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Old 03-23-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Favourite Escape option, aftermarket accessory, prewire, and mod

Many of us waiting for our Escapes to be built have done little or no trailer towing and camping, so it's difficult to be certain which options and accessories will actually make our experience safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.

To assist the newcomers on this forum, could experienced Escape owners please identify any or all of these four things to help us decide what we might truly need:

1. Which Escape factory option are you happiest you included in your build list?

2. What is the most satisfying aftermarket accessory you have added to your Escape?

3. What is the most important accessory to prewire or prep the trailer for during the build, just in case you decide to add it later?

4. If you have done modifications to your trailer, what is the best one?

Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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I don't have an Escape either, but have camped lots in my Scamp. My very favorite is really an accessory.. and that's my Lafuma lounge chair. Over the years, I've found there are three things I absolutely need to enjoy a camping trip. A comfortable place to sleep and a comfortable place to sit... inside and outside. Everything else is gravy. YMMV
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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I don't have an Escape either, but have camped lots in my Scamp. My very favorite is really an accessory.. and that's my Lafuma lounge chair. Over the years, I've found there are three things I absolutely need to enjoy a camping trip. A comfortable place to sleep and a comfortable place to sit... inside and outside. Everything else is gravy. YMMV
You don't use the LaFuma inside do you?
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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1. Which Escape factory option are you happiest you included in your build list? Air Conditioner! There are other things that are not on the Options list, and I suggest that you peruse the forum for ideas.

2. What is the most satisfying aftermarket accessory you have added to your Escape? Memory Foam mattress topper. Other Accessory: B.A. L. Leveler (But I'm about to buy the Andersen one.)

3. What is the most important accessory to prewire or prep the trailer for during the build, just in case you decide to add it later? Constant rearview camera to keep an eye on traffic. There are some battery/cigarette lighter powered hitch cameras that can be purchased. Jon had the best and has both wired.


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Old 03-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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Many of us waiting for our Escapes to be built have done little or no trailer towing and camping, so it's difficult to be certain which options and accessories will actually make our experience safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable.

To assist the newcomers on this forum, could experienced Escape owners please identify any or all of these four things to help us decide what we might truly need:

1. Which Escape factory option are you happiest you included in your build list?

2. What is the most satisfying aftermarket accessory you have added to your Escape?

3. What is the most important accessory to prewire or prep the trailer for during the build, just in case you decide to add it later?

4. If you have done modifications to your trailer, what is the best one?

Thanks!
Here are my favorite options.

My top five options
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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>1. Four dresser drawers in our cabinet.
>2. refrigerator temperature monitor
>3. prewire electronic thermostat for heat and air conditioning.
>4. stove top ignition
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:45 PM   #7
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You don't use the LaFuma inside do you?
I could!
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:54 PM   #8
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I would spin this thread just a bit to "If you had to do it all over again...what would you change?" For me: 1) No AC...too noisy in my 19; 2) No quick disconnect exterior gas outlet...we just don't use it (sorry Ice-Breaker); 3) Install a roof mount TV antenna...the small hang on the wall ones just don't work; 4) Have more inverter and 12 sockets placed; and 5) We didn't need a window in the bathroom. Our "gotta have it again" items (for a 19)...solar package, front storage box, insulation packages, surge protector, LED lights, and a 1.5" foam mattress pad from Walmart. Our one "wish there really was one" item would be a refrigerator that worked when it was hot outside...because they just don't. The beauty of ETI is that everyone's likes and dislikes (for the most part) can be accommodated.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:38 PM   #9
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Our one "wish there really was one" item would be a refrigerator that worked when it was hot outside...because they just don't. .
Do you have the "Texas Fans" installed? been wondering if this option helps with fridge performance in hot weather.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:23 AM   #10
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We haven't tried them yet but I'm skeptical. There are several discussions of the issue scattered around the forum.
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