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Old 04-02-2016, 01:33 AM   #1
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**Help Newbie pick options for 21'**

1st time RV purchaser here.. need help deciding on options. The only thing I know is we don't need a microwave and TV. Will not having the microwave save space for something else?

I'll be traveling with wife, toddler and dog. Extended month(s) trips while working remotely.

Outdoor shower for the dog?
Get solar from ETI? or solar from 3rd party?


Please share your experience, thank you!
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:41 AM   #2
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Eliminating the microwave doesn't just open up space, but it opens up space where you can really use it. That space can be used for salt, pepper, sugar, coffee grounds, peanut butter, crackers - all that stuff that you're glad to have at hand.
Lots of other places you could put that stuff, but none as convenient.

Love our outdoor shower. Don't have a dog any more, but we do use it for washing hair. Saves wiping down the inside shower/bath.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:08 AM   #3
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Here's a good thread: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:30 AM   #4
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1st time RV purchaser here.. need help deciding on options. The only thing I know is we don't need a microwave and TV. Will not having the microwave save space for something else?

I'll be traveling with wife, toddler and dog. Extended month(s) trips while working remotely.

Outdoor shower for the dog?
Get solar from ETI? or solar from 3rd party?


Please share your experience, thank you!
I used the outdoor shower a lot last trip. Was perfect place to fill dog bowl and fill jug for dog excursions. Also good for washing hands after doing outdoor things. I have the old style with attached hose. Just mounted wand on integral hanger and left in place. New one has plug in hose and I am not sure if it has a place to hang the wand.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:28 AM   #5
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Another option I plan to do, is to have the outdoor shower on the front (passenger) side, as far back as possible. This will allow us to use it with an outdoor sink, where we mostly do dishes and use water for cooking. It can still be used for a shower or pet washing too.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:48 AM   #6
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Ideally it should be on the back, but I do not foresee that location happening.
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Ideally it should be on the back, but I do not foresee that location happening.
We do all our eating and food prep on the passenger side, so that would not work for us.

You could do it anywhere along the back with a U-shaped dinette, but it would be really low as it would have to be under the bench. Same thing for under the need on a 19.
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As far as the solar is concerned, I have always been a big fan of having things installed with the initial build instead of adding on later. I don't know if any money would be saved or what kind of a hassle it would be to add later. ETI does them all of the time and learns from their mistakes. Loren
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Another option I plan to do, is to have the outdoor shower on the front (passenger) side, as far back as possible. This will allow us to use it with an outdoor sink, where we mostly do dishes and use water for cooking. It can still be used for a shower or pet washing too.
Jim, I think putting it as far back as possible is a great idea. We had ours placed by the front door so that it would be close to the kitchen and prep area. BUT while on our trip home from Chilliwack, I realized that if I wanted to use it to wash my hair, it would leave a messy wet spot by the front door. I will need a big bucket to catch the water.
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Our storage box is my favorite option. It keeps all the dirtier trailering and camping stuff together and handy for hooking up. It means our under bed storage is clean.

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