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Old 10-11-2017, 10:17 AM   #1
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final points to our build sheet

Does anyone know ETI would replace the 6.0 cf refrigerator in the 5.0 TA with a smaller refrigerator during production?

I know lots of people will argue that this a silly thing to do and we have discussed this between Laura and I and are simply interested if it can/would be an option and result in an additional area for more storage.

I would want to keep the refrigerator at the current height, lifting the install shelf, and adding another door under the refrigerator placement.

Also, the build sheet mentions a $125 upgrade for a MaxxFan with remote. Is this for the second roof vent or to simply change the fan cover of the existing vent to smoke and add the remote control for the existing fan?

Last, we want to include the pre-wire for solar but would like to move the connection point to a lower part of the camper near the rear bumper to make it easy to connect a remote solar panel at a later point. Will this create any problems that those with solar experience can identify?

Thank you in advance for your assistance in finalizing these points.

Bill & Laura
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:25 AM   #2
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I don't see why they would not change the fridge to a smaller one. I would ask Escape on that though. I suspect because of the venting that it would have to be kept lower though.

That is just an upgrade on the fan.

I would have the solar pre-wire run to right beside the batteries.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:33 AM   #3
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Jim, thanks for your input.

Laura also suggested to have the solar prewire presented closest the batteries, but I don't know what that would be so I was suggesting the rear bumper. Can you tell me where your batteries are located in your fiver?

Regarding the upgrade to the fan, is this an upgrade to the "existing MaxxFan" or to the plain vent cover-converting the plain vent to a second MaxxFan?
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:34 AM   #4
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Does anyone know ETI would replace the 6.0 cf refrigerator in the 5.0 TA with a smaller refrigerator during production?

I know lots of people will argue that this a silly thing to do and we have discussed this between Laura and I and are simply interested if it can/would be an option and result in an additional area for more storage.

I would want to keep the refrigerator at the current height, lifting the install shelf, and adding another door under the refrigerator placement.

Also, the build sheet mentions a $125 upgrade for a MaxxFan with remote. Is this for the second roof vent or to simply change the fan cover of the existing vent to smoke and add the remote control for the existing fan?

Last, we want to include the pre-wire for solar but would like to move the connection point to a lower part of the camper near the rear bumper to make it easy to connect a remote solar panel at a later point. Will this create any problems that those with solar experience can identify?

Thank you in advance for your assistance in finalizing these points.

Bill & Laura
Keep in mind that you could store a can of beans in the fridge, but you can NOT store perishable stuff in the pantry!



I would say, under no circumstances have ETI install a smaller fridge. Resale will always happen, at some time, and you would be making your Escape much harder to sell. You'll drop your resale value a bunch.

So dont think or it as "get more storage with a smaller fridge" but as "more storage just happens to be cold!"

the current 2017 fridge ETI is using on the 21' (ours) i assume would be the same as on a current 5.0 and it works VERY well.

Other earlier fridges had some issues... so that is another very good reason to stay with the current (working well for many) fridge.

I can't comment on the other issues as they relate to 5.0's

however i seem to recall that the remote on the Maxx Fan is very good to have on a 5.0 as the ceiling is way high.

No that doesnt add another Maxx Fan - the $125 gets the wireless remote model.

good luck

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The batteries are at the rear under the dinette seat.

Yes, it is an upgrade to the existing.
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The biggest reason to stay with a bigger frig (IMHO) is the less "jammed" the contents are, the more efficient. You want air space around the food.
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Thanx John. We appreciate your clarifying that for us.
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The biggest reason to stay with a bigger frig (IMHO) is the less "jammed" the contents are, the more efficient. You want air space around the food.
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I had forgotten that point, but yes, indeed. Donna D is (as usual) correct.

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that's it then

With those points answered, we've nailed down the major questions we have relating to our build sheet. There are several minor questions that only ETI can answer, i.e. is there an amber lens for the porch light? None of these questions are deal breakers but more along the lines of "nice to have" if they're available.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:13 AM   #10
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Let's be clear here that we are talking about 2 different refer models, the 5.0 cu/ft single door standard in the 19 model and the 2 door 6.0 cu/ft standard in the 21 and 5th wheel. The op is looking to purchase the 5th wheel and wants the smaller refer. Since that is an upgrade to the 19 for $200, ETI may credit you? Either way, the smaller unit will allow for additional storage above the unit. I do not see ETI raising the refer for additional storage below as that could impact the rear compartment clearance and or/vent issues.
The upgrade for the MaxxFan gives you the smoke lens which allows moonlight and sunlight to enter the trailer and allows one to observe the sky through the tinted cover. The stock cover is not transparent and it seems to attract street lights to make the cover glow at night. In addition there is a remote which can be mounted by the bed to operate the fan manually if so desired.
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