So, bottom line for me, I would definitely get the dual fuel water heater. For a wee cost more, you get another heating option that works great when hooked to the grid.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:13 PM   #17
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Thanks for the good information. My Sport Trac is a 2010 with just 18,000 miles with a tow package. My Ford dealer says it should do fine up to 3500 lbl.

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #18
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We weighed our 19 ft on our way out of town this summer and it was 3700 lbs with a full tank of water. I wouldn't call us minimalist's but we don't pack heavy either. Just food for thought. If your tow is only rated for 3500 lbs max than I would think a 19 fter may be a bit much, but that is just my opinion and there will be many that will sugest it will be fine. Its all what you will be comfortable with.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #19
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I agree with Dave. A 3,500 towing capacity is too little for a 19, especially if you add a lot of options. Even if you are right at the limit, you will suffer performance with any wind or hills. I see by your list you are not doing a storage box, and A/C, but still weights do add up. Check out this thread. The 3 19s listed on it are pushing towards 4,000 lbs too.
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