Originally Posted by TinKnocker
Thanks Laura and Dirk great pics, I can actually feel and hear the excitement in your voice. I knew the bad people
could not keep you down
. The fact that you switched, speaks volumes about the 2017 model. The door pics look fantastic very sharp. questions: What was your impression of the frame less windows both looks and function? did they open enough for proper ventilation? And lastly I don't suppose you looked or asked about solar mount. Thanks in advance.
Just me (Laura) posting, TinKnocker. Dirk couldn't take the day off from work. Plus, he refuses to become an Escape Trailer Cult Member. (Oh wait, I mean, a fan. HA!)
I didn't have any expectations of seeing the new model in person, so it was super thrilling to see it in person. At first the door was locked, so I didn't even think I'd get to see the inside, so when a fellow came along when I was chatting with Reece and opened it, I was quite thrilled (word for the day, I guess - thrilled).
When we were inside I told Reece that I really liked the look of the frameless windows and I peered at the frame on the inside. Technically they're not frameless - you just get the rubber seal mounting part (or whatever it's called) on the inside instead of the outside of the window.
I knew some months ago the new trailer would have straight sides, so it's been in my mind for quite some time that we would switch over since we really want the Bali blinds inside. I'm not a fan of the accordian type blinds and since I like to sleep in a really dark room (Dirk can sleep with the sun in his face, so his opinion doesn't count in this regard.
), we decided to get the Balis. Plus, I can choose from a wide range of colors (that's the next tough decision).
But I wasn't switching over until I saw what it actually looked like; therefore all my lack of patience and angst. After looking at Reece's photos and talking it over, we decided to go for it.
Since we've never owned a trailer or motorhome before (or even a tent), I didn't have any preference as to the curved or straight type. Others will have a different opinion on that, and that's fine. My main criteria for a trailer was that it had a full length bed as I'm tall (5'10") and the added bonus of nothing inside will be brown (detest all that brown they use in other brands).
I'm still a bit divided on the windows, though. I had the awning style windows in a single wide trailer we lived in for 8 years and I never liked 'em. I didn't think we got the greatest airflow going through. We don't have that type in this house. Yes, I wish the windows opened farther (such as on a British one I saw on the web recently), but it is what it is. And Jim Bennett had posted about how if you put the fan on low it'll really help draw the air through. I did not know that, so that could change my mind about them. But, I won't know till we actually get The Trailer and try it out.
Nope, didn't even think to ask about the solar. Okay, I zoomed in on my original photos and in the one showing both trailers, you can see the mount sticking up on the 2016, but there isn't anything on the 2017. I don't know when that's put on, so no idea if something will be mounted there later or what.
So, 6 or so weeks from now expect a detailed report on the 21' trailer, as well as gobs of photos.
We're so thankful they're about 3 hours from here.