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Old 06-16-2014, 10:31 AM   #41
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UPS and Fedex both have ridiculous brokerage fees; I ship USPS instead; not all items get slapped with a customs fee. If there are fees, ETI will pay them on their end and add them to your invoice. I have them email copies of the customs paperwork as once the trailer is exported from Canada you can apply for a refund (like the VAT taxes in Europe) as a foreigner. Pretty simple, but you won't get the $10 per shipments Canadian Customs handling fees back.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:57 AM   #42
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jon, what pressure do you use to blow out the lines?
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:07 PM   #43
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  • We will have a total of five 12 volt outlets in the trailer, two above the bed, two in the dining area (one on each side) and one on the side of the closet above the night stand.
I question the need for so many 12-volt outlets. I have only one and find that sufficient to power my television at night and charge my phone or tablet during the day.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #44
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I question the need for so many 12-volt outlets. I have only one and find that sufficient to power my television at night and charge my phone or tablet during the day.
Matches the number of 120vac outlets.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:31 PM   #45
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I find the 12V outlets to be much more useful than the 120V outlets. We have four 12V outlets in our 19' and don't regret any of them (2 in front and 2 in rear). We have not yet used any of the 120V outlets inside the trailer (and I am not even sure where they may be).
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:34 PM   #46
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Karen,

We end up trying to charge iPhones, iPads, sometimes a Garmin bike computer, and a bose blue tooth speaker (for sitting outside), and powering the 12volt tv. but mostly it is about convenience, having an outlet close to where I am sitting for those times that I have forgotten to charge my device. You are right, it is a lot. I simply sat down and tried to think of all the places I might use a 12 volt outlet, and came up with those spots

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Old 06-16-2014, 03:40 PM   #47
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We have the single 12v outlet--what I got and used a lot this last trip was from Canadian Tire--"Motomaster Eliminator--power bar--mobile power outlet. 300w of initial power and 150W continuous power.--has a couple USB 2.0 outlets and 2 Ac power outlets..

I was able to charge my cell phone and the laptop and the camera battery.I mainly only charged the cell in the trailer but did both in the car while travelling.

Can't remember the price got it on sale.. So far so good...
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:43 PM   #48
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If you drive into Canada to ship, I would use Canada Post rather than UPS. Just take your package to the post office and they should be able to ship if for you.

As an alternative, you may want to check whether USPS will ship for you. May be cheaper than making a road trip to Canada.
Dave and Charlie, you are absolutely right about USPS, and in the light of day I am surprised that I hadn't thought of that before.

I rode my bike across the country, and along the way I had to ship various bits and pieces home. Like Escapees, bicycle tourists sometimes bring too much stuff. Anyhow, I came to realize that every little town has a post office, most of them with nicely sized boxes. Postal clerks were more than willing to apply a bit of tape to the boxes so that I didn't have to buy a big roll. Everywhere I went, the postal employees were pleasant and helpful. And their prices are almost always better than UPS or FedEX, including at those post offices who have a FedEx drop box right out side.

At home, our mail lady holds the mail for us while we are gone. She is only supposed to hold it 30 days, but when we have been gone a few days longer than that, she has been willing to hold it for a bit longer. She is also a cyclist, and sometimes she stops and chats with me about bikes.

There is this stereotype of the grumpy postal employee, but I have found nothing in my experience to support it.
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Karen,

We end up trying to charge iPhones, iPads, sometimes a Garmin bike computer, and a bose blue tooth speaker (for sitting outside), and powering the 12volt tv. but mostly it is about convenience, having an outlet close to where I am sitting for those times that I have forgotten to charge my device. You are right, it is a lot. I simply sat down and tried to think of all the places I might use a 12 volt outlet, and came up with those spots

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I have posted these here a few times no one seems to notice they are available and simple to install yourself or have ETI do it for you. WHITE - Hubbell USB Charger Tamper-Resistant 15 amp 125 Volt Duplex Receptacle WHITE - Electrical Outlets - Amazon.com Might reduce the amount of 12v accessory outlets you need installed. IMHO

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Old 06-16-2014, 07:55 PM   #50
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I purchased several types of these USB/120v outlets to install in my Escape. The problem is the stock factory outlet box is too small because these after market models are a lot bigger than the conventional stock outlet. I have 6 sitting in my basement….they are handy if you are are hooked up, but a PITA to install in the stock box.
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