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Old 11-10-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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can't live without options for new build Escape 19

Most appreciated options for new build Escape 19.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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The base escape is fairly complete as is but there are some items I find very useful.
1: the EMS
2: the door in the bench by the entrance
3: the removable power cord. At first I was not sure this was worth it but now I really like it.
4: additional 120 and 12v outlets where you think you might find them handy.
5: A small shelf added to the bed area on the drivers side
6: if you plan on using the dinette as a bed very often you might consider not having the poles for the table installed and instead picking up a Springfield marine 3 stage pedestal.
7: the storage box. You will find it useful as both needed storage area and to keep the trailer undamaged by debris.
There are a lot of other useful items that I'm sure others will chime in with.

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For us in Florida air conditioning and the upgraded vent are needed. If you do not plan on going into hot humid areas you might not need them.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:51 AM   #3
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Some other things that are handy include
Foot flush toilet
Toilet shut off valve
Outside Led lights in the front and the rear with all four outside lights controlled by inside switches
12v drops added to as many cabinets as you think you might add 12 volt accessories to down the road.
Drawer under wardrobe closet.
Sandpads
Filled propane tanks.
Kitchen and bathroom windows
Of course insulation and thermal windows but that is a given for your area.
We also added cot ready. Was $50 but will come in real handy if we or a future owner ever want to add the cot.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:06 AM   #4
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If you plan on doing much camping away from power connections:
dual 6v batteries and solar

If you plan on any cool/cold season camping:
Extra Insulation & Frame-less Thermal Windows and underside insulation
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:28 PM   #5
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Most appreciated options for new build Escape 19.
The basic Escape trailer is a great trailer as built.

Just remember that your choices should reflect how you intend to camp. With my style of camping, some of the options offered are just plain silly or an unneeded expense. And, of course, some of the options I chose would not appeal to others. Examine your camping style closely to determine what you need to fulfill your dream.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:45 PM   #6
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The basic Escape trailer is a great trailer as built.
This can't be stressed enough, too many lose sight of this. Nothing wrong with any option or mod folks want, but the basic trailer will get you out making memories.

That said, for me the first and most important option is the extra insulated walls, and the thermal windows. Helps a lot to heat in during cold weather, and out during hot. And as a bonus, it is a lot quieter in the trailer.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:55 PM   #7
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Most appreciated options for new build Escape 19.
Totally agree with Karen's comment here.

You can do without lots of the options. But for us Canadians, insulation is pretty much a must. As well as the thermal windows.
Planning on boondocking? Get solar and dual batteries.
Wouldn't want to go without surge protector.
Kitchen window adds light and air.
Storage box very handy for wet and dirty stuff.
Extra door dinette bench: handy.
Planning on doing dishes outside? Get outside shower passenger side.
Do you want to hang clothes or fold? Think about adding shelves to the wardrobe. (We use it as our pantry)

But yeah, it all depends on your camping style....
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:06 PM   #8
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We were new to RVing when we did our build sheet and did not know how we would use out trailer. We got a number of the options that were difficult to add after, insulations, windows etc. After a year or so we added a storage box, dual propane and a solar panel (we had it prewired). After that I'm not sure if there is anything we missed.
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:13 PM   #9
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I think if they are options they wont be 'cant live without'... you'd always have a work around one way or the other.. there are some options that are considered "nice to have" or "hard to add later"... so if you are on the fence for certain things, try asking yourself that question.

Only thing on the options list we didn't get but later thought it would be nice to have, is the opening window on the kitchen side.. although it's a small regret, I know I can get it added later if it really bugs me.
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