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Old 07-27-2017, 11:20 AM   #1
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Rock guard window and other things to delete

Curious what things other folks deleted from their builds... Right now I am thinking about getting rid of the rock guard window, graphics, and putting in my own shades that are darker for the kids. I didn't ever seem to use the rock guard window on our last trailer, so didn't see a need- anyone else get rid of it? Anything else that a lot of people delete?

Was a little bit surprised that there is no credit to get rid of this window, the graphics, or going manual on the awning... seems like these would all be fairly substantial cost savings

Can't thank everyone enough for all of the great feedback-

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Old 07-27-2017, 11:27 AM   #2
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Follow up question... does anyone think it is worth asking for the kitchen window as a substitute for the rock guard window? Seems fair
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:03 PM   #3
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Cant help you with what to ask Escape. If they are not willing to give you a credit for deleting a window, that is their prerogative.


Deleting windows, especially the bigger windows will make the interior of your trailer substantially darker. Most people go the opposite direction and add additional windows and lights whenever possible.


I like the rock guard window as it makes the front of the trailer bright and cheery when open. I also have the extra window in the kitchen (and in the bathroom). Can't have too much light, or too much fresh air (if they are opening windows).
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I can't imagine my 17B without a front window. We spend a fair amount of time sitting at the front dinette. I figure the trailer is dark enough as is.
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:21 PM   #5
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We are going to have the queen bed up there, so was thinking that we wouldn't need much extra light up there, but sound like something maybe we should consider keeping
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:31 PM   #6
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Maybe the hole for the front window is in the mold, so they can't not cut it out.
The kitchen and washroom walls are solid and so a new hole for the optional windows can be cut out.
We tend to not use ours as well. Don't know why. Sometimes my wife remembers that it is there and gets me to open it.
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We are going to have the queen bed up there, so was thinking that we wouldn't need much extra light up there, but sound like something maybe we should consider keeping
Are you getting a 17A?
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Old 07-27-2017, 01:06 PM   #8
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Yep - 17A
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:23 PM   #9
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Here is a list of all the option (including things you can delete) that I'm aware of:

Off-build sheet options

I originally had the Rock guard window deleted on my build. ETI charges $200 for that since the window is built into the mold so they need to do the work of filling it in. I originally wanted this because it's the only non-thermal window and I didn't want condensation on the window and frame in cold weather. We also have the bunks and I figured it would be cold up there in winter. My wife convinced me to keep it because the front of the trailer needed to be "cheery". I agree that it's nice to have the light in the front, and nice to save $200. If condensation is an issue in the future, I'll put in insulation in the moving part as described on a different thread, and I'll somehow cover the exterior frame with some kind of material that doesn't conduct heat as well as metal, perhaps a silicone caulk.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:28 PM   #10
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Paul - you rock man. I'm in Seattle too, so I owe you a beer.

I'm going to be up at the ski areas a lot in the winter, so non-thermal window is out.

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