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Old 08-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Buying a new Escape 19

We are buying a new Escape 19 for pickup in May 2014. We live in Fairbanks, AK; we’ll pick our ’19 up and drive to California for several weeks then make the drive back to Fairbanks taking 3 week to do so. Several questions:
1. We will be doing summer camping only (May 15 to Sept. 15). Should we consider the insulation/window package?
2. While in Alaska we will be camping mostly in areas that do not provide hook-ups to water sewer and electric. We are thinking we don’t need the Microwave. Based upon what a number of people have said. We are not sure we need the oven as it isn’t used that much and it’s hard to light. Comments:
3. Duel hot water tanks, how important are they?
4. Equalizer hitch. We have a Ford Sport Trac 235 hp and a 4.0 liter engine. Do we need it?
5. The extra’s we plan to ad are:
· Additional window over sink
· Brake controller
· Cabinet door at end of bench
· Duel 6 V Batteries
· Exterior access hatch
· LED lighting package
· LED porch light (1)
· LED captains reading lights (4)
· Shelves in the wardrobe
· What have we missed that others fee are necessary?
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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You are pretty much on target with what I ordered in my 19'. The list is identical to what I ordered four years ago with the exception of the captains lights, they are a new addition.

Are you meaning dual propane tanks rather than dual hot water tanks? I would highly recommend the dual propane, never heard of ordering dual hot water.

On the equalizer hitch, I would wait until I picked up the unit. The real test is what happens to the vehicle when hooking up. I believe Escape has them on the shelf if you needed one installed.

I would consider the front storage box, it functions as a rock guard and gives you a lot of space. If you went with the box I would check to see if the batteries can be moved into the camper. The 21 now has them inside and in the past they were inside.

You can do your own brake controller. The Prodigy model, there are at least two versions, is widely recognized as the standard. I was not familiar with the brand Escape was using.

I did my own LED lights, again they were not an option at that time. I am using a pancake shaped LED from superbrightleds.com that put out 65 lumens. Compare the lumen output to what Escape provides.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Camping without electricity, you'll not be able to use a microwave or the two-way hot water heater.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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If your main camping is without services I would recommend the solar option with the dual six volt batteries . The microwave will be useless with out electrical hook ups, the oven is a personal choice, we like ours and use it lots but many don't use theirs or don't have one and don't miss it . The dual pane windows and extra insulation are a great idea even in the summer.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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Regarding the insulation package: we don't plan on doing any winter camping, but there are times we camp at altitude. We hit a couple of below-freezing nights in July in Yellowstone a few years ago. It's for occasions like those that we took the extra insulation packages (both the wall insulation/windows, plus the under-trailer spray). Note also that the extra insulation will help cut down noise somewhat, as well.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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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, nor a/c. But the extra insulation will help keep it cooler and warmer as will the foam underneath. I had both on my Escape 19. Solar is good as are the dual6 volts.
My concern is your tow vehicle, you maybe at it's limit with the 19 unless you do not weigh it down with options. The dual 6 will add to your tongue weight, so get the equalizer hitch, you will need it. Good luck...
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We like our opening bathroom window.

For sure you should get the solar package since you say you will do a lot of camping without electric hookups. Also, with the solar package and a 1500W inverter you can run (judiciously) a 700 watt microwave and quite a number of other small appliances, like a small electric griddle, a waffle iron, a coffee maker, crock pot, etc.

Besides, during your summer camping in Alaska you will have almost 24 hr sunlight!!
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Towing Capacity

Like Jim mentioned you should go over the towing capacity of your Sport Trac, you did not mention a year and if it comes with a towing package. The key number to look for is the combined gross vehicle weight. I have seen some older models - 2008, having a rating of 10,000 lbs. This would be more than adequate unless you put a lot in or on your vehicle. Not sure of your model.

The CGVW is vehicle, passengers, fuel and gear plus the loaded trailer. Add the weight of a hitch if you use one. The real world weights of an Escape seem to run around 3,500 lbs with empty fresh, gray and black tanks. Run the numbers they are readily available from Ford.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:37 PM   #9
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Regarding the insulation package: we don't plan on doing any winter camping, but there are times we camp at altitude. We hit a couple of below-freezing nights in July in Yellowstone a few years ago. It's for occasions like those that we took the extra insulation packages (both the wall insulation/windows, plus the under-trailer spray). Note also that the extra insulation will help cut down noise somewhat, as well.
I would add that in our 19, we put in the opening window over the sink, and I think it's well worth it. Not only does it add light into the kitchen area even when the canopy's out,, but I find it improves airflow overall, and it's an opening window that you can safely leave open and not worry about rain getting in. For much the same reasons, we added the opening window in the bathroom.

We learned the difficult way that if you want to leave the passenger side window over the bed open during a heat wave camping trip, and then the thunderstorm rolls through while you're gone, that window's not under the cover of the canopy, with the inevitable results that things get... well, a bit damp, to say the least. :
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #10
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MaxAir makes a nice outside window cover that creates a venting system that allows you to keep a window open during rain or while driving down the road. It is called Window/Maxx, an easy install. Now we always keep a window open slightly at night to reduce condensation and never worry about rain.
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